Best Free Online Disc Personality Tests

By sgadmin / April 20, 2017
Disc Personality Tests

Personality tests are a quick, easy way to learn about ourselves. With DISC tests, you’ll gain personal awareness that will help you interacting with others at work and in every aspect of your life. Understand your communication style to gain insights into how you can become more successful in your interactions with others.

Goal of the DISC model:

  • Immediately improve interpersonal communications
  • Connect with co-workers more effectively
  • Understand what you need to do to be more successful in your interactions with others.

Four main behavioral styles make up the DISC model. Most people are a blend of these four styles, as most people display each style, with some traits more dominant than others. The DISC styles are clear when we view them in the circle diagram shown below.

Each quadrant of the circle describes the typical behavior exhibited by people who show these behavioral traits. The DISC model is not necessarily measuring personality styles as behavioral styles. The four characteristic traits for each behavioral type are dominant, inspiring, supportive, and cautious. These words are simple, easy to remember representations of the traits encompassed within them.

Description of each trait:

  • Dominant: People with both outgoing and task-oriented traits often exhibit dominant and direct behaviors. These people usually focus on results, problem-solving, and the bottom-line.
  • Influence: People with both outgoing and people-oriented traits often exhibit inspiring and interactive behaviors. These people usually focus on interacting with people, having fun, and/or creating excitement.
  • Steadiness: People with both reserved and people-oriented traits often exhibit supportive and steady behaviors. These people usually focus on preserving relationships and on creating or maintaining peace and harmony.
  • Compliance: People with both reserved and task-oriented traits often exhibit cautious and careful behaviors. These people usually focus on facts, rules, and correctness.

This list shows you where the name DISC comes from. Most people do not fall directly into any one category. Dominant people place an emphasis on accomplishing results. They can be blunt and usually gets right to the point. Those falling in the influence category are optimistic, enthusiastic, and open. They can be very persuasive. Calm and sincere people fall into the steadiness category. They do not like to be rushed and are generally very dependable. Independent and competent people fall into the Compliance category. They need details, accuracy and approach tasks with objective reasoning.

To learn more about your approach to tasks and to help you understand your co-workers better, here are some of the best FREE online DISC tests. Regardless of which test you choose, always remember none of the tests will yield helpful information if you do not answer honestly.

One of the websites with very clear and helpful information for rading your results can be found at 123 test.

DISC personality Testing offers an easy to use test with quick results and resources to better understand your results.

The Discovery Report Disc Test gives you the option to answer the question for your work or your personal interactions.

For Managers offers a very easy test to take with a good description of your results.

For another good free option, you can visit Online Personality Tests. The site is bare bones, but the results are helpful and easy to read.

What is a Publix Passport

By sgadmin / April 12, 2017

Publix Supermarkets is an employee-owned, American supermarket chain based in Florida and predominantly operated in southeast America. Publix is a private corporation owned entirely by present and past employees and considered one of the largest employee owned company in the world.

There are 1,144 Publix retail locations, cooking schools, corporate offices, distribution center, and manufacturing facilities all of which employ almost 193,000 people. Publix manufacturing facilities produce dairy, deli, bakery, and other food products.

Publix has a number of interesting programs like Aprons. Aprons offers customers in-store demonstrations and recipe cards to walk away with and shop for. Aprons Cooking School is another one of their programs. Cooking classes are geared to any cook wanting to learn new skills as well as wine pairing. There are classes for adults, teens, and children. Enlisting renowned chefs, cooking celebrities, and experienced cooking instructors, the Cooking School helps customers expand on their current cooking repertoire.

Another concept Publix has been slowly rolling out is Publix GreenWise Market. Offering organic and natural items, GreenWise also includes salad and hot bars. After several years with the GreenWise Markets, Publix is now looking to integrate them into the actual stores. Publix Saber stores cater to Hispanics. Employees of these stores are bilingual. There is a wider selection of prepared foods in the deli and bakery catering to Hispanic flavors. These shops also offer open seating cafes.

Publix stores have in-store pharmacies offering free antibiotics to some of its customers. Some have little clinics inside of them. PublixDirect is for online grocery shoppers. Many Publix stores have teamed up with Starbucks, and have in-store Starbucks shops.

