October 12, 2015

A Denver Adventure

Kevin and I took a spur of the moment trip to Denver, Colorado. Thankfully spur of the moment trips are easy when we have family and friends in the area!

We spent time with Kevin's family and did Rocky Mountain National Park. It is so beautiful there!

Then we went down to Denver and got to briefly see Andrea.
Always love to see her!

Then we went for the big reason for our trip. Our first Denver Bronco game!

Boy was it a little stressful getting the tickets though. We decided to wait till the last minute to buy tickets thinking the price would go down. Then we saw the prices go up and got nervous so we bought our tickets the night before. The morning of the game we wake up and our tickets were refunded to us. Thankfully after a momentary...moment we found some alternative tickets and enjoyed a WIN!

This is where we sat btw:

This is where we would have sat:

It was a pink game!

And I love this guy to pieces!

Role Call: Shout out and rep your teams below!

October 9, 2015

The Workspace Tour

I love offices.
Seriously. I dedicate a whole room to being an office.

Three reasons why:

I can spread out whenever I need to and not have to pick up after myself just to reuse, for instance, my dining room table.

It helps me get more work done. I am more serious in there. Whether I need to go into serious bill paying/work mode or creative mode, it can happen there. It is a room of focus. Much more focus than me sitting in front of the TV trying to make any of that happen.

I have everything I could possibly need. I have highlighters, pens, scissors, and heck my office is even between the bathroom and kitchen. Time is money. Let's be efficient.

When we initially moved into the house, I painted the walls and that was about it (3 years ago! Wow!). I have finally got the entire room sorted and feel very accomplished. Now the trick will be to keep it clutter-free (I’m currently staring at the papers and notepads stacked beside me). And even harder, to convince my husband to keep it clutter free. To be fair, I don't have a lot of closed storage in this room, and so far that is helping me keep everything looking clean, nice, and organized, and making me very quickly get rid of things that I don't need.

I have an old laptop because right now I see that being more functional than a desktop and have added dual screens. I could have done with a bigger desk (in white), but that will come in time.

You think the dual screen action is insane, just wait till you see Kevin's space...

I re-purposed a lot of old, cheap pieces of furniture for my office. Sometimes you just have to do that and not rush into pouring money into an area. 

I wrote about not pouring too much money and living in an area before buying up stuff {here}.

The trick now is to keep it cool. I really don't love the idea of placing a big, bulky stand alone A/C unit in there, but the room gets HOT. It has a window where the sun comes in (which would be beautiful really, if I did not live in the DESERT) and it is full of running electronics. We do have a ceiling fan that I still want to re-do, but the heat does get to me in the summer.

What do you love about your office?

October 6, 2015

Staying Motivated at The Gym When You Aren't Feeling It

Working out is hard.

Working out when it's triple digits and you work 12+ hour shifts is harder.

Yesterday I just wasn't feeling the gym. At all. I am in the beginning stages of living a healthier lifestyle and being motivated to do so (Therefore not a ton of results yet) and all I wanted to do was eat a bag of Reeses cups and grab a glass of wine or three...

And the act of simply going does you know good. I can go to the gym and get a few reps or whatever, but it won't neccisarly do me any good. I wrote a little here about how it all just takes time.

On days when I am feeling like this, I just have to remember:

1. Call Kevin, he will tell me to go and get it.

2. Turn up the music.

3. Have a plan. Pack your workout clothes, write it on your calendar, pay for the membership yourself.

4. Stop making excuses. The gym is air conditioned so triple digits don't matter. You work 13 hour shifts, that's not changing...you being overweight then will not change. Just go.

5. Look at something that inspires you and know that going to the gym regularly is a relatively small amount of time to dedicate to your lifestyle.           

What do you do to stay motivated?

October 2, 2015

From my Parents

Tomorrow is my parents 35th wedding anniversary. So in honor, I thought I would share ten life lessons that I have learned from my parents:

Be a good friend. And you will get good friends.
Be open to criticism. You never stop growing, changing, and learning. Challenge yourself.
Help others. It is about giving.
Celebrate holidays with family. Be together, life is finite.
Work hard.

Eat dinner together. Despite busy schedules, I remember us making time to eat dinner together.
Live within your income. My parents always lived within their means, no matter the income. 
Get up early. My dad was always up early and sets a great example.
Value children. Have them and be a good, involved parent.
Get a good education. 

Thanks mom and dad! Enjoy your weekend!

October 1, 2015

How to Work Well With Co-workers

So as you know, because all I do is talk about me on this blog, I changed jobs a little while back. When you start a job, one of the first concerns is how to connect with your co-workers. Thankfully, I have connected well with my co-workers (they made it super easy!) and while every job is different, there are three rules for interacting with co-workers that are pretty universal.

Don't Talk Behind The Back

This is probably a good one in and out of the work environment. There are going to be times where people have conflicts with one another and will talk about it openly. Do not say anything to anyone about others. If you have a problem with someone do not address it with other people behind that person's back. If you address an issue with someone, keep your emotions in check as most conflicts come from an emotionally charged exchange. Address it with them first and then if you need to use your chain of command.

Giving Criticism

I have had to deal with this as a manager and also in hierarchy. It is stressful to comment on someone's performance or offer constructive criticism. No one wants to tell another someone they did something wrong. The best way to handle the issue is to be honest though. Placing blame never helps, but telling someone how they could be more efficient or proactive is more than okay.

Ask for Help

In the workplace, like at home, it takes a village. Work together with your co-workers and especially when you are new, ask for help. Be confident but never a no it all. Asking and giving help will be more effective and efficient overall. 

How do you have tips on how to engage with your coworkers? 
How do you handle any of the above?

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