What An Amazing Week!


939b8c7b4ccd4b9abf3e9a4e87a38893In case you’ve been living under a rock, or don’t read my blog, you’ll probably know that on Monday I started my new job as manager of a lovely little Spar just down the road from my house. Since Monday I don’t think that my feet have hit the ground at all. I’ve been off for one day, and even then I ended up in the shop so that I could transfer stock down to my old shop to get rid of it.

It’s been an eye opener. It’s a fantastic little shop and the sheer volume of customers and sales is shockingly high. I can’t believe so much stock can move of the shelves that quickly. It’s certainly going to be a challenge improving on what’s already a fantastic little store, but I’m sure I will manage it.

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How decided should I be when I submit my college applications?


Last year when I submitted my college applications, I remember wondering often if I was sure enough of where I wanted to go to school. Now, my girlfriend is beginning to apply to schools, and she’s feeling anxious because she’s really not sure where she wants to go still.

Obviously, before turning in college applications, you have a nice variety of colleges to choose from. But once application due dates start hitting, your options will become much narrower. This can be a good thing, or it can be a bad thing, depending on how you want to look at it. But whichever way, it’s important to feel at least some level of certainty with the schools you chose to apply to.

You want each school you send an application to be a potential choice for you, not just some school you choose for the sake of choosing. Unless you have enough money to apply to schools simply for bragging rights, applying to schools on a whim is going to cost a lot of money (and time).
Here are some ways of helping to feel good about your choices:
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Holy Awkwardness


Saturday is my sister’s bachelorette party. I have been planning for weeks. I have a pre-fixe menu at a really nice restaurant for an amazing price. We are going clubbing/dancing afterward. And I am going to the hairdresser on Saturday so I don’t have to worry about styling my hair!

Back up about 18 months to my bachelorette party. As my sister and I get out of our car to go into the restaurant we run into my cousins going to a restaurant next door. They ask why we are there and my sister says it’s for my bachelorette party. She then opens the gift bag she was carrying and shows them (I can’t see) some of the “stuff” she bought for the party in my honor. Stuff to make me wear during the party.Read More »

The Best Thing Ever


As luck would have it, two kids – Neighbor Boy, eight and Neighbor Girl, five – live just down the road from us. They’ve come over several times to play and on Friday, Julia went over to their house for the first time. I stood at the gate and watched her dash excitedly across the driveway and into their yard while my emotions went to battle.

The proud parent in me was swelling, all, “My little girl, playing at someone else’s house for the first time…a childhood rite of passage. She’s growing up!” The rest of me, however, was screaming, “This growing up business is happening too f**** fast! Stop growing up, dammit!”

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6 Ways to Financially Deal with Job Loss

November 17, 2015

Career

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There is no doubt that losing your job would have a significant effect on you and your family emotionally, and you want to be able to deal with your feelings and look at the situation to find a way to recover professionally and get back to work, and you can’t do that if you are also worried about money. Therefore, it is smart to have an emergency plan in place in case the worst does happen, and make sure you know the steps to take to financially deal with a job loss.

Continue Education. Even if you have a job now but you are aware that your professional skills can be polished don’t hesitate to sign up for educational courses. For example, my friend Alice had a good job even though she didn’t have a high school diploma. She learned about the website Covcell.com that provides free GED courses online and decided to use them. She got her GED certificate, however, these online classes are not for everybody, and some people will not benefit from them. It took her in all 6 months, and then she applied to college.  When she lost her job she was in the position to find another one because she took care of her education.

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Help a Reporter Out, a Simple Microbusiness

October 29, 2015

Career

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Peter Shankman, a PR and media guy, has created an elegant, profitable business called Help a Reporter Out, or HARO. It’s a newsletter that connects journalists with sources.

Here’s how it works. When a journalist is writing a story and needs a source for the article, they submit a request to Peter. Peter compiles the requests and emails them to his contact list 3 times per day. You can become a contact by signing up at helpareporter.com. If you can help a reporter out, you do, either because you’re a nice guy, or because you want to get yourself or your business mentioned in the journalist’s write up.

So how does Peter make money? He runs a small text-only advertisement at the top of each email. These bring in around $3,000 per day for a couple hours’ work. That’s 800k per year — not too shabby.

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Five Essential Product Traits


Copyblogger has a good list of 5 essential traits your product should have if you want it to sell.

1. It must solve a problem.
2. It must have mass appeal.
3. It must be unique.
4. It must offer instant gratification.
5. It must be demonstrable.

They call this the “Billy Mays 5-Step Guide to Selling”, though they give no proof that the legendary pitchman endorses this list. I still think it’s a good one though.

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What is Crapensta and other stuff


New York City neighborhoods are often named using acronyms. For example, there’s Tribeca (Triangle Below Canal Street) and SoHo (South of Houston Street).

New on the scene is Crapensta, or the Crap Around Penn Station. When you’re in Crapensta, you’ll know it.

Check out Crapensta twitter for more information about this neighborhood. They seem to have coined the term Crapensta. Brilliant. I think they should create and sell an illustrated map that helps people who live or work in Crapensta find decent places to eat or chill. It could be something whimsical along the lines of Nancy Chandler’s map of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Buying a Used Car Seems Less Daunting

The idea of buying a used car is daunting to me. Because I live in New York, I have never bought a car. If I were going to buy one, I’d probably look for a used car, but I would have no idea how to evaluate one in a savvy manner. The whole process seems daunting.Read More »

High school graduation gift ideas


My little brother has just graduated from high school and I was getting crazy about finding a good gift so it’s a topic of my blog post today.
If someone close to you has recently graduated high school, then you might be looking to find a good present to buy the new graduate. While what you can buy will depend on what you can afford and your relationship to the student, you have many options.
If the student is going to college next year, anything that could be useful in college is a great choice, ranging from dorm accessories to entertainment. If the student is not attending college after graduating high school, anything that he or she could use otherwise would make a great gift.

I would also make sure that the student doesn’t have any of these beforehand… there’s nothing more awkward than giving a gift and finding out the person already has it!
Here are a few general areas to think of when deciding what to get:
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Social Media and Getting a Life!


Should I unplug now or later?

Social media has permeated every facet of my life. I stay connected with friends that I haven’t seen since high school or early college days (Facebook). I keep my writing skills sharp with this blog. I throw out fun witticisms to my friends while watching ballgames (Twitter) and network to find my next full-time employment (this blog and LinkedIn). In my current capacity as a social media intern, I even use a little bit of all that to perform my job. Yep, there isn’t one facet of my life that social media doesn’t have a place.

Except the bathroom.

You read that right. The bathroom. I don’t take my laptop into the stall. I don’t carry my cellphone (in fact, I don’t have internet on my cell phone at all) to the shower. And I certainly don’t have a PC hooked-up next to the toilet.

And that got me to thinking. (Uh, not that kind of thinking) Unplugging.

 

Strange as it may sound, getting completely away from technology for a few minutes, hours, even days, can be fantastic. According to some studies, it can even be healthy (apparently, social media can warp our brains )

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