Unstuck: How to Start a New Career with an Open Mind

How to Start a New Career with an Open Mind

Unstuck Tip: How to Start a New Career with an Open Mind

Read more about making relationships at work on Unstuck’s blog: An Expert’s Guide to Being a Beginner.

Download a PDF copy of the tip card: Maria Nunes on how to start a new career with an open mind.

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Remember how I said I had some upcoming changes in my life in one of my previous entries? Well, this is what it was about. Starting a new career. I moved from a service delivery type of work to a program / project management one. It’s still in the same field (Information Technology), but what I do now is different from what I’ve been doing in the past.

I’ve learned a lot of things in the short amount of time since I’ve started and I’m sure that I’ll be learning a whole lot more. It’s a bit taxing since I have so much to learn and there isn’t really a way to ease your way into learning it. But I find it easier to learn something when I’m actually doing it, so I guess I’m good. I just have to find my groove in managing my time with all the tasks I’m handling and once I do, I’m sure everything will be a bit easier.🙂

Anyway, that’s all the time I have for today. Until next time dear readers! (^^)/~~

♥ Niece

Xin Nian Kuai Le (新年快乐)!

Happy Lunar New Year everyone! ☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆

I know I’m late (it’s the third day since the actual celebration) in greeting all of you but here I am now. I hope you all had a fun lunar new year celebration (if you actually celebrate this holiday) and that you’ve been having an awesome year so far.

That’s all for now. I’ve really got to go. Until next time dear readers. (^^)/~~

♥ Niece

Unstuck: Making Relationships at Work

Unstuck: Recipe for Making Relationships at Work

Unstuck: Recipe for Making Relationships at Work

Read more about making relationships at work on Unstuck’s blog: Your Guide to Good Work Relationships.

Download a PDF copy of the graphic: Recipe for Making Relationships at Work.

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Due to some upcoming changes in my life, I thought that this is something important to know. Really quite relevant to said changes.

I hope this will be helpful to others too.🙂

♥ Niece

PS. Dearest readers, I will try to update this blog more often. Even just a blog entry a month. I hope I stick to it. ^_^0

Book Blitz: Camp Christmas by JK Rock (plus giveaway!)

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Camp Christmas (Camp Boyfriend #1.5) by JK Rock.

Camp Christmas is a novella which is part of the Camp Boyfriend series and is free to download on the Spencer Hill Contemporary website. While it is part of the Camp Boyfriend series it can also be read as a stand alone.

This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours . The book blitz runs from 17 December till 21 December and you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.

So far, this series contains 3 books: Camp Kiss (Camp Boyfriend #0.5), Camp Boyfriend (Camp Boyfriend #1) and Camp Christmas (Camp Boyfriend #1.5).


Camp Xmas cover 2Camp Christmas (Camp Boyfriend #1.5)
by JK Rock
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Category: Young Adult
Release date: 17 December 2013

Hannah never meant to be a mean girl – at Camp Juniper Point or at her high school. It just sort of happened during one painful year when her parents split and her life fell apart. Who knew being mad at the world would catapult her to popularity? But since changing the status quo would make her some serious enemies, she’s prepared to ride out her time until graduation. That is, until a camp friend calls her on the act during their school ski trip. Will Julian out her to her friends? Or will the guy she once accused of being King of the Nerds make her wish she was a whole lot more like him?

You can find Camp Christmas on Goodreads. It is free to download from the Spencer Hill Contemporary website or you can buy it for $0.99 on Amazon.




Julian paid attention to me. And not just today.

The realization that his dark eyes had followed me other times–at school, at camp–warmed me inside for all of a second. Until I remembered what he would have seen most of the time.

Me doing whatever I needed to in order to maintain my status.

“Don’t make excuses for me,” I snapped.

I would have skied away and left this conversation behind, but all of a sudden, Julian reached toward me. He’d pulled his glove off at some point and now, his bare fingers brushed over my cheek. Warm from the glove, rough from scaling icy cliffs, his touch moved slowly along my skin while his face loomed closer to mine.

My heartbeat skittered into some nonsensical rhythm, the sound echoing in my ears until it drowned out everything else.

“Your dad left the year you pushed Lauren,” he reminded me softly.

“That doesn’t make it right to take the hurt out on everyone else.” I looked down, unable to meet those kind brown eyes.

“No.” His hand cupped my jaw. Tipped my face up, toward his, until I looked at him again. He was closer now. So close I could breathe his breath, minty and warmer than the chilly Adirondack air.

“Why would you like someone like that?” I didn’t like me much these days. Guilt made my chest go tight with each icy breath.

