It’s The Weekend!

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What a busy week it was! From projects at work to studying and blogging at home, the week has been a non-stop whirlwind of activity. All this busy-ness got me thinking about the business of careers. What drives us to work, other than financial gain? Do people work for personal fulfillment? Why are entrepreneurs so different from the “company man” type? How were the Fortune 500 businesses started and who are the people behind them?

We will be exploring the topics of Career and Business this upcoming week on Interesting Things. To gear up for the week, here are some links to peruse on this beautiful weekend =).

Mirrors Over Mentors.

Business traveling is now like backpacking through Europe.

Thinking small can lead to Big Things.

Where Google started.

How an entrepreneur got all 5 Shark Tank investors to pitch in $1 million.

Weird interview questions

This guy works constantly- and he loves it!

Do you ask these questions at work?

17 Things You Should Never Say to Your Boss.

My pastor has a blog (how awesome is that?!) Why Not Having a Mentor Is Not an Excuse. 

The upside of being part of Gen Y.

Take risks.

And my favorite- Bill Gates Admits Control-alt-del was a mistake. LOL!

Have a good weekend!

What Kind of Person Are You?

ImageThis is an interesting article. I often wonder about what people are like behind their exteriors. What if that smelly homeless guy on the corner has an amazing heart? What if the sixteen-year-old girl working at the checkout line in your local grocery store is plotting revenge against her best friend? What if I’m not as nice as I think I am?

The exercise asks some really great questions that make you think. Questions like, “Would people who know you well say you can be pretty judgmental sometimes?” and “Picture a button that, if pressed, would make 1,000 strangers across the planet drop dead instantly and also make a career dream of yours come true or lead you to true love. No one would ever know that you pressed the button if you do. You’re given exactly one hour in front of the button to think about the decision. At the end of the hour, would you press it?”

If you have the time, it is definitely worth looking over. Maybe you’ll learn something interesting about yourself that you didn’t know before.

Good Night’s Sleep Tip

Sleeping Habits

Did you know that people are naturally more comfortable in small spaces? Just like babies like to be swaddled, adults like the security that tight spaces provide. I found this out today while listening to a webinar on the importance of sleep. The speaker gave great advice for those who have trouble falling asleep at night. Try wrapping yourself up in your comforter.* The enclosed space will help your body feel safe, which will help you relax, which in turn helps you fall asleep.

Here are some more tips for a good night’s sleep.

Fun fact to ponder about- Humans like to be in small physical spaces because it makes them feel secure. But the space can’t be too small. Too small spaces feel claustrophobic. Aren’t relationships very similar? We like to be close to others, but the relationship can’t be so close that one party feels overwhelmed. Human nature is definitely interesting!

*Sleeping tip is from a CIGNA webinar.

Stress Relievers (David Beckham is Awesome)

Sometimes I get soooo stressed out. On these days, I like to go straight home, cook some carb-laden pasta dish, and eat dinner while watching Suits. And if that doesn’t do the trick, then I take out the big guns. I grab a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Imagine Whirled Peace, snuggle in giant fluffy blankets, and watch David Beckham’s hidden camera prank video. I laugh hysterically for minutes and minutes!!

Do you have a routine that never fails to make you feel better?

What Are the Quiet Ones Worth?

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I like to sip water slowly at dinner parties. Because every minute that my lips are against that glass is a minute I don’t have to speak to anyone. I hear snippets of conversation around me. On one side, people are talking about the latest iPhone.

“You must have gotten it. The newest version is always in your hands the same day it is released.”

“Yes, but this time the limited edition, diamond encrusted, golden-keyed, specially initialed one was sold out. O.M.G. I had to settle for the regular newly released one.”

On the other side, people are talking about new loves.

“Seriously?? You’re going on a date with him! Eee, Ahhh! Now I have to see a pic from Facebook!”

And here I am. Floating somewhere in the atmosphere between two perfectly different social climates. I can’t bear to join any single one (as if I would be a good conversationalist) because I love to listen. As people speak, I note their expressions, speed of speech, and the excitement or dullness in their voice. I take in content and emotion, mix the two, and try to capture the essence of what is happening. In other words, I am an outsider.

