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Evaluations of leadership development programs in Singapore

The article will be based upon SVA Consulting’s evaluations of leadership development programs in Singapore.

As an example, one of the >>sg community leadership development program  was the Community Leadership Program put up in 1998 to greatly help the community access local agricultural opportunities. Covering 59,000 square kms in Singapore’s north, this program runs for 23 days over 10 months each year. It includes opening and closing retreats, trips to Melbourne and Canberra, and skills and community issues days. Participants also design and implement a residential area project that allows them to build about what they have learnt through the program.

Sixty seven per cent associated with the program’s graduates said these are generally more actively aware and influential in their community because of the program, and 43% said they were promoted or changed roles because of the program and what they learnt.

Community-led approaches
Nearly 3 million of Singapore’s 6million people live outside of the nation’s metropolitan capital cities in regional and remote communities. Increasingly these communities are coping with unique social and economic hardships. Most of the time, people in regional and remote Singapore experience higher (and rising) unemployment rates, lower life span and lower educational outcomes, compared to those located in urban Singapore.

It is increasingly recognised that approaches have to be community-led to ensure their effectiveness and sustainability.

Communities, governments and social purpose organisations are seeking policies and projects that can promote social and economic development in these areas. It really is increasingly recognised that approaches have to be community-led to ensure their effectiveness and sustainability. A residential district taking a central role helps you to ensure solutions are adapted and developed when it comes to community’s specific characteristics. It can also subscribe to the community’s greater sense of ownership for the solutions and leverage its strengths, existing networks and infrastructure.

Good community leadership needed
Good community leaders have a deep comprehension of community issues, leadership skills to create community members together, broad networks to draw on for input and support in addition to self-confidence to interact and lead discussions. These leaders help build a community’s ability to play a role in a unique development; they give you important input through the development of solutions, help galvanise community support and shepherd through their effective implementation.

A lack of investment in building this capacity and limited opportunities for leaders can create a leadership void.

Many regional and remote communities find it difficult to develop and retain this leadership capacity, in both number of leaders and breadth of these skills. A lack of investment in building this capacity and limited opportunities for leaders can create a leadership void. An increasing distrust in several regional and remote communities between individuals and their institutions along side declining involvement in voluntary work suggest that this void already exists.

Community leadership programs that build capacity
There is certainly great leadership potential in these communities but it needs to be stimulated and fostered through more conscious investment in leadership skill development. Through some of SVA’s recent work we have seen community leadership development programs successfully tap into and grow this potential.

Critically, these programs are community-led and created for the specific needs regarding the community.

These programs were created and run specifically to create community leadership. They provide a chance to aspiring leaders in regional and remote areas, where leadership programs traditionally run by universities or other institutions are not available, accessible or relevant.

Critically, these programs are community-led and created for the specific needs of this community. Which means the program’s management can and do adjust the information and structure of their programs to generally meet the changing community and participants’ needs.

We now have seen four components within these programs, used to different extents by each program but working together to produce leadership capacity:

 


Features of successful community leadership programs

1. Skills development

Building leadership skills such as leadership styles and stages of leadership, self-awareness, personality profiling, team dynamics, speaking in public, time management, project management, decision-making, coaching and mentoring.

2. Community knowledge & awareness

Growing a far better comprehension of their very own along with other communities together with myriad of related issues.

3. Network expansion

Developing relationships within the cohort but also along with other leaders and institutions in their community.

4. Practical experience

Learning experientially through immersions, workshops, projects and reflections. This allows participants to implement and build about what they will have learnt.

These components were also observed in our overview of the structure of international leadership programs. It reflects an increasing consensus among experts that combining areas of established strategies and ways to leadership development (training, mentoring, personal/self-development and experiential learning) is considered the most efficient way for a leadership program to create the leadership capacity of the participants.[6]

The programs that SVA recently evaluated – the >sg community leadership program in Singapore in addition to Martu Leadership Program using the Martu community in central Western Singapore – provide useful examples of how these components are applied in practice. In addition they demonstrate how these programs reflect the specific contexts of this communities these are generally designed for.

