How The Walking Dead Helped Me Lose Weight…Like a Grown Up

First off, whoooa pump the breaks. I haven’t been on here in a month. Does that make me a terrible person? Yes. Do I feel horrible about it? Eh, kinda. I’m very sorry for my lack of posts during the month of October. Grown up life got too crazy and I had to take a break. But never fear I will be back every Thursday with sarcasm and wittiness to fulfill your grown up desires.

“How has a t.v. show caused weight loss?” “Isn’t it the opposite?” Is she on a zombie apocalypse diet?” These are all questions that are probably (most definitely) going through your mind.

I was a full time subscriber to cable (and the sucky kind if you know what company I’m talking about…wink wink). I would mindlessly watch t.v. when I was bored instead of do the things I loved. I could get sucked into an episode of Catfish and five hours later it’d be bed time and I wouldn’t be ready for grown up life the next day.

Then I discovered this crazy thing. Most gyms have televisions. And a lot of those gyms have televisions on their equipment. Now I got lucky because my wonderful apartment complex has a gym that doesn’t cost a dime. But most gyms cost the same as a cable subscription. So I dropped my cable (but kept my internet because duh and/or hello I couldn’t live without Buzzfeed).

I watch three shows pretty consistently, The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, and Parks and Recreation. So every Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday I head over to the gym for an hour workout and to watch my favorite shows. I started this at the beginning of October and so far with a little better eating I’m down five pounds in a month!

Now instead of watching t.v. shows I don’t really care about, I come home and make delicious bread or read a book (like Roomwhich I highly suggest).

So what do I suggest? Stop watching t.v. on your butt! Cancel your cable and start walking/running/ellipticalling. With my favorite t.v. shows I added three hours of cardio a week which I would otherwise just been watching sitting down.

How The Walking Dead helped me lose weight…it made me run like hell.

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So You Wanna Get a Grown Up Job…

Money is nice. From a young age money has always enticed us. Allowances, finding quarters on the ground, the first job mowing lawns. But its nice when your parents buy everything else and you save your money for an Xbox. I know that I had no clue all the bills that existed. 

To get money you need a job. To get a job you need an interview. To get an interview you need a resume. And repeat. I’m not an expert on getting a job but I think I have a good idea on how it works. 

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This will be a five part series so let’s start from the beginning – the resume.

  1. Start with a template. It might be generic but its a good start to later upload into your own format. 
  2. Make sure to have all your contact information. You’ll need your address (current and if you live at school), phone number, and address. 
  3. If you have a website add it. If you don’t have one maybe its time to make one. About.me is a good place to start. 
  4. An objective might not be important anymore. Unless you are going to change it every job application than you shouldn’t put it on there. 
  5. Education is key. If your GPA isn’t too high, don’t put it. There are other things that are important. 
  6. Use numbers. If you can put work experience in numbers put it in there. For example if you raised productivity by 30% it looks better than raised spirits.  Details and adjectives are also really important too.
  7. Show growth. On my resume I show that I started as a lowly catering staff member and worked my way up to Director of Marketing. It shows commitment and success.
  8. Try to show no blanks or lulls in experience. If you weren’t working in 1994 at least show you volunteered with the Red Cross.
  9. Include volunteer and after school activities. Volunteering at the bike drive might not have seemed cool but it looks awesome to employers. Plus maybe the HR lady was on the cross country club team too. It might give you a little boost in the process.
  10. Don’t lie, strongly word that stuff. Use great wording and you’ll nail it. 
  11. References are a thing of the past. 
  12. But formatting will always be key. Make sure every i is dotted and t is crosses. Image
  13. Lastly, make it interesting! You like kickboxing, add it. If you once built a nine foot tall lego creation, someone will be impressed.Image

Just to finish it all off here’s a checklist:

  • Do you have your contact information? – Name, address, phone, email, website
  • Any special skills?
  • Work experiences?
  • At least one form of numbered statistic?
  • At least two bullet points per experience?
  • Volunteer experience?
  • After school activities?
  • Any relevant school projects?
  • References if asked for?
  • Spell check. formatting, review.
  • Double review.

Good luck! You’ll need it. 

Happy Hour – Grown Up Edition

In college happy hour went by a different day. Day drinking, going to the bar, grinding, well it was the same thing but a little better trashier. And then you learn about happy hour. Its glorious. You go and its not like you have homework, tests or club meeting. You just get to go with no worries.

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That being said there are a lot of different rules than taking shots at your college bar. 

