How to Live the Life You Love and Avoid Burnout

A year ago I was feeling “Blah.” I wasn’t happy at my job and I needed a change. At the time I was being Coached by a certified Federal Career Coach and she pushed me to take ownership over my career situation and to take action.

I spoke up! I was troubled by situations in the workplace and used my voice to suggest positive changes. Top Concerns: Communication and Professional Development.

I took action! I volunteered for a rotational assignment focused on leadership development. My temporary role was to plan the Leadership Development Conference at my agency for Senior Executives and Managers and to inform the employees about the Senior Executive Training offered by the Treasury Executive Institute. I took full advantage of the opportunity to learn and grow. I also learned that the government offers Interagency Rotational Assignments (opportunities to work at other agencies) and Senior Executive Rotational Assignments for the Senior Executive Service (SES).

I invested in my professional development! During the year I was selected to train as a Federal Career Coach. I completed the Leadership Development Cohort for the Next Generation of Government. I earned my Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. Additionally, I completed Microsoft SharePoint training to learn the skills needed to build a Policy SharePoint site and Dashboard for my Program Office.

I learned that if I’m unhappy where I am it’s up to me to take action to change the situation! I was not stuck. I had to take the necessary steps to lean forward. Ask yourself this question: What actions do you need to take today to live the life that you love?

Veteran and Military Jobseekers: Join Us at JBAB – Washington DC!

Join us on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM for a job fair for veteran job seekers, active duty military members, guard and reserve members, and military spouses at the The Bolling Club Theisen Street, Building 50, Washington, District of Columbia 20032.

This event will be a one-of-a-kind FREE hiring fair for both employers and job seekers.

A workshop for veterans and other military job seekers that focuses on resume writing, tips for successfully navigating hiring fairs, military skill translation, and interviewing will start at 8:30 a.m.

A Brunch and Learn for Employers will begin at 9:00 AM.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Hiring Our Heroes” event sponsored by KKR and Lockheed Martin is being conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, JB Anacostia Bolling Military Family Support Center, Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR), the U. S. Department of Labor Veterans Employment and Training Service (DOL VETS), U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs, The American Legion, Goodwill Industries International, NBC News and other local partners.

Employers and Military Job Seekers register at HiringOurHeroes.org

To register directly visit here:

http://www.cvent.com/events/hiring-our-heroes-jbab-washington-dc/event-summary-e1072ccc568a4df098322e0197b69991.aspx?i=94613696-729a-4ee9-ade6-a6c69658117b&dvce=1

Presidential Management Fellows Program – Federal Job Opportunity for Graduate Students/Graduates

Graduate Students or those that have graduated within two years consider applying for the Presidential Management Fellows program and get appointed to a government position! #SuccessCreators #FederalJobs #Fellowship

The Class of 2018 Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program application launched today (at Noon (Eastern Time), Monday, October 23, 2017) and closes at Noon (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

The announcement can be found on USAJOBS (www.USAJOBS.gov) by searching for “Presidential Management Fellows” during the open period or going here directly: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/482577500.

To learn more about eligibility and how to apply, please review the “Become a PMF” section on the PMF website at http://www.pmf.gov. This section also provides the “2018 PMF Assessment Preparation Guide” to prepare for the on-line assessment under the “Assessment Process” webpage.

Thank you,

PMF Program Office

Jobseekers Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) that I get as a Career counselor:

Q: How do I find a job?

A: Use CAREER ONE STOP to search for jobs and to create your resume.

Q: Where can I get help to find employment?

A: USE CAREER ONE STOP!!! It’s FREE. Counselors and career resources are available for FREE. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Website: https://www.careeronestop.org/Toolkit/toolkit.aspx

Q: How do I figure out what job I want?

A: Take the careers interest assessment. Compare employment trends. Look at the fasting growing careers. Compare your career options.

Q: How do I know how much I should ask for my salary?

A: Use Career One Stop to research your salary and compare wages.

Q: Where do I find free training and certifications?

A: Career One Stop can assist you with finding grants and funding.

Q: How do I translate my skills?

A: Use the Career One Stop Skills Profile and Occupation Translator.

Las Vegas Shooting: 59 Killed and 527 Injured

On the evening of Sunday, October 1, 2017, at approximately 10:00 p.m., gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of unsuspecting victims during the Route 91 Harvest music festival, held at the Las Vegas Village and Festival Grounds. Paddock fired on the crowd of 22,000 from his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

Initially from video footage, the crowd thought they were hearing fireworks, but with the second spray of gunfire concertgoers began running for their lives.

“People were getting shot at while we were running, and people were on the ground bleeding, crying and screaming. We just had to keep going,” witness Dinora Merino, 28, told the Washington Post. “There are tents out there and there’s no place to hide. It’s just an open field.”

On Monday, October 2, 2017, police identified Stephen Paddock, 64, as the lone shooter. Police found 23 firearms, including handguns and AR-15-style assault rifles, in Paddock’s room. Law enforcement sources said two rifles were set up on tripods in front of windows that had apparently been broken with a hammer-like object. Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas police department said that Paddock had brought at least ten suitcases into his room during his four-day stay.

Law enforcement sources told the AP that Paddock attached bump stocks to two semi-automatic weapons to make them function like automatic weapons.

Another 19 firearms were found in Paddock’s Mesquite, Nevada home on Monday, along with explosives and several rounds of ammunition. According to CNN, several pounds of ammonium nitrate, which is used to make explosives, were found in Paddock’s car.