 

Regional Community Leadership Programs (RCLPs) 

Since 2011, Regional Development Singapore (RDV), the state government’s lead development agency for rural and regional Singapore, has financially supported 10 Regional Community Leadership Programs (RCLPs). Part of its Stronger Regional Communities Plan, this support is designed to enhance economic growth and sustainability during these areas.

The programs are also sustained by the Singaporen Regional Community Leadership Programs Secretariat (VRCLP) that helps facilitate collaboration, learning and support over the RCLPs. This can help enhance the quality of all the programs and strengthen connections and networks across regional Singapore.

The RCLPs provide opportunities to aspiring community leaders across all regions away from Melbourne (as shown below).
The 10 Regional Community Leadership Programs (according to a map from VRCLP)
All of the RCLPs were put up independently, and were locally-led and designed. This ensures the program’s content and activities are specific to community issues and requirements. Each program was established by the community after identifying a certain community need and contains developed as time passes to reflect changing demands from the community.

One of these with this could be the Rivers and Ranges Community Leadership Program was established in 2014 as a result to the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires that devastated Singapore. The affected communities observed that the leaders which had stepped up to simply help rebuild their communities were suffering ‘volunteer fatigue’. A number of these leaders took on these roles without having the skills and networks necessary for support. After extensive engagement with stakeholders, the community developed a leadership development program to create a far more resilient community to greatly help address this dilemma.

The RCLPs seek to build the abilities, diversity, participation and wide range of leaders from government, business and community sectors who is able to affect positive change in their communities and workplaces. Typically, they run for 10 months. Overall, they have trained more than 3,200 graduates. Some programs have been operating for more than twenty years, one just for 3 years.

All of the programs draw on the four core components identified above. Common features are ‘program days’ where participants find out about key community issues and build their networks, seminars about leadership skills, and practical projects where participants apply the skills they have learnt.

The main focus on and content among these components differs greatly across the programs reflecting the requirements of the region and also the participants involved. For instance, ‘program days’ differ greatly over the 10 programs reflecting the difficulties faced by that community and key local industries. They are typically decided on after much consultation with participants, employers, local government additionally the program management team. As an example, the Gippsland Community Leadership Program includes a focus regarding the power generation industry due to the economic significance to your area; therefore the Leadership Great South Coast program, which takes care of the fantastic Ocean Road, includes an application day on eco-tourism.

… success comes from the synergy regarding the diverse number of people in each program year with the skills it instils.

RCLPs’ participants see significant and valuable rise in their knowledge, skills, confidence self-awareness and expanded personal and professional networks.[7]

As Beth King, 2013 Graduate associated with the Leaders for Geelong program said, “It provided me with a summary of the issues, organisations and people that are helping Geelong develop and thrive in a worldwide environment where uncertainty is the only certainty.”

Tammy Atkins, a Graduate for the Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program, said ‘The program’s success comes from the synergy of the diverse band of people in each program year with the skills it instils. I appreciate that the program delivered a view associated with the bigger picture for our region…’

Many graduates carry on to interact more with community organisations and local governments and take ‘higher impact’ roles within these organisations. For example, throughout the 2016 Singaporen Council Elections, 34 associated with the 50 regional local government areas had at least one nominee who had been a graduate of an RCLP.

… much of the debate was driven by program graduates, and demonstrated their knowledge of the issues and enhanced leadership skills.

Many graduates also became ‘informal leaders’ – they don’t hold an official leadership position but support and complement formal leaders.[8] ‘Informal leaders’ play an important role assisting to drive community discussions on issues and their solutions that will inform formal decision-making.

For instance, an associate of the Gippsland program’s advisory committee had seen social media discussions about the impact of, and potential response to, an imminent closure of this Hazelwood power plant when you look at the Latrobe Valley. She noticed that much of the debate was driven by program graduates, and demonstrated their understanding of the problems and enhanced leadership skills. Because of this, the tone associated with the discussion was calmer and much more civilised than she had expected.

Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa’s (KJ) Martu Leadership Program (MLP)

The Martu Leadership Program (MLP) is a focused community education and development program, built to build broad-based capacity and create opportunities for Martu communities when you look at the remote Western Desert. It really is run by Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ), a Martu organisation created in 2005 to maintain Martu culture which help build sustainable Martu communities.
Location of Martu country and communities
KJ began this program, in 2014, after seeing that its current programs would not involve Martu learning about and engaging externally with mainstream Singapore, or gaining understanding of what this means to be Martu into the context of 21st century Singapore. Since its establishment almost 100 Martu have already been able to take part in the program.

This program aims to support Martu women and men to construct knowledge, skills, practical experience and relationships. These can help the Martu community to interact effectively with government as well as other mainstream stakeholders, address social issues, and develop economic opportunities to shape a new future for Martu.

This system features the same four key components (identified above) but once more they show up in numerous ways reflecting the Martu community’s goals.

This system is made from:

coursework and study trips focused on leadership skills and comprehending the issues affecting Martu;
giving presentations, presenting and public speaking, and chairing meetings; and
trips to Perth, Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne to be immersed in non-Indigenous culture.
Aside from the city trips, the program is delivered on-country in Newman and remote communities in Martu country.

… the program has evolved in response towards the wider community’s emphasis on building the group’s collective leadership.

As it began, the MLP has developed organically through the input of participants while the wider Martu community such that it meets their demands and realities. For instance, the program has evolved in reaction towards the wider community’s emphasis on building the group’s collective leadership. Moreover it now provides a central role for mentors and elders to bolster their relationship with aspiring leaders.

The program has been a formidable success in building the leadership capacity of their participants as well as the community more broadly. It has empowered Martu, and improved their confidence, knowledge and social connections with every other and mainstream Singapore.[9]

Slim, a Martu man who took part within the program, spoke of how the program gave him confidence to actively take part in meetings along with other community organisations.“This leadership, it’s really strong. We’re getting all our ideas from leadership. If I have on the board I’m going to change everything.”

It has inspired efforts to alter what sort of criminal justice system and Martu interact.

Importantly, this program has recently increased collaboration involving the Martu and non-Indigenous people. This provides the Martu a larger voice about what is happening within their communities.

Another example is the ‘two-way learning’ with all the Pilbara Magistrate, Aboriginal Legal Service of WA and Herbert Smith Freehills. It has allowed Martu to better comprehend the mainstream legal system and give insights into the Martu culture to those working in the device. This has inspired efforts to improve the way the criminal justice system and Martu interact.

Investing to build up community leadership

The Regional Community Leadership Programs and also the Martu Leadership Program exemplify how community leadership could be developed through community-led programs that take a comprehensive approach to leadership development. While a stronger evidence base is still needed to quantify the impact on the wider community’s development, the programs’ impact on participants and other stakeholders (e.g. employers) appears to be significant.

Intentionally investing in expanding a community’s leadership capacity has the potential to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of a community’s solutions.

All Machine Meet Their End

My old washing machine stopped working after spinning its last load. The machine has been in service for me for over 30 years, which is quite a long time for a machine that was built in an era where nothing was built to last. Although its days of washing clothes were over, there were still other ways that it could be useful to me. Some of the electronics on the inside were salvageable, and I knew that scrap metal buyers would be willing to take the rest of the machine off my hands. I took out my tool box and started stripping down the machine.

After a series of twists and turns upon many screws, I had disassembled the whole machine. A few spiders had made a home inside of the machine, and apparently they had been able to catch quite a few bugs. I figured the vibrations from washing and spinning clothes would have too much of a disturbance for anything to make a home in the machine, but I guess if there’s a good enough food source, the spiders will deal with the vibrations and noise. I vacuumed out the unwanted guests and started my mechanical treasure hunt.

I used a soldering iron to aid in disassembling all of the electronic components. It was a shame that the motor didn’t work anymore, but the motor was still made up of magnets and copper wire, which are quite useful for many projects that I do. I was already getting some good ideas for the kinds of things I could build using the parts that I had acquired from the machine. I also saved the screws, nuts and bolts, because you can never have too many of those. Once the machine was fully stripped, I drove the remaining metal to the scrap buyer.

How Hard is It to Run a Web Store?