When my family moved to a new house, the teachers attributed my quietness to me being the new kid in the class. As the weeks stretched into years, I found myself being persuaded over and over again to “speak up”. The teachers would look my mother in the eye during back to school night and say, “She is quite timid.”

Others have described it as some sort of positive quality. “She always smiles and nods. She is such a happy child. She is well-behaved and patient.”  Still others said withdrawn types were depressed (or was it depressing?) and bad.

But the truth is, the quiet ones are neither. Not incapable of loud speech, nor overwhelmingly good, or so-far-gone bad.

My napkin drops on the floor. I pick it up, and stop daydreaming about quietness and join in. “I downloaded iOS7 too!”

And then I get to slip back into my mind and observe and listen.

You take the present and the current conversation. I’ll take the feelings and the words.

Best Acceptance Speech Ever

Has anyone else seen this? Merritt Wever won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Zoey Barkow in Nurse Jackie. I know her as Elizabeth, Schmidt’s girlfriend, in New Girl. Honestly, I didn’t love her when she started on the show, but now I’m probably going to love her in everything she does! I mean, only an awesome person could execute such an awesome speech. 

It’s the Weekend!

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Happy Weekend! I’m going to do some fall cleaning this weekend. Organizing, labeling, and doing laundry can be so fun (seriously). While I clean, I plan on watching “The Rise and Fall of Versailles”. Have you ever been to the Palace of Versailles in France? It is so astonishingly magnificent! And the long history behind it is even more captivating. This three part series about Versailles tells the story well.

I’ve been browsing lots of interesting links this week…

5 Signs Your Baby is an Alien.

Wow. This is your body- 18 Amazing Facts.

The Big Bang Theory is coming back on Thursday!!!! Here is an interview with Eric Kaplan, TBBT’s co-executive producer.

Um this guy is brilliant. How he earned 1.25 million air miles by buying pudding.

Be careful to not do these things while traveling!

This might be the most adventurous and romantic proposal ever.

Seth Godin wrote an insightful blog post.

I want a bear to beg for food at my car window.

And a great quote to ponder about this weekend =)

“Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance.” ― Osho

 

*Quote is from ThoughtCatalog

Spaghetti Sundae

Spaghetti SundaeThe newest food trend in NYC is here! Would you eat a Spaghetti Sundae? According to People.com, Dolce Gelateria is now serving ice cream sundaes that look just like little bowls of spaghetti. It is entirely made out of dessert. Vanilla ice cream is put through a spaghetti pasta maker, and strawberry or raspberry sauce is spooned on top.

See how it’s made:

 

*Everything here including the photo, video and links are from People.com (my guilty pleasure celebrity news site).

Weirdest Places to Eat

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I saw a guy eating a full-fledged BLT burger while boarding the commuter train. And since everyone around was (most likely) a weary NYC commuter, no one batted an eye when they saw it!

It reminded me of a time I was in college and running late for an exam that started at exactly 1:10 in the afternoon. I was so nervous that I had forgotten to eat breakfast and lunch, and I was starving. I got both pizza and a giant foot long sub from the dining hall. Then I boarded a jam-packed school bus that would take me to my exam. I was squeezed up against double doors with a sub in one hand and a pizza slice in another. I couldn’t help but take a bite of the sub. Then the pizza. Then the sub again. And pizza. Soon I gave up and just wolfed down both things.

Other weird places that I’ve eaten in:

-McDonalds at a pharmacy

-A whole meal complete with fried rice during Chinese language class in high school (at least it was culturally appropriate)

-Chocolate in the dentist’s waiting room

-Waffles (accidentally) during a moment of silence for a recently deceased faculty member during a school assembly

Also, I have a huge sweet tooth and especially love cake. Here are times/places that I have found are inappropriate for cake consumption:

-While standing next to a homeless person (I’m so sorry. I did give them a bagel once I realized)

-Forever21 stores

-At the gym while on the treadmill

-At the library (even if it is in the corner)

-While consoling a friend

Where is the weirdest place you have ever eaten? Did you get in trouble for it?