Publix Passport service portalWith such a large number of employees, Publix has created a variety of free online resources for its staff to access. Resources like self development, employee benefits, financial resources, career, work resources, apparel and merchandise. One of the more useful employee tools is the Publix Passport, which can be accessed on a computer or with an app on a smartphone.

Designed specifically for employees of the supermarkets, staff can access information related to them.Only available to Publix associates, Publix Passport can access each employee’s account. Staff can manage their paycheck, view personal financial details, and get to their working roster. Publix Passport is a fairly easy portal to access. Employees can download the app from itunes or Google or access the portal from the Publix associate resource site.

Logging into Publix Passport:

  • Visit the official site of Publix employee login portal.
  • To continue with the Publix employee login page, either click the green login button which is below the passport box on the left corner of your page or the one which is present at the top tight section of the website. Both of these links will take you to the identical Publix passport login portal.
  • From the Publix employee login website, enter your username in the specific field.
  • Enter your password which is associated with your Publix Passport login account.
  • Confirm the information you have entered to make sure that they are correct and just click the green login button if you are ready to access your account.

Like many employee portals, Publix Passport gives their employees access to all of their company benefits, schedule, and pay information. Having all of this information at your fingertips is useful for anyone for tax purposes, payment history, and just to know when you’re working next.

How to get to the ACES ETM login

By sgadmin / April 8, 2017
Aces Etm portal

If you are an employee of Aces Limited Brands, you may already be familiar with the Aces Etm portal. The Aces Etm portal offers various benefits to their employees. Employees are welcome to choose which benefit they feel best suits their needs. Whether you want a retirement plan, health benefits, or just performance based compensation, you can find it all by logging into the Aces etm portal.

Limited Brands, or L Brands, is an American fashion retailer with well-known brands like Victoria’s Secret, Henri Bendel and Bath & Body Works. Aside from operating these large brands, L Brands has the distribution rights to C.O. Bigelow and the White Barn Candle Company. If you are employed by any of these brands, you will have access to the self-service network. If you are not an employee, or resign from your position with one of the L Brands, you will not have any authorization to use the site.

Some of the benefits offered by LImited Brands are health and security benefits. You can choose your benefits. There are pharmacy, vision, dental, and medical plans, discounts, and assistance. L Brands also offers life insurance and a retirement 401k.  Some of the other benefits you will get from working for Limited Brand are tuition reimbursement, legal insurance, parental leave, childcare discount, and a merchandise discount.

Limited Brands offers two forms of payment – direct deposit and pay card. Direct deposit will send you pay directly to the bank account of your choice. Pay card is a physical check you will deposit or cash as you wish. Both methods are acceptable.

An employee can manage his pay, taxes, benefits, and work schedule from the Aces Etm portal. Once you have set up your Aces Etm account and completed the registration form, you are ready to begin using the portal.

Aces Etm Portal lets employees:

  • Check tax details
  • Make employee reports
  • Check pay stubs online
  • View work schedule
  • Manage health benefits and 401K
  • Search for other positions with Limited Brands

There are different portals – one for management, DMs and one for associates/employees.  Regardless of which site you need to access, you’ll need to start by creating an account.

Register as a new user:

  • Enter your SSN or SIN – just the last 6 digits
  • Enter your date of birth
  • Enter then re-enter your email address
  • Enter your password – passwords should be 8-20 characters, contain letters and characters plus 1 number
  • Read the terms of conditions and submit your form

Once you have created your account, you are ready to access the portal. If you are management, once you put in your id, you will be taken to the scheduling page. If you are a DM, you will also need to input the network id to gain access. For all employees, the steps to access the portal are below.

How to log into the employee portal:

  1. Go to the official Limited Brands Access site
  2. Log-in with your user id found on your pay stub and the password you created
  3. Once you press continue on the prompt screen, your main employee page should come up.
  4. On the left hand side, there is a column with different links you can click to follow.
  5. Click “My Job” from the list
  6. You will need to enter your user id again
  7. Now you can view your schedule

Now that you are using your Aces Etm portal, you should know that Limited Brands has many helpful tools for those times when you forget your password or id. You can phone Limited Brands Store Technology Service (877.415.7911) or there are online tools to reset your password. For any questions, you can always contact HR Direct.

