This week on PSGG, FleurDeForce showed us how to walk in heels, Brandi Milloy showed us how to make candy fangs, Tyler and Becca did a special Halloween Top That! countdown, and Allison McNamara shared a geometric triangle necklace tutorial. Check these awesome videos out, and hit subscribe for more fun to come!
Not everyone in the US has to change their clocks — Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and most of Arizona don't observe daylight savings, according to The California Energy Commission. If you ever wonder why we started implementing this policy, experts used to say that it conserves energy. However, new studies have found that this may not be the case. So what are we doing all this for? Well, that's because it's a government policy that won't be updated until conclusive evidence has been proven. Meanwhile, we'll just have to bear the burden of daylight saving from March to November each year.
So remember, set back your clocks back an hour today before you go to bed. What are you going to do with the extra hour?
For many companies, holiday season is synonymous with performance-review season. And chances are, that process will include a self-evaluation. Filling out self-evaluations can be tricky (are you talking up your accomplishments enough? Will your boss agree with your assessment of your performance?), but they don’t have to be painful. Read on for five tips to help you shine on your self-evaluation.
- Be realistic: Try to evaluate yourself as objectively as possible, and think about your performance in the context of your job description. Remember that simply fulfilling the requirements of your position doesn’t necessarily mean you’re blowing your boss’s expectations out of the water. At the same time, be sure to give yourself credit where credit is due; performance reviews aren’t the time for false modesty.
- Be specific: Sweeping statements about your job performance won’t get you very far in a self-evaluation. For every accomplishment or strength you mention, have a specific example to back it up.
- Be honest: As tempting as it may be to overstate your accomplishments or take more credit for a project than you really earned, doing so will only come back to bite you. Be truthful about both your strengths and your weaknesses when evaluating yourself.
- Be clear: Most self-evals will ask about your goals for the coming year; figure out what those goals are and state them clearly. If you’re interested in taking on more responsibility, describe exactly what you have in mind. If you want to grow within the company, be clear about how you see that happening.
- Be constructive: If you’ve had an issue with your manager or your workload, it’s OK to mention it here, as long as you do it the right way. Phrase your concerns as diplomatically as you can, and offer up a potential solution if possible — don’t just turn it into a complaint fest.
- The scientifically best time to drink your coffee — Lifehacker
- Print out the top November coupons before they run out! — All You
- Double-duty decorating ideas — Real Simple
- Things you must know before making a major spending decision — Wise Bread
- When travel insurance actually comes in handy — The Billfold
- Ways to deal with anxiety — HuffPost Women
- Why talking a big game is good for your career — Dailyworth
- Restaurant deals you shouldn't fall for — Bankrate
- The new rules for scoring deals — LearnVest
Our favorite turkey holiday is coming up at the end of November, which is why now is the perfect time to start giving thanks. Since most of us spend a lot at the office, it’s a good place to start doing activities that add value to society. Not only will you be helping out those in need, you’ll also be beefing up your résumé and developing yourself professionally. In addition, it’ll really showcase your leadership abilities to your boss and colleagues. Your superiors will appreciate these nonprofit ventures because they help build up office culture and strengthen bonds among your team. Read on for steps to starting your own “thanks giving” initiative at the office.
Being a woman in your 20s is a glorious thing. You're at a stage where you can take risks in life and in your career, and the possibilities for both are seemingly endless. But that uncertainty can also cause stress, doubt (cough, quarter-life crisis, cough), and anxiety over whether you'll ever reach your goals or truly have it all. Thankfully there are sites like Levo League and its chief leadership officer, Tiffany Dufu, dedicated to offering career advice and mentoring to us females who make up Generation Y. So for all those times you just want to throw up your hands in frustration, this advice is for you. Read on, and know that it's all going to be OK.
On Constant Worrying
Dufu says one of the greatest pieces of advice she ever received was about her constant worrying. "My mentor said, 'If you would spend less time worrying about choices you don't have and actually creating those choices, you would be better off.' You know that dynamic of worrying about moving to a new city when you haven't even applied to the job? Take that energy and instead apply it to the job application or interview."
On the Quarter-Life Crisis
There might be no getting around the dreaded quarter-life crisis, but Dufu says connecting with people who are going through, or have already gone through, the same thing is crucial. "You need someone to tell you you're not going crazy, people who have already been there, done that — who know it's going to be OK and can help you achieve clarity through guidance and encouragement." And that, she says, is what Levo League aims to do.
On Wanting to Have It All
A woman can have it all in the traditional sense, says Dufu, who herself has a marriage, job, two kids, and a healthy lifestyle. But, she says, she sacrifices other things — like attending events — to do so. The question shouldn't be, "Can you have it all?" but rather, "Can you have what's important to you?" she says. "The answer is yes if you can prioritize and not try to live by someone else's expectations. Because every woman has a list of things she feels like she's supposed to be doing, and some people manage it by creating more time in the day for themselves or by shortening that list to certain core things."
Sulley and Mike Wazowski weren't always happily employed as some of the top scarers of Monsters, Inc. In the prequel to Pixar's 2001 movie, Monsters University, out on DVD this week, the friends first have to overcome failure to find the way to their dream jobs. We recently spoke to Pixar employees whose career paths has similarities to those of our favorite scarers. See their advice for hopeful animators below.
The lighting art director of Monsters University, Dice Tsutsumi, recounted to us the tale of accidentally receiving the feedback form that was sent internally around an animation studio with his portfolio. Written on the form, was the comment "This guy isn't a painter." Except . . . Dice was trained in that specific medium. "You don't grow out of success" became a motto, and he made it a personal goal to show whoever wrote that message wrong, by persistently working on his craft.
As for the emotional core that has made Pixar's films so popular, sketch artist John Nevarez explained you can't just focus on one little aspect of your skills; work to develop them all. "Learn about storytelling. Drawing is just one part of the movie."
Ready to take on that advice, future animators of the world? Watch the DVD extra "Paths to Pixar" after the break as employees recount their many rejection letters before finding success at Pixar.
What happens when a successful wholesaler steals the designs from a group of struggling artists? Our partners at Yahoo Shine gives us the inside scoop.
While some say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, for a growing group of artists and crafters, it's more like a kick in the gut. In particular, a group of artisans who claim that Cody Foster and Co., a successful wholesaler of ornaments and other decorative items, is plagiarizing their designs and devaluing the work their livelihoods depend upon.
"Monday morning I received an email from a woman who keeps track of as many rip offs as she can find," illustrator and artist Lisa Congdon tells Yahoo Shine. The email contained a photo of Congdon's Nordic-themed drawings of reindeer, polar bears and other animals, alongside Cody Foster's look-a-like baubles. The details are the same down to the intricate patterns on the beasts' saddle blankets. "It made my stomach turn. It was pretty obvious it was a blatant copy," says Congdon.