Showing posts with label Work. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Work. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Sunshine State

Last week, I took a red-eye flight for a quick trip down to Tampa, Florida for work. My company is somewhat unique in that they have a lot of employees that work for them virtually, however, they also have a large office as well. Since starting with the company almost two years ago, I had yet to go down to the corporate office and so this trip was something I had been looking forward to for awhile.

If you are a blogger and have ever met another blogger in person, you know that despite having never met them before it feels like you instantly connect when you finally see each other "in real life." That's exactly how it was with meeting my coworkers this weekend; obviously we email and talk constantly throughout the week, but when we finally met this weekend everyone "clicked" and I felt like I had known them for years! Overall, the weekend was such a great time and I really enjoyed my mini vacation! I didn't actually take any photos with my camera while I was in Florida, but I though I'd share some of the Instagrams I snapped during the trip...

Trying to catch my connection in Houson
Pretty palm trees at the hotel
Heading to my corporate office on the first day
Cocktail hour with the girls on my team

Friday night, there was a nice dinner event...and I kind of felt like I was at a wedding, ha!
It was so great finally meeting all these people I talk to on a daily basis!
The photo booth at Friday's dinner was a big hit!
I really enjoyed the girls on my team--hopefully we'll get to meet up again soon!
Saturday morning, some of us went out for brunch at this Florida State bar which was totally packed
I work with some really fun people! 
Late night eats in downtown Tampa
It was super hot and humid in Florida, so I was glad to get a little time by the pool!

It's funny because being that so many people that work for my company had never met each other before, everyone was just going off of how everyone looks in their Facebook pictures...and let's just say that some people looked quite different in person! But everyone seemed to recognize me right away and kept saying that I looked exactly how I do in all my photos...pretty sure the underlying message is that I post a lot of photos of myself, ha! Also, I had a lot of people tell me that they follow me on Instagram and love seeing all the food I eat all the time...what can I say, I love social media! #oversharer

I know that some of you may be curious about the "My Day Job" tab on my nav bar and I'm happy to report that it's finally finished! I figured since this post was work-related, it would be a great time to finally get that page up and running. The reason behind it is that I do some writing for my company blog as well as other career-related sites around the web, and I figured that it was a good idea to have a link here on my personal blog to those pieces, along with providing some explanation to people who may be coming across my blog from those sources. Feel free to check it out

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Talkin Bout My Generation

Well this week just seems to be flying right by doesn't it?

Cameron and I got back from a fantastic weekend in the Bay Area with his parents on Monday, and the week has been busy with work since then. I'm looking forward to sharing some pictures from Napa/Sonoma/SF, but haven't been able to find the time yet this week. Stay tuned! 

In the meantime, I thought I'd share a little bit about what I've got going on at work this week. As you may (or may not) know, I'm a recruitment consultant for an RPO firm based out of Florida (I work remotely from Tahoe) and I really enjoy what I do. Recruiting is all about talking to people and aiming to understand their goals, and I really think it's the right fit for my personality. My company has always been very active when it comes to social media, but earlier this year they actually launched a Brand Ambassador program to put together a team of people within our organization who are really passionate about it and interested in really establishing our company as a thought leader in the HR/Recruiting industry. Obviously, that sort of thing was right up my alley so I applied to be a part of the team. As a Brand Ambassador, I write posts for our company blog, participate in industry Twitter chats, start conversation on Linked In and Facebook, and comment on other HR-related blogs. My areas of focus as a Brand Ambassador are Employee Engagement and Generational Recruitment, with a specific focus on Gen Y, and both are topics I'm really interested in. 

As for my reason behind sharing all this today, I'm actually this week's Brand Ambassador for my company (the way our Brand Ambassador program works is we rotate from week to week depending on who's posting on our company blog) and I'm focusing on Gen Y!  In case you're not familiar, Gen Y (or Millennials) are defined as the birth group born between 1980 and 2000, so the generation that I'm a part of (and I'm guessing most of you are too). This week, the cover of Time Magazine features a picture of a girl taking a selfie and it's titled "The Me Me Me Generation." I used that article as inspiration for a blog post about how these observations about Millennials translate to the workplace. My blog post ended up being featured on a pretty big HR industry blog, which was really cool. I've been having a great time really engaging with people on this topic, and since my goal this week is to be as active on social media as possible, I figured why not share a little bit on my personal blog as well! Please feel free to check out my post, and let me know what you think about it!

