- Red Envelope’s Leather Catchall. Fantastic to monogram!
- For the chocolate lover, from Williams-Sonoma
- Who can go wrong with wine? I would love it if someone sent me this!
- Health conscious client? These are not only beautiful, but delicious!
- Inexpensive and truly useful gift for the iPhone user?
- Another great monogram opportunity with the LLBean Boat and Tote. I have one for each of my kids and a great big one for me. The zip top is a must in my book!
- Who doesn’t love Dunder Mifflin? Calendars, bobble heads and coffee mugs with your favorite characters:
- For the eco-friendly. I’ve used my envirosax for years and they don’t show any sign of wear.
- Music lovers rejoice!
Friday, December 3, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
A few more pages in and I realized WOW, my University has fantastic programs for management students. (Did they always have these and I just didn't realize?) A mock trading floor? I'm sure they didn't have that 10 years ago but I think it would have engaged me if I had the opportunity to utilize it. Wait, an alum is now the CFO for the Yankees? At this point I'm not only impressed but starting to work on my flux capacitor with one hand and continuing to flip the pages of the magazine with the other so I can read what other great careers have been made with my same education.
If I could go back in time to my former-self and bungee cord her to her lecture hall seat until she aces that finance final exam I would also give her a few pieces of advice:
- Caffeine is your friend. Embrace it now!! Stay awake in all classes. You'll be paying for this schooling 10 years from now when you have a husband a child and other more bills. You will learn to love coffee (light and sweet.)
- If you studied as much as you complained about how much studying you had to do, you'd have those hours back and already be reading for fun.
- Read for fun. Access to amazing libraries is not a right, it's a luxury. What I wouldn't give for an hour of silence to read something for enjoyment.
- Study abroad. Remember that time you hovered outside your counselors office with an application for Study-in-Ireland and he was taking too long with another student and you walked away? Might have been worth waiting for if nothing else but a stamp in your passport.
- Take internship opportunities. Don't think of it as working for free. Think of it as getting free experience. With a fresh young face you can make mistakes (and learn from them) in a way that will be forgiven because of your age.
Recently I ran for a pad and paper during an Oprah episode to write down this quote. Her favorite definition of forgiveness was "Giving up the hope that the past could have been any different." I think I'm ready to start forgiving that 20 year old management student. I'll start by brewing a big pot of coffee.
Monday, October 18, 2010
The stat shocked me. Mostly because I think my personal charitable giving is up. We've all seen some hard times in recent years. Personally, I think its motivated me more to be thankful for what I have, and to realize I still have more than most. But where I see the difference is that my dollars are not going the traditional route.
I can spot a direct mail fundraiser pack from a mile away. Yes, I used to work in the industry which gives me a leg up. Those handy return address stickers? I take them right out of the package, add them to my collection and recycle the rest of the mailer. No donation from me. (Especially if you've spelled my name incorrectly.)
LiveStrongs' requests for donations? Lance, I have just received too many emails from you over the past few years that I am irked to send you my hard earned dollar. And the sad thing is that I believe in your cause. Just not "the ask".
So how do you get me to part with my money?
- Personal stories. Through Facebook I connected to a high school alum who started a charity in honor of his brother. The young man that I knew was handsome, smart, funny and yet at age 23 committed suicide. I went to a small high school where everyone knew everyone. So this one hit close to home.
- If one of my friends is sweating. This past year I've been easily swayed to support anyone who was walking a 5k, riding a bicycle or doing some other activity that burned more calories than I could consume on a Sunday morning. I like it when you work for the money. Keep it up!
- Randomness. I've been known to roll down my window and pass out cash to the homeless. Again, it goes back to tugging on my heart. What must it feel like to create a sign on cardboard to plead your case, relying on the charity of strangers? I've seen the shame in their eyes and the gratitude for acknowledging their existence. It takes a strong person to ask for help.
What prompts you to give? Would love to hear from you.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
|MIL and FIL|
"Greed is Good" has been my latest catch phrase. I'm all for it. Bring on the greed! Adding another mouth to feed in my house has made me extra stingy. I'm starting to turn into one of those consumers who won't buy anything without a coupon. Yes, this week I probably burned gallons of gas returning a gift after finding it cheaper somewhere else. I even conceded to the idea that we drive, not fly, to NY for Thanksgiving. People- I live in the Carolinas. Shoot me.
I'm also getting really greedy about my time. Time is money. Didn't make the cut into my intimate circle of friends? Sorry. No time for you. Unfriendly you say? Well, maybe a bit. It's not like I'm holding up in the house like a recluse- I would just rather have deep meaningful relationships with a smaller number of people rather than a long list of one-dimensional, shallow friendships. That's what facebook is for.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
We had a summer filled with fun activities: Saw Mary Poppins in the theater, went to the NC Transportation museum for Day Out with Thomas, took part in the first annual SC Chili Cookoff as taste-testers. (PS: I'm working on my own recipe for next years submission...)
With all that fun, is it strange that I became excited when my husband came home talking about a SWOT analysis for work? Yes, it was a sign that I am ready to get back to focusing on marketing strategies outside of how to find the best diaper deals.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Chick: 20 years. Haven't turned you down once. Not about to start now. I'm there.
Freddy Noonan: Guess I can't let you go up there alone.
Bear: I'm with you.
Oscar: Man, this is - this is historic. Guys, this is, like, deep blue hero stuff! Of course I'm in.
Rockhound: While I don't share *his* enthusiasm, you know me. Beam me up, Scotty!
Harry Stamper: You all right, Max?
Max: I-I don't, I-I don't... Whatever you think.
Harry Stamper: [to A.J] How about you?
A.J.: I'm in.
Harry Stamper: All right then. We go.
Rockhound: I don't mean to be the materialistic weasel of this group, but do you think we'll get hazard pay out of this?
Monday, June 14, 2010
"Are we going to eat at Grapes?"
"Mama, when we go to the mall, can we park near Star?"
One of our more popular grocery stores down south, or as my daughter likes to call it: "Fish, Bread, Apple"
NASCAR sponsorship helps with recognition on these, combined with seeing them in our neighborhood each and every day:
What brand of car her Nana drives:
When she's really engrossed in a brand, she will also give me a jingle. "Nat what would you like for lunch?" - "$5 footlong... SUBWAY, Eat Fresh!"
Friday, June 4, 2010
It's with great pleasure that I share the 10 Hottest Careers in America via CBS MoneyWatch. 4 out of the 10 are health-care related. Good news for my blind sighted com-padres.
10 Hottest Careers
Thursday, May 20, 2010
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Thursday, May 6, 2010
To help whittle your waist and keep your spine aligned and supple, side stretches are excellent exercises to do at your desk. With your arms raised over your head or akimbo with your hands on your hips, lean gently over to each side as far as you can safely go. Please use caution if your chair is unstable or if it is on wheels. You can do this a few times on each side at several times throughout the day.
Exercise Two - Arm Raises
In order to help protect against carpal tunnel syndrome, poor circulation, and weight gain, you should do arm raises several times a day. There are different methods of doing these simple exercises: raising your arms straight over your head, raising them to the sides, or even behind you. Each method works a different set of muscles, and all will temporarily increase your heart rate, keeping your metabolism revving.
Exercise Three - Butt Squeezes
The easiest exercise that you can do at your desk is butt squeezes. You can even do them while you are on the phone or typing up a report. Simply squeeze and release your buttocks muscles several times. This is the number one exercise that will help prevent "office chair spread" of your hindquarters.
Exercise Four - Leg Lifts
Of course, these are not the type of leg lifts that have you lying down on the floor and swinging your legs around. At your desk, you can easily straighten your knees and lift your legs out in front of you. You can also march with your feet in place. This will exercise the large muscles in your legs. For easy calf exercises, you can raise your feet up on the toes and lower them. Be sure to use your muscles when you do these exercises for maximum effect.
