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A New Hobby……Addiction

A little bit of nonsense before I get to the point:

I know a lot of my blog post have absolutely nothing to do with sweets or any kind of food. That is because I didn’t start out with a food blog…. I also don’t plan making it one and here’s why:

-When we read the news during breakfast, it isn’t about breakfast.
-When we read while using public transportation, it isn’t about transportation.

You get my drift. With anywhere we are, we aren’t reading about what we’re participating in. So why should this blog only talk about food?

Now lets get to the point!

I have many hobbies, some I participate in on the regular, some I have to wait for the perfect time to do, and new ones that I’ve grown a serious addiction to.

My newest hobby (addiction) is stamp carving (Check out my first stamp carving video). I should call it stamp making. Not only do I carve stamps, but I burn them, and use hot glue.

When I first thought about making a stamp, I completely avoided carving them. I watched one video and didn’t give it a chance. Then I had this thought. This thought of having stamps made in different ways. So I went out and bought erasers. I carved, failed, and gave up. I watched more videos because the feeling of giving up lasted less than 24 hours. Something pushed me to order different types of carving materials, tools, and a different type of eraser. Those plastic erasers are the worst when it comes to carving. The hi-polymer ones are the best. The blade sails through them like a block of room temperature cheese….not like butter as everyone says.

I’m still experimenting with different materials and will come back with an update and pictures.

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Don’t Pass the Blame….

The world is filled with things we don’t want to see, hear, or want to happen. What we fail to understand is the fact that we’re the problem.

Everyone is quick to say that they won’t stop doing something until another group stops doing it. Or they’re doing it, so I’m going to do it too.

Wake up people! Two wrongs don’t make a right so you know damn well millions and billions of wrongs don’t make a right.

It’s not about one group of people sticking together. It’s about all of us working and sticking together.

In the same way we teach our kids to be nice and share, we also teach them to hate and be selfish.

Are we too far off in fucked up ways to fix everything?

We will always be divided if we don’t learn to put our differences aside and make a better world for the future.


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The Truth About My Resume

Way #1: Give them what they ask for:

  • Experience
  • Education
  • Skills

No matter how many ways I format it, word it, or tailor it to a job position, it gets the same results.

  • Rejection
  • No answer at all
  • Endless interviews asking “why”

Way #2: Give them a little

  • Cut off a few years of experience
  • Completely eliminate education
  • Completely eliminate skills

Get the job starting at the bottom and never make it passed the lowest level position.

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Are you a prisoner of your employer, job title, or both?

When you apply for a job, you are applying for one if not all of the following reasons:

  • You really need a job because you have things to take care of.
  • You’re looking for a better job (more hours, different environment, etc.).
  • You’re looking for something to fit in with your level of education and experience.

I know there are many individuals that dread the application process and there are reasons to.

  • What if you spend your time on a long and drawn out application and end up not getting the job.
  • You make it to the interview stage (or even many interviews) and never hear from them again.
  • You get to the interview and the position you applied for is not what the company wants to hire you for.

If you’re one of the lucky ones, you get the job right?

You work this job for one month and you’re happy to be working. You do everything that is required of you, you sometimes work extra hours, and you trained to work in other departments.

One year later, you feel that you understand what there is to understand about the company. You research, you study, and you prepare yourself to move up to a department manager at the first available position. You also have a department manager that relies heavily on you to get his or her work done to avoid penalty. You have no problem with it because you take this as a chance to learn and not realizing your manager is taking credit for your work.

I know many may say at this point, “How do you know the department manager is taking credit for the associate’s work?” Here’s the proof……

The store manager has a meeting and you fill in for your department manager. He or she asks every manager in the room, “What can you do to boost sales in your department?” The store manager makes it to you and asks you,

“What does your department manager think he/she can do to boost sales in the department.”

You answer: “He/She didn’t leave me with that information, but I can give you insight on what the associates suggest since we work more closely with the customers and receive a majority of the feedback. I wrote down a few customer suggestions and some things from….

And you’re cut off by the store manager…..

He/She answers: “I didn’t ask you what you or the other associates thought, and what position did you apply to and get hired for? Do you make the overall decisions in the department?

Lets stop here.

Are you a prisoner of your employer, job title, or both?

You are if you’re limited to the tasks in your job title and the manager acts as if your input has no value. OR if you work outside of your job title (working other departments or doing your manager’s work) and your input is used by someone else that takes credit for it.

You are a prisoner of your job title and employer if:

  • Going the extra mile to prove yourself goes unnoticed and/or does allow you to advance.
  • Making suggestions that fall on deaf ears.
  • Staying with the company having ‘hopes of uncertainty’ on raises and advancement.
  • If you know of a well-perfroming coworker that has been with the company for years, has never advanced, and is still waiting for their first raise.