But my reason for wanting to talk about this topic on my personal blog goes beyond just promoting my post as a Brand Ambassador and has more to do with my personal interest in the characteristics of Gen Y as a whole, beyond just how they fit into the workforce. The Time cover story discusses a lot of interesting points about Millennials, and talks extensively about our obsession with social media along with our generation's narcissistic tendencies. I found the assertions in the article to be very interesting and not at all untrue. I feel like this concept of narcissism is probably that much more prevalent as a blogger, beyond even just being a member of Gen Y. I mean after all, I write a blog. Basically I've created a space on the Internet that's all about me because I assume that people want to read about my life. I think it's completely normal to snap a selfie in my car or to take a photo of my meal at a restaurant and I assume that everyone who follows me on Instagram will want to see it. And I'm not alone. I know many of my fellow bloggers do the same thing day in and day out and we just kind of accept that's the norm, especially here in the blog world. So I find it really interesting to step back and really look at the behaviors of our generation from a more analytical point of view. At the end of the day, I don't necessarily think that generational differences are necessarily as huge of a deal as everyone makes them out to be, however, I do think it's prudent to be aware of them as people are definitely shaped by the times in which they live.

What do you think about this topic? Did anyone happen to read the Time article? I'd love to hear your thoughts on Gen Y! Xoxo

Friday, May 10, 2013

The Friday Five

Happy Friday everyone! I thought I'd take a cue from one of my favorite bloggers, Christina from Hungry Meets Healthy, and write today's post in list format. Nothing too earth-shattering, just thought it would be a fun way to share a little bit about what's going on in my corner of the world this week! 

1. What I'm Reading: Today is the day that many of us have been waiting for, The Great Gatsby movie finally comes out! I am SO excited to see this movie. Unfortunately I'm not going to have time this weekend, but I hope to see it early next week (and yes, I will be seeing it regardless of what kind of reviews it gets). The movie is directed by Baz Luhrmann, who also directed Moulin Rouge--a film that I thought was visually stunning, so I'm excited to see how he brings this book to life. I read the book my sophomore year of high school, and I wanted to read it again before seeing the movie as the details of the story are a little fuzzy to me now. I recently downloaded the book on my Kindle and am about halfway through it. It's a quick read and I'm really enjoying it, but I've been really tired this week for some reason and every time I tried to read it before bed I end up passing out! But despite my slow progress, I'm hoping to get it finished up this weekend.  

2. What I'm Shopping For: This summer, Cameron and I have FOUR weddings to attend, which I realize isn't that many, but they're all for very close friends of mine and they're all out of state, which is why it's kind of a big deal. I have been having the HARDEST time finding cute dresses that are wedding appropriate. I want to find dresses that are more dressy/fancy than just a cotton sundress, while still being summer-y. I also want to stay away from dresses that are white (obviously), black (kind of heavy for a summer wedding IMO), or red (pink/coral/orange is ok with me, I just feel like bright red is a little much for a wedding) and ideally, I'd like something sleeveless/strapless. When it comes to a more formal dress, I personally would rather go to a store and try something on vs. ordering it online, but I'm open to suggestions at this point! If you have any recommendations of cute dresses you've found recently for a summer wedding, I'd love to hear them! (The image above is via Nordstrom's, I've found a few cute dresses online there, but nothing I'm super crazy about)

3. What I'm Working On: As you may (or may) not know, I'm a recruiter and as much as I love my job, it doesn't really give me the opportunity to write, something else I really enjoy. (Hence the reason this blog is one my favorite hobbies!) However, I was recently asked to write an article for the local paper as part of a young professionals group I'm involved with here in Tahoe. It's just a short piece that talks about being more effective in your job search and you can check it out here! Also, I'm a Brand Ambassador for my company, which means that I'm supposed to be very active in social media discussions taking place in the HR world. My area of specialty is employee engagement/generational recruitment, with a specific focus on Gen Y. I'm going to be writing another post for my company's blog later this month and I'm thinking of focusing on Millennials, and potentially referencing this recent Time Magazine cover story...anyone have thoughts on this topic?

