Speeches from The Academy Awards last night were filled with inspiration. Lady Gaga called out to fight for a dream, Spike Lee’s urge “to make the moral choice between love versus hate,” and Rami Malek says “part of my story is being written right now.” These Oscar winners faced challenge, rejection and overcame. They deserve to be rewarded for their hard work. What do you deserve?
I have seen several articles online of Californians not taking advantage of their earned PTO (paid time off). They are looking to get ahead, they do not want to be seen as someone that doesn’t make their work a priority and they fear being replaced. If you can work for yourself or find an employer with an unlimited vacation policy, take it! If you are a hard worker and get the job done, you deserve it. If you’re like me, you’ll be checking your emails anyways en route or maybe a few times while you are at a beautiful resort in Fiji. This particular resort has very limited wi-fi to help you focus on what’s important during your stay – relaxation and to reconnect with your family and loved ones without technology. The benefits you will gain while on vacation will make you a better employee. Employers should encourage it and you deserve it.
“Californians among the worst the worst in the nation as using paid vacation time.” (Sacramento Bee, January 22, 2019)
“Five Reasons Why Travel is Good for Your Mental Health.” (Forbes, January 22, 2018)
Speaking of vacation, I have dealt with many clients and guests on holiday. At the Concierge desk in San Francisco at the wonderful Argonaut Hotel, I have memories of wonderful and friendly guests. I have connected with people via social media because we enjoyed our brief time together. One of my favorite guests is a little girl named Lucy that came to see me with her father at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. I helped them with some advice getting around the city and I spoke to her, asked her questions and shared some laugh. Her father later told me that she said, “I found a new friend, Dad!” We exchanged numbers and she has FaceTimed with me and exchanged a few messages. It warmed my heart. I should actually reach out.
Then there are times when the high and mighty check in and they literally throw a couple dollars in front of you to ‘just take care of it.’ I am terribly sorry that these people did not properly prepare to get things accomplished and expect others to do it at the drop of a hat or two dollar bills. Please do not be this kind of person. You deserve the respect as a service work and especially just as a person.
7 Ways to Get the Respect You Deserve. (Power of Positivity)
I have had Brides that do not like attention. Unfortunately, my dear, you will be the center of attention. For one day, I think my Brides have handled it very well. After all, it is their day. The Bride is the focus. Though the Groom can be a handsome prince, there isn’t a publication out called Groom. Guests want to see the gown, the jewelry, the make up, hair style and flowers. When will you ever get to wear that beautiful gown again? I do recommend having some fun with the dress and get in the water on Kauai to trash your wedding dress. This photo shoot would be about you so enjoy it! You deserve to have a day when it’s just about you and your groom and to celebrate being done with all that wedding planning. Trust me, I know. Let me help you plan yours.
Millennial Brides Want Their Bridesmaids to Where White as a Concept of “being upstaged” is Dying Out. (The Telegraph, October 18, 2018)
Three and a half pounds later and only hitting the gym once last week, I have returned from Chicago and New York. I ate things I typically do not eat – gourmet popcorn from Garrett’s, fried chicken sandwiches from SmashBurger and sour straws for breakfast from the newsstand, etc. I was traveling for a week and there were very long days at the customer site. I felt I deserved to indulge. When you work hard and have been trying to stay on your fitness game, you deserve a break sometimes.
I would suggest a break consisting of a Tavern Coffee at Tavern on the Green in New York City, the S’Mores Dessert at Union Square Cafe and wine by the talented Sommelier, Thom Talone, at Il Buco Alimentari. Calories can be burned, fat turned into muscle. Restaurant offerings provided by industry talent should not be overlooked.You deserve amazing and flavorful food. Indulging once in a while can actually help you get back on track if you feel guilty. The below article from the Independent says to “switch your focus to the positive steps you’ve taken and what you have achieved.” Go ahead, get those Baked by Melissa treats at the JFK Airport on the way home. And be sure to bring your awesome roommat
e some too! Other people work hard and deserve a treat as well. Spread the love!
|My Roommate’s portion|
How Not to Feel Guilty After Indulging in Food or Skipping a Gym Session (Independent, October 25, 2017)
Cheat Days May Actually Help Dieters Lose Weight, Study Finds. (ABC News, September 21, 2017)
Friends and family laugh at me for loving Twitter. I enjoy it. It’s a great quick way to confirm whether or not that was an earthquake or see what’s trending in the area. But check out the article below on how Actor, Patton Oswalt, responded to some hateful tweets from a troll. As mentioned before, I have received “Anonymous” comments from a reader/Twitter follower about their opinion of me on my blog. I responded with as much respect as I could and decided not to be hateful, but playful. I remember my ex-father-in-law saying in his Portuguese accent, “Opinions are likes assholes, everyone has one.” Don’t feed their anger. Respect their opinions as the bigger person and don’t let them ruin your day. You deserve to be happy. Do what makes you happy. Go be awesome! Give someone a compliment. Hold the door open for someone that wouldn’t say thank you. Tip a service worker having a bad day. And by the way, you have a nice butt. Maybe your actions will humble people like Mr. Michael Beatty.
Anger Can Be Contagious – Here’s How To Stop the Spread. (NPR, February 25, 2019)
Triggered Memories to “Makita Studio: A Love Letter” & ARC