Rachel Lafortune

Being a Good Parent is a Big Deal

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I loved sitting down in my favorite recliner and seeing our older son outside spending time doing things pertaining to the pond that is on our property. One day, I saw him rig up his own fishing pole made from a branch, string and an old fishing hook he found. That was my signal to get him a real one. And when I walked past an RC boat company last weekend when I was out doing my errands, it was also a sign that a new remote control boat would be a good idea, too. As someone who works a lot of hours, I’ve found that I can fall behind on spending time with my son. When I come home after a 12 hours day, it is often that I just want to relax and do nothing. I love spending time with him, but being lazy once I’m home wins out too many times. The thing is that I’m a parent and it’s my job is to raise up a child who feels strong, secure and well loved. Laying on the couch for hours watching old reruns on TV doesn’t help him with those things. Blog this! Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post

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Rachel Lafortune

How to Become an Expert in Visual Communication Technologies

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There are so many uses for imaging technologies in media today that new courses in visual communication are necessary to give students interested in this line of work a headstart in their industry. The computer programs for drawing and 3D imaging and animation are complex. They require instruction and lots of practice in order to utilize fully. You could spend hours and hours experimenting with a design or animation program only to be disappointed. Learning how to work with such technologies from industry professionals is a real help.

Photo editing has one top professional app that is in use around the world. It is the software professional photographers turn to to make their images ready for sale. The creative possibilities are endless for those who know how to use this professional suite of software better than others. When you are into designing using still or motion imagery, you need to know how to use the tools you have available to produce work that your clients want. There are tutorials and books on how to use creative imaging software professionals use, but classroom instruction from industry professionals is what you really want to experience.

You actually save time on your learning curve by having a classroom experience learning visual communication technologies and software. There is only so much you can learn on your own in any given amount of time. Your valuable time could be used to exponentially learn more by learning the curriculum provided by a school that teaches this stuff. One mistake many students of communicating using still and motion imagery make is to not have a solid grounding in the fundamentals of their craft. Going to work in a classroom that teaches you from the ground up puts you above those who are talented yet not professionally trained.

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Rachel Lafortune

I Now Have the Perfect Job

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One of the best days of my life came when a New York recruiter who I had been working with called me a few months ago. I had been working with a company not far from where I live, but I was not happy there. The work was plentiful, but it was not challenging at all. I needed something that I could grow along with, but that work was just routine and quite boring. A headhunter had contacted me because of an award I had won, and we got to talking about the kind of position that I would like to have.

I knew that there were a lot of companies that wanted innovative tech people who could think outside of the box, and I was hoping that I would be able to find one sooner rather than later. The job I had been doing could easily be filled by any graduate with a tech degree, so I knew that I would not be leaving my company high and dry. The person I had been talking with was a job recruiter, which meant he deals with both companies as well as workers.

He talks to the companies to find out exactly what they want. This is more than just saying they want a vice president of marketing position filled. They talk in depth about the right personality and credentials that are needed. Some companies want someone to follow strictly by the rules while others are comfortable with them being bent if it is for the good of the company. I wanted to work for the latter, and this job recruiter was able to match me up with the perfect company. I had an interview, and I could feel the excitement in the room. I knew I wanted to be part of it, so I did not hold back at all, and I was offered the position that same day. Life has changed for me, and I could not be happier.

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Rachel Lafortune

A Bigger Home for Our Family

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My husband and I had been renting the same house ever since we were married ten years ago, and we decided last summer that it was time to look at some Santa Cruz homes for sale. We already had two children, and we were hoping to adopt two more in the near future to round out our family. The house we had been living in was only a three bedroom house, but it was more than just that. The yard was smaller than we liked, and we wanted to start building some equity for ourselves.

I am a stay at home mom, but my husband has an excellent job that pays well. He told me to start looking online to see if I found anything that caught my fancy. He didn’t have to tell me that twice! I started looking immediately, and by the time he came home that evening, I had six houses that I really liked. I knew that I wanted to have at least five bedrooms because our dream was to have four children. With that many kids, I also knew that I wanted more than two bathrooms. That is what we had in our rental house, and it was rough at times with just four of us there.

My husband looked at the six houses, and there was one in particular that he really liked. I knew it was because of the extra large two car garage, knowing that he would be able to use the extra space as a workshop. It also has a finished basement that we could use a game room, family room, or a number of other things. I liked it because there are four bathrooms and the laundry is on the first floor! Needless to say, when we looked at it later that week, we made an offer on it. We now call it home, and next week, we will bringing in our new daughter and son who we are adopting!

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