4. Recipes I'm Pinning:  One of my goals for this spring was to incorporate some new meals into our weekly lineup, and so far it's been going well! I've been bad about photographing them because they've pretty much all been made at night during the week when the lighting is terrible/Cam and I are starving, but many of the recipes I plan on making again and will hopefully blog about at some point. I also have my eye on some new recipes I'd like to make in the next few weeks, including:

Lime and Coconut Chicken

Zucchini Lasagna from Rachel Schultz
Zucchini Lasagna

Paleo Eggs Benedict 
(although I think I might replace the biscuits in the recipe with these...mmm!)

Gwyneth Paltrow's Salmon with Sriracha Sauce & Lime

5. What I'm Doing This Weekend: Cameron and I are heading out after work today to go camping and I'm SO excited! We're going to an area near Bridgeport, CA (a little under two hours south of where we live) and we plan on doing some hiking and checking out the hot springs. We drove through this area on our way back from Yosemite last year, so it should be fun to do some more exploring! Sunset Magazine had a great article in this month's issue on the The Secret Sierra, which showcased more off the beaten path destinations in the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains, and this was one of the featured areas. I'm looking forward to unplugging for a few days and enjoying the great weather!

via Sunset Magazine
Have a fantastic weekend everyone! Xoxo

Thursday, April 19, 2012

On Motivation

How is it Thursday already? I feel like this week is flying by...

So...I have a confession.

I sometimes have a tough time staying motivated when it comes to work.

I said it.

I work from home and while I'm really thankful for my job and I love my company, sometimes I have a difficult time staying focused. I'd like to say that this is all simply a result of working from home, but that's not true. I've always been somewhat of a procrastinator. All through high school and college, I did well...but I probably didn't do as well as I could have because I left a lot of assignments to the last minute. When I was working in an office, although I always got great feedback from my bosses, I had a tendency to get sidetracked and not always stay on task. In my current job where I'm working from home, I don't get off task chatting with coworkers (Lola isn't exactly talkative...) but I do have a tendency to not stay as motivated as I should.

And here's the thing. Whenever I procrastinate, I feel guilty. In my head, I realize that the things I'm doing like browsing Pinterest, blogs, Facebook, etc. aren't really important and should wait until later. But I still do it anyway. And then I feel bad about myself for not staying on task, and start to feel overwhelmed about getting behind with what I need to get done. And because I still want to meet my goals, I end up working late to try and make up for when I don't stay on task in the morning, which then eats into time that I could spend with Cam when he gets home from work or doing other things I enjoy. Because that's the thing about procrastinating. I don't feel like I'm relaxing when I'm browsing Pinterest at 10 am, yet it prevents me from having time at night to actually sit down and doing something for fun like watch a movie without feeling like I should also be catching up on work email. Rationally, I realize that if I just stayed focused during the time I'm supposed to be working then I could shut off my computer at the end of the day having accomplished what I needed to do. So why don't I just do that? Why do I have such a hard time keeping myself motivated?

I don't know.

Really, I don't. And it's frustrating. I've been trying to think about why I do the things I do, and I'm still not sure why I have such a hard time resisting distraction sometimes. Because here's the thing. When I do focus on work, I feel really good about myself and love being productive. And I do well. When I set my mind to something and stay on task, I have success. And I don't mean for this post to sound like I just goof off all day because I don't. I do work hard and get things accomplished. It's just sometimes I wish that I could stay a little bit more motivated during the day so I wouldn't feel the need to work late all the time.

Part of me thinks that it's like that psychological principle (which I know has a name, but I can't remember it!) when you don't study for a test and then if you don't do well you don't feel as bad because you didn't really try. But then if you do well, it's a pleasant surprise. It's a sort of self-sabotage where you essentially shoot yourself in the foot, and I know that I'm not the only one that who does it (at least I hope I'm not!). Sometimes I think that procrastination is a security blanket I keep around as a scapegoat to blame when I don't do as well as I'd like. But what if I were to stop procrastinating? And really just focus and try as hard as I possibly could? What if I still don't do as well as I want to?

But...what if I do...better? What if I surprise myself?

Food for thought.

So in the spirit of staying motivated, here are some awesome inspirational quotes...

...that I found on Pinterest...while procrastinating :)

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(The links to all these inspirational quotes can be found here)

So now I'd love to hear from you ever struggle to stay motivated? (Please tell me I'm not the only one!) What are some strategies you use to overcome procrastination?

Here's hoping for a productive day peeps...the weekend is almost here! (And my parents get here tomorrow....woo!) