Rupert Murdoch’s letter to his shareholders in 2010 had been strangely prophetic. “When you (shareholders) have been in business as long as we (News Corporation) have, you are no stranger to adversity or to instability. We hedge against uncertainty by investing in diversified assets at all stages of growth,” Murdoch had said in the letter published in the company’s annual report.Without knowing about the impending setbacks in the UK, the News Corporation chairman and CEO had tried to familiarise his firm’s shareholders for impending instability.”So as we strengthen our existing businesses, we are developing the next generation, like Star India and new digital content models,” he had said.”Star India saw particularly robust advertising growth and we continue to develop marketleading capabilities in that important and burgeoning region,” he said.This clearly indicates the importance he accords to his Indian businesses.”With recent investments in Asianet and other regional channels in India, as well as Rotana in West Asia, we are positioning ourselves to drive and capture growth in these rapidly developing markets,” Murdoch’s letter had said.Murdoch’s Indian empire spans from TV production and broadcasting to films, TV news, cable distribution, DTH services, wireless and digital services. His Indian ventures are controlled by Star India Private Ltd, a 100 per cent subsidiary of News Corporation.He has done business in India for 20 years.One of India’s biggest broadcasting groups, Star India’s network includes 32 channels in eight languages catering to more than 400 million people every week.Their portfolio includes Star Plus, Star One, Star Gold, Channel [V], Star Jalsha, Star Pravah, Star World, Star Movies, Star Utsav and joint venture channels Asianet, Asianet Plus, Star Vijay, Suvarna, Star News, ESPN and Star Sports. Star India holds 26 per cent equity in Hindi news channel Star News , in line with foreign direct investment guidelines.advertisementThe balance 74 per cent is held by ABP TV, a 100 per cent subsidiary of media conglomerate ABP Ltd. Media Content & Communications Services Ltd (MCCS) runs the channel.MCCS has two more regional language news channels – Star Ananda in Bengali and Star Majha in Marathi.Star India manages a portfolio of business ventures including DTH operator Tata Sky, a biggie in its domain, in which it has 20 per cent stake. The balance 80 per cent is held by the Tata group. Cable TV supplier Hathway is Star India’s multisystem operator (MSO) arm.Its channel distribution arm is called Star Den that recently entered into a joint distribution alliance with the Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd Group.Star India’s south Indian broadcast business includes Asianet channels and STAR Vijay. Its Fox Star Studios India is into the film production and distribution business while its teleshopping channel is called STAR CJ Home Shopping.News Corporation holds 50 per cent stake in ESPN Star Sports. It has a 40 per cent stake in Harper-Collins India, which is part of the India Today Group, the publishers of Mail Today. Star – an abbreviation of Satellite Television Asia Region – was initially started for the media mogul’s China foray.Later, it was expanded to India. The firm claims that its business has greater breadth and depth than any other broadcaster in India.The Star group entered India in 1990 through an alliance with Subhash Chandra’s Zee TV which was discontinued later. Meanwhile, Star TV was launched as an independent venture of Murdoch spearheading his growth in India.Financial and employee details of this privately held firm are not available in the public domain.Star Broadcasting Corporation controls over 50,000 hours of Indian programming and also owns the world’s largest contemporary Indian and international film library, with more than 800 titles. Star India recently entered into an advertising sales tie up with NDTV. In 2009 STAR Asia was restructured into four units such as STAR India, Star Greater China, Star Select and Fox International Channel.Without knowing the impending setbacks in the UK, the News Corp chief had tried to familiarise his firm’s shareholders for impending instability.
The world has heard tales of the fanciful riches of Lord Venkateswara of Tirupati, yet very few can claim to have seen them.But soon, devotees of the Lord of the Seven Hills in Andhra Pradesh’s Tirumala hills might be able to catch a glimpse of the rare and precious jewels and ornaments donated over several centuries.For the first time, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), which manages the country’s richest temple, is planning to put the precious and antique ornaments of Lord Venkateswara on display at the Sri Venkateswara Museum on Tirumala hills. In fact, the TTD authorities are understood to have decided to throw open the gallery of the ornaments during the annual Brahmotsavams which began on Tuesday.The authorities were contemplating the release of a catalogue of the deity’s jewellery to enable the pilgrims to identify each ornament along with its history. But they decided against it at the last moment owing to security issues.More than a lakh pilgrims throng the hill shrine during this 10-day festival and it would be extremely difficult to provide security to the museum to guard the jewellery on display, a TTD official said. They would be displayed any time after the Brahmotsavams, the official added. Some of the ancient jewellery of Lord Venkateswara include Nagabharanam (snake bracelet), Karnabharanam (earrings), Makara Kundalams (crocodile-shaped earrings), Pachala Haram (emerald necklace), Kati and Varada Hasthams (diamond-studded golden sheath on palms of the lord, right one receiving offerings and left one placed on the waist) and a diamond crown, among other things.advertisementAt present the jewels are stored in the “Bokasam” (temple treasury) amid tight security.The announcement on the public display of Lord Venkateswara’s jewellery was first made by TTD joint executive officer K.S. Srinivasa Raju a couple of months ago. A high-level delegation headed by TTD executive officer L.V. Subramanyam also visited the National Museum in New Delhi to study how security was being provided at the museum.The TTD authorities even held a series of meetings with the Archaeological Survey of India officials recently to seek their technical help in displaying the ornaments at the Tirumala Museum.The tradition of gold offerings to the deity goes back several centuries. According to temple records, the ruler of Vijayanagara empire – Krishnadevaraya – had visited the temple seven times between 1509 and 1539. He made many offerings, including a diamond-studded crown. All the offerings were recorded through inscriptions.Since then, the rulers of various dynasties made gold and jewellery donations to the temple – the deity receives a steady stream of offerings from everyone.In 2010, when the state government celebrated Krishnadevaraya’s 500th coronation celebrations, it had asked the TTD authorities to exhibit the jewellery the king had donated. But the TTD authorities realised that many of the jewels donated by the king were not found. A probe by the TTD revealed the jewels couldn’t be identified as most of them had got mixed up with other donations.The TTD said the process of maintaining fool-proof records of donations, including jewellery, had started only in the 1930s.
DefinitionKnee arthroscopy is surgery thatuses a tiny camera to look inside your knee. Small cuts are made toinsert the camera andsmall surgical tools into your knee for the procedure.Alternative NamesKnee scope – arthroscopic lateral retinacular release; Synovectomy – knee; Patellar (knee) debridement; Meniscus repair; Lateral release; Knee surgeryDescriptionThree different types of pain relief (anesthesia) may be used for knee arthroscopy surgery:Local anesthesia. Your knee may be numbed with pain medicine. You may also be given medicines that relax you. You will stay awake.Spinal anesthesia. This is also called regional anesthesia. The pain medicine is injected into a space in your spine. You will be awake but will not be able to feel anything below your waist.General anesthesia. You will be asleep and pain-free.Femoral nerve block. This is another type of regional anesthesia. The pain medicine is injected around the nerve in your groin. You will be asleep during the operation. This type of anesthesia will block out pain so that you need less general anesthesia.A cuff-like device may be putaround your thigh to help control bleeding during the procedure.The surgeon will make two or three small cuts around your knee. Salt water (saline) will be pumped into your knee to stretch the knee.A narrow tube with a tiny camera on the end will beinserted through one of the cuts. The camera is attached to a video monitor that lets the surgeon see inside the knee.The surgeon may put other small surgery tools inside your knee through the othercuts. The surgeon will then fix or remove the problem in your knee.advertisementAt the end of your surgery, the saline will be drained from your knee. The surgeon will close your cuts with sutures (stitches) and cover them with a dressing. Many surgeons take pictures of the procedure from the video monitor, You may be able to view these pictures after the operation so that you can seewhat was done.Why the Procedure Is PerformedArthroscopy may be recommended for these knee problems:Torn meniscus. Meniscus is cartilage that cushions the space between the bones in the knee. Surgery is done to repair or remove it.Torn or damaged anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or posterior cruciate ligament (PCL)Swollen (inflamed) or damaged lining of the joint. This lining is called the synovium.Kneecap (patella) that is out of position (misalignment).Small pieces of broken cartilage in the knee jointRemoval of Bakers cyst. This isa swelling behind the knee that is filled with fluid. Sometimes the problemoccurs when there is swelling and pain (inflammation) from other causes, like arthritis.Some fractures of the bones of the kneeRisksThe risks for any anesthesia are:Allergic reactions to medicinesBreathing problemsThe risks for any surgery are:BleedingInfectionAdditional risks for this surgery include:Bleeding into the knee jointDamage to the cartilage, meniscus, or ligaments in the kneeBlood clot in the legInjury to a blood vessel or nerveInfection in the knee jointKnee stiffnessBefore the ProcedureAlways tell your doctor or nurse whatmedicines you are taking, even drugs, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription.During the 2 weeks before your surgery:Your doctor may tell you to stop takingmedicines that make it harder for your blood to clot. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve), and other blood thinners.Ask your doctor whichmedicines you should still take on the day of your surgery.Tell your doctor if you have been drinking a lot of alcohol (more than 1 or 2 drinks a day).If you smoke, try to stop. Ask your doctor for help. Smoking can slow down wound and bone healing.Always let your doctor know about any cold, flu, fever, herpes breakout, or other illness you have before your surgery.On the day of your surgery:You will usually be asked not to drink or eat anything for 6 to 12 hours before the procedure.Take the medicines your doctor told you to take with a small sip of water.Your doctor or nurse will tell you when to arrive at the hospital.After the ProcedureYou will have an ace bandage on your knee over the dressing. Most people go home the same day they have surgery. Your doctor will give you exercises to do.Outlook (Prognosis)Full recovery after knee arthroscopy will depend on what type of problem was treated.Problems such as a torn meniscus, broken cartilage, Bakers cyst, and problems with the synovium are often easily fixed. Many people stay remain active after these surgeries.advertisementRecovery from simple procedures is usually fast. You may need to use crutches for a while after some types of surgery. Your doctor may also prescribe pain medicine.Recovery will take longer if you have had a more complex procedure.If parts of your knee have been repaired or rebuilt, is you may not be able to walk without crutches or a knee brace for several weeks. Full recovery may take several months to a year.If you also have arthritis in your knee, you will still have arthritis symptoms after surgery to repair other damage to your knee.ReferencesPhillips BB, Mihalko MJ. Arthroscopy of the lower extremity. In: Canale ST, Beaty JH, eds. Campbells Operative Orthopaedics. 12th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby Elsevier; 2012:chap 51.Miller MD, Hart J. Surgical principles. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drezs Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 2.Review Date:1/17/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.
Aamir Khan, who is currently in Ludhiana to shoot for his upcoming film Dangal, took some time off from his hectic schedule to pay a visit to the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Aamir went to seek blessings for Dangal on Sunday morning. The Dangal team is to camp in the vicinity for more than two months to film portions of the Nitesh Tiwari directorial. The film is based on the life of legendary wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his daughters.ALSO READ: A beefed up Aamir Khan begins shooting for Dangal in Ludhiana Known to be Bollywood’s Mr. Perfectionist, Aamir Khan has put on 30 kgs to step into the shoes of a wrestler for the film. He had earlier shared his worry about the weight gain. “I am 95 kg right now and that’s enough for the character. My breathinghas changed… when I tie my laces, my stomach comes in between. After20 seconds, I have to (take a long) breath, Aamir told IANS.ALSO READ: I think I’m playing with my health, says Aamir Khan Aamir plays the role of the wrestler who trained his two daughters Geeta and Babita in wrestling. The two girls went on to win the gold and silver medal in the sport at the 2010 Commonwealth games held in India. The film also stars Rajkummar Rao and Sakshi Tanwar in pivotal roles. Newcomers Fatima Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra will be seen in the role of Aamir’s daughters in the film. The film is slated to release during Christmas next year.
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Job interviews aren’t only about impressing the interviewer; they’re about sparking a new relationship with your future employer.The key to a successful interview is to keep the interviewer talking. Sure, while you want to share why you’re the best candidate for the position, you also don’t want to dominate the interview. On the other hand, if it seems like there’s a lull in the conversation, you also want to keep the conversation going.Maintaining conversation during a job interview can be hard to do. Even if you write a list of five or 10 questions, the interviewer may not have much to say. As you prepare questions for the interviewer, make sure they’re relevant to the position. It’s also important to keep them interesting and open-ended. This will make it possible for the interviewer to talk more during the interviewer.If you’re stumped on what questions you should ask, here are five questions that will keep your interview going:1. What do you enjoy most about working here?This is a great question to ask to learn more about the interviewer on a personal level. You’ll pick up on the interviewer’s feelings toward the job and give them the opportunity to talk about themselves during the interview.When asking this question, you’ll also determine whether this job is the right fit for you. If the interviewer is hesitant about answering, it might be a sign they don’t not enjoy their job.2. Where do you hope the company will be in five years?This is another question that has the potential to get the interviewer excited about their job. You’ll also learn about any upcoming changes the company might experience and the goals the interviewer has for their position within company. Learning this information will give you a better idea of how you’d fit as a potential employee.3. Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?Not only will this question show your confidence in landing the job during the interview, but also it will teach you about the type of people you’d work with at the company.Learning about your future coworkers is a great way to learn more about the position. With this question, you can also find out about the types of project’s you’ll work on and what’s expected of you as an employee.4. How would you describe the work environment here?If you want to learn more about the company culture, this is an excellent question to ask. You’ll find out whether the culture is more collaborative or if employees are expected to work independently. This question will also help you determine whether you’d make a good fit for the position.5. What’s the next step of this process?This is a good question to ask as the interview begins wrapping up. If you feel like conversation has been dying down, this would be a great way to find out the rest of the information you need to for the interview process.There are just a few of the questions you can ask to keep a job interview going. Remember, you want to ask positive and open-ended questions that will get the interviewer excited about the interview and position you as a likeable candidate. By following this advice, you’ll show the interviewer that you care about their answers and are genuinely interested in learning about the job.What questions do you ask during interviews to keep the conversation going?
Also on Glassdoor: Know Your Worth It’s definitely a nightmare scenario, but toxic bosses do exist. Perhaps you have firsthand experience, or maybe you have heard horror stories from friends. Either way, you know a toxic boss is something to be avoided at all costs. But unfortunately, it’s not always easy. Often times, we find ourselves in undesirable situations and have to do our best with what we have. If you’ve found yourself dealing with a toxic boss, don’t lose hope.We tapped an expert to help us tackle this task. Dr. Stephanie Sarkis is a clinical specialist, counselor, author, and overall expert in helping people navigate difficult emotional situations. She’s here to help you save your sanity when dealing with a toxic boss. Glassdoor: How can employees distinguish between a boss you dislike versus a boss that’s truly toxic? Dr. Stephanie Sarkis: A boss that is truly toxic can demeaning and soul-crushing. Toxic bosses may practice “gaslighting”, manipulation tactics that make you question your competence and even your reality. One of these tactics is when a boss blatantly lies, and when called out on their lie, they vehemently deny they ever said such a thing. Glassdoor: What kind of mindset or attitude is important to adopt when dealing with a toxic boss? Dr. Stephanie Sarkis: Remember that you always have options, even if it truly feels like you don’t. When you feel like you don’t have a choice in what is going on in your workplace, you can feel stuck and burnout can kick in. Options include looking for a new job, transferring within your company, seeking advice from an attorney, and there is the option of accepting you have a toxic boss and learn to detach from it. Keep in mind that this last option comes with a high emotional cost to you.Glassdoor: When do you know when enough is enough? And does that mean quitting? Talking to HR? Dr. Stephanie Sarkis: It depends on how invested you are in your job, and what options are available to you. If you wake up every morning dreading your job, it may be time to make a change. Life is short. While you don’t have to like your job every day, dreading facing the day is something different altogether. Glassdoor: What do you see as a common mistake with people trying to handle a toxic boss? How can these be avoided? Dr. Stephanie Sarkis: A common mistake is letting the boss get to you, and reacting with the same amount of anger that the boss directs your way. This can backfire on you. Never let a toxic boss see you sweat – they live off knowing they can push your buttons. Your boss could also report you to HR for an outburst. Keep in mind that fighting fire with fire with a toxic boss does nothing to change his or her behavior. Glassdoor: Any advice for job seekers who are trying to steer clear of potentially toxic managers?Dr. Stephanie Sarkis: Learn more about gaslighting in order to identify and protect yourself from these manipulative behaviors. The more you know what to expect from toxic people, the earlier you can identify them and plan a coping strategy – even if that includes finding a new job.
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In some cases, it will be a great experience and you’ll see your salary increase as you get promoted or gain experience; but in other cases, your pay might not equate to your level of experience, or you might find that you’re underpaid compared to colleagues.Getting the salary you want or determining how much you deserve to be paid is tough path to navigate, especially when you’re not sure if you should negotiate for a higher salary at your current job, or seek a better offer from another company.If you’re leaving your current job because you feel you aren’t being paid well, the most important thing to keep in mind during your new job search is to make sure you receive a fair salary at your next company. Negotiating salaries can be tricky, nerve-wracking and confusing. Therefore, it’s incredibly important that you do the research and financial planning that goes into landing a job with fair, equal pay.But, how do you do that, especially if you have no idea what you want or how much you’re worth? Here are a few pieces of advice to consider.1. Know Your WorthWe can’t say it enough, if you want to get a good salary, you need to know your worth in the current job market. This is why we built our Know Your Worth tool to give you the opportunity to understand your value in the workforce. Whether you went to school, have years of experience or skills that can translate to relevant experience, you deserve to be paid fair, regardless of your age. 2. Plan your personal financesPart of figuring out the ideal salary includes personal financial planning. When you factor in all of your living costs (rent, utility bills, insurance, car payments, etc.,) hopefully your salary isn’t just enough for you to make ends meet. Before you can determine the salary that fits both your living costs and equates to your job experience, you have to have your personal finances in order. The goal is to find a balance that will allow you to both cover your monthly costs and save some of your earnings.Once you have a handle on your personal finances and know how much you can command in the marketplace, you’ll have a much better idea of that target number.3. Research what the company paysIf you are in the interview process, a strategic move is to research the company to find out how well they pay their current employees, especially those in similar roles to the one you are applying for. Look up salary information on Glassdoor, which is an essential step to preparing for future salary negotiation. For example, if you see that the company is underpaying for the position, you can use that to make a case for why you deserve a higher salary.4. 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Starting a new job can be nerve-racking, no matter how excited you are, how great your new company seems, or how much background research you’ve done.I don’t pretend to have all of the answers, but as I’ve navigated my own career in corporate communications and cofounded a women’s empowerment network, I’ve realized the value of collecting tidbits of career wisdom along the way. Here are a few tips that I’ve found myself sharing with anyone headed into their first days on the job:1. Ask questions!Make it your mission to ask smart ones! I’ve never had a problem sitting at the table and contributing, but it definitely took me a while to get comfortable asking questions. I had a breakthrough when I realized that inquiry doesn’t make you vulnerable; it can actually signal to your colleagues that you’re paying attention, avoiding confusion, and thinking critically about the right things. One of the first things I tell new interns in my office is to think about what questions will help advance our conversations, navigate challenges, and find solutions.The 45 Questions You Should Ask In Every Job Interview2. Closely examine your relationships.Relationships matter in and outside of the workplace. It’s incredibly important to invest in your relationships with colleagues, friends, and your extended professional network. Be the person that people want to work with. But also be okay with the reality that not everyone is going to be your best friend or confidant.Bonding with teammates is really important, yet you also have to make a point to keep your conversations appropriate. Working in communications, I often stress that nothing is “off the record,” and I always advise against sharing things that could be used against you and your performance. Find ways to work around negative people or situations, and always do your best to not engage in office gossip. Bring your whole self to work and build friendships while also being cautious.3. Use those vacation days.I think back to my first job, when I operated with the notion that you need to be in the office and available all the time to succeed and demonstrate your ambitious work ethic. Now I realize it’s important to read your office culture and to manage your workflow and energy levels thoughtfully. For me, that means planning time off throughout the year (not just around the holidays!). Whether you have paid time off or a flexible vacation policy where your schedule is at your discretion, you should absolutely take advantage of it. Be judicious, but if your office has designated specific time away – like summer Fridays – also don’t be shy about using them. That’s what they’re for!9 Companies Outside of Silicon Valley With Unlimited Vacation4. Plan beyond your next paycheck.It can be easy to get into a paycheck-to-paycheck grind as you enter the workforce. Financial insecurity is a very real thing, especially when rent and student loans aren’t exactly leaving you with much extra cash to manage. Regardless of your circumstances, prioritizing financial planning and developing smart habits early on can pay dividends.Think beyond the advice you’ve already heard, like maxing out your 401k or automatically stashing a fixed percentage of your paycheck in your savings account. Looking back, I wish someone told me to start investing earlier or to seek out equity opportunities. You don’t have to have a lot of money to have a conversation with a financial advisor about how you can maximize your options and grow your savings for big milestones down the road. Leverage online resources and apps like Mint and LearnVest to help demystify some of the confusion around your finances and make informed decisions.This article originally appeared on The Well, Jopwell’s digital magazine. 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3 Ways Managers Can Empower Team Members With Mental Health Struggles A recent Gallup study found that around 50 percent of people have left a job to get away from their boss. The same study found that those with good relationships with their managers had higher engagement and satisfaction levels. Management truly drives their teams to success or failure — and in some cases, stress and anxiety. If you’re unhappy at work and wondering if it might be time to leave, take a look at these stories from the employees of former nightmare bosses. David’s Telemarketing TroublesDavid ran into a toxic boss 20 years ago in the telemarketing department where he worked:“I worked very hard, loved the place and put in extra time. . . . Each day, this bully boss would claim that I was somehow doing things that were wrong and find excuses to threaten me with the sack. I often turned around to find him sitting behind me, just inches away. . . .I was eventually called upstairs to the HR managers department and told that I was being let go due to not having done well. When they crunched the numbers on my final pay packet, I had achieved 180% of the end of month target on the tenth day of the month.”Talk about intimidating.Beyond false complaints about performance, this toxic boss also used physical intimidation. But there’s more.“I had been let go just 2 weeks short of passing the probation. The timing was intentional because if he had waited just a fortnight longer, then I would have been an employee with full rights. I never complained about him because he said that if I did, then the department would be wrapped up and my job would be gone anyway.”Not only did the boss use the probation period against the David to target him when he had fewer rights — he also threatened the entire department if David went to human resources and complained. What should you do in this situation? If you think you have a decent rapport with HR, you could go to them despite the threats and tell them about the bullying, bringing records of the interactions if you have them. Even if you’re new to the company—and worry the department might be more inclined to take the manager’s side—still make the report. You don’t want to work for a company where HR doesn’t take employee claims seriously, and no job (or very few, anyway) is worth the stress that this toxic boss put David under.How to Get Your Boss to Actually Listen to YouKatie’s Management MessThis second story features Katie, who worked her way up from the bottom of a company and gave it her best for five years, only to be driven out of the job by a toxic manager:“I worked for a company for 5 years before I finally had to throw in the towel. I had started with the company in 2008 and actually loved every second of it. . . . Quickly I moved to an area manager position and moved around to different territories across the US. . . .Eventually, I was promoted to a Regional Manager and I worked very closely with my boss (the VP of Sales) and the owner of the company. My boss was actually pretty incredible. . . . The owner of the company, on the other hand, was not. . . . If you caught him on a bad day, he would call screaming and cursing, rather than ask questions to find out what happened. He failed to coach, and just belittled. Still, I withstood the verbal abuse because I respected my boss and she always had my back.”This sounds like a situation many of us find ourselves in. A member of management is tough to work with, but we love the job and our direct boss is great, so we stay and tough it out. However, in Katie’s case there was more to the story.“Aside from being verbally abusive at times, which all of us just somehow got used to, he was not good with actually running a business. . . . Eventually, it seemed that he found excuses not to pay the people working for him to make sure expenses at the main office got paid. The straw that finally broke the camel’s back for me was when I was in LA with my boss. He called to yell at me. . . . I hadn’t gotten paid, and he had no intention of paying me, and he wanted me to fire someone that was integral to the success of the area. . . . I couldn’t support his decision, so he said I needed to do what he said or leave, so I chose to leave.”What should you do in this situation?Katie made the right choice. You should never feel forced to compromise your morals or integrity by a manager. You also shouldn’t have to deal with a supervisor that calls just to yell at you. Getting the right message across over the phone is important, and yelling definitely sends the wrong message. However, since this was the owner of the company, there, unfortunately, may not have been much Katie could do but leave. While there’s definitely something to be said for toughing out the more tedious parts of an otherwise enjoyable job, it’s smart to set boundaries — and to hold firm on those boundaries. Katie’s experience and rapid rise in the ranks may have made finding an equivalent job easier, without having to sacrifice five years of her career to a miserable boss. Working with horrible bosses is tough. The stress and emotional conflict it causes can leave scars that take years to heal. There are options, though. And there is almost always another job. You should never feel trapped in a position at any company. Don’t let a toxic boss derail your career passion.
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has again spoken to president Florentino Perez about his defensive signing plans.With Pepe leaving at the end of the month, a move for Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci remains on the agenda of Perez.However, Diario Gol says Ramos, who had already made his feelings known to Perez after the Champions League final, has again spoken to his president about his concerns.Ramos insists there is no reason for Bonucci’s arrival, convinced that Raphael Varane and Nacho can now handle the defensive burden. The Spain international has also told Perez that rather move for a veteran like Bonucci, signing a young player in the guise of Ajax’s Davinson Sanchez would make more sense.Ramos feels ready to lead Real’s defence again next season and only needs young players to support him, not another experienced partner.
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on February 18, 2011June 20, 2017By: Ann Starrs, President and Co-Founder, Family Care InternationalClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Last month I blogged here about the launch of the high-level Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health, co-chaired by the President of Tanzania and the Prime Minister of Canada and tasked with defining an accountability framework “for global reporting, oversight and accountability on women’s and children’s health.” The Commission, according to its mandate from the Secretary-General, “will create a system to track whether donations for women’s and children’s health are made on time, resources are spent wisely and transparently, and whether the desired results are achieved.” Here is a quick update on the Commission and its two working groups.The Commission itself held its first meeting on January 26th (described in Women Deliver’s meeting summary), and will prepare its final report by the time of the World Health Assembly, in the third week of May. The two working groups, one on results and one on resources, will develop recommendations for consideration by the Commission, which will then issue its report with final recommendations for action. The working group reports will be finalized by the third week of March. (I am a member of the results working group.)Information on this process can be found at www.everywomaneverychild.org, the website for the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. The site contains up-to-date information on the Commission and its work, as well as the two papers that have been produced to date by the working groups.The NGO community is represented in both the Commission and the working groups; there are three NGOs on the Commission (World Vision International, Women Deliver, and World YWCA), and several in each working group. As the working groups deliberate, and as the Commission, in its turn, reviews their working papers and recommendations, it is important that NGO viewpoints be included in the process. There are several options for sharing your thoughts:by visiting the “discussion forum” at the Global Strategy website, where you can post comments on the working papers.by directly contacting World Vision International, which is a member of the Commission. Kevin Jenkins, the President and CEO of World Vision, has written an open letter to the PMNCH NGO community inviting feedback, which can be sent to Stefan Germann. Please send feedback by February 23rd.by contacting me with comments specific to the working group. The results working paper is currently being revised, and should be available within the next week or two.It is crucial that the views and insights of civil society, and of the maternal health community specifically, be fully and clearly represented throughout the accountability process. Please follow up through any of the channels identified above with your questions, comments, and perspectives on this critically important effort. Meanwhile, I’ll continue to post updates when there is new information to share or new opportunities for participation.Share this:
Posted on February 8, 2013March 21, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)President Joyce Banda has made improving maternal health a centerpiece of her Presidency since taking office last spring, and her first “State of the Nation” address is no exception. The speech, which was published earlier today by the Nyaza Times, highlights progress toward the Presidential Initiative on Maternal Health and Safe Motherhood. The Initiative focuses on three areas: community mobilization, construction of maternity waiting homes, and training of community midwives. In her address, President Banda highlighted some of the details of progress toward building maternity waiting homes in her speech. This alone might be noteworthy – after all, how often do heads of state discuss the details of a maternal health program in a major national speech?But, in a bit of serendipity, The New York Times featured a blog post just yesterday highlighting another piece of the Initiative: efforts to engage powerful chiefs to lead many of the community mobilization components of the Initiative. The Times piece highlights some encouraging signs that this effort, which aims to engage a broad spectrum of community members in efforts to encourage women to seek antenatal care and skilled care at delivery will be successful – unlike previous national policies, which were enacted without this sort of attention to community engagement.The Times is not alone in singling out President Banda for her attention to addressing Malawi’s dire maternal health situation. In fact, just last week, her commitment was also highlighted in a recent Comment on progress toward the MDGs in The Lancet by President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria and Jens Stoltenburg, Prime Minister of Norway. The Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Smart Global Health website also published this interview with President Banda in January, where she articulated a vision of bold, ambitious change, driven by efforts to keep girls in school longer, ensure access to family planning and improve maternal health. Hopefully, these efforts – and the urgency President Banda brings to them – will not only continue to draw this sort of attention, but will have a real impact on women’s lives in Malawi.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on July 24, 2014November 2, 2016By: Mary Nell Wegner, Executive Director, Maternal Health Task Force, Women and Health InitiativeClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)On July 8-11, the MHTF had the privilege of co-hosting two meetings with the Fistula Care Plus project, led by EngenderHealth. It was a terrific opportunity to learn about the current state of fistula research, discuss gaps in surveillance and measurement, as well as consider our shared goal of how best to support providers in high burden countries to tackle this persistent problem.These providers of obstetric care and women with fistula offer important insight into the existence of fistula, but the reality is that we have no idea how many women in the world are currently living with fistula or are at risk for getting a fistula. Because obstetric fistula is a relatively rare event and women with fistula are often stigmatized, appropriate measurement mechanisms are elusive. Although household and mixed method surveys, key informant interviews, health management information systems, and modeling all offer insight, none of these alone adequately captures the scope of the problem. Consequently, measuring incidence and prevalence of this maternal morbidity is difficult. Additionally, fistula often affects the poorest, most vulnerable, and powerless women and, because they are frequently so marginalized, they can be hard for a “system” to find.Still, that is no reason to give up.As the global community comes together to work towards ending preventable maternal mortality and morbidity and address the needs of newborns, fistula is a critical issue. Obstetric fistula, often a sequela of unskilled or absent emergency obstetric care, provides an important lens on how health systems are failing women and newborns when they are at their most vulnerable.While arguably the vast majority of obstetric fistula is caused by lack of emergency obstetric care during obstructed labor, it is becoming increasingly apparent that there is also some proportion caused within facilities by providers with inadequate skills. In the process of providing cesarean sections, some providers may actually cause a fistula. A forthcoming retrospective review by Dr. Thomas Raassen and others will provide data on this iatrogenic fistula covering 18 years and 11 countries.While the maternal health community is to be commended for all of the work conducted in the last decades to increase access to emergency obstetric care, in our haste we may have made a critical error in failing to ensure the provider has the skills and resources needed to operate effectively. It’s time to take a closer look at the training providers receive and what can improve their competence.Not all women who arrive at a facility with obstructed labor are guaranteed to receive the care they need for the prevention of fistula. Some women arrive too late after a fistula has begun to form. For those who arrive promptly, a skilled provider can make a critical difference in a woman’s life when the provision of a c-section to relieve obstructed labor will safeguard the health of the mother and newborn. Let’s pause to recognize this need for prompt, skilled emergency obstetric care and plan accordingly.Let’s also pause to congratulate the Fistula Care project and the incredible surgical teams and facilities staff in the Global South who have provided more than 29,000 fistula repairs to women in more than ten countries, as well as published 22 journal articles, in the last five years. With this kind of track record, further substantial progress in preventing both obstetric and iatrogenic fistula certainly seems within reach.Share this:
Posted on June 7, 2019By: Caroline Conena, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Dr. Gene Declercq wants you to know three things about maternal mortality. But first, here are three things to know about him: (1) he eagerly pours over annual death certificate reports on weekend nights; (2) he maintains a slide with pictures of every colleague he’s published with, reminding us to join forces with others; and (3) he’s recently shifted his 30+ year research focus on childbirth to maternal mortality, because, as he states upfront, “regrettably death trumps birth in the eyes of the public.”The United States ranks worse in maternal mortality than every other developed country. This ranking is fraught with international debate, measuring inconsistencies, and extreme racial inequities, especially among Black women in the U.S. During his presentation at the Harvard Chan School on April 6, 2018, Gene dug into all of these.For instance, he quickly debunked the “diversity” argument that the U.S. ranks so poorly because of its diverse population and wide racial inequities in maternal mortality. Gene noted that even if we looked at maternal mortality just among White women, the U.S. still ranks at the very bottom. Thus, the U.S. is doing poorly by all standards — and racial inequities don’t explain the full picture.With an ability to illuminate his findings with data sleuthing stories and memorable taglines, Gene gave us three things to know about the state of maternal mortality research in the United States: “The U.S. has a problem, but isn’t sure how bad it is.” The main reason for this ambiguity is because of how maternal mortality is calculated in the U.S. compared to other countries. To set the stage, Gene spelled out the different maternal mortality measures the U.S. has used:Maternal mortality ratio – the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy from any cause related to or aggravated by pregnancy or its management but not from accidental or incidental causes. Typically reported as a ratio per 100,000 live births.Pregnancy-related deaths – the death of a woman while pregnant or within one year of the end of pregnancy from a pregnancy complication, a chain of events initiated by pregnancy, or the aggravation of an unrelated condition of the physiologic effects of pregnancy.Pregnancy-associated deaths – the death of a woman while pregnant or within one year of termination of pregnancy, irrespective of cause. (Coincidentally, the World Health Organization calls these pregnancy-related deaths.)In 2007, the U.S. federal government stopped reporting the maternal mortality ratio, the measure used by all other countries. Gene wanted to know why. In the U.S., the maternal mortality ratio had been increasing since the late 1990s. However, without newly reported maternal mortality data, we couldn’t make reliable comparisons to previous years or to other countries.The answer, Gene and colleagues discovered, stemmed from the change in death certificate reporting in 2003. At the time, public health professionals worried that they weren’t picking up enough cases of maternal mortality during pregnancy. They sought to standardize how pregnancy information was collected on death certificates.This led to the “pregnancy checkbox,” a mandated question on death certificates to indicate whether a deceased woman was pregnant or within one year of death. Unfortunately, the change required a huge technical overhaul, and when federal funding to support it fell through, states were slow to adopt. By 2007, maternal mortality data had become inconsistent with only half the 50 states (plus Washington D.C. and New York City) implementing the checkbox.Give the checkbox debacle and fear of invalid data, the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) decided to no longer report maternal mortality. The Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System (PMSS) continued to report maternal deaths, but used different measures — pregnancy-associated deaths (deaths while pregnant or within one year of termination due to any cause) and pregnancy-related deaths (deaths while pregnant or within one year of termination associated with pregnancy) — instead of maternal mortality ratios.That’s where Gene and his colleagues came in. They set out to analyze this inconsistent state data to estimate a national maternal mortality average, and once again, determine how the U.S. stacks up against other OECD countries. Their ensuing paper Recent increases in the US Maternal Mortality Rate – Disentangling trends from measurement issues, made waves when it was published in 2016. The article concluded that the estimated maternal mortality rate had increased by about 27% from 2000 to 2014 for 48 states and Washington D.C. (with California and Texas analyzed separately). The media had a field day, certain states reeled from the publicity, and soon there was an increased interest in the U.S.’s maternal mortality problem. Today, we’re still figuring out just how severe this problem is. “The problem is bigger than maternal mortality.” Maternal mortality isn’t just about women dying in labor. It’s about what’s happening before delivery and after birth. It’s also what’s happening overall with increasing mortality rates for women of reproductive age, regardless of pregnancy status. Gene challenged us to broaden the conversation and our research.During his presentation, we learned that about 31% of maternal deaths happen before delivery and 33% after pregnancy (up to one year). The timing matters, specifically, the 12% of maternal deaths that occur between 42 days and one year after pregnancy since this range is not included in the maternal mortality ratio. This suggests that because the U.S. is using pregnancy-associated deaths and pregnancy-related deaths to measure maternal mortality, it is capturing more deaths in a wider time frame compared to other countries that use maternal mortality ratios as their measurement standards.Gene also presented increasing mortality rates for young women, particularly those ages 25 to 34. The main cause for this increase? Accidents — a catch-all category encompassing mental health and accidental poisonings, including overdose deaths. With these findings, Gene has tapped into something much bigger than maternal mortality. And he calls on us to address it.How can we as public health professionals expand our perspective of maternal mortality? How can we partner with fields like accidents and injuries to prevent women from dying? Part of the strategy lies in focusing more on pregnancy-related deaths and pregnancy-associated deaths. Re-conceptualizing maternal mortality and morbidity Gene argued that maternal morbidity is a serious problem, too. Much progress has been made in clinical settings during birth, but cardiac issues, violence, and substance use during pregnancy are increasing.Again, this requires us to see what’s going on before and after pregnancy or pregnancy termination. One way to do this is to ask women themselves. Their voices are critical to maternal morbidity research, but rarely captured in the data systems we have access to.Gene wrapped up his seminar by reiterating needed solutions: listening to women directly, conducting longitudinal studies on maternal health, thinking beyond maternal mortality to women’s mortality overall, and shifting the narrative outside of hospitals. State maternal mortality review committees are starting to tackle these gaps by bringing together obstetricians, midwives, pregnant women, and researchers (Gene himself serves on the Massachusetts Maternal Mortality Review Committee).As MCH stewards, we can learn from this approach. We can connect our detailed analyses to broader, more diverse issues. We can change the public image by prioritizing accurate data and compelling stories. And we can be collaborative and cross-cutting in our research.There is no shortage of complexities when it comes to maternal mortality. With his three takeaways, Gene has given us a roadmap.Dr. Gene Declercq is a Professor of Community Health Sciences and Assistant Dean for DrPH Education at the Boston University School of Public Health as well as a professor on the faculty of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Boston University School of Medicine. Gene developed and presented the short film, Birth by the Numbers, as well as this companion website, which includes the specific data presented in this blog. Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Brand messaging is a business MUST. If your brand’s message is well-developed and cohesive, it’s a lot easier to communicate with your customers and call them to action.Additionally, if your brand’s message is consistent, your customers will flock to you no matter how you communicate with them. Brand messaging has a core goal: to explain why customers should choose you over your competitors.Great brand messaging is a hybrid between a tagline and a vision statement or customer relationship management and call-to-action marketing. It’s the unremitting story of what makes your business unique and why customers should remain loyal to you.Spreading your brand’s message requires you to dabble with multimedia exposure. You’ll communicate your story online in your web content and on social media. You’ll share your message in printed ads and publications. You’ll tell your story during radio or television interviews. You’ll also discuss your business in person at meetings or social events.If your brand’s messaging seems ineffective, it may have a lot to do with the message itself or the fact that you’re using the message incorrectly. Your message must align with your medium without shifting the main point: “support this business because xyz”.Here’s how to maintain one brand message across multiple outlets:Develop + reinforce your brand messageYour brand’s message needs to grab your targeted audience’s attention and never let them go. They need to fall in love with your story.To do this effectively, study your audience and their behaviors. Learn about their questions, interests, needs and curiosities, then study your brand. Learn about how your brand addresses the customer’s thoughts and actions.That is your brand message—the thing that needs to remain constant.Now, take this message and add dimension with case studies, testimonials, pictures, interviews, videos, captions, etc. to reinforce it across multiple outlets. These are your first steps to taking one consistent message and spreading it everywhere.Match your message with your outletDifficulty engaging with your customers could be a reflection of weak brand messaging or how and where you apply your brand message. Different mediums require different communication styles.Even with digital engagement such as social media, Twitter calls for quicker to-the-point interaction while Facebook allows for lengthier “forum” style engagement. As is the case with print media, which requires great storytelling and easy-on-the-eye formatting whereas in-person communication calls for articulation and personality.Know the point of your brand’s storyWhat is it that you’re trying to get your consumers to think or feel? This feeling should always be your goal, regardless if your message shows up in print or a tweet.Try thinking about the key points of your brand’s goals, then reinforce it using long messages (think a paragraph) and short messages (think about a caption). Does it tell the same story? If it does, then your brand’s message is clear and cohesive, and your consumers will be able to identify it.If your story shifts the more in-depth you get with telling it, start over and re-focus on your message’s key points. Once you’ve got the key points down, use the longer messages for print and in-person communication and the shorter messages for digital and radio/TV communication.Use the same adjectivesIf you use words like “amazing”, “outstanding” or “dynamic” as a part of your brand’s online message, then it paints the picture of your brand being zippy or fanciful.Don’t confuse your audience by switching your printed message to words like “thoughtful”, “conservative” or “simple”, which connotes a more relaxed and down-to-earth brand. You want to evoke the same feeling, regardless of how your message shows up.Figure out your brand’s adjectives and maintain them in describing your brand’s story.Go for the winSmart brand messages are short, memorable and explain the product or service. Similar to a tagline, you want to use your words wisely. Don’t add fillers and fluff. Don’t try to make it catchy, yet it lacks substance.A winning brand message goes above a tagline by actually incorporating what you do.Nike’s brand messaging is about turning athletes into high-performance sports heroes and creating products that inspire sports lovers to become champions. This is the story they tell in their television commercials whether it features Michael Jordan or a high-school track star as well as their printed ads.Elevate your tagline by making sure you mention your product, demographic and desirable outcome—then you’ll have a winning brand message.In short, don’t confuse your audience by changing your brand messaging. Simply change how you share your brand’s message and make sure that your message matches the outlet’s tone and style.This is a post from our SPARK sponsor, 17Hats. 17Hats is the complete and fully integrated system for managing a small business. Freelancers Union members get up to 20% off certain plans. Learn more here.
This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.I’ve been a freelancer officially for a few months now, as far as an official label goes. Working as part of an amazing team that has mobility as its core value, I am effectively among awesome people working together from all corners of the world.This makes me prize the values of freelancing even more, since I’m among likeminded people and we all get to revel in the diversity of our group. Every now and then, someone posts a photo with an amazing view on the common chat group, and they mention it’s their new office window view for the next two weeks. While my lifestyle isn’t as radical as intentionally adopting a new headquarters for myself regularly, it’s definitely swoon-worthy.I’ve always been a nomad at heartBut the more I move and breathe through our collective of freelancers, the more I realize I’ve always been one, even if not officially.In the beginning of my career, I used to be a teaching assistant for my university. That meant not sticking to a regular work schedule, coming and going as the classes and my own research needs required. Besides scheduled team meetings and the fixed classes I had with my students, I could come ang go as I pleased. Of course, this didn’t mean less work; on the contrary.I was popping in and out of the library, I was going with the flow and attending other lectures or conferences with a last-minute decision, and I was taking weeks off at a time to pursue a new research theme in a new field. If you’re wondering what I mean by field, I will clarify: It’s not agricultural. I was an anthropologist, and my time doing field work remains my most treasured professional memory.Of course, work continued when I got home as well. Tons of emails, applying to conferences and journals, more reading and writing… the hustle never stops when you’re in academia.After a few years doing this work (which I truly loved and still have much fondness for), I started doing freelance work in digital marketing as a side gig. As the demands of both my “careers” got too intensive for me to be able to afford both, I had to make a choice. I went with digital marketing, because unlike academia, it paid the bills, and I felt like there’s more of an actual future in it.For a time, I worked with a freelancer regime, even though I had just one main client (employer). But I could do work at my own pace and on my own schedule. Afterwards, I transitioned to a regular working schedule, from an actual office and so on.There was theoretically nothing freelance-like about it, but the long hours and the demands of the job still meant I took a lot of work home, too. I still remained a digital nomad, and this is probably true of any creative profession. A small degree of freedom and unpredictability is just the missing ingredient that turns your work from functional to remarkable.Leaving my office job for the next big thing, I found myself officially a freelancer again. But was I ever anything else, at heart? I am proud to answer no to this.The challenges of the freelance lifestyleOf course, it’s not all rosy in living the freelance dream. We all know this. Most of the time, it means longer hours than any traditional job. You can’t draw the line at the end of the eight-hour mark and say “this is it, I’m going home.” Since you’re home anyway, you’re always tempted to check one more email, write just two more paragraphs to a piece you’re working on…There’s also the issue of potential distractions, if you don’t make an active effort of reserving a special place for your working time. If you live with family or roommates, they too need to be on board with the absolute priority of not disturbing you while you work, regardless of how available you seem.This one is less of an issue for me, but I still need to make a conscious effort to carve out time and a place specially set for work. Otherwise, I risk becoming unfocused and working even longer hours than I would have worked in the first place.Staying active as a freelancerAlso, there’s the matter of being sedentary. While I didn’t pay too much attention to this one in my early twenties (…or late twenties, for that matter), now in my early thirties I am trying to find a solution to this. Especially since I’ve always been up to speed with health topics and I do take care of myself in virtually any other regard, it weighs on me that I move very little. It may not be a huge issue now, but I will certainly become one down the line.There are other challenges of freelancing we could talk about, but others have done it better than me. Besides, the ones above are the only ones I personally experience, so I’ll draw the line here.Why yoga is the ideal fitness regime for freelancersI mentioned I’ve been looking for a way to get more active, even as I struggle with a challenging and very busy freelance work life.I believe I’ve finally found the ideal balance with practicing yoga, and that it’s the ideal regime for all freelancers. Here’s why.Yoga is easy to practice both at home and on the runDo you feel like with your hectic schedule you couldn’t possibly stick to regularly showing up at your gym? With yoga, this isn’t an issue. It’s like modern yoga was designed with the freelancer in mind. You can go to your favorite yoga class from time to time, but it’s also incredibly easy to practice at home, too.Solitude actually helps you focus better, so the absence of an entire group of fellow gym-goers might be a good thing. At the same time, if you prefer attending yoga classes with other people, but you travel a lot, this is also cool. Since yoga is so incredibly popular (and its popularity keeps rising), you’re bound to find yoga classes and a yoga practice almost anywhere in the world. Also, remember that good yoga builds bridges across cultural divides.Even if you’re in a remote area of the world and feel like you can’t relate very well to the people there due to cultural differences, this all changes in a yoga class. Yogis are likeminded in only the right stuff: while they can be as diverse as possible, they share the same thirst for life and for joy, as well as the same openness towards others.Yoga is easy to access at homeIf the only way you can make workouts fit into your daily grind is by practicing at home, yoga comes to the rescue again. Given its popularity and intuitive moves, yoga is among the best documented fitness practices you can find.The internet hosts a wealth of step-by-step resources for practicing yoga by yourself, from articles to videos. You just need to get started and the rest is pretty much covered.Yoga helps improve mobility for people who spend a lot of time at the deskIf you spend a lot of time working from a desk (as a freelancer, how could you not?), then yoga is the perfect practice for you. It helps counteract the damaging effects of sitting even more so than stretching or similar practices.Basically, after you become more experienced with yoga, you can create your own routine that shouldn’t take you more than 15 minutes. Do this once or twice a day when you take breaks and your body will thrive in spite of the long hours spent sitting.Yoga prevents back problemsThe benefits of doing yoga as an otherwise sedentary person go beyond simply improving your overall mobility and keeping you fit. Freelancers who work primarily from their desks are more prone to developing back issues. You’re probably already aware of this, since it’s nothing new, but it’s worrisome nonetheless.One of the go-to fixes that fellow freelancers reach for is investing in a standing desk. I’ve tried one myself at some point and I wouldn’t say no to it again. But while the variety is useful and definitely brings relief for my back, I, for one, couldn’t spend all my time working like that. I still need the comfort of sitting for at least half the time I spend working.Luckily, yoga is great for people like me, because it prevents back problems and even reverts pre-existing back issues. One more reason why it’s so great for freelancers!Yoga helps you be more present in the momentAnother challenge of the freelancing workstyle is to be too all over the place all the time. The pace is intense, you want to get a lot done quickly, and before you know it you’re down the rabbit hole of rush and confusion.For your mental hygiene and your emotional well-being, you need to master the art of removing yourself from the hustle. This is another thing that yoga is great for. It provides not only a temporary escape, but it also teaches you mindfulness and a better awareness of what you do, how you do it, and how you can improve.Yoga means connecting with people across cultures, much like freelancingAnother perk I personally enjoy from everything that yoga offers is the great variety of people you can come in contact with. Regardless of what continent you come from or your life story so far, if you’re a yogi you can probably connect well with any other yogi, because you already share so many common values.You can also be sure that when you travel for work or for leisure, getting in touch with the local yoga community will be much like having a support network in place.A yoga retreat is a deeply reviving experience, ideal for a lifestyle resetIn spite of all the benefits of yoga discussed above, the truth is that your schedule and your lifestyle will still become hectic from time to time. We’re only human, and being freelancers means living everything more intensely… including work.But you know what works to give yourself a general reset and refresh your life? A yoga retreat is like achieving deep relaxation and then getting a turbo boost on everything. New energy, new optimism and new plans are just a few of the known effects of going on this kind of vacation.As I write these lines, I’m preparing for a bit of travel of my own. First, I need to get to Seattle for business (attending the MozCon conference), and then I’ll get about 10 days of relaxation and immersion into different cultures. Spain and Portugal are my destinations for this second part of my travelling journey. As a person who is still an anthropologist at heart, being a freelancer and this incredible mobility are the only way I can imagine living.I hope I’ve inspired some of you to find a way to stay fit, and to ask life for more. Regardless of whether you choose yoga for this or not, stay present and enjoy the privileges the freelance lifestyle offers.Miriam Cihodariu is in charge of the BookYogaRetreats blog and has a background in anthropology, which makes her completely fascinated with cultural expressions. When she’s not doing marketing stuff, she drinks tea or pets the neighborhood cats. She relishes the rare spare moment to write about something she loves and tries to make the most of it.
Post navigation It’s easy to ignore small expenses.We don’t often think of the small things when we look at spending, then we wonder why the budget seems so out of control.Yet it’s often the small daily expenses that add up to a lifetime of financial frustration.The Rule of 752 can add so much needed perspective. Take a weekly expense and multiply it by 752. The result is the real cost of that expense over 10 years had you invested the money instead.I learned this in an interview with a guy who retired at 30 (yes, 30).So with the Rule of 752 in mind, here are five “small” expenses that might be killing your budget.Account Maintenance FeesHave you checked your bank statements lately?Fees can crop up with bank accounts, credit cards and prepaid debit cards. While each fee by itself may not seem like a lot, they add up quickly.In addition, there’s no reason to pay them. There are many no-fee checking accounts, no annual fee credit cards, and even prepaid cards that don’t charge a monthly fee.[Read: How Is Your Debt Affecting Your Credit?]Furthermore, once you eliminate the fee, you’ll save that money each and every month going forward.Getting rid of unnecessary fees is a truly painless way to save money.Unnecessary TV & Phone ExpensesI miss the 1970s. We didn’t have cable, cellphones or even remote controls. TV was free and Pepsi was sold in glass bottles, but I digress.Today many families pay hundreds of dollars each month for TV, Internet and cellphones.Sure, we now have 500 channels, and cellphones far more powerful than the first computers, but the costs can get out of control.To monitor the costs, look through your bills carefully.[Read: 5 Steps to Reduce Your Debt]First search for fees on services or equipment you’re not using (like that second DVR in a bedroom where you never watch TV).Second, make sure you need the level of service you’re paying for. Recently, I learned we were paying for far more data than we ever used on our cellphones.And third, consider alternatives. Prepaid cellphone services, for example, can save you a bundle over those two-year contracts with major carriers.SubscriptionsYou might pay “only” $30 a year for a monthly subscription to some magazine, but do you even read it? And could you get the information for free online?The same is true of subscriptions to online portals.It seems like a small amount, but when you add up the fact that you are paying it over time, and you might not even use the subscription very much, it just becomes another regular expense that you have to pay each month.Convenience FeesSometimes when you buy things over the phone, you are charged a convenience fee.Other times, the “convenience” fee is more of a small fee that you are charged when your bank sends you a paper statement.There are also “convenience” fees associated with travel. If you want to travel at a time that is more convenient for you, you might pay $50 or $100 more just for getting a better time for the train or the airplane.Whether you repeatedly pay $2 for a paper bank statement or pay extra to travel at specific times, these convenience fees seem like a small price to pay now, but they add up over time.Credit Card InterestCredit cards are addictive. For what seems like a small monthly payment, a credit card enables you to buy now and pay later.Like the Siren songs of Greek mythology, however, credit cards can quickly lead to financial ruin.The high interest rate associated with credit cards can really add up over time if you carry a balance and make only the monthly payments.By the time you pay off the credit card, you might have carried that debt for 10 years and have repaid three times what you borrowed in interest alone.It seems like a small thing, but it turns into a big deal over time.[Read: How Credit Impacts Your Day-to-Day Life]Before you get excited about how you can put a $1,800 purchase on a credit card and “only” pay $54 a month, remember that it’s very possible that more than half of your payment is going toward interest, so you’re only reducing your debt by $27 or so each month.Having a lower credit score can also result in a higher interest rate, which translates into higher payments over time.By monitoring your credit and doing the work to build your credit, you can have better access to lower interest rates, which will save you money in the long run.Go through your expenses, see where you are wasting money, and then try to plug those leaks. Take advantage of a free budgeting tool, like Mint.com!“The Rule of 752: Which Small Expenses Might Be Killing Your Budget” was provided by Credit.com. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related
Final ThoughtsGetting to the point where you are using money from last month for bills this month is the hardest part. My best advice, and what I did, is to open an extra account and slowly start saving any extra money each month there. To speed up the process cut off fun spending for two weeks or pick up extra shifts. Eventually, you will get to the point that account B has a full month’s salary in it.Remember, this is just what works for me! I would love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment below and let me know your budgeting goals!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Step one: Make it or break it moneyBefore anything else, you need to know your baseline expenses. These are the things you can not live without. Think rent, electricity, transportation, groceries, loan repayments. Fixed amounts, like rent and loans, are easy to add into your budget. Fluctuating expenses are difficult to estimate. I always budget using inflated numbers. Better to budget more than end up short.Once you have all your expenses laid out, think of this as your “make it or break it” number. As you are earning money throughout the month you know this is the number you HAVE to reach to continue living. Let me tell you, it feels really good reaching that number in the first half of the month. It automatically puts you at ease. Conversely, if the month is coming to an end and you haven’t hit this number yet, you know it’s time to pick up some shifts.Step two: TaxesThis step is optional and depends on what type of job you have. If you know you work a job where most of your taxes are paid at the end of the year, make sure you are saving every month for taxes! Use a tax calculator, like this one from TurboTax, and calculate your tax burden off a hypothetical (and highly inflated) yearly earning. Divide by 12 and add this number into your budget.Step three: Travel BillYour final job is creating a “travel bill”. This should be a specific $ amount that is your goal to save every single month. When you treat this goal like a bill you account for it before you start spending your hard earned cash on things like shopping and shots.Side note: This is also where you would set a savings goal for things like retirement. Here is why you should start saving for retirement while you’re young.Step four: Add it upMake it or break it money + tax savings + travel bill + other savings bill = Monthly BudgetThis monthly budget now becomes your salary. You are going to pay this to yourself at the beginning of every month. Where exactly you are “paying” this money to is next…Finally, any extra money left in your account after you pay yourself your salary becomes your fun money. Use this for things like shopping, eating out, drinking, etc.Step five: Multiple Bank AccountsI am a big fan of having multiple bank accounts to organize your life. I suggest starting with at least three accounts. (I swear I’m not crazy, keep reading).Account A: IncomeAccount B: BillAccount C: SavingsYour Accounts in ActionDuring the month, as you work, add your earnings to account A. At the beginning of every month, pay yourself your entire “salary” to account B.Throughout the month, you pay bills as they arrive from account B. You also pay your saving/travel “bills” from account B into account C. Again, you should never touch account A to pay for anything. Account A only receives deposits as you make money throughout the month. Post navigation Budgeting for travel is hard enough as it is. But add in a job that provides inconsistent income it may seem impossible. After years of trial and error, I finally figured out a way to stop stressing about budgeting and save for travel (and retirement!) all at the same time.The Tricks1. Paying myself a monthly “salary”2. Thinking of travel savings as an additional bill each month3. Getting to the point where I was living off the previous month’s earningsTwo quick things before we begin:This concept is tricky and much easier explained in video format. I highly recommend watching the video above before reading the article.This guide assumes you already have an emergency fund set aside. If you don’t you need one. Check out this article to help you create one.