Journey to Human Resource Management

Nine months ago I began my journey into Human Resources Management.  Human Resources Management is defined as the policies, practices, and systems that influence employee’s behavior, attitudes, and performance.  Managing people is no easy task, however, studying all that’s involve it’s quite fascinating.  I have had the privilege of supervising a group of individuals, with very impressive backgrounds.  From that experience as a manager, I gathered that the key in properly managing people is not so much as whether they can do the work, is about providing the perfect environment and tools to accomplish the job.

Job satisfaction in the workplace is big, often times organization take job satisfaction for granted, risking losing really good and skilled employees; finding the perfect balance is the trick!  As I embark in this wonderful journey, I keep second guessing myself.  I mean, my background is law enforcement and investigations, it would’ve been so much easier to get a higher education in that field.  But, I wanted to re-invent myself, I wanted to prepare myself for something totally new for me.  So, after much research, and years analysis what I am good at, I chose Human Resources.

I enjoy dealing with people, conflict solving, and innovation. Finding the right candidate for a job is interesting to me, solving conflicts within the human resources world, would allow me to study pertaining laws, policies and regulations, to find solutions to conflicts, and I thrive on that.  Creating new ways of doing things, working with a diverse group of people, brainstorming, bringing new things to the table, that is priceless to me.

So, I am eager to start working in the human resources field. The idea is, as soon as I move back to South Carolina, to get a small job, preferably in payroll…just to get my feet wet in the HR world.  The goal is to climb to the top, not only based on my education but in my “know-how”.  At 42, I would have never guessed that I would be starting all over again, but I am excited! I will be a great asset to any organization, I am reliable, and I have the resume to back that up!  Let’s see what the future holds. This journey is just beginning.

Always,

Latin Mama in the South

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Small Healthier Lifestyle Changes

This year is my year…no doubt!  Every year for the last 10 years I get into this crazy funk that I will lose all the post-marriage weight.  Well, this year was no difference.  Well, a little different…I decided to do it the right way.

First of all I enlisted the help of my family.  My husband is away from me at the moment, however, he is working on his eating habits while we are apart.  My son, who has always been mindful of his body and physical fitness, is my #1 support.  He is my motivator, we signed up for the gym, and he decided to give junk food a rest.  My daughter, who hates any and all physical activity, agreed to go to the gym with me twice a week. She also has an addiction to sugar, and yes, I say addiction…because we have to call it how it is!

In the past, I either worked out, or diet…but never did both at the same time.  So, as soon as I got back from my trip to Puerto Rico, I started making some small changes.  One of the main changes I made was giving up mayonnaise.  I love Hellman’s mayonnaise so much is not even funny, I even added the darn thing to my rice!!!  Another cut back is the bread intake…I eat bread, but very seldom.  I am not eating any sweets…if I am about to cheat, I grab a small piece of chocolate…but I have to be desperate! A BIG change…eating small portions!!! I call it a big thing because I love to eat what I cook, and when I serve my plate I usually get whats left on the pot!!! Not anymore!!!

Then there is the gym…the infamous gym…I am not going to lie…I was nervous and ashamed…but since I had my son next to me, I had to man up and go through the first day at the gym.  Once we started working out, I was in heaven.  I also get three (3) sessions with a personal trainer, and that helps me get started on the right foot.  So, first session with the trainer and based on my abilities, I will be doing 20-30 minutes of cardio every day, and then I will alternate weights.  The cardio part is a bit tricky because I cannot run, so I decided to use the thread mill and go on the highest incline I can tolerate without losing my breath.

So far so good, the incline side of the thread mill is no joke…the machine goes as high as a 15, I started at 8 on the first day and now I am on incline 10, did a few minutes on 15.  The interesting thing about using the incline, is that you are working out your entire body. I mean, at the end of my 20 minutes…I am literally feeling every muscle on my body.

Like I started saying, making small changes, and the first week I lost 2 pounds…and I am very excited about that.  The idea is to go 6 days a week, and to continue learning to cook healthier, better recipes for the entire family…I know at the end is going to pay off.  The goal is to lose weight, get to a comfortable number…not to go back to what I once was…I just want to be in a comfortable size/area for me…I am doing this for me…not for anyone else.

For ideas of exercises you can do at home and healthier versions of some of your favorite recipes, you can always go to Pinterest. There I’ve been able to find all kinds of Latin recipes modified to fit a healthier lifestyle.  Please don’t forget to push the water and to control your coffee intake.  Oh, talking about coffee…I am no longer using creamers, I am using half and half and a calorie free sweetener (stevia) to make the coffee a bit tastier for me.

That is my new life…to a happy new me…because I deserve it!

Always,

Latin Mama in the South

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Moving Back to South Carolina

Palmetto Moon - Charleston South Carolina SC. The Palmetto tree is the most recognized and beloved symbol of our state.:

Ha! I got the last laugh!  Yes, you read that right, I am moving back to South Carolina.  Super thrilled about the move, we are trying to buy a house as I write, the idea was to wait for the kids to finish the school semester in Mississippi, but, we are going for it.  We will move as soon as the house is ours.  We have one house that fell in love with, quite pricey, so we are waiting to see if that is the house for us.  Otherwise, I have two additional houses I really like, so the options are there.

We are moving to the same area we once lived at, and I am excited about seeing my friends and my children’s friends.  After traveling all over, and living in many places, I determined that South Carolina is home.  Don’t get me wrong, I will always be an island girl and Puerto Rico will always be my heart.  We love SC because we are so close to the beach and the North Carolina mountains. Chimney Rock is a place I love, and to think that I will be able to go visit as much as I want, its priceless.

Obviously, there are plenty of stress with moving.  Having to sell the house in MS, buying a new house, getting rid of stuff, buy new stuff, finding a job, making sure I get all the medical records from one place to another, etc.  But, like I told my hubs, this will be it.  SC will be my forever home, not to say that we will go wherever the job takes us, but, whatever house we buy, we won’t sell. Excited, stressed-out, happy and sad, I mean the whole ordeal again.

I am only sad because I did meet amazing people while in MS.  I hate separating my girl from her lovely friends.  I will miss some of the people I worked with, but they know that they have a place to stay in SC if they venture that way. I am a people’s person, I like making friends, and keeping those friends close. So, I know I will see my Candance and Tinisha again. I also know, that my girl will stay in touch with her crew. JJ is super excited about it, he cannot wait to hang out with his childhood friends, that itself, makes it all worth it.

Well, that is what’s happening in our home. Total chaos for the next few months!!!

Always,

Latin Mama in the South

 

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