Endometriosis – Suffering in Silence

I’ve secretly suffered with the pain of Endometriosis since I was a 10-year-old girl. Imagine a young girl walking the halls of elementary school with jackets and sweaters tied around her waist in the summertime scared that I might have an embarrassing “accident” due to heavy bleeding. Not understanding why for days at a time I had to lay in bed with disabling pain, vomiting and unable to keep food and pain medication down. Ginger-ale, crackers and heating pads became my sanctuary for days at a time each month.

At 12-years-old I remember vividly getting diagnosed with Endometriosis. My gynecologist prescribed to me birth control pills. My primary care doctor said to me (a child) “now this doesn’t mean you can go out and have sex without condoms.” Then she preceded to give me the abstinence talk and essentially chastised me for needing to take the birth control pills. I was so ashamed I actually signed up to visit Planned Parenthood a “safe” place where I could get my birth control pills at no cost and without judgement. No child should be shamed by a doctor for seeking medication that was prescribed to help a serious medical condition like Endometriosis (but I was.)

The birth control pills helped for several years but not without multiple side effects. I experienced hormonal changes. Constantly cried. Had periods of depression. I gained weight. My hair fell out multiple times. My skin would sometimes experience acne. I had spotting. Each time I would tell my gynecologists and primary care providers they would dismiss my concerns.

During the ages of 18-years-old to 32-years-old I was able to successfully serve in the United States Air Force. I struggled with Endometriosis, Fibroids, and Ovarian Cysts. I was constantly at sick call due to heavy bleeding, vomiting, severe pain and anemia. I had multiple surgeries to diagnose and to alleviate the pain. Nothing worked. Many times I was accused of malingering meaning “faking my sickness.” Men and women supervisors did not understand “why I wasn’t getting better.” There was very little compassion. I learned to deal with my suffering in silence. There were moments when I went to work and quietly vomited in the stalls during my shift-work. I would bring heating pads, crackers and ginger-ale in my bag. Mission came first!

At 30-years-old I decided to stop taking the birth control pills and to undergo the fertility workups to see if I could have children. Infertility is common with those who suffer from Endometriosis. I endured painful months suffering quietly with my periods. The doctors performed exploratory surgery to remove the Endometriosis. At this time my military chain of command threatened to punish me for undergoing an “unnecessary” surgery. It was difficult to explain to the woman that was my military leader how severe the pain was during my menstrual periods. She didn’t empathize because she had never experienced such pain. In her mind it was completely made up. I ultimately decided to end my Air Force career and focus on my health. I wanted to beat Endometriosis and needed peace of mind and freedom to seek the necessary healthcare treatment.

At 35-years-old, my periods became heavier. I once bled for 45 days straight. My anemia had reached severe levels. I remember going to the emergency room. It was a Catholic hospital. They refused to give me the birth control needed to stop the bleeding citing religious reasons. My gynecologist previously inserted an IUD to “help with the bleeding” but it made matters worse. The emergency room doctors immediately removed the IUD. I was suffering in my own hell.

As a civilian I thought the workplace support would get better. It didn’t. My civilian manager actually called me into her office and said: “Your sick leave balance is low. My leave balance has never gotten this low. It looks bad.” She never once thought to ask me what was going on or what I needed. I voluntarily showed my management all of my medical paperwork. I was able to go to my medical appointments, take the necessary time off when I was in chronic pain or vomiting and get surgery without going into the negative on leave. I ultimately was forced to file an EEO complaint for discrimination due to a documented medical disability.

Fast forward to the present. At 38-years old, after multiple surgeries, prescriptions and diagnosis of Endometriosis, Fibroids and Ovarian Cysts I still suffer with the chronic pain. I’ve tried Chinese Medicine, herbs, accupuncture, herbal teas, exercise, vegan eating, just about every treatment recommended. Nothing has worked. There’s been countless times where I’ve missed work, social events, and other commitments due to being in the emergency room or being in bed unable to move. My quality of life has suffered severely due to Endometriosis. Unfortunately a hysterectomy may be my only relief. I hope a cure is found soon to help those of us suffering in silence with Endometriosis.

~Love,

Simply Ebony a Chronic Endometriosis Sufferer

Beard Game Matters Goes Viral

Mike McMillan started the group Beard Game Matters to provide a place for men with beards to collaborate and to promote his beard care products Man Cave Essentials Formula 27.  The group immediately went viral and grew to over 471,188 members in just three weeks. Women joined at an exponential rate hoping to find their next beard Bae. McMillan has proven one thing: Ladies Love Men with Beards! ❤️❤️❤️

McMillan plans to host Beard Game Matters Meet and Greets, educational workshops, and a sexy Beard Game Matters calendar is in the works. Men with beards and women that love beards go check the group out! Happy early Christmas ladies.

Love,

Simply Ebony

Amazon Hot New Release: Behind the Rank

Wow!! Thank you to everyone that purchased the digital copy of Behind the Rank. Congratulations to my 29 coauthors of #BehindTheRank Vol 1 book! Pre-order your signed copy now at https://www.paypal.me/LadyofInspiration/23

Our book hit the Amazon Hot New Releases Bestsellers Lists at

#1 in United States Military Veteran History,

#1 in United States Veteran History,

& #4 in Women in History

#Military #WomenVeterans #Amazon #BestSellers #USAF

FEMA Jobs – Temporary Workers Needed!!

There are a lot of questions and rumors about FEMA job postings for Harvey. If you’re interested in getting involved in the response, make sure you’re working through trustworthy sources.

To verify, please visit the rumors section of the FEMA Hurricane Harvey page: https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-harvey.

For those interested in volunteering/donating, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) has a list of Texas organizations here: https://txvoad.communityos.org/cms/node/104

If you’d like to help out the FEMA mission as a temporary hire, visit: https://careers.fema.gov/hurricane-harvey