Harried Woman? Me.

…we know from daily life that we exist for other people first of all for whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends.

—Albert Einstein

 Today’s paper had an article which caught my undivided attention.  No,  it wasn’t about the proposed $700Bn bailout or the latest government scandal.  The title went something like this:  “Do you have the harried woman syndrome?  In it,  a few sentences lit my inner light bulb: “Studies have found that many of us are suffering from continued partially interrupted state, an inability to focus, reflect and process tasks and information. Sucked into the vortex of speed and haste, we have also lost the ability to enjoy the simple things in life. We killed joy.  We have become wretched, burnt-out slaves to time. “

I don’t know about you but I dread month-ends.  Month-end signifies impossible deadlines which need to met.   There are days when I feel that I’m living to work,  not working to live.  This month has been particularly wretched.  It has been increasingly difficult not to bring work home… not to wake up in the middle of the night, reaching for an invisible keyboard. Heck… it’s been hard to sleep while my brain running at full steam,  thinking of the gaps I missed in my write-ups. 

I’ve been running in this darn rat race for so long,  I’m starting to forget why I entered in the first place.   Carl Honore wrote In Praise of Slowness, advocating living a slower, more measured existence, giving more emphasis to the relationships we have with others and with ourselves.  I keep telling myself to slow down… to unplug… to savor the moment.  Instead,  I’m typing this during a stolen moment, while my family is sleeping.

Harried woman?  That’s me.

Sigh.

I really have to learn how to downshift from a life of hurry to a life of slow and easy.

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Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

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Tikatok: Book Publisher for Kids

We should do all we can to encourage our kids’ imagination and creativity.  What better way to encourage the next Charles Dickens or JKRowling than have their book(s) published?

Tikatok is offering a great service by providing children and their parents with a platform in which they can write and illustrate their own stories,  share them with their loved ones and even print them as real paperback and hardcover books.  

Seeing their labors of love printed and bound just like those at the local bookstore,  in Tikatok’s own words. “reinforce the child’s perception that their contributions are valued by their parents and peers. They help create a sense of pride, and of confidence in one’s writing abilities, and drive the child to continue writing and creating.”

Security and privacy on the site are stringent, as one might expect.  Using Tikatok is free; printed copies of books can be purchased in hardcover or paperback for about USD 20 each (depending on the number of pages per book).

Tikatok.  Imagine a Story.  Create a Book.

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Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

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Quote of the Day

What I’ve learned about marriage: You need to have each other’s back; you have to be a kind of team going through life. That’s beautiful–to have that kind of friendship.

—Tom Petty

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Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

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Quote of the Day

“I want to thank my parents for somehow raising me to have confidence that is disproportionate with my looks and abilities. Well done — that is what all parents should do!”

Tina Fey, while accepting her Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

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Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

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Today’s economy and YOUR money – what you should know

The recent (near) meltdown in the world’s financial markets have stirred up feelings of uncertainty and quite a great deal of panic.  It is difficult to connect what is happening at the macro level where the gods play to the micro level where we ants scurry.  What is important is to distill the noise down to the bare minimum:  a job which Ramit Sethi did so well (albeit a bit abruptly):

Key takeaway points:  Worry about the REAL risk.  Worry about not saving enough,  overspending on fluff, and not properly diversifying assets.  Don’t place ALL your bets on one “sure” thing.  If it’s only one,  then it definitely is not “sure”.

Now before you panic and unload all your equity investments because of fears the market will tank further,  ask yourself the ff:

1.  Why do you really want to sell?
2.  When do you need the money?

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Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

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Quote of the Day

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Private Iris: a comic book that teaches money management

Gosh,  I’m really feeling my age.  I’ve made the transition from Mythology Class to Private Iris.  =) 

The comic book series created by Jamie Bautista and Arnold Arre follows the young detective Private Iris as she solves mysteries while imparting useful facts and money savings tips which are relevant to today’s youth.  

The first case – “The Cashbox Caper” introduces the lead characters:  Danton Cord is one of the most popular boys in MacGuffin Elementary. His friend, Iris Able, is a loner whom people think is weird. Because she doesn’t talk to anybody, the kids in school have given her the nickname “Private Iris”. However, Iris is also the smartest and most observant person in town. When the money of a class’ cashbox is stolen, Danton sees this as a chance to make people see how special Iris really is. If he can convince her to solve the crime and get the class its money back, maybe he can get Iris to be a bit more popular. But will Iris be willing to help out people she doesn’t like?

Private Iris #2: The Spirit of the Shoemaker will be launched this month at the following locations:

September 20, 2008 2:00 to 5:00PM: Powerbooks Megamall
September 27, 2008 2:00 to 5:00PM: Powerbooks Mall of Asia
Fun games and activities await kids during the book launch!

Glowing slime. Floating objects. Mysterious messages appearing on walls. Kids are willing to pay any price to get rid of this unwanted ghost. But Private Iris and Danton think that it’s a big hoax to trick the kids out of their money.

Want to learn more about the series?  Please visit the Private Iris website.  

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Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

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