How Did The Months Get Their Names 

Have you ever wondered how the months got their names?

I thought it would be fun to start the year off with an informational post.

HISTORY LESSON

■ How did the months get there names

■ What is the Gegorian calander?

■ How many different calanders are there?

The ancient Romans used a different calandar system that began with March and ended in February.

Although the Romans used a short calander they left us with twelve months, 365 days and 8760 hours.

Now let’s look at how the Romans names each month.

March: The ancient Romans started the year off with March. It was believed that all wars were to cease during the time of celebration between the old and new years. Some historians believe that since March was the first month of the new year that the Romans named it after Mars, the Romans God of war.

April: Some historians believe that April got its name from the Latin word meaning “second” since April was the second month on there calendar. Another theory is that it comes from the Latin word “aperire”, meaning to open because it represents the opening of buds and flowers in the spring. The last thought is that it was named after the goddess Aphrodite.

May: Originated from an earth goddess named Maia, meaning growing plants.

June: What is the most popular month for weddings? Yes, June.

The Romans named June after Juno, the queen of the gods and patroness of marriage and weddings.

July: July was named after Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. Previously it was called “Quintilli,” which is Latin for “fifth.”

August: In Latin the number six is called, “Sextilla.” Later is was changed to August named after Augustus Caesar in 8 B.C.

In today’s traditional calendar the months of September, October, November and December, we know as months 9, 10, 11 and 12. On the ancient Roman calendar these months were known as 7, 8, 9 and 10.

September: September comes from the Latin word, “septem,” for “seven.”

October: October’s name comes from octo, Latin for “eight.”

November: Being the ninth month, November’s name comes from the Latin word, “novem,” which means “nine.

December: December’s name comes from decem, which is Latin for “ten”.

In 690 B.C Numa Pompilius proclaimed that a period of celebration at the end of the year be turned into a month with its own name. February received its name after the festival Februa.

Later that same year Pompilius added another month to the beginning of the year and called it January after Janus, the God of beginnings and endings.

The Gregorian calendar in 1582 was adjusted by Pope Gregory and the western nations began celebrating the start of the new year on January 1.

According to the website Wonderoplois the Englad and American colonies continued to celebrate the new year on the date of the spring equinox in March. It was not until 1752 that the British and their colonies finally adopted the Gregorian calendar.

So many different calendars

Besides the calendar that we use everyday there are others that you might have never heard of.

The Hebrew or Jewish Calendar

The Hebrew or Jewish Calendar is used as a religious guide for the Jewish faith to keep in observance with holidays, agricultural meanings and the timelines for the religions history.

The Chinese Calendar

Wikipedia defines the traditional Chinese calendar is a lunisolar calendar which reckons years, months and days according to astronomical phenomena.

The Solar Calendar

The Solar Calendar is on the seasonal year of approximately 365 1/4 days, the time it takes the Earth to revolve once around the Sun.

The are a few others that I have not mentioned.

I hope you enjoyed these facts.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

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Accepting The Loss Of A Job, And How To Move Forward

Anger, denial, depression and frustration doesn’t even begin to explain emotions when a person is suddenly let go from their job.

When your first hired emotions run high.   Excitement, joy, scared, are just some of the emotions you can feel when taking on a new challenge in your career.   

How do I know this? 

Because after a four year hiatus from my chosen career path as a Respiratory Therapist I landed what I thought was going to be the perfect job.   I was so elated with joy.  Suddenly changes started to happen.  Don’t get me wrong here, I’m all for changes as long as their for the betterment of the company and they don’t compromise patient care. 

Then it happened.  Due to just one person and their management role the   staff became on edge, the constant yelling, nasty remarks, even acting racist towards certain professions and people in the office.  

People loose jobs all the time.  The worst time is right before Christmas.  I was called into the office sat down and heard those words; “Sorry but we have to let you go. Understand that it’s best for business”.

Emotions started swelling up inside.  Angry oh yes I was angry.  Angry that I had taken on this responsibility to essentially clean up a failed department.  Trying to regain patients truat after the last therapist had mistreated so many patients.  

What effected me the most was being lied to for months to my face, until they finally pulled out the rug from underneath my feet. Disgusted at the fact that this person whom the owners had put in charge and were trusting with their business, was actually the one who is hurting it.  Customers had complained,  even the reviews on yelp.com  proved my point. 

Getting Back On Track

Oh wow sorry I really got of subject there, didn’t I? 

After much searching,  praying, yelling,  depression and crying I finally realized I need to let this go.  Let go of the anger and resentment towards the owners and their deceitful ways.   Let go of seeking revenge towards her racial attitude and obnoxious behavior. 

How Do You Let Go?

Researching the world wide web I found this great article written by J. T. O’Donnell  titled There Are 5 Stages Of Job Loss Depression.  

Learning To Accept The Loss

Accepting a job as a loss? Yes just like the loss of a loved one we must accept their gone.  Taken away unexpectedly from this earth.  My favorite part in this article,

  • Objectivity: You can state the facts without adding emotional commentary.
  • Accountability: You can take ownership of your role in what lead to your job loss.


    Accepting loosing my job that’s the hardest part.  No real reasons given,  not one performance evaluation in the sixteen months I spent there. 

    Moving Forward

    Choosing to stay in the past or move ahead is up to each individual person.  It’s the thought of looking for a job, the interview process and explaining over and over again why you want to work for them.

    I changed my focus from being angry and hurt to finding a new beginning which will allow me to use my talents in the best way possible to make a difference. 

    Focusing on the positive aspects of this chapter in life isn’t easy for some.  Especially when you have a spouse who has been ill for a while and is relying on you to be the strong one.

    Looking For Opportunity 

    Looking for that new job opportunity can be challenging and exciting at the same time.  

    When and where does one find opportunity? I’m told there all around us and that we just have to keep looking.  

    As always I welcome your comments. 

    Gain The Advantage, 

    Alicia Osmera 


    Happy New Year 2018

    Last year was such a challenging year for me, both personally and professionally.

    I’m so ready to move onto the new ventures of success in 2018.

    Finding Purpose

     After a four year absence from my chosen profession of Respiratory Therapy,  I thought I had found my way back into it for good.  That was until I lost my job right before Christmas.   

    Now faced with another challenge of looking for another way of bringing in income.   In my article titled,  multiple streams of income I make two very good points about having both a residual income and leveraged income.  

    Feeling like I’m back to square one is not my choice.  I’ve been in several network marketing companies over the years and I still struggle. 

    I wrote my book, Terror In The North Tower my dream was to become a number one best selling author.  Well my book is moving; however not as fast as I’d like it to.

    Trying To Keep A Positive Attitude

    Attitude is everything! 

     I’m choosing to be positive,  upbeat and claiming abundance for 2018.  

    Yes I am starting over.  Finding a new purpose is the challenge.  I’m sure as I release all negativity and toxic things from 2017 great things are left to follow.

    Happy Happy New Year 
    Gain The Advantage,

    Alicia Osmera 


    Pushing Through The Challenges

    Pushing through the challenges of life in general can be hard.  Not to mention work, kids, all the adult responsibilities we all face.  This last year has been hard.  My husband has had five major operations in the last two years.   Each one with different challenges.

    My biggest challenge has been balancing taking care of his health needs, working a full time job, recruiting for two network marketing companies that are new to the direct sales market IPro Network Creating Your Future Now and Vitae Global – Products are fabulous .  While I’m doing all of this I forget to look out for the most important person,  Me!  When someone you love is having health issues the last thing a caregiver wants to do is complain about how their feeling to the one person they’re caring for. 

    I will admit that I have let my blogging suffer, my success goals and determination to meet those goals has gone down quite a bit.  It’s not because I don’t desire to complete what I set out to finish.  By the time I am home, tending to my husband and what he needs it’s already so late at night I barely have time for myself. 

    Caregiver Action is a great resource for anyone needing to find solutions, ideas, advice on caring for ones self.   

    For instance in this article 10 Tips for Family Caregivers the number one thing is seeking other caregivers for support.  You are not alone! Second, take care of your own health so that you will be strong enough to take care of your loved one.  Number five – Caregiving is hard so take respite breaks often.  (That I know I don’t do enough of). Lastly give yourself enough credit for doing the best job you can in one of the toughest jobs there is.

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    The biggest challenge for me has been keeping up with a positive outlook and mindset.  In network marketing most of us are taught keeping positive, working on one’s self image and being persistent will out weigh the negativity, the dark days of feeling overwhelmed and helpless.

    How have I been able to get through all of this you might be wondering?

    PRAYER! 

    Prayer – I am a born again christian I firmly believe in the power of prayer.  Jesus Christ gives me strength everyday and my hope lies in him

    READING!  

    Reading keeps my mind focused and clear headed towards my personal goals.

    These are the main two I can actually say I focus on at this time.  I am sure there are other things; however they must be suppressed at the moment.

    As always,

    Gain The Advantage!

    Alicia Osmera

     

     

    Why I Started Writing A Bolg

    I don’t claim to be a professional blogger.  But then what is a professional blogger?

      I found an interesting article by professional blogger John Saddington titled The Definition of a ‘Professional Blogger’ or ‘Full Time Blogger’ In this post he explains a few different viewpoints.  

    There are a number of differing viewpoints and not one of them is necessarily incorrect; in fact, anyone has the full right to call themselves a ‘Full Time Blogger‘ or ‘Professional Blogger’ regardless of any outside opinion. But, there seems to be an understanding, both cultural and nuanced, about what it means to be ‘Pro.’

    Just think about it for a moment, especially as it relates to professions and jobs in other areas – What do you think of when you say that so and so is a Professional? You probably assume a number of things, right?

    I started my blog a few years ago just to voice my opinion about things going on in my life I am passionate about.   Learning how to fine tune, hone in, really dig deeper into the fine art of blogging came from meeting Lesly Federici owner and expert author of The Power Affiliate Club.  The PAC is a community of bloggers helping each other and offering advice.

    I needed to have a voice 

    Writing my thoughts down and sharing with my readers gives me joy.  Mind you not all comments I receive are nice and thank you’s.  However for the most part people get interested and comment back.  Having your followers comment on any posted article is an honor.  I must be doing something right.

    When I first started out my posts were short, not alot allot to read and I didn’t really post many images.   My  very first blog article Creating Your Brand looks absolutely pathetic now.

      What was the point I was trying to convey to anyone?

     How do you create more leads, more people to talk to when you’ve gone through your list and heard all the excuses and all the “NO’s” so many times?

    Create a brand for yourself. What ??? What I mean is one must be willing to create a brand of themselves on the internet to attract the people they want into their business.”

    That’s the jest of it.  No instructions given, no real helpful advice.   Not so much as even a link to another resource for help.  

    My main goal

    For you , my readers to like what you’re reading and hopefully learn something new along the way.

    My personal goal is to continue growing and learning about ways to improve my writing as well as my mindset for success.

    I hope you found this enlightening and as always, 

    Gain The Advantage. 

    Alicia Osmera 

     

    For A Single Moment We Forgot Hate

    On August 21, 2017 something amazing happened. 

     Most of you are probably aware that there was a phenomena in the sky called a sloar eclipse.  The solar eclipse encapsulated the United States of America and the world for a few shinning moments. 

    When I saw this meme on Facebook posted by Damien Von Dunn I knew it spoke volumes.  

    Frederick R Barnard first wrote the phrase, ” One look is worth a thousand words“, in Printer’s Ink, December 1921.”

     If one look is worth a thousand words then I found a picture worth a million.

    Where were you during the solar eclipse?

    Many people traveled across the country to catch a glimpse of totality while other’s stayed home, went to work or school.   

    Where was I?   I was at work in my office.  However one of my colleges brought in a pair of glasses to share with anyone who wanted to take a peek.   If you missed it click this link to see NASA’s Solar Eclipse Photos.  

    And for a single moment, our nation stopped, and looked up at the sky and forgot about hate

    Lately I’ve been ashamed of the ugliness, hatred and bigotry gripping the United States of America.   What has happened to getting along with each other? Settling our differences in a calm and collective manner?  

    I’m not going to get on a soapbox here, however I am disgusted at the actions some people choose to participate in this past weekend. 

    Can we just all get along?

    Where is the love?

    Has love escaped us?  Has common sense left the world? Every man, women and child should be reaching deep into their hearts, finding the love, pulling it out and spreading it around.  

    Enough with wars, violence and hate.   Waylon Jennings said it best when he sang “Let’s get back to the basics of love”.

    So another eclipse has come and gone.  The world stood silent in amazement for just a few moments in time forgetting all it’s cares and worries to bring peace.  I wonder when soldiers are fighting in war and on Christmas Eve if at one point they stop everything and listen for the peace?

    I hope you found this inspiring and as always I welcome your feedback. 

    Gain The Advantage, 

    Alicia Osmera 

    3 Ways Of Finding A Fresh Perspective Towards Success

    Sitting here in the Snowshoe Motel in Frisco, Colorado in a much needed vacation with my husband. 

    There’s just something about the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.  Breathing in the fresh mountain air, dropping a fishing pole into a creek or reservoir, spending time outside in the quiet of nature, lead me to three ways of finding a fresh perspective towards success.

    1. Stop focusing on the past!
    2. Focus on the present!
    3. Change the outlook for the future! 

    Stop Focusing On The Past

    It’s seems like every time we’re getting ahead something comes along from past mistakes, grabbing my attention and making me feel gulity, worthless, like I totally screwed up life. 

    Repairing past financial decisions, caused by myself have not been easy for me.  I hate accepting the fact that I messed up.  However I am thankful for my husband’s unconditional love and support through it all.  

    When past creeps up remember your past is over.  It NEvER defines you!

    Focus On The Present

    What is happening right now to steal my present success?   Staying stuck in my past mistakes keeps me from moving forward in all areas of life.

    What steps can I take to change the outlook?  Letting the past go even when it knocks on my door reminding me of what I’ve done.   Reading positive and motivating books such as Think And Grow Rich by Napolian Hill or  7 Habbits Of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey.  Just two of my personal favorites.

    Writing a list of personal successes will help keep your focus on the present and the future. 

    Change The Outlook For The Future 

    Look forward to new challenges. Tackle them head on.  

    Write down a new daily, weekly and one yearly goal.  Yes I said one yearly goal.  It’s August 12, 2017 so that leaves almost four months to complete it.

    I found this helpful article by Tiny Budda with tips for changing your perspective.  A great point 

    When I decided to change my perspective, I felt comforted to know that all that I was going through had a purpose, even if I did not understand it. I found a peace in knowing that I could change my mood in an instant by changing my perspective.

    It’s up to each individual person to decide whether to move forward with the present and change the outcome for the future, or stay stuck in the past with regreats and anxiety.

    I welcome your comments and feedback. 

    Gain The Advantage, 

    Alicia Osmera