Also make sure your shoes are supportive enough and fit correctly. It costs more money, but it's worth it to go to a fancy running shoe store with people who can watch you run and pick out shoes that match your running style. And inserts. I got both and goodbye knee pain. And congrats on running a 5K! It took me an embarrassing amount of time to be able to work up to that.
@meatballsub I have 100 percent given up on that BS and just write "SEE RESUME" in the space. So far no one has argued with me about it.
I think there are cultural traditions that affect how both leadership and employees communicate issues. I lived & worked in Singapore for about six months (coming from the United States). Shortly after arriving at the Singapore office, I heard a litany of complaints from my fellow worker bees - management overpromised to demanding clients, employees were working 12 hour days, pay was low, no clear career growth path, etc. After about a month, the HR lead for the entire region came into the office for a chat about what was good, what was challenging, what could be improved about the office. No one would speak up about the issues. In a culture where 'saving face' is more important than nearly anything else, no employee was willing to speak out and discuss changes that could be made in order to make employees happier, because no one wants to admit that problems exist in the first place. It was a bit of an eye-opener for me.
I still make fists when I think about this. I once had a manager call me at 5:45pm to discuss a press release. Five minutes into the conversation, I tell her that my boyfriend is waiting outside the building, in his car, with NHL tickets for a game that night. She says, "oh, ok" and keeps me on the phone for 45 minutes going back and forth on nearly every word in one particular paragraph. In the end we decide to change two words. I learn the definition of 'ragestroke.' Several months later I called her boss and requested a new manager, saying I felt completely unsupported, and she got in trouble for that. Ha!
The two questions that get me to put a lot of clothing and shoes down are - 1. What will I wear this with? Need a minimum of three outfits for approval. 2. Do I already own something like this? I.e., how many damn white button down shirts does one person really need. Although a third question for me personally might be - how many pairs of pajama pants does one person really need? MANY THE ANSWER IS MANY.
Along the lines of smaller closets, I've also noticed that hotels don't include dressers or tables with drawers (I'm blanking on what that piece of furniture is actually called). And a lot more hotels have (perhaps in place of a breakfast?) a happy hour in the lobby with free drinks.
a few extra, "just for funsies" steps.... 3 and 1/2: use one of those corkscrews to open the bottle of Victory Wine you will surely be deserving soon. 8 and 1/2: curse what attempting to snake the drain has done to your fresh manicure. 10 and 1/2: tweet about fixing your drain so that everyone will know what a smart, independent, got-your-shit-together lady you are. 14 and 1/2: panic for a moment when you remember that Drano allegedly damages pipes. 14 and 3/4: remember that you rent, and therefore don't give a shit. BONUS 14 and 7/8 STEP: Go to Walgreens and agonize over buying premium name brand Drano or a knock-off for ten minutes. Buy both like a moron. 31: Large glass of Victory Wine. Repeat. Side note, my drain clogged every two months for a while and I nearly lost my sanity until I bought a better hair catcher drain thing.
Ha, I started watching this episode and my cat started growling as soon as he heard the angry noises from the cats on the show. Sorry, Bruce Lee (Ninja Cat). Go back to your post-breakfast nap.
I really have nothing to add to this conversation other than I think I know what agency Abigail worked for, and the fact that she was promoted out of cycle is flipping amazing. I worked for the same (*I think*) company, and had to threaten to quit before a promotion, every single time.
I went to Belize through one of these sale emails! I was SO NERVOUS that it was going to be a big scam but everything was wonderful and we had the best time. But yes, I actually have a few Travelzoo deals bookmarked you know, just in case.