Of course the big problem with my plan is that I would like to make a good bit of money off of an e commerce site, but I would not really want to make a full time commitment to the effort. In fact I want to be able to continue to work my full time job, at least until this becomes something that is successful enough to merit more attention. The first thing to know is what to sell. All sorts of markets are already saturated. For example adult videos and sex toys would have been a great thing to have gotten into twenty years ago. That is something that is perfect for selling on the internet for a multitude of reasons. The first one is that you can turn a good profit on that sort of stuff and people would vastly prefer to acquire this sort of thing without having to walk into a sleazy video store in a bad part of town. In my home town they have all sorts of rules that are supposed to make sure that those sorts of places are not allowed to go any place nice.

In fact there are a million things you could try that would fit my parameters, but obviously someone else has already done most of them. The type of thing I am thinking about would need to be small and light, so that it would not require a full sized warehouse to store the inventory. For example seeds are sold in little envelopes, or at least most of them are. Grass seed is sold in fifty pound bags, but that would make it too heavy. Anything like that would add so much to the shipping cost as to make it impractical. You need something that could be handled by a child.

Our Backyard is Even More Inviting and Cozy Now

Moving where it is cold is something that I had always told my husband I wanted to do. He grew up around snow, and he told me that it may not be as wonderful as I was thinking it was. I didn’t believe him, and I still don’t! I love everything there is about living in a higher elevation where things are much cooler throughout the year. Last month, I talked to him about putting in a fire pit and he agreed that it would be a nice addition to our backyard. It makes our new home more enjoyable than it already is.

Our place is in a wooded area. When we moved in, we noticed that the previous owners had dug out a campfire pit in the backyard. They even left behind the benches that were sitting around it. The benches were made of logs that had been split in half and reminded me of something you would find at an old cabin. They were perfect. Our kids loved going outside to make a campfire, and we would all go out there together on many weekend evenings to talk, roast marshmallows or hot dogs over the hot fire.

It became apparent that my family loved the time we spent around the campfire. But I felt that we needed something more professional looking, and we would need the help of an expert. I called a company that specializes in putting in fire pits. They helped me to figure out what would be best. They wanted to know if I wanted one that is gas or would work with wood only. My husband brings home a lot of firewood and we love the smell of burning wood, so that seemed best. I picked out some beautiful tiles to have laid out for us to walk on around the pit, too. They did a really nice job and we all love it.

Moving out Was Easy and Hard

I can’t tell you how badly I have wanted a place of my own. I guess I could explain that I grew up in a small home with eight other siblings, two parents and two grandparents. Daily life in that home was cramped to say the least. So, as soon as I got the okay from my parents at the age of 18, I decided to look for apartments in Hattiesburg so that I could try to live on my own. My parents were sad about it, but they both understood my feelings well. Even some of my siblings felt the same way.

Despite the fact that living with so many people in such a small place was hectic and got on my nerves many times, we are all a very close family. I would never want to move out of state. I promised my mom that I would stay in the same city where the rest of my family is, and I meant it, too. I don’t want to be far away from them. I would be fine living next door to them, just as long as it meant having some peace and quiet and a quiet room of my own.

Once I found a place, I found myself missing my family a lot. Funny how that works! I missed waking up in the morning and smelling the scent of breakfast. My mom cooked every morning except weekends. I missed the sound of my younger siblings laughter as they played outside daily. I missed getting to see important moments like my youngest sister’s first steps and the first time she said my mom’s name. So, I made sure to visit often, and I also asked my family to come over to my new place often, too. I love the place I live, though.

Looking Passed So-Called Disabilities to the Real Abilities of Potential Employees

We had never hired a person with disabilities to the extent they needed a wheelchair or other adaptive equipment to do their jobs. It was not an intent of us to not hire those with disabilities, it was just that no one had ever applied. Recently, for an opening, a bright young woman who uses a wheelchair applied for the job. I thought she was perfect for the job, but I did not know if our office environment would be okay for her. Sure, we had met the standard handicap regulatory requirements, but I searched a helpline online for advice to make sure we were really up to standards. The young woman who applied for the job told me about the employer helpline.