Guilt…and something else.

“Because.” His touch moved down my neck, the tips of his fingers sliding beneath my hair. “Once you realize that you’re strong and smart and funny–that you don’t need the designer clothes or Missy’s approval–you’re going to blow everyone else away.”

Normally, I’d argue with this. But seeing myself reflected in his eyes, I could almost see what he did. Or maybe I just really, really wanted to.

“You’re crazy,” I reminded him, my hand landing on his chest where his heart would be.

Even through my glove and his jacket, I could feel his warmth. A visible shudder happened when I touched him.

Like he’d been waiting for it for a long time. His eyes closed for a second.

“Yeah. Probably.”

We stood there for one timeless second, letting the snow swirl all around us and letting the darkness fall. Then his eyes opened and locked on me.

“Stay still,” he warned, his voice a little rough and his touch anything but.

My heartbeat went ballistic. I couldn’t have moved if I’d tried.

He came closer. His lips landed on mine in a kiss I never would have expected. The contact was soft and sweet, gentle and unhurried. My eyes fell closed, senses focused on the feel of him.

I wondered if his heartbeat pounded as hard as mine beneath my gloved hand. But beneath my lips, he took all the time in the world. I’d been kissed before, but always with guys who acted like they knew what they were doing.

There’d been sloppy kisses. Fast kisses. And hard, aggressive kisses that mashed lips on teeth.

Not Julian. His mouth teased over mine like a guy determined to get it exactly right. I felt dizzy from it and had to put both hands on him to steady myself.

“Hannah.” He whispered my name over my lips as he broke the kiss. His forehead fell against mine. He dragged in raspy breaths as we stood together in the cold night that was almost fully dark. “We should–”

“I know.” I nodded. Backed up a little. I was totally flustered and confused about what just happened, even though the goose bumps all over my arms told me I’d liked it.

A lot…


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Earlier books in this series:

camp kissCamp Kiss (Camp Boyfriend #0.5)
by JK Rock
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Category: Young Adult

The Camp Kiss That Started It All…

Lauren Carlson, a fourteen-year-old expert on the cosmos, superheroes, and science fiction trivia has a crush on her longtime camp friend, Seth. Last summer she’d dreamed about upgrading their relationship to BF/GF status and this year she has a plan… if only her well-meaning cabin mates wouldn’t interfere before she’s ready. She hasn’t even adjusted to her new braces yet, let alone imagined kissing Seth with them. When a dare pushes her out of her comfort zone, will she and Seth rocket out of the friendzone at last? There’s only one way to find out…

You can find Camp Kiss on Goodreads. It is free to download on the Spencer Hill Contemporary website or you can buy it on Amazon .


camp boyfriendCamp Boyfriend (Camp Boyfriend #1)
by JK Rock
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Category: Young Adult

The summer of her dreams is about to get a reality check.

They said it couldn’t be done, but geeky sophomore Lauren Carlson transformed herself into a popular girl after moving to a new school halfway across the country. Amazing what losing her braces and going out for cheerleading will do. Only trouble is, the popular crowd is wearing on Lauren’s nerves and she can’t wait to return to summer camp where she’s valued for her brain instead of her handsprings. She misses her old friends and most of all, her long time camp-only boyfriend, Seth. This year she intends to upgrade their relationship to year-round status once she’s broken up with her new, jock boyfriend, Matt. He doesn’t even begin to know the real her, a girl fascinated by the night sky who dreams of discovering new planets and galaxies.

But Matt isn’t giving her up without a fight. As he makes his case to stay together, Lauren begins to realize his feelings run deeper than she ever would have guessed. What if the guy she thought she was meant to be with forever isn’t really The One? Returning to Camp Juniper Point was supposed to ground her uprooted life, but she’s more adrift than ever. Everything feels different and soon Lauren’s friends are turning on her and both guys question what she really wants. As summer tensions escalate, Lauren wonders if she’s changed more than she thought. Will her first big discovery be herself?

You can find Camp Boyfriend on Goodreads. You can buy Camp Boyfriend at the following: Amazon (kindle) | Amazon (paperback) | B&N | Kobo | The Bookdepository.

