On Everybody Wants to Do 1 Thing

Renew my driver's license (by mail) so that I can avoid the DMV!

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 1:32 pm 1

On Are Family Dinners Anti-Feminist?

This is great just for the "Supermarkets are not Red Tents."

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 7:59 am 1

On It's a Weird Day. Let's Rank States!

Vermont for the win! But seriously, it is the best here.

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 1:04 pm 0

On How About Just Don't Do What You Hate?

@Samantha My attitude started shifting when I lived in a different country for two years and was exposed to a different culture around work and home. The people I got to know worked hard, but their jobs didn't define who they were as people. Their home and family lives were as important, and they made that their priority. It really changed the way I thought about myself and my (at that point unknown) future career. I had been raised in a culture obsessed with achievement, and I found a new happiness in myself when I let go of the idea that career and success would make me a whole person. Instead I thought about what I was good at and liked to do and how that would translate into a paycheck.

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 1:04 pm 1

On Saving Money Vs. Earning Money

This is not universally applicable, but when I was in college and sick of earning $7 an hour for folding shirts at The Gap I decided I needed to earn more money. I tried to get a job waitressing, because I had an idea that I would make more doing that. Nobody would hire me because I didn't have any restaurant experience. So I went to bartending school. It was a totally bizarre experience on so many levels and the whole time (two weeks worth of evenings) I thought this was such a dumb idea. And it cost $750 up front. BUT I did learn how to make over 300 drinks from memory and within a week of completing the program, they helped me find a job at a fairly upscale neighborhood bar. I worked there for a little over a year and made great money. I haven't bartended since then, but the experience helped me get other jobs waitressing, and I like knowing that if I do need extra cash, bartending can always be an option for me. So even though those bartending school commercials sound weird, it worked for me! It was a skill that was easy for me to acquire, there was a great market for it, and I was well compensated.

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 4:21 pm 1

On Five Characteristics of Good Mentors

I just want my own personal Jack Donaghy. (I also impulse purchased O Magazine this morning, so maybe I'm just having a Lemon kind of day)

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 1:39 pm 0

On Vision Benefits

I am pretty strict with myself about not wearing a pair of contacts for longer than 2 weeks. I used to be more relaxed about it, but then I got a horrible eye infection in both eyes and a pretty stern talking to by my optometrist. This was back in college, and the memory of sitting in my 8:30 am intro to astronomy class next to my cute lab partners while both of my eyes were nearly crusted shut is enough to motivate me to change them out regularly, even if it seems silly and of course, costs more.

Posted on August 6, 2014 at 9:11 am 1

On 1 Thing Is Ruining My Life

My 1 thing is to finish reading an extremely overdue library book. My 1 thing was going to be return said library book and pay the fine, but, uh, gotta finish that book first.

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 12:06 pm 0

On "Choosing THE RIGHT School": BS or Total BS?

My friends and I spent a great deal of 11th and 12th grade obsessing over finding and getting into that perfect school - as if at 17 we knew what we wanted and where we would be most successful (not to say that some 17 year olds can't do this, but we were pretty bad at it). I ended up at a school that I hated and transferring to a school that I thought of as a placeholder while I figured out where I really wanted to go. I ended up staying at the placeholder school, because it turned out to be a good enough fit for me that I didn't really want to leave. Never mind that when my parents had encouraged me to apply there, back in high school, I wouldn't even consider it simply because it was local. It's been almost 10 years since I graduated, and looking back, I can see that I would have been happy a lot of places, places that I wasn't interested in at the time because my idea of myself was not the same as the reality of myself. My advice to anyone looking at colleges now would be to worry less about the mythical perfect school and focus more on practical realities of paying for it and job prospects. I didn't appreciate how lucky I was to be able to go to college and pay for it. I wish I had been less worried and more open minded. In the end, I am very happy with where I went to school, but I also know that it didn't matter that much, and I could have been just as happy at a number of different schools.

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 4:06 pm 0

On Ask A Human Who Actually Practices GTD ('Getting Things Done')

I'm in the process of trying to implement the GTD system (just finished reading the book), but I'm finding it pretty overwhelming. How long did it take you to get your system up and running, and how long until it felt routine?

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 9:32 am 1