Exercise Five - Stress Relievers
Many of the exercises already described here will really help to relieve stress of your desk job. However, there are some other great stress relief exercises you can do at your desk.
Gently stretching your neck, or rolling your head around, will reduce neck and upper back stress. Lifting your arms in front of you and bending your hands up and down at the wrist will help to relieve the stress of typing and help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
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Thursday, April 1, 2010
You have one in your closet. At least one. A go-to piece of clothing and when all else fails, it comes out to make an appearance. Maybe it appears so often that you could be featured in the weekly magazines “I love my ____” segment that they usually reserve for celebrities holding the handbag-du jour.
Friday, March 26, 2010
- Your seated posture. Do you sit at the front of your chair hunched over? The better seated posture is to sit back in the office chair and utilize the chair’s lumbar support to keep the head and neck erect.
- Time spent at your desk. If you are at your desk for prolonged periods of time, do you stretch and/or take walking breaks? Runs to the coffee-maker are a good thing!
- Your workstation. How do your desk, computer and chair relate to one another? Spine professionals give the following guidelines to ensure proper relation of these three key items:
Friday, March 19, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
- Day 1 Evaluate Your Current Circumstances. Determine what is toxic. A team mate? A project? Your boss? The entire company that employs you? This may be a time for little changes such as angling to partner with a new group of team mates, or it may be as drastic as coming to the realization that you are miserable in your current industry. Have an honest conversation with yourself. Ask yourself: Is this project/job/company going to help me reach my ultimate goals? What is making me miserable? Then vow to change it.
- Day 2 Purge Negativity. Instead, choose happiness, choose contentment. Attitude is key. Don’t let the little things get you down. One trick is to sit down every day and write down at least three things that you are thankful for. Start small: your morning cup of joe. Aim for bigger: I’m thankful for my mentor.
- Day 3 Be Selfish. No one else is looking out for you. Be assured, your boss is looking out for him/herself. You make great things happen in your career. Always be on the lookout for the next big career move. It could mean changing departments, or changing career direction entirely. Don’t have a mentor yet? Find one.
- Day 4 Nourish Your Soul. Surround yourself with positive people. Take a long hard look at your faithful lunch mate. Does he/she bring you up? Or do they suck your energy? If it’s the latter, begin the process of surrounding yourself with a new healthy group of people. Forgo PEOPLE magazine and ask friends to recommend uplifting books that they have currently read. Have you been skipping the gym? Ease yourself back in with a nice long walk blaring your favorite tunes on your iPod. A good friend brings positivity to her harried work day with a simple purchase: Tulips for her desk when she is feeling down.
- Day 5 Reflect. Starting to feel the cloud lift? You’re almost there. Day 5 is all about the previous 4 days journey. Ask yourself: What have I learned? This new awareness of what toxins affect you will change the rules of engagement when presented with choices in the future.
Friday, March 5, 2010
So is there any time Ms. SleeveShirt advises against planning?
I recently read this inspirational article where Oprah interviews the Zen Buddhist master Nhat Hanh. The 83-year old native of Vietnam joined a monastery at age 16 and has been sharing his philosophies with the world ever since. He’s everything you would expect from a Buddhist monk. He lives simply, chooses his words carefully and has always been wise beyond his years.
We’re all guilty of it. Too often we rush through all that life has to offer because we’re already thinking of what’s next on our to-do list. Hanh provides a simple example of how to achieve contentment of the present moment.
“Suppose you are drinking a cup of tea. When you hold your cup, you may like to breathe in, to bring your mind back to your body, and you become fully present. And when you are truly there, something else is also there- life, represented by the cup of tea. In that moment you are real, and the cup of tea is real. You are not lost in the past, in the future, in your projects, in your worries. You are free from all these afflictions. And in that state of being free, you enjoy your tea. That is the moment of happiness, and of peace.”
I’m going to go turn the kettle on. I hope you will join me for a spot of tea.