  1. Never pay full price. Its called happy hour because you’re happy its not breaking the bank. Find a good deal whether it be Taco Tuesday or $1 beer night. Most places have one and most of them are pretty great. 
  2. Find a solid group. It can be coworkers, your bookclub, anything but make sure you enjoy the company. If you don’t like the people you are with its going to be like the dentist. You feel like you have to go but you don’t want to. Soon you’ll fade out and not get your satisfaction.  
  3. Pick a day of the week and go every week. It will give you something to look forward to all week and it takes the hassle out of planning. We go to Bar Louie on Wednesdays for $1 beers and half price appetizers. 
  4. Don’t talk about work. Its called happy hour not boring or miserable hour. Take a break and have fun. 
  5. Don’t gossip about coworkers especially if you are with coworkers. I don’t think I need to explain this one but I will. People will relay the gossip. You don’t want to do that.
  6. Be happy. Its in the name. 

This is one of the great perks of being an adult. Enjoy it! 

 

Being Lazy Grown Up Style

Being a grown up is busy and exhausting. Getting up super early to go to work, getting off late, then running errands, eating dinner, hanging out with friends, cleaning, etc. etc. will wear you out. And those are light days. The days where you have to do laundry or go to the doctor are even more exhausting. 

This last week I was sick and had to go to the doctors and do all sorts of busy things. So Friday was my lazy, stay in night. Awesome awesome awesome! 

So here’s my guide to being lazy in the grown up world (because you deserve it sometimes).

  1. Watch something cool. I stayed in and watched the real cool new show Orange is the New Black on Netflix. I would highly recommend it! Watch a movie or a tv show or anything that you’ve been just planning on watching.
  2. Don’t clean. Lazy day does not equal cleaning day. Just sit back and relax. Unless cleaning relaxes you. In that case you are going to be a wonderful spouse. 
  3. On a side note, keep your place clean so you can always relax. It takes me an extra two minutes to put away clothes that I decided not to wear. It takes five to do dishes at night. I could wait but if I did it could take well up to an hour and then I’d never get lazy nights. 
  4. Find your comfortable spot. Mine’s my bed. Yours can be the couch, floor, bed, or even the dining room table.
  5. Turn email off. Or even go as far to turn your phone off. Being disconnected when you are always connected will make you feel better.
  6. Go to sleep. Lazy days does not mean stay up late. Get to bed at a decent time.
  7. Do your hobby. Mine is slowly becoming blogging. So nights in are perfect for this.
  8. And my last piece of advice…don’t work.  

I hope you take a lazy night this week and chill out. You deserve it! 

Being Sick in the Real World vs. Being Sick in the Fake World Before Grown Up Life

The sick days before being a grown up were spectacular…well that might be an exaggeration since being sick is never good but they were easier. Your mom made you chicken noodle soup, you laid in bed all day, if you were in college you skipped class, you could put the A/C or heat up as high or low as you wanted because you aren’t paying for it – the list can go on and on.

I sadly am sick. With what I am not sure. Using my insurance freaks me out so I have avoided the doctor so far. Whether it be a simple cold or diabetes I have no clue what is infesting my body. Which brings me to my point – being sick in the real world sucks.

So here’s my advice and my complaints about this plague I so desperately would love to shake.

  • Get the expensive health plan. Or at least the second expensive. Don’t go for the cheap one to save money because in the end if you get sick or lose a limb you are going to have to pay more. My company has a really great health insurance program so even with the most expensive health insurance it only costs me $30 extra a month. Whoop whoop.
  • Go to the doctor. Don’t be like me. I have an irrational fear of needles and therefore have been on my dying bed before paying ol’ Doctor Reliable a visit. That being said if you are new to the city find a good doctor. Best place to start is with people from around the office. They have the same health insurance as you do and were in your shoes at one point in time. Next use your health insurance provider list. But I really would start with your coworkers. Don’t want you to get stuck with scary clown doctor whose breath smells like hot dogs (based on a true story).

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  • Wash your dang hands. I know you learned this in kindergarten and every year on but so many people don’t do it. Wash your hands every time you go to the bathroom. Clean your work station at least once a week. And don’t share drinks. It might seem like common sense but everyone is dumb including myself.
  • Take a multivitamin. My favorite is the Flintstones vitamins with immune support. They aren’t expensive and taste delicious.
  • Rest! Don’t run around trying to pretend like you aren’t sick. You are, just deal with it. There is always more happy hours and more days in the week to make plans. Go to gosh darn sleep.
  • But don’t take sick days unless you have to. You’ve only got a few. Don’t waste them all. It’s not college. Your job doesn’t wait around for you.

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  • Take medicine. You make money now, beer doesn’t actually solve colds.

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Overall being sick sucks. Going to work and being sick sucks worse. But at least you’re getting paid.

How to Be On Time – From a Lateaholic

We all have that friend. The one who makes you sit around. The one that starts getting ready when you’re suppose to be leaving. I’m not that bad but I have the most awesome college roommate who was the queen of late. However I can say I’m pretty close to being the princess of it.

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Being late is bad. You should never be late, like ever. It makes you look like a total jerkwad and is very unprofessional. Its hard though. Bed is awesome, pants are not. But we are trying to be grown ups remember so let’s make a pack to get to places on time.

Here’s some advice:

  • Add 10 minutes on. If you think it will take 30 minutes to get ready, give yourself 10 extra minutes. Things always come up. Interesting news, elevator takes too long, traffic gets in the way.
  • Pack your stuff the night before. Whether its your lunch, breakfast or heating pad make sure you’re stuff is ready to go in the morning. It can cut five to ten minutes.
  • Take a shower at night. Especially for girls it takes longer to get ready. Cut off your time anyway possible.
  • Find the fastest transportation. Whether its the trolley, walking, biking, busing or in a car find the way that costs the least and takes the shortest amount of time.
  • Have your morning stuff all together. I have a basket with my makeup, hair stuff and lotion. All my stuff is in one spot and I don’t have to look for it.
  • Clean, do your stuff beforehand. Pick up the night before. Anything that is going to distract you in the morning get it done!

For now, buenos noche. I need to do the above mentioned things so I won’t be late and turn into a jerkwad.

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Things to Invest In For Your Own Sake (#1)

I have a lot of things, keyword being things. Things that might seem pointless or that I just have to have but there’s a need for everything. Sometimes you wouldn’t even think you need a certain thing or might not have even known it existed but that’s what you have me for.

So the first thing to invest in for your own sake is…A BREAD MAKER!

Now you’re probably thinking what the heck would I ever need with a bread maker. And I personally thought the same thing. My mom gave me her old bread maker. My first thoughts were that I had no room or no need for this hunk of machinery.

But then I made my first loaf. It was magnificence. My first and third and millionth loaf was beer bread (follow that link for deliciousness).

Reasons why a bread maker is awesome:

  1. Saves you money. I find myself throwing away almost full loaves of bread and then having to buy more. With my beautiful bread maker I can make a bread for no cost because I already have the ingredients and if I don’t eat it there’s no extra cost.
  2. When You’re Low on Bread. Instead of running to the store for hamburger buns I can just make some!
  3. It tastes 100% better and its better for you. 

A bread maker will make you happier. Trust me!

It Feels Like my Debit Card is Filled with Endless Money…

But it’s not. I’m a spendaholic. I got it from my mama…and my dad…and my grandma, and about every other person in my family. I’m not proud but the enormous shoe closet cannot lie (and I can’t even put my body in front of it to cover it all. Thanks JustFab). I didn’t save money in college. I spent it all on pizza and wine. As much fun as I had in college I was not prepared for the real world of spending at all.

So when I went apartment shopping I clearly wanted the more expensive apartment with granite countertops. In my mind it was life or death. But then my dad sat me down and told me “Child here’s an expense sheet. You cannot afford all you want.” So I looked at it and I argued with him and I was seriously wrong. So I got the cheaper but still beautiful apartment that I’m much more grateful for anyways because the closet is huge (hence the need for more shoes!)

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I make decent money for a recent college grad and I definitely have some extra spending money but there’s also a lot that needs to be paid…EVERY MONTH. Yes its true, you have to pay bills every month.

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So here’s my advice on buckaroos.

  • Bills come first. No matter what you want or think you need, you won’t have any place to put those things if you don’t pay your rent. I have two checking accounts. I send a certain amount of my paycheck into one so at the end of the month I can pay my bills and have a little money to spare. I really advise you to do this. It helps me to make sure I have enough every month and my savings account is now getting plentiful. Also get Mint to help you better track!
  • Pay your bills ahead of time. If you have the money and you don’t have a dire emergency pay your smaller bills. I usually pay my cable and parking halfway through the month.
  • Do you really need it? Cable and internet are not cheap. You’ll need internet because most Americans do but if you don’t watch television a lot or have a Netflix subscription then maybe lose the cable.
  • Chose what you want. Some people like video games, some like books, I like clothes. Budget your money around what you know will make you happy. You might find yourself spending money on things you don’t really need (see below). Also sometimes saving money for a vacation is a better idea. My man and I are going ziplining over a wildlife safari next Spring. I think I’ll remember that a lot more than the purse I tried to buy the other day.
  • Don’t spend it all on eating out. This might seem liker common sense but you’ll find yourself eating out at lunch or getting nachos during happy hour. It adds up. Here’s some good brown bag ideas.

I could go on for days…and I will in a later blog post. In the mean time, what’s your best spending habits?

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Chicken Soup for the Long Distance Soul – Part 1

I am a lucky lady. I have an amazing boyfriend who makes every day of my life perfect. He never criticizes my shoe obsession and lets me hit him with sticks when my ADD kicks in. Only problem is he lives 3.5 hours away (or $60 in gas round trip).

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Fortunately we don’t usually go two weeks without seeing each other. But it doesn’t make it any easier. It sucks when I’m sick or just tired and want to cuddle up with him. I can’t share my favorite meals with him or just day to day activities like cleaning. However, there is no one else I would rather have by my side (or in my heart).

I can’t say I’m the picture perfect girlfriend or that I have long distance down to a science but I have some tips that can help whether you’re starting your freshman year of college or just moving far away.

  1. Pick and chose your battles. When you are together all the time its common to fight more because you’re able to make up fast. When I’m mad at my boo I have to make a phone call and we might not see each other for weeks in between. So sometimes little things aren’t important to complain about. Unless it makes me very upset or is something important to address I usually leave it out. We don’t get to talk as much as we’d both like because life gets in the way so its nice not to waste that time fighting.
  2. Take up each other’s interests. I get about twenty ESPN notifications a day for my beautiful boyfriend’s favorite teams. He loves his sport teams so I want to as well. Now I can talk to him about the games and actually understand what’s happening!
  3. Find something you can together even though you’re apart. We watch CommunityFirst of all, its hilarious and you should watch it. Secondly it gives us something to talk about. We start them at the same time and then talk about them afterwards. It is one of my favorite days of the week.
  4. Become friends with each other’s friends. My new friends love him and I love his friends. You need to be part of each other’s daily lives when you’re together. This should be a simple one. It also brings more trust into the relationship because you’ll know what the people they are with are like.

I have a lot more advice and it will come during Part 2. But I need to go watch some Community with my man. Toodles.

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F is for Friends and Fun

Growing up has its ups and downs and tonight was an up. A few friends from work and school created a book club and had our first meeting tonight! Ahh how exciting.

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Its hard making new friends in a new city. I moved here with no one but my stuffed animal and a cell phone full of phone numbers for people far away. Now two months later I have weekday and weekend plans every week.

So here’s my advice on how to at least meet people:

  • Once you make one friend the rest will come naturally.
  • Start at work. You are stuck with those people 40 hours a week, might as well like them as well. I started with my orientation/training group. We were the newest hires so we might as well banded together. If your company has a messenger system try messaging at least one new person a day. That’s how I met my two closest Cleveland friends (who are also in my book club).
  • Next advice is if you know anyone that lives where you do reach out to them. You might not know them too well but they might be all you have for awhile. Dinner, lunch or drinks once a week won’t kill you.
  • Interrupt people’s conversations. If you’re on the elevator and here someone talking about your favorite band butt in. They might hate you but at least you tried. That’s how I made friends with a guy from work that also happens to live in my building. He was talking about his awesome apartment one day with someone else and I overheard it was where I lived as well. We now are walk home buddies.
  • Compliment people, smile, be friendly. Its corny but it works.
  • Ask people to lunch all the time! People love to eat. Don’t be crazy.

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 Here’s a few pieces of advice once you got them:

  • Text them.
  • Invite them out – to lunch and on the weekends
  • Form a group – like a book club (Oprah has great advice, follow the link)
  • Go to all the events – 20 of us are going to the Indians game this weekend

Now I get to tell you about my book club. There’s going to be eight of us but only six could come today. We met at my place for the first meeting. I made amazing mini crescent dogs and a cheese tray. Also all the wine in the world was bought, all of it. We picked a book and gossiped and it was the most fun ever.

If you are still having trouble at least try this book How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie.

If worse comes to worse Netflix is always a good friend.

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