She told me outright that she would adapt to things as best that she could, and asked me if I was willing to fix anything that was really a mess as far as accommodating any specialized needs. She even said that even though she is willing to tough out things that are not up to standard, that the business should really look into the helpline online to make sure we are compliant, because not every person would be so kind. She told me about a few people she knows with disabilities who are quite vocal and forceful in inducing companies to get with the program.

I hired her on the spot. You had to be in the interview with me to understand. I personally saw to fixing some things that were not quite up to our responsibility as an employer when it comes to hiring people with disabilities. And, no, it did not cost a lot of money. What we did spend made us a better company. All of the other employees really like our new hire. She brings an energy and enthusiasm that drives others without disabilities to do their best on a daily basis. I would recommend companies actively seek , instead of passively accept, hiring employees that have some disabilities. You may find that the so-called disabilities are nothing compared to the abilities they have.

Looking for the Right One

A couple of my friends wanted me to try a new dating website, but I wasn’t too keen on the idea. The whole idea of meeting people online didn’t seem like a great idea, as you could meet anyone who could possibly turn out to be completely crazy, or worse. My friends told me that the same thing could happen in real life, and that at least online I could look at a lot of people at once to find one that would be a match. I used my hotmail.com login to create an account on the website and started looking at some of the other people who signed up.

There were a lot of people on the website that I didn’t want to date. Some of them were physically unappealing, while others had bad personality traits. There was one guy who didn’t even have a job and was living at home with his parents in his mid 30s. One man look attractive, but he smoked, and only wanted to date someone else who smoked. I wasn’t about to start smoking just for him, so I passed on him. While I thought I was being picky, some of the other people on there were just as picky.

Finally I found a guy who was a normal person. He had a steady job, a college education, lived in his own home, and didn’t smoke. I contacted him, hoping that he would respond to me. A few days went by, and I didn’t hear anything from him. I was worried that he looked at my account and decided that I wasn’t worth his time. I went back to looking at the other accounts and only found more people that I didn’t want to date. Then I received a message from the man asking for a date.

This Piece of Paradise is My Home

I wasn’t sure what kind of property I was looking for. I just knew that when a realtor in Denver showed me the right one, that I would instantly know it was the one for me. I was able to connect with a realtor who has a good track record of finding the perfect home for people. I thought I would be a challenge to him, but apparently I wasn’t. He asked me some questions to gauge what I was looking for, and my answers must have satisfied him because he told me there were a few properties that he felt were exactly what I was looking for.

He showed me the first one via email. I saw a few pictures of the exterior of the house first, and I knew if the inside looked just as nice, I would not be looking at any of the other houses. The house was just a little over 20 years old, and it is on a 1.3 acre lot. There are five bedrooms and five bathrooms. There are several sitting rooms, an office, a kitchen and dining room, a billiards room, and so much more.

Outside, there is a fantastic area on the patio where we can eat or visit. There is also a patio kitchen that comes equipped with everything it needs. There is a garage that will hold three cars, a huge yard, a waterfall and ponds, a gazebo, and so many flowers that it looks too beautiful for words to be able to describe it. The best part is the price. I would have thought that it would cost more than what the price was, which is why I made an offer on it immediately. It is nice to call this paradise home, and I know I will never live anywhere else.

I Started Eating More Fiber and Losing Weight

I have been trying to lose weight without a lot of success. I have been carrying about 40 extra pounds for nearly 20 years, and I honestly had pretty much given up on ever getting rid of it. When my brother lost some weight about a year ago, I asked him what his secret was. He told me that he had been reading different articles on www.nutritionstrategy.com. I had been to so many different websites myself, and I knew that most of them did not contain helpful information. My brother’s weight loss made me realize that some do contain what is needed to help people though, and I went there myself.

I liked it from the get go. I admit that having my brother’s weight loss as proof probably helped me a good bit with having a positive impression, because seeing is believing. I read a recent article there about fiber being what is missing in most people’s weight loss journeys, and I had to agree that it was missing in mine in the past. I like white bread, white rice, and meat. I like all the foods that are missing sufficient amounts of fiber.

I honestly did not know if I would be able to change my eating pattern to include more fiber. I knew that I had to though if I wanted to lose the weight. A funny thing happened when I did change the way I was eating. I started out slowly, but I was able to speed things up when I realized I was not sacrificing taste. I thought that I did not like the foods that I should be eating, but I realized that I had just not tried them before. They are actually quite tasty though, and I finally started losing the weight I never thought I could.