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JK RockAbout the Authors:

Sisters in law Joanne and Karen Rock write Young Adult books under the pseudonym J.K. Rock. They bonded on a set of bleachers, watching their respective Rock boyfriends play baseball, and later, as young wives married into the same big family. Today, they have fun reliving teen drama on the pages of their YA books in their ongoing Camp Boyfriend series, which reviewers have noted for its authentic treatment of navigating relationships and self-identity. Individually, Joanne and Karen write adult romance books for Harlequin. Joanne is a three-time RITA Award nominee and Golden Heart winner. Her books have been reprinted in twenty-six countries and translated into twenty different languages. Karen’s debut romance, Wish Me Tomorrow, has garnered critical acclaim for its sensitive portrayal of a cancer survivor’s journey.


Top ten favourite movies:

  • Joanne: Sense and Sensibility (Ang Lee version), Picnic, Room with a View, This Property is Condemned, Silver Linings Playbook, Shawshank Redemption, Steel Magnolias, The Thomas Crown Affair, Notorious, and- seasonal favorites- Scrooge with Albert Finney
  • Karen: Titanic, Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet (Baz Loreman version), Rent, Phantom of the Opera, A Walk to Remember, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Bridget Jones Diary, Juno, Edward Scissorhands, The Notebook.

Top ten favourite books:

  • Joanne: Wuthering Heights, The Woman in White, Name of the Rose, Pride and Prejudice, Nobody’s Baby But Mine, Charming the Prince, Before I Fall, Mists of Avalon, The Once and Future King, Lord of the Rings
  • Karen: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Song of Ice and Fire Series, Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy, Before I Fall, Looking for Alaska, The Fault in Our Stars, Hunger Games Series, The Lord of the Rings Series, Gone Girl, Mortal Instruments Series

What are 10 items on your bucket list?

  • Joanne: See the Mediterranean, rent a house abroad for at least a month, take a girls only road trip, visit the British Museum, train trip through Canadian Rockies, plant a fabulous garden at least once, walk through Florence, take a literature class with a brilliant professor at a famous university, buy a beautiful handbag, learn how to cook one truly amazing dish
  • Karen: Meet Johnny Depp, be an extra in one of the Mortal Instruments, Divergent or Hunger Games movies, get a novel critique from John Green, scuba dive and get to see whales, dolphins, or turtles underwater, write a book that becomes a movie, voice an animated character, stay in a real castle, live in Italy for a year, stay in one of those bungalows over the water in Bora Bora, travel to a country in need and spend a year helping- building homes, digging wells, teaching in a school, anything.

Top ten favourite foods:

  • Joanne: Stone crab, Lobster, Alaskan King Crab (sensing a theme??), Steamed Clams, Chicken Wing Dip, Creme Brulee, my mother-in-law’s German Chocolate Cake, Karen’s Chicken Parmesean, warm homemade bread, scones
  • Karen: Pizza- Brooklyn style, Chicken Wings, Quesadillas, Nachos, My Nonna’s Chicken Parmesan (which I copy- thanks for the shout out, Joanne🙂 ), Fried Zucchini, Poutine (french fries smothered in gravy and cheese- it’s a Canadian thing🙂 ), Friendly’s Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Sundae (5 scoop!), Rum Cake, my mother-in-law’s, Black-and-White Cookie, Kettle Corn… hmmm… not very high brow!

Top ten favourite drinks:

  • Joanne: Margarita, Amaretto Sour, Good Amaretto straight, gingerbread latte, my own espresso, hot cinnamon and ginger tea, Karen’s husband’s pina coladas (a million calories, I’m sure), a good Barbera, a simple Chianti, but nothing beats ice cold water on a hot day
  • Karen: Cherry Coke, Cranberry Sierra Mist, Sunny D, Friendly’s Chocolate Fribbles, McDonald’s Strawberry Extra Thick Shakes (with the whip cream and cherry), Iced Mocha Latte, Caramel Macchiatto, Frozen Margarita, Strawberry Daquiri, Pina Colada, Anything Tropical Served in a Coconut with an Umbrella🙂


You can learn more about their upcoming projects and previous releases at http://jkrock.net.

You can find JK Rock on the following:


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There are two blitz wide giveaways!

    1. For the US only giveaway, you can win: signed copies of J. Lynn’s Frigid, Kimberly Sabatini’s Touching the Surface, J.K. Rock’s Camp Boyfriend, a journal, a chinese lantern, a pen, stickers, assorted bookmarks, friendship bracelets, a Camp Boyfriend pen and mini-flashlight, and a Bath and Body Works Triple Moisture Cream in Aruba Coconut. You can join here: a Rafflecopter giveaway.xmasbookblitzprize
    2. For the international giveaway, you can win a 25$ gift card. You can enter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway.

2013 Goal: Finish the #50BookPledge

Goal 1: #50BookPledge

Goal 1: #50BookPledge

So I know this is really late (like a whole month late) but I decided to go ahead and post my goals for 2013. A goal (or more if they’re related and I can cram them into one post) per entry.

