NYE Resolutions

What’s the point of having New Year’s resolutions? Don’t get me wrong, I think NYE resolutions are great because they make people better, but why start in the dead of winter, when you’re starting back at work after being gone for two weeks or less and there is tons of work to do , or when you need to start getting your taxes together.

There’s just too much to do at the time of year. It’s just setting us up for failure.

How about instead of having New Year’s resolutions we have Spring Equinox or Summer Solstice resolutions. The spring signifies new beginning just like the new year with the burgeoning of sweet-smelling flowers and warm weather. However, if you have allergies , Spring may not be the best time to start. Summer however is perfect! It’s warm , sometimes hot, but that’s what gyms and pools are for, cooling off.  Also, most companies usually have lower work loads because of all the summer vacation season, giving you a little more time to focus on your resolutions.

People may not fail because the resolutions were hard, it may just be because of bad timing.

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The secret of great companies: great employees

I think everyone wants to be a great employee. Most people don’t wake up and say “ hey, I want to go do a bad job today! That’s what my life is all about” No. People want to do a great job, but companies and organizations sometimes suck the lives out of people with dead time, a litany of rules, and only looking at the bottom line. Companies that focus on the latter generally have high turnover or severely unhappy employees and both lead to higher cost. The higher cost is a result of searching for a new hire and money lost from unproductive unmotivated employees. People are people, human nature is inbreed in the worst and best employees. Some have the willpower to push through this, however some just work at great companies.

Companies that allow nap times *cough* Google, or unlimited vacation time *cough* The Wedding Wire. These companies don’t incur high cost with employee turnover because they make their employees happy by giving them what they want. As an added bonus they attract the brightest, hardest working employees because the best would like to work for the best. That is why these companies are continually on the best companies to work for lists.

Companies may say “Well, I’m not Google or The Wedding Wire. I don’t have the resources to provide these kinds of perks.” I can speak for the millennial generation and say that most of the things that make us happy are non-monetary. Having every other Friday’s off or unlimited vacation time with no questions asked, flex time, Sabbaticals. Other low cost perks could be paying a percentage of monthly gym memberships, being a dog friendly office, or providing engaging work assignments. Basically, a great move would be to ask employees what they want and then get creative about providing it.

Great companies have great employees and that way to attract these employees is to make your focus on making the employees happy.

Moving in a different direction.

2011 is coming to an end in a couple of days and as it moves to non existence I ponder what direction I would like to take with the birth of 2012. With this blog, I would like to move in a more serious angle with posts of substance, yet witty and interesting.

There will be more posts on my opinion on updates on the health care reform debate on the Hill and what certain presidential candidates think about it.

There will be poss on other aspects that I come across each day that I have opinions on, but wasn’t able to comment on because the blog was branded as a health blog for 20 something’s.

I still want to speak to 20 something’s, but also the millennial generation as a whole. In 2012 this blog will be more encompassing and hopefully more engaging, less workout playlist and more my opinion on Obamacare. Post like, not speaking your mind as a presidential candidate and how gym, tan, laundry may be the answer to feeling and looking good.

I hope readers are ready to go in a different direction with me.  I’m looking forward to a 2012 that will be a home of the beginning of big things and I would like to have the platform to comment on them.

Breakfast is the most important meal!!

I just made this and it was magnificent! I’ll call it Baby in a Bun. It’s really simple to make and it took about 10 min. This is how I did it:

Ingredients:

1 Cinnamon raisin or blueberry bagel

2 Eggs

1 Teaspoon of sour cream (optional)

3 shakes of the salt shaker (optional)

Tons of butter!

Scramble the eggs and add the sour cream (I hope you know how to make eggs by now). Heat the pan and put in like a table spoon of butter. Let it melt for a bit, and then hold down each half of the bagel inside up in the pan for about 10 sec. You’ll need a teaspoon of butter for each side.  Remove both halves of bagel and place to the side on a plate.  Put in tons of butter then pour eggs in to pan with medium heat. Scramble to perfection, shake the salt, and then put eggs on bun.

Done! You have a Baby in the Bun ;).

This is healthy because of the nutrients. Not fat content.

Workout Spotlight: Yoga

Recently I have jumped on the yoga train. I used to think that I was this weird new age thing that vegans and hemp wearers participated in, but after a couple of aches and pains my body adjusted to the contortions and I became a yoga lover.

Yoga is a healing practice that is recommended for helping with anything from lower back pain to cancer, in case you weren’t familiar with it.

It is also huge with abating stress. TWO times, I walked into a yoga class and been completely stressed out , but when I left I was singing ” summer breeze makes me feel fine….”.

I started going to classes at my local gym , but those classes were kind of sub prime compared to going to an actual yoga studio. Sorry, I’ve become a bit of a yoga snob.

If you  start doing it I would start off with a free class, or a donation based one at a local studio and then progress from there. Namaste!

Not what we imagined.

I, like many of my generation, believed that upon graduation from college I would land a well paying job, move into my own apartment, enjoy the single life for a while , meet someone special, marry, settle down and raise a family. 

Reality has come upon us as shown in this atlantic article. Most of us are not getting that well paying job or any of the other events that follow. We are living at our parents house. If we do have a job, it’s not what we want and we are painfully underpaid. Others enjoy thriving careers at this time and feel nothing of this, but that is few and far between.

I have recently come into the job search category because the contract with my company for our client is not being renewed. So what does one do in this situation when the economy is so bleak and you feel helpless because you know you’re doing everything correctly, but no one seems to be biting. I’ve only been at this for the past week or so and this is what I’ve learned:

Make use of your contacts only when you know exactly what you want – Don’t just say ” I’m looking for a job, know of anything?” give specifics , ” I’m looking for mid-level communications positions, know of anything?” or better yet say ” I found _____ position with your company. Do you know of anyone who directly deals with hiring for that position?Or could you recommend me to this position?” or something along those lines. Keep asking until you find someone who knows who’s hiring for the position or can recommend you.

Be a resource person not a job beggar – I learned this from the book What Color Is Your Parachute?  it’s a practical manual for job hunters and career changers. You want to show how you could help an organization with their problems, not go in with the ” please give me a job!! I’ll do anything!!” attitude. Desperate is not a good look.

Network, Network,  Network – Doesn’t matter how smart you are , it’s who you know to get you in the door for an interview.

I haven’t been on the job hunt long, but I hope following these things will make my job hunt time very short.

What are some other things you have learned from the job-hunt?

Staying fit without breaking the bank

Getting back in shape takes a full pledge desire from you to do so.

Once you really want to, I think there is no need to get a gym membership. There are tons of low-cost ways to achieve physical fitness without paying $50 or more a month.

I was reading a Brazen Careerist article that featured a quote from Melissa Harris, business columnist for the Chicago Tribune. She said ” During the most stressful periods in my life, I gain weight,’she adds. ‘So I’ve adopted a few rules: First, eat a low-sugar, low-carb diet. Second, one glass of wine or one mug of beer is enough. And third, a personal trainer is worth going broke over(formatting added). I look at it this way: If your body’s in good shape, that’s one less thing your mind needs to worry about. I also use all of my vacation days; taking time off is important to re-energizing yourself.”

I fully agree, but sometimes— well all the time, you can’t go broke over it. So how do we work out without breaking the bank ?

Take advantage of nature– run, jog, play on the swings at the park while the kids are off doing something else.

Use daily deal sites– LivingSocial and Groupon offer really great gym deals.

Your rec center – The recreation center usually has a no-frills gym and equipment.

Staying fit and not spending too much money can be done.

What do you do to work out without breaking the bank?