 

Can you make group calls on Viber?

By sgadmin / April 5, 2017
Can you make group calls on Viber?

If you are unfamiliar with Viber, it is an app that can be used on a phone, tablet, or computer providing you have Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G. With Viber, you can easily and securely send messages and make phone calls to any other person who is also a Viber user. Not only can you place a basic phone call, but you can also make video calls, send video or voice messages, use stickers, and even GIFs. Viber works with most Androids, iOS, and WIndows 10 devices, as well as Mac and Windows computers.

All messages and calls between Viber users are free, although when using 3G networks, your provider may charge you. Instead of using your regular mobile network, through your internet connection and using the VIber app, you can instead place calls and send messages. With other Viber users, you can send an unlimited number of messages and place any number of calls, regardless of minutes to anywhere, without having to pay network charges. Even calling your friends internationally is possible, as long as they are also a Viber user.

There is also an option, called Viber Out that allows you to get in touch with numbers that do not have VIber. Viber Out allows you to call any phone number, even landlines, without paying exorbitant costs. Viber Out offers competitive rates that are much lower than normal calling plans. With Viber Out, you create a credit or calling plan that gives you the flexibility to place calls to any non-Viber users.

Viber

  • Free text, calling, photo messages, and location sharing between Viber users
  • No registration, alias, or invitations required
  • Integrates with your personal contact list
  • Best quality mobile calls using 3G or Wi-Fi

Viber not only offers person to person options, but you can also create group chats. With group chats, you can communicate with colleagues or keep in touch with friends and family. You can have a group chat with up to 200 people at one time and you can create an endless number of groups. As group creator or chat admin, you are not the only one who can invite people to the conversation. Any participant you invite can invite others to the group, but only the group admin can add other admins and remove participants. Anyone can remove himself from the group, but only an admin can remove another person from the group. Only an admin can delete a group, unless all of the participants leave the group on their own.

Media galleries can be created to share photos, videos, and doodles with anyone. You can easily share them within your conversation. Even in a group chat, you can share media. Your media gallery displays all of the photos, videos, and doodles that have been sent within your conversations.

Snapshot of Viber Group Chat:

  • Anyone can create a group and there is now a group admin role
  • Only group admins can remove participants and add other admins
  • Each group member can add new participants to the conversation
  • There is no limit to how many groups you can create!
  • Each group can have up to 200 participants, including the group creator
  • You can customize the background of the conversation to fit your mood
  • Now you can personalize conversations with a group icon
  • Media galleries keep all of your shared media – photos, video and doodles – in one place so you don’t have to go scrolling for memories

Group chats let you communicate with multiple people at one time in one window. Unlike using SMS, where you reply to people in separate threads, Viber group chats let you all communicate more clearly and openly on one chat screen.

Viber is a useful tool for placing any type of call or sending any type of message. WIth other options like Viber Out and VIber group chats, it really fits the bill for every one of your communication needs.

 

How much do YouTubers make?

By sgadmin / April 5, 2017

If you like to watch short videos about just about anything in the world, chances are you’ve found yourself on Youtube. Youtube is a video sharing website created in 2005 and has grown to be one of the most well-known video sharing websites out there. With hundreds of millions of hours of videos, you can find a video on literally everything you can think of. While you can troll around Youtube watching random videos, there are hundred of people and groups who have turned their Youtube videos into a salary-earning business.

Youtube is not just an American website. Some of the most well-known people uploading videos with various styles and subjects are from all over the world like Sweden, Germany, and Brazil. Gaining international pseudo-celebrity status, some people have been able to stand out from the crowd with comedy skits, video game play, and even rap battles. WIth millions of subscribers and tens of millions of views, some people have been able to make a career out of posting original video content that entertains people so much they come back to them regularly to view new content and re-view old.

Aside from entertaining us, these popular Youtubers are also earning money. Once you have secured an audience for your videos, you can start to enable monetization which allows Youtube to place ads in your video. In order to do this, you need to be certain you have no copyrighted material in your video. Youtube will pay you a small fee (usually around $18 per 1,000 views) for ad clicks and video views.