Goal #1: Finish the #50BookPledge.

I’m not going to go in depth on what the #50BookPledge is all about (you can read about it in my #50bookpledge 2012 Master List). Basically, the #50BookPledge is a pledge to read 50 books before the year ends. It’s not a strict program where you have to read exactly 50 books. If you’re a quick reader and you can read a book a day, by all means do so. If 12 is all you can manage in a year, then go for it. The whole point is to make reading part of your life.

Apart from reading 50 books before the year ends, I also plan on giving short pseudo-reviews for the books I’ve read. Instead of having one entry per book though, I’m going to have them per month. I tried giving each book an entry last year but I wasn’t able to blog about the books after my 24th one. I found myself too busy. So, to make blogging about my #50BookPledge more manageable, I’ve decided to just have them grouped per month. Also, my pseudo-reviews will be shorter (kind of like quickie reviews) so that I don’t feel too pressured by my writing.

I’ll try to blog about the January books sometime in the coming week. I hope you’ll stick around for that.🙂

Anyway, time for me to go. Until next time dear readers.

♥ Niece

PS. You can check out my 2013 #50BookPledge Bookshelf while I haven’t set up the master list here on my blog.🙂

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
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Happy New Year dearest readers! ☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆

It was a fun 2012 for sure, despite the problems that I encountered along the way. I think that the year 2012 was a good start on my road to self-discovery (not that I was even aware I started embarking on such a journey. :P) and I’ve been learning more about myself and my strengths and weaknesses. In my heart, I just know that 2013 will be more awesome that 2012 was.🙂

I was deciding whether to include this year’s New Year’s resolutions in this entry but I think that I should reflect on what I really want to accomplish for this year. This year, I don’t want to make resolutions just willy-nilly. I want to be able to measure the success of this year’s resolutions so that I can gauge accurately whether or not I’m making progress. And it would be easy to determine what steps to take to be able to achieve that goal in case I’m behind.

For example, one of my goals for this year is to lose weight (as if it isn’t every year). But now I know that if I don’t include how many pounds I want (need?) to lose and by when I want to lose them, I’ll probably end up not fulfilling that resolution (again). I want my New Year’s resolutions to be like goals we set at work. I know that if I do that, the probability of me actually completing my goals are higher.

(Image borrowed from Pretty Presets for Lightroom's Facebook Page)

(Image borrowed from Pretty Presets for Lightroom’s Facebook Page)

I want to start 2013 right. And what better way to start it than by making sure this year’s resolutions are well thought of, right? Hopefully, with this kind of preparation and mindset, I’ll be able to fulfill most, if not all, of the goals I’ll be setting this year.🙂 Yes to positivity and no to passivity.😀

I’ve quite a bit of reflecting to do so I’ll take my leave now. Until next time dear readers. (^^)/~~

HAPPY NEW YEAR! o((*^▽^*))o

♥ Niece

2012 Gratitude/Accomplishment List: Performing at The Hard Rock Cafe

TBA at The Hard Rock Cafe

TBA at The Hard Rock Cafe
(TBA from L-R: Mike, Tateen, Lehmann, and me; not in picture: Audi)

It may not have been a real gig but a performance is a performance, and being able to say that I’ve performed on stage at the Hard Rock Cafe in Glorietta is one of the things I can be proud of this 2012. I mean, I’m not even really a musician. So the chances of performing at that kind of place is was pretty improbable, right?

Our team / department / whatever-you-call-it held this year’s Christmas party at the Hard Rock Cafe in Glorietta and they included a “Battle of the Bands” in the program. We decided to join but it wasn’t easy to prepare for the performance itself. We weren’t able to practice that much (we had 2 real practices?) since we had to squeeze practicing with our work schedules. It was also difficult to pick songs since the theme of the party was “Glam Rock” and wanted to stay as close to the theme as possible. And considering that neither Tateen nor I were “rockers”, our song choices were quite limited. Still, I think we did pretty well. And it was nice to not be in the last place.😛

(That’s probably thanks to Lehmann who’s a wicked awesome guitar player. :D\m/)

I still don’t think I’m cut out for a career in music but it was a cool experience to be able to perform at Hard Rock.🙂

Anyway, just an hour left until year 2013. Enjoy the last minutes left to the year 2012.😀

Until next time dear readers! (^^)/~~

♥ Niece

PS. I’ll probably include links to our performance video/s once I’ve uploaded them on YouTube.🙂