My family and I have routine group chats via text message. One of them was about my attempt at using tanning clothes unsupervised. I got the idea from my mom who has used them in the past, leaving her with sun kissed legs for the day. This lead me to believe it can’t be that difficult and that I should try them out. A few hours after using the clothes my legs looked like Tony the Tiger. I’ll admit it, I was a hot mess.
During our family chat my sister used the line from Wedding Planner, ” quarter cup of lemon juice, half a cup of salt,…scrub scrub scrub.” At that moment my life became a movie scene. So awesome! I cracked up and decided she may be onto something, hence the Do It Yourself lemon scrub recipe I recently posted.
What have we learned from this story ladies and gentlemen? Exfoliate before using tanning products, tanning wipes are not as easy as they seem and sometimes advice from movies are actually spot on. 🙂 Now go and enjoy the rest of your week and if you are as pasty as I am try and embrace it, tony the tiger legs are not that sexy.
Phone Etiquette 101
Growing up I was taught to never a phone saying: yea, hi, or hello. I was to say “hello who’s calling please?”
Did I mind saying it? No, well until I was a teenager but the reason why we were taught that was because we didn’t know who was on the other line. Now we just check “caller ID” which is really just the phone itself. You don’t need to say, “hello who’s calling please?” You can say, “Hi mom” or “Yes Dear?” Of course there are still times you say hello but never “hello who’s calling please” because majority of the time you know who it is.
Before seeing “missing call” on your phone and Caller ID there was *69 and before that, the good old fashion voicemail. Of course people still leave voicemails but it happens less and less. Now my phone lets me know if I missed a call and who it was that called. If it is a new number I can see what it is, as well as were the area code is from. As technology progresses we adapt and change to the new ways of connectivity. But the social norm has not determined what the standard protocol is for phone etiquette is just yet.
If I see that you called but didn’t leave a message, should I call you back?
Friday nights at my house consist of pizza, salad it is the be lazy and relax night. Last Friday mom was out running errands so dad and I had a dinner date at the kitchen counter. We talked about my sisters, work, graduate school, and his job. We catch up on everything that is going on before going off on an education tangent. (Which I love)
My father has been working in the oil and energy industry since before I was born, over 24 years. He started at the bottom, managing gas stations and climbed his way in to a Vice President position. Since then he has retired and now works for a well-known consulting firm in the oil and energy sector. He has both a Bachelors and Masters degree and attended additional programs at an Ivy League school. Basically, he is a dork. But he is a fun, sporty, happy dork, who loves to educate and pass on all the knowledge he has gained over the years.
Dinnertime with dad is always the best, one on one. It turns in to a fun info session about his job and projects. Everything I have learned in regards to Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, and re-structuring manufacturing plants from floor employees to executives comes from him. We review past projects (but he never tells me the names of the companies) and talk about what he does when he first walks into a clients office, plant, or building. Observe, listen, say hello to everyone, and remember that you are all people; titles mean nothing.
Question & Listen
“Does your office and manufacturing plant workers all walk into work through the same door?” Do they all enter through the manufacturing floor’s entrance?” Yes? Than that is great, it symbolizes a unity among all employees from floor to executive. No? Then you have a lot of work ahead of you. Something as simple as what door you enter can send the message, “We are different.” It has a subtle way of saying we enter through this door and sit in these fancy offices because we are not equal. (Please note this has nothing to do with race, sex, age etc.)
The important thing to remember for any job is that you are all on the same team. You each have a role in the company that helps keep the ball rolling. No single person closes the deal, the team does. So next time you walk into work go through the common door (mainly for manufacturing facilities) smile and say hello to everyone, because you are all apart of the same production line.
Remember when those three words we so important? This is before junk mail, and all the spam filters we now have set up. Email was still making its way into everyday life. This is when EarthLink was still a big player and AOL ruled the Internet for household computers. Now we have so many options for free email accounts how do you know which one to choose?
I among hundreds of others have personal accounts and “business appropriate” accounts. My question is how do you weed out all of the options? Do you just pick what is “hot” right now? If so, do I use Gmail? Or do you pick something old school like an outlook account or AOL?
Even though AOL is considered “outdated” by some, it still has a place in many people’s hearts. AOL was where I registered my FIRST email account. I still remember it, and please note that it was a family nickname: kelkinator….@aol.com.
Here comes the “Marketer” in me.
AOL has set up a brand identity that many will relate to for the rest of their lives. You’ve got Mail was what the voice for America On-Line said when you logged in through dial up and that voice still remains when you login to check your mail. Heck, there is even made a movie called “You’ve Got Mail” with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. (Side note- It is one of my favorite.) AOL is not just a brand it is a memory. They perfect example of brand recognition and loyalty.
I have just created a new AOL account, I was able to get an email with my name, which has become very hard to do with current email hosts. I have not decided it if will be a personal email or business, but I have one. When I clicked ok to register I remembered sitting on my dad’s lap and him and I waiting for it to say “Welcome, You’ve Got Mail” on my first login. It is a very old memory and not something to be considered extremely important, but the key here my friend is that I remember it, and it has become apart of my life.
One thing you need to learn right off the bat is take ownership of your project(s). I will admit I have been very timid in claiming my space and my projects. I have asked for feedback in the past and now there are too many hands involved, which as you know causes things to never get done. The projects first revision becomes the second then the third and a few months go by and somehow end up back at revision two. Don’t get me wrong it is never a bad thing to ask for help if you are unsure about something but that request was a onetime thing. The feedback you request is only necessary when you ask for it, continuous feedback causes continuous changes; leaving you tired and frustrated.
My advice? Own it.
If you lost ownership…Take it back! Holy shenanigans does it feel good when you do!
Today I learned this and it feels like I just made one more step to what I want.