Youtube monetization example:

You have 1,000,000 subscribers

1,000 of them check out your video

you get $200

You are also well served to get links to your videos anywhere you can. If you have a blog, pimp your videos there. If you can get others to post links to your videos, take advantage of that option. The more places people are exposed to your video, the more clicks your videos get and the better for you. Bringing people to your videos will raise your views, which in turn will earn you more through Youtube’s ad monetization, but this will not be enough to quit your day job, until you start to get millions of subscribers and tens of millions of views.

Aside from getting your links out there, you want to place affiliate links when you review a product. Affiliate links bring someone from your page to theirs. For example, if you review tech products, link to the product on Amazon and hope for your subscribers to purchase it from Amazon. Depending on what you are reviewing, you can earn a decent amount of money this way.

Amazon Associates example:

You have 1,000,000 subscribers

You run an iPhone ad

2,000 of your subscribers click and buy at $800

You get 8% commission, or $128,000

You can also make money on Youtube by simply promoting real products on your site. If you are popular enough, especially in certain demographics, companies will pay you to promote their product. Like a sponsorship, you can form relationships and negotiate contracts with companies you know your audience will be interested in. For these relationships to work, you need to know who is watching you – demographics is very important to get you higher payouts. Sponsorships can pay you per video views, or per click to their site. An average sponsorship could start around $600.

Another way Youtubers earn money is with public appearances. Whatever your niche, there is a public forum for you. Look for conferences and industry events related to your niche and get paid to be a keynote speaker. Keynote speakers can earn a few thousand dollars ($2,000-10,000). Or get some space at any number of industry events like VidCon or PAX and sell t-shirts promoting your site. You can sell your photos and autograph ($5 or $10 per) as well as anything related to your Youtube niche. Depending on how many subscribers you have, some conventions will pay you to make an appearance (it could be $10,000-100,000 or even more).

The bottom line is you can make money posting videos on Youtube, but it not easy to make a lot of money. Aside from needing a large following, you need to put some serious work into it. Building your fan base is the first step to earning enough money to turn Youtube into a career. After you’ve found your niche, start working on your earning option through Youtube, Amazon, sponsorships and conventions. Just don’t expect to get rich quick, even if you are highly entertaining and unique. But don’t get discouraged either – keep at it and if you love it enough, so will others, and they will eventually be willing to pay you to entertain them.

Top 7 Free Myers Briggs Test Online

By sgadmin / April 4, 2017
Top 7 Free Myers Briggs Test Online

We’ve all gone online to take a personality test, and there are many out there. Most personality tests are based on the Myers-Briggs Personality test, which is an offshoot of Carl Jung’s “Psychological Types” and Katharine Cook Brigg’s research. Briggs developed a typology proposing four temperaments: meditative, spontaneous, executive, and social. After studying Jung extensively, Briggs turned the theory of psychological types to practical use. Briggs daughter, Isabel Briggs Myers, continued her mother’s research, eventually taking over.

In 1944, Briggs and Myers published the “Briggs Myers Type Indicator Handbook” believing that a knowledge of personality preferences would help women entering the workforce for the first time during World War II. The indicator would help identify the kind of wartime job that would be most comfortable and effective for women. In 1962, the handbook became the “MBTI Manual”.

The MBTI is a questionnaire designed to indicate psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and how they make decisions. These preferences help explain our interests, needs, values, and motivation. The way you approach events, information, people, and the world in general is the focus of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Are you an extrovert or introvert? Do you use logic or do you make decisions based on the people and circumstances? Do you focus on information or do you interpret using your intuition? Do you judge or perceive your options?

More specifically, your personality type is based on five traits:

  • Openness to experience is your intellectual curiosity – are you inventive and curious or are your more consistent and cautious?
  • If you have high conscientiousness, your friends might think you are stubborn, whereas you are really efficient, organized and dependable. Low conscientiousness is generally seen as unreliable or messy, when you are really easy-going, flexible and spontaneous.
  • Extraversion speaks to your assertiveness or reflective nature. Are you an attention seeker or more reserved and solitary?
  • Agreeableness is compassion vs. detachment. Highly agreeable people can be seen as submissive, naive, or overly friendly whereas low agreeableness is viewed as challenging, suspicious, or competitive.
  • Neuroticism is your confidence or emotional stability. Are you sensitive and nervous or secure and confident? .