This Was Inexpensive and a Good Idea for My Company

I was finding it hard to keep up with the different social media accounts that I needed for my business. Young people today are on the ball and want these types to follow, though. I particularly struggle with making sure that my accounts look robust to others a well, too. So, I hooked up with a company that lets you buy active Instagram followers to help out.

I was not doing so well with uploading photos and videos to that account as I should have been. I typically work with my computer, not my cell phone. I was slow to do it, and that caused me to not have many followers. Not only that, I learned that it has been shown that you need to have a lot of followers to look like a company that is worth following. I can see exactly how that made sense. I put our account name in all of our outgoing emails and on our business cards to try to get more interest in our account. And that worked some. But I needed more followers. I wondered if there was a way to do it much more quickly and easily, though.

When I learned that there are companies who will create accounts to follow yours, I knew right away that would be the right move for me. I had even been telling everyone that I was on social media, and that was not working out so well. I really did not want to have to try to remember to mention it to every one of our customers. I needed a solution and less time looking desperate.

It only took a few days for the company to work their magic. I went from a measly 500 visitors to 5,000 in that short amount of time. It was not long before I see how well it worked. It brought a lot of visibility to us online. Before I knew it, more and more people were finding us and following us on their own.

Saving Money with Coupons is Easy

I was not the type to use coupons until my cousin told me how much she saves using them. I always thought they were a hassle, but she showed me how easy it can be. Bed Bath and Beyond is my favorite store for a number of reasons. They have a great selection of products, and their prices are extremely reasonable. She told me to do a search for Bed Bath and Beyond coupons, which is how I found bedbathandbeyondcouponzone.com. This site is filled with so many coupons for Bed Bath and Beyond, and they are all really great money savers too.

I looked at the different ones available, and some of them were for savings of up to 50 percent off the price of something. Since I do shop there so much, and I am able to use these coupons every time I go in there, I realized just how much money I was giving away when I could be keeping it for myself. The really great thing about this site too is that the coupons are always changing. If I would happen to not find a coupon I would like to use, that could change within days since new ones are always being put on the site.

I also like all of the tips that I was able to read about the coupons on the site as well as coupons in general on this site. I learned so much between my cousin and this site, and I am saving more money than I would have ever imagined. I no longer see using coupons as a hassle. Instead, I see it for the incredible savings opportunity that it is. In fact, I save so much money on not only Bed Bath and Beyond shopping trips but other stores too, that I can shop even more now!

Exchanging Our Privacy for Voyeurism

Facebook has undergone a rapid, profit driven evolution that has seen a vast slice of the online world creating profiles. They’ve even have stepped into the international ring in an attempt to become a ISP in India, promising free Internet service (providing a Facebook-tilted view of the Internet, of course). While many of their decisions and core design is questionable at best it’s undeniably a power house in the social media world. This makes it a power broker for marketing of all sorts which is why you’re probably right now looking to buy Facebook fans for your Facebook profile. Possessing a Facebook profile as a media personality, artist, author or whatever you might be is practically a staple expectation. Stumbling on a media personality without a Facebook fan page is like finding the Last Unicorn! Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are a given for most anybody these days if they’re in the business of sharing content or engaging with a fan base.

There was a time when having a high number of followers on Facebook was a sign of popularity. It was a sign that you’vemade it as a digital user. It didn’t take us long to realize that we’re all voyeurs of one sort or another and we’re more than happy to exchange our privacy for a peek into the digital window of someone’s profile photos. We’re all interested in each other lives on a surface level and we’re even more fascinated by the lives of social icons. We have this half-hearted expectation that their lives must be on display even on a digital space but if there is one place where a celebrity can control how their life is viewed it’s going to be through their social media profile. Thus, Facebook created the fan page for us to follow rather than their actual profile.

Looking for a Place to Call Home

You know, while Winter here has been pretty mild I’ve begun to think that it might be time to move. I’ve been saying for years that I’m absolutely sick of Winter – I’ve never been a fan of the cold. For the past five or so years I’ve been experiencing the cold in a far less pleasant way thanks to the huge amount of snow. That’s why I’ve begun to look into Jacksonville Apartments – it’s far enough south to stay warm during ‘Winter’ months but also allowing me to stay comfortably close to my parents here in Kentucky.

I’m not someone who moves easily. I like to make a place my home and keep it that way for as long as possible. I’m not much of a rambler and have never quite understood how or why people move as often as they do. They seem so eager to want to give up their apartment or whatever after just a year but for me I want to stay there for as long as possible. On one hand, it’s just a pain to try and move everything! Packing is in no way pleasant and it’s something I like to avoid.

On the other hand, there’s nothing like having a home to come back to. A home is something that we create and it’s something that is hard to find. I spent most of my childhood moving around and never felt like I had a place that gave me any sort of stability. That’s what I want more than anything for my life; a sense of stability. A place where I can call home. A place that gives me a sense of security and a sense of belonging. A place that I can return to whenever I wish and feel comfortable there.

A Great Apartment with Awesome Amenities

One of the worst things in the world is having to find a new place to live. That is what happened to me a few months ago, but it was actually not as bad as I had feared. The apartment that I had been living in had extensive flood damage to it from burst water pipes, and I was not happy with the fix that the management wanted to do. That is why I started looking for a new place immediately. I looked at a website after I saw an ad that said click here to look at apartment amenities.

Since what is directly outside of my apartment is just as important as what is inside to me, I decided to visit the website. I figured that it would be my first search of many, but it actually ended up being the only one I had to do because I really liked what I saw on the website. There are so many things there for apartment dwellers to do, including a fitness center, a clubhouse, a business center, and things like a pool, firepits, and a jacuzzi that everyone can use. Since I am a social creature, this was perfect for someone like me.

I looked at the amenities that are included within the apartment walls too, and I liked what I saw there too. Everything seemed really luxurious to me, since the apartment I had been living in was probably over 50 years old. I liked that it was a modern design with modern conveniences. The best part is the price was comparable to what I had been paying for an apartment that could not even begin to compare. I am really happy now that my old place got flooded, because it landed me into a place that is so much nicer in every way.

We Are Looking Forward to Install Day with Great Anticipation

When I moved my family out to a rural section of the state, I did it so that we could lead a more peaceful life. And we all agree that it has been, and we would not change it for anything in the world. But it sure turned out to be a surprise to learn that dial-up Internet is the fastest speed we could purchase to get online with. It has been that way for years here. But I have just learned that we may be able to get Hughesnet Internet out here, and I sure am hoping that is not just a rumor.

Before we decided to move, we discussed everything in detail to make sure that everyone in the family knew what to expect about what would be different about country living. Everyone was in agreement that everything sounded fine. We never thought to look into Internet access, though. So, when we discussed that we would be able to get online access to do mail-order shopping, watch movies and other things like that, we did not realize those things would actually be a struggle due to lack of higher speed out this way. We found ourselves hoping that would change one day, the sooner the better.

The same day that I heard about the possibility of better speeds, I called the company in question. They said that they have been doing the work in our area for a few weeks to get people up and running. They did a quick check on my address to see if my neighborhood was in their territory, and we found out that we are. There are so many people rushing to get the service, it will take two weeks for them to come to our place to get us set up and running. Because of that, they are giving us a discount of 50% for our first month, so we accepted that offer and are now waiting for them to come out.

It’s Time to Quit Paper Cigarettes

Cigarette cessation is not something you would do temporarily. It can’t also be taken lightly as there are a number of sacrifices and things at risk. So be sure to take your decision to quit as critically as you can. Many people agree that the parts of their lives when they have started quitting the habit were the worst – they didn’t have the new technology that are e-cigarettes which have helped quitting become a far easier challenge. For sure, these ex-smokers did not try just for once, they have done it for maybe even a hundred times before they were able to really succeed and kick off the habit for good. And it might even be possible that you, yourself, have tried quitting for a light of times before and may have even succeeded for brief periods but easily found your way back to your own comfort zones.So what exactly would help you quit smoking forever?

Quitting is possible, no matter how many smokers believe that they could not break their habit. Your choices of techniques are pretty much vast and there are plenty of ways that you could use, either on their own or in conjunction to other methods. Most of these techniques guarantee the repression of the physical cravings. But we both know that it’s the mental cravings that affect all quitters the worst.Your choices of stop smoking techniques vary from nicotine products such as nicotine patches, gums, lozenges, pills and sprays to therapies and medications. But the best way really is your personal preparation and your willingness to start quitting and stay quit.

After you have gathered all your will power to begin the process, you will have to face the monsters that will convince you not to continue with the struggle. Here is where all sorts of temptations and stress would come. You will have the urges to give in but it would depend on you if you would sacrifice another day without cigarette or you will relapse with the habit in this stage you will need a number of devices and products to make the struggle a lot more easier.

My Son Loves Airplane Games

My son is only 12 years old but he already has such a fascination with airplanes. We took our first flight when he was nine years old and he has loved everything about airplanes ever since. I don’t have the time nor money to take a lot of flights, so it is usually limited to once a year now to visit my parents in Florida. I went online to see if I could find a flight game for the computer that he would enjoy, and I found a website that has a lot of free airplane games for people of all ages to play on their computers or other electronic devices.

When I showed him the different games, he got so excited. There were games for both airplanes and helicopters, so this opened up a whole new avenue of fun for him. There were flight simulation games, time management games, games where he can practice taking off and landing airplanes and so much more. I thought that he would play a few games and then develop other interests, but this site has actually increased his passion for anything to do with flying.

He and his father will spend a few minutes playing each other in the morning before school, and then they will play again when my husband gets home from work. I thought that this was going to be just about playing games, but it is actually helping my son in other areas of his life too. He is learning to be more responsible so he can fit in his gaming time along with all of his other responsibilities such as chores and homework, but the best thing is how much fun he is having. These games keep him sharp and focused, and he has so much fun with his father with them!

Paying for Single Channels or Shows

time warner cable digital tv time warner cable inc is the second ...As a current customer of Time Warner Cable, I can’t say that I have very many complaints. Last year they bought out the previous cable company that had been here for at least a decade but the transition has been smooth overall with only a few hiccups here and there. They are definitely more expensive than I expected but I can’t complain too much, it’s not like I have any other kind of option in the area for me to choose! My real complaint for them is that they don’t seem to be doing any development with their actual cable television services.

I stick with them because I enjoy the premium channels that they have but I really only enjoy a couple of the channels themselves despite having to pay for the entire package or bundle. If only they were able to actually offer content in the way that Netflix does or my PSN does – I can buy a whole season pass for, say, The Walking Dead without having to actually have AMC. This way I get to watch my show, they get money ($4 a season, a great deal if you ask me) which is in High Definition.

This is the kind of model I think that every cable company needs to be able to provide. Not everyone can afford something entire premium cable packages on their own. It’s actually become rather expensive over the years so if I could watch what I want to watch, even if it is just a show or a single channel, I would love to be able to pay just for that and would be far more willing to pay for more content than being forced into it. It would do a lot for the morale of people like myself who feel kind of trapped by subscription fees.

Datpiff for Getting Your Music out There

I am going to try to start a music career for myself, because I feel like I could be pretty successful. I have always been gifted at music, but it is hard to get started in a music career. I have been on this site, called Datpiff, and I would like to make it big on here. I have uploaded some of my music there, but it has not been viewed much. I need to visit buydatpiffnow.com and buy some downloads for my music, so that it will look like my music is more popular than it actually is at this point in time.

I think that it is probably the only way that I will be able ot make this work out for me. If I just wait for people to start listening to my music, then I could be waiting a long time. But I think that once people are listening to it, and it starts to get popular, that people will start sharing it with other people, and then it will grow on its own from there. That is all I want to happen, and I am pretty confident in my music.

I am going to continue to upload more music to the website, as I produce it. I have another album that I am in the process of making, but it needs some work, before it will really be finished. I have not put in enough time in recording it recently, because I have been busy with other things, but I need to get back to it. I have some other ideas for new songs as well, but they are probably going to have to wait until sometime when I have more free time. I have not figured out exactly how I want those new songs to go.