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Best Kept Secrets of New Orleans

Best Kept Secrets of New Orleans

If you’re a tourist visiting New Orleans, you want to make sure that you see some of the traditional tourist hotspots like Bourbon Street but you’ll also want to make sure you check out some of the best-kept secrets and hidden gems of New Orleans.

Paradigm Gardens
One of the best parts of New Orleans is the food culture. Jimmy Seely and Joel Hitchcock Tilton begin the gardens as a community garden. This turned into a much bigger operation that started to supply restaurants with produce. These gardens got the community involved to cultivate everything from summer squash to watermelon to mint.

Where Y’Art
New Orleans is also home to a large and ever-growing community of artists looking to showcase their pieces. Collin Ferguson and Catherine Todd co-founded Where Y’Art as a business where art and artists are easily obtained. The home location for Where Y’Art is on Royal Street and an art gallery on the web is available where people can meet the artists and browse through their collections. Every two months, the collections get changed to showcase new artists and keep visitors returning.

Compere Lapin
Nina Compton created a menu based on the Caribbean folk tale of the same name. Chef Compton encourages her customers to appreciate the time that they are spending together and share memories or create new memories while enjoying their food. It creates an environment where people get to focus on each other and the time they have with each other rather than focusing on what’s going on in the outside world.

City Park
City Park is a 1,300-acre park that is filled with gardens, amusement park rides, disc golf courses, and golf courses. It’s also known as one of the oldest urban parks in the country with its opening in 1854. In City Park, Morning Call Coffee Stand beckons for you to grab a coffee and beignet. Morning Call Coffee Stand is 142 years old and is open 24 hours a day. Not only can you get a coffee and beignet, you can get gumbo, jambalaya, and ice cream. They’re a cash-only business though so don’t stop for a visit without some!

New Orleans is a great city to visit and live in. Make sure that you stop by some of these spots to get a real feeling of what New Orleans means to the local community.

Organization Memberships: How They Benefit Us

Organization Memberships: How They Benefit Us

Given the number of responsibilities that you try to juggle on a daily basis, joining an organization may not be one of your top priorities. After all, what business person has time for more meetings and activities? But such thinking can cause you to miss out on a whole lot! Be it professional or charitable, most people can say with ease that without the support of their peers in organizations to which he or she belongs, they would not be nearly as successful. Having membership in an association not only offers access to wealth, but it also provides a resource for members to produce the highest quality output in the world. Even in today’s hyper-connected global society, it’s important that we recognize and understand the benefits of membership organizations. Below are some general benefits of organization membership.

PROFESSIONALISM
There’s no doubt that membership of a respected organization sends the message that you are serious about your profession, and you are willing to put in the time, effort, and money where your mouth is! Being an active member of an organization will not only give you an opportunity to develop your skills as a leader and develop more professionally, but you are able to surround yourself with intelligent, like-minded professionals who are immersed their industry to gather provide access to a variety of opinions and ideas.

EDUCATION
Professional organizations offer quite the amount of learning opportunities. These include courses, seminars, webinars, and lectures all of which are designed to raise awareness of important issues facing its target audience. Staying informed will only help you in the long run by enhancing your skills and knowledge, while also staying up to date on changes in your field.

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES
We all know that networking is key for the movers and shakers of the community and such goes beyond the exchange of business cards. Making connections is critical and when joining an organization give countless opportunities to connect on a local and sometimes even global level. You’ll be able to strengthen existing business relationships and develop new contacts that set you up for rich, ongoing sources of inspiration and ideas.

SUPPORT SYSTEMS
Being apart of an organization means that you have access to an established support system of experienced people who are motivated to get things done, and there’s certainly nothing like knowing that you have a strong support system to help you when in need.

KEEPS YOU INSPIRED
It’s important to be proactive about things you discover on the journey because when you learn more about what you do, you’re able to not only continuously motivate and inspire others but also yourself.  When organizations can see real breakthroughs when members are inspired, making them more productive and, in turn, inspire everyone to strive for greater heights.

No matter why you’re joining an organization, we predict a viable future for its membership that will continue to evolve, so it’s good to get involved as you never know where it could lead you. There are some people out there who are willing to join an organization when they see a direct benefit for them, but it’s important as an organization member that you never take this for granted and you see the value in being apart of something bigger than you!

The Second Lines of New Orleans

The Second Lines of New Orleans

New Orleans is a city filled with interesting culture and traditions. Whether it’s the accents, the food, music, buildings or parades, New Orleans represents a city that refuses to fall victim to gentrification or changing their lifestyle to become a tourist hotspot. One of the most interesting traditions of New Orleans is that of the Second Lines.

Second Lines are street parades that are thrown in New Orleans, sometimes at random. They begin with a brass band playing music while walking down the street. In New Orleans, this brass band would be a smaller and more ragtag version of a marching band. This is known as the “main line.” Random strangers follow along forming the “second line.”

Second Lines began in the 19th century and were known as “jazz funerals.” Inhabitants of New Orleans began this tradition of introducing music into funeral processions. They did this as a way to celebrate the life of the deceased, instead of mourning, and to stave off negative spirits as the deceased passed into the afterlife. As a result, clubs were formed that would play music during burials.

Typical jazz funerals followed the fashion of the casket being carried out after the church ceremony and transported to the cemetery. All the while, a brass brand surrounded the procession playing somber, melancholy music. Once the deceased was buried, the band would literally change its tune and start playing hot and pulsating rhythms. The second line followed behind the band waving handkerchiefs and dance. Though New Orleans still holds jazz funerals, the concept of the second line has expanded in how it’s used. These parades have become a way to celebrate big events like a holiday or a New Orleans Saints victory!

Another way that second line parades have expanded is in a for-hire manner. People have been known to pay hundreds and even thousands of dollars for these bands to perform at birthdays, weddings, or even corporate events. During these parades, street vendors line the sidewalks selling jambalaya and other local goods.

Second line parades are a tradition from other cultures that the city of New Orleans has whole-heartedly embraced and are a staple of the New Orleans culture. If you’re a visitor to New Orleans, maybe you’ll be lucky enough to witness a random second line parade while you’re there!

3 Ways to Recharge When Stressed

3 Ways to Recharge When Stressed

We all have our rough weeks, some more than others.

Most of us work the standard 9 to 5 Monday through Friday work week, and with any job, there is the expectation of work-related stress. There are sometimes it can be motivating, but other times it can be extremely overwhelming and become a burden, whether at work or in your personal life. The moment you leave your office for the weekend, work becomes the last thing you want to think about. No matter what kind of schedule you have, if work or your personal life has been making you miserable and is a major cause of stress and unhappiness, it is very important to address the anxiety.

Here are three ways to effectively help you remain composed and focused when you’re overworked, and also minimize the impact of pressure on your productivity, work success, and overall well-being.

HEALTHY STRESS CHANNELS
Bottling up stress and keeping it inside will eventually cause you to completely burst. It’s important that you find outlets to channel and release your feelings of tension and anxiety in a healthy way, rather than lashing out at yourself or others. There are plenty of activities that can satisfy this need and can be done by finding a new hobby or form of entertainment that will ease your mind and body, such as exercise, meditation, reading, gardening, painting, or cooking.

MAKE “YOU” TOP PRIORITY
This may be the most important, as your well-being means everything. There are times when work can easily monopolize your life, so you must force yourself to stay in control, even when it’s extra busy. Try eating healthily and get enough rest so you are able to function at full capacity, have enough nutrients, and keep energized. Also take a break every now and then. It might seem counterproductive, but when overwhelmed, it will help put things in perspective, allowing you to return in a refreshed state of mind.

DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP
There are limits to the amount of work one person can do, as no one can do it all. When you feel over your head, speak up, ask your supervisors, coworkers, family, or friends for help. Whether at home or work, the quality of your output will decline if you lack the necessary time to get things done right, so doing this will lift a huge weight off of your shoulders when others are there to help.