After determining your responses to those five traits, you will know your personality type. Knowing the different preferences can help you understand yourself and others. No one personality type is better than another and knowing your type helps you understand why you approach situations the way you do. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator has inspired many personality tests as we have a strong need to understand ourselves and help us make decisions.

There are so many personality quizzes and tests online – some short and fun, and some based on actual psychological research. So whether you want to learn where to vacation based on your tv viewing, find out which ‘Game of Thrones’ royal you are, or dig even deeper, there is a quiz for you. Here are the top 7 free online tests based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and actual psychology:

  • MBTIonline.com offers another assessment designed to help you better understand how you relate to others and how you can benefit from this knowledge in everyday life.
  • At PsychCentral.com, you can take a test based on Jung’s personality theory. The results will include a description of which category you belong to of the 16 personality types found in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
  • My Personality Test is another free personality test based on Carl Jung’s and Myer-Briggs’ research. It will help you learn about your strengths and discover how you can achieve fulfillment in your professional and romantic life.
  • 16personalities.com incorporates updated advances in psychometric research to help you understand others and build meaningful connections. Get an accurate description of who you are and why you do the things the way you do.
  • To understand your communication and learning styles, try this Personality Test. Also based on Jung’s theory and the Myers-Briggs personality types, you can learn the strengths of your preferences and the description of your personality type. This test even shows you the famous people who share your type.
  • Personality Perfect offers another version of the Myer-Briggs test to help you discover what really drives you. Based on your personality type, this site provides personality hacks to help you approach life more harmoniously.
  • This psychology test measures what many psychologists consider to be the five fundamental dimensions of personality. With this version, you can not only learn about your personality type, you can compare yourself to someone you know and get an even deeper understanding of you.

Taking personality quizzes can be a fun way to help us find empathy for others as we learn how we approach life and how differently people approach the world. Any insight into ourselves that helps us connect to the world in a more compassionate way is a worthwhile use of our time.

What is a palanca letter and how do you write one?

By sgadmin / April 3, 2017
palanca letter

Palanca is the spanish word for lever or influence. A palanca letter is written to lift up, support, and encourage a friend or family member. Usually given while on a religious retreat or mission, palanca letters can also be sent to someone in prison. Whoever the recipient, they are incredibly emotional and uplifting for both the recipient and writer. Palanca letters are not terribly lengthy and are always spiritually uplifting.

Palanca letters are written by one person to another and the writer does not always know the recipient. You would never write a palanca letter to a group, even if they are on the same retreat. Your palanca letter can be addressed to the individual by name or it could be addressed according to the specific event. If you are writing a palanca letter to a fellow parishioner who is on a retreat, you can address your letter “Dear Christian Brother”. The writer never signs his full name, nor does he/she give an address or way of contact.

Why write a Palanca letter

  • Epress the effort, service, prayer, concern, and care shown by the recipient
  • Tell how the recipient brought love and joy to you, his/her family, friends, and others
  • Offer encouragement and guidance
  • Spiritual uplift with reassurances of God’s love
  • Include appropriate words of wisdom

Palanca letters can be written to anyone in need of encouragement or spiritual lifting. A parishioner on a religious retreat could receive a palanca from fellow parishioners offering prayers and encouragement for a blessed journey. You could write a palanca to someone in prison as a way of lifting them up in the spirit of the Lord. Most letters include reassurances of God’s love and offers of prayers from the writer. Generally religious, a palanca is spiritual in nature.

Many recipients hold onto their palanca letters forever, referring back to them in times of discouragement or anxiety. Even though you are writing to a person today supporting your recipient’s current journey, your words may be as important or even more so at future points in their life. While writing the letter, you should keep in mind how impactful and helpful your words can be to someone at a low point in their life.

