Inspiring Talks

Once in a while I watch Ted Talks. And they can’t come at a better time for me: when I’m down, there’s always a video of theirs that brings me back to normal. Through Youtube or their website, I enjoy them. And it’s easy to lose track of time, especially if you watch the videos that are more than 15 minutes long.

These videos are inspiring and thought provoking. There are multiple videos on the same topic so they can be repetive, but there are standouts among the pile. You can learn a lot about yourself, others and life through them.

I watched Amy Cudy’s video on body language to prep for a job interview, and her points worked. I felt relaxed and confident during the ordeal. I didn’t get the job but that’s one example on how Ted Talks helped me.

If you don’t like watching videos, the the Ted Blog is stocked with posts that are just as motivational and intriguing as their counterpart. Whatever medium you choose, you will not be let down.

Manners are So Important

I don’t know about you, but manners are important to me.

Very.

At my previous workplace, the environment was medium size but everyone knew one another. Coworkers would say “good morning” and smile at you when they saw you in the hall or the bathroom. Even the people who didn’t know each other were cordial with one another.

That is not the case at my new office, where the number of employees is much larger. However, that is no excuse to not be nice to people! I can be walking down the hall toward the copy room and acknowledge someone but that person just stares. Or I’ll hold the door open for someone and no “thank you” is uttered. Not even a smile.

Now, my immediate coworkers are nice to me, of course, but it’s such a different environment where not everyone is as friendly. (Even my manager is a nice guy, to everyone, whether he knows them or not).

How is your workplace culture? Are most people friendly? In the manners department my previous workplace wins by a long shot. That’s one thing I miss about that office. I felt like I was part of a family.

Here, everyone seems to be doing their own thing and not into chit chat or anything.

Oh, well. It’s their culture I guess.

Making that Money

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My manager told me that my contract was going to be extended until the end of March. I readily accepted and he proceeded to give me some fatherly advice about finding a job. He said that since I’ll be spending 1/3 of my life working, it’d be worth finding a job that I enjoyed. Not arguing with that. I know many people who just have a “job” in order to get by. Do they like it? No, but it lets them live comfortably and that’s all that matters.

He said that if I didn’t know what I wanted to do for a job, that I can take a skills assessment in the recruitment office. (He’s helpful like that).

Notice that he didn’t say “find a career.”

Huh?

I’ll take a job, but I want a career. I want to be a writer!

Career Wednesday: Budgeting

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How many of you are good at budgeting?

I don’t have a budget, and it’s not because I’m wealthy. I just don’t spend much.

*Shifty eyes*

Okay, I lied.

*Sigh*

Truth is: I still live with my parents as a twenty-something so I am a moocher.

I admit it.

However, with my goal of moving out after securing a full-time job I’m going to need to know how to budget. Frankly, I’m nervous. I’ve been using a website called YNAB and it’s neat, but is a little overwhelming (their system is, at least). There resources are good, though and I’ve been learning things, but putting these things to use is scary. I know what I have to budget for, which is great, doing it is another story.

I’m nervous to even balance a checkbook.

At least my savings account is in good shape.

Can anybody relate?

How did you get started budgeting? How do you keep track of your finances? Let me know in the comments!