How to write a palanca

  • Write recipient’ name
  • Include a salutation, which could be “Dear Christian Brother”
  • Write why the recipient is valuable and deserves your support
  • Explain how he/she exhibits goodness
  • Offer a gift of prayer or saying a rosary
  • Sign only your first name, never include an address or way to contact you

A palanca letter can include a small, inexpensive gift. It is not a requirement to include a gift, however you could include a bible verse bookmark, or prayer card with your letter. An expensive gift would be inappropriate to include in your letter. More appropriate gifts would be to pray or say a rosary for the recipient or make a sacrifice in their honor, like giving up sweets or read a particular bible verse.

Don’t forget These in Your Palanca Letter

  • Your letter should be short in length
  • You can include a scripture in your letter
  • You could give the recipient a small gift like bible verse bookmark
  • ONLY address your letter to one recipient
  • Do NOT include your last name, phone number, or address
  • You do not have to know your recipient
  • A palanca is a blessing to both the recipient and the sender
  • Many people hold onto palanca letters for years

Your goal in sending a palanca letter is to remind the recipient that God’s love for him/her is so great, a stranger has been moved to express that to him/her. You want to comfort and lift the spirits of the recipient. Life’s journey can be scary, and simple efforts like an encouraging letter from anyone, can have an enormous, positive effect on someone’s life.

Restaurant vs. Cafe

By sgadmin / April 2, 2017
Restaurant vs. Cafe

We’ve all searched for an eatery and come across both restaurants and cafes. But what really is the difference between the two?

Depending on the meal you’re looking to consume and the environment you want to consume it in, you may want to narrow your query.  If you were looking for a light meal or snack, just a cup of coffee, or a bowl of soup, you would most likely be looking for a cafe. If you want to settle into a more formal meal with waitered service, you should seek a restaurant.

Cafe

  • Casual setting
  • Order from display case or menu behind counter, or self-serve
  • Pay at register when food is delivered
  • Seat yourself from available tables, booths, or counters space

Restaurant

  • More formal atmosphere
  • Order from menu at your table
  • Generally served by waiter or waitress
  • Pay after meal is completed
  • Sit at a booth or table assigned by the retaurant

Cafes offer a casual atmosphere to enjoy a beverage and small meal. The word cafe is French for coffee and cafes are mainly just that – coffeehouses. While most American cafes serve coffee, bakery snacks like muffins, bagels, and cakes, the concept has expanded to eateries offering a variety of beverages and small meals. At a cafe, you can get breakfast, lunch, a light dinner, or a quick snack. Cafes generally do not offer waitered service. Menu items are found on a board above the register or in actual display cases under it. Orders are placed at a counter, paid for at a register, and bagged for you to choose dining in or taking out. Many food items at a cafe are prepared and pre-packaged for self-service by the customer or quick delivery to the customer.

Cafes generally offer open seating and encourage customers to relax with a newspaper or laptop or meet up with friends for engaging chatter. Dining at a cafe can be in a booth, at a small table with chairs, or even a bar with benches, stools or just standing room to eat and run. Many cafes have outdoor seating that may even include oversized, patio game boards like chess. Some cafe have couches and lounge chairs for extra comfort when enjoying your coffee and snack. One of the big perks of the modern cafe is they are computer-accessible, meaning they offer wi-fi and charging stations for your personal electronics.

A restaurant, on the other hand, has a more formal environment, generally with waitered service, designed around an entire meal, like dinner. Restaurants generally cook your food to order.

Restaurants can vary in price, service, and atmosphere. There are fast-food restaurants with a similar environment and payment process to cafes, but offer full meals, prepared to order that commonly comes in a bag or on a tray. These restaurants are inexpensive, quick, and can be eaten inside or taken out. You can even order from your car at many of these types of restaurants.

There are also restaurants considered “fine dining”. These establishments provide top notch service and ambiance, and food prepared by some of the world’s top chefs. Meals can be one course, or a full five course feast – all of them high-end and exquisite. At these restaurants, you sit at an assigned table with a menu of food and beverage options. Serving items from their regular menu, you’ll usually also find an extra assortment of daily specials, fresh items the chef is excited to prepare. You place your order with a waiter/waitress, who brings the order to your table after it is prepared in the kitchen. Payment, with a tip for your server, is expected after you have finished your meal.

Somewhere between fast food restaurants and fine dining establishments, there are hundreds of low, mid, and high end eatries. Chain restaurants, like Olive Garden, Applebee’s, and Buffalo Wild Wings fall into this middle ground, as do many of your local town eateries. Differing from fine dining, at chain restaurants, the menu rarely changes and there are usually dining deals, making them an affordable, convenient, comfortable restaurant option. Your local restaurants are similarly run – a stable menu with fresh chef’s specials for busy nights.

While both restaurants and cafes do serve many of the same types of foods and beverages, one big distinction between the two is you generally do not find alcoholic beverages at a cafe. Most cafes focus on coffees, sodas, and other non-alcoholic beverages. There are some cafes that serve beer and wine, but if you’re looking to grab an adult beverage with your meal, you will find more eating options searching for a restaurant.

Both restaurants and cafes have their benefits. Depending on your personal and dining needs, you may visit each in the same day.

Palanca Letter Samples for Son, Daughter and Nephew

By sgadmin / April 1, 2017
Palanca Letter Samples

Palanca letters gives support in the form of guidance, prayer and/or honest communication. Below we have a list of some samples of palanca letters that could be for sons, daughters and nephew.

Sample Palanca letter for Son

To My Son and My Friend,

I cannot begin to express how proud I am of you. Every time I see you put others before you, my pride and love for you grows. Just when I think I cannot love you any more than I already do, you show me another side of you – your positive spirit, compassionate heart, and creative mind. You have more confidence and intelligence than I had at your age, or even at my age.

I hope you enter every one of life’s journeys, large or small, with confidence and wisdom – choosing your battles with caution and empathy. I wish you the strength to face challenges head on and without fear. Your heart is big and its voice will guide you at every turn.

God couldn’t have given me a better son.  Always know how much you are loved. Wherever you go, you are in my heart and in my mind I am hugging and loving you unconditionally.

I love you more than anything.

Love,

Mom

Sample Palanca letter for Daughter

To My Sweet Daughter,

I am jealous of the world that I have to share you and can’t keep you to myself. You are a gift to all – so lovely, kind, and thoughtful – and yet I want to hold you and keep you as mine alone. Your compassion for others is so beautiful it has at times brought me to tears. My pride for you knows no limits, as you constantly surprise me with your commitment. When you are engaged, your focus is enviable.

You bring joy and love to your mother and I when report cards come home, when you assist your soccer team, and every time you just smile. I want you to know I am always here to help you with any issue, large or small. Whether you need help with homework, a shoulder to cry on, or a sounding board for problems. I will never turn my back on you, and no problem is too big, and no pain too deep for us to conquer.

I love you to the moon and back a hundred times.

Love,

Dad

Sample Palanca letter for Nephew

Dearest Nephew,

Life has so many ups and downs, and you will find yourself in so many different situations. Some of them will amaze you and some of them will depress you. I wish I could promise you a life free of pain, disappointment, and anxiety, but I cannot. Even with suffering and tragedy, life can be fulfilling and you can and will find love and joy. You have already shown your resilience and compassion and I couldn’t be more proud of you.

I hope you continue on the righteous path of joy and acceptance. No matter what God throws at you, you will rise up and find peace and happiness. Keep your heart open to love and you will find yourself respected and cherished. If you are always true to your heart, you will never feel regret or guilt. I see your strength already at your young age.

You are your own unique young man and it is my wish that you stay this way. Never let others tell you how to be or whom to love. If you live the life others expect of you, you will find yourself in a place you will not like. Keep your faith in your heart and God will guide you through life.

I am proud of the man you are becoming, and will always have an open heart and ear for any problem, adventure, or advice you need.

I love you and care about your personal and spiritual journey.

I am always here for you,

Uncle

How to draw a flower

By sgadmin / March 29, 2017

Drawing a flower should be easy , when the following simple steps are followed;

#1: T draw a sun flower for instance, simply start by drawing a large circle and then add a smaller circle inside, as shown in the picture below;

Step #2: Your next step is to draw your leaves and the stems on each side of the circles, for your petal, you should draw a thin and elongated shape (like that of the heart), as shown in the picture below;

Step #3: Repeat the second steps until the inner circle edges have been completely covered. You should have an image like the one below;

Step #4:  With the use of the pointed angles, you can add more petals until all the empty spaces have been covered. Your new picture should look like the one below;

Step #5: Draw some slanted lines, in a crisscrossed manner, in the center of the inner circle. The lines should cross each other out.

Step #6: Refine the details of the stem and leaves by giving some shades and adding lines to them.

Step #7: Add colours to your picture to give them even more details, as shown in the following picture;

In cases where you need to draw some pictures such as a rose with a stem , stem with thorns, and some other flower pictures that require extra work, then you can follow these simple steps;

Step #1: to draw a rose flower with a stem, simply draw three curved lines as shown in the picture below. Make sure the curved line below the upper one is slightly bigger, while the bottom curved line should be the largest.

Step #2: Draw a vertical curved line – this will represent the stalk, then simply add a leaf on the right side of the stalk, as shown in the picture below;

Step #3: Create your rose by sketching a rough outline of it, before you start drawing the petals. You can make use of the “U” shape sketch first.

Step #4: when sketching your petals, make sure they appear overlapping each other. You should start with the first “U” at the top, as shown in the following picture;

Step #5: add more petal shape details on the second “U” of your flower

Step #6: Allow the sketches of petal on the first two “U” to guide you when drawing the petals on the last “U”. If you want a more appealing rose picture, you can add more petals.

Step #7: With the aid of pointed angles, you can simply add the sepals to your drawing.

Step #8: Add some thorns on the stem , if the flower has thorns. You should keep in mind that thorns are best drawn with the aid of pointed angles. Make sure you add the details to the leaf of the leaf of the rose and make sure you don’t forget about the serrated margin.

Step #9: add some colour to your drawing, remember, the petal can be red, pink or something much brighter while the stem and thorns should be green or brown.

Drawing a rose flower without a step can also be interesting just like the drawings above. You can follow these simple steps to achieve this.

Step #1: start with the interior border of the flower by simply drawing a circle. You need to add two extra circles in order to form the outer border of your power petals.

Step #2: you should add some rough structures to create a base for your petal- this may be hard for some people but it should work out fine.

Step #3: Draw some final lines to further emphasize your petals, as shown below;

Step #4: add some colours to your petals and then add some shadows before placing the definition lines.

If you want to draw a Daffodil, the usual start steps here will be different, but they are still simple enough to be completed;

Step #1: Start the flower leaves by simply drawing an oval, to create the outer edge for your flower leaves.

Step #2: Create another but smaller over figure that connects at the top, through the parallel lines. This will create the top of your flower.

Step #3: Draw a rough sketch of the flower as well as the leaves, as illustrated by the following picture

Step #4: add the final lines for your flower and leaves and add the appropriate colours as shown below. Take note, you can also put some definition lines as well as the shadows to your flower.

Drawing a Cosmos flower can also be exciting, and the beginning is similar to other flowers explained above.

Step #1: Draw a circle, then have a sketch of another circle in the center of the first circle

Step #2: Sketch your petals all around the outer bigger circle, and make sure the petals are of the same shapes and sizes.

Step #3: Create the flower stalk by sketching a thin straight line below and then go back to the semi inner circle and draw some smaller semi circles. This will help create a flower-like structure.

Step #4: Create and draw the basic outlines of your petals and make sure the front petals are differentiated from those at the back. Create the outline for the bigger circle as well as the stalk, as shown below;

Step #5: Add some colour to your flower

Conclusion

Drawing a flower should not be a difficult thing, most flowers will start with two circles, and you can gradually build other components such as the stalk, leaves and petals on the outer circle. In the case of a Tulip flower, a single circle with a long and slightly curved stalk is the perfect way to start before adding the leaves and flowers. Tulips do have long flowering structures, hence you will need to draw several lines when you are creating this flower.

Drawing a flower is fun, there are so many kinds of flowers you can practice with, but make sure you have a view of the outer part first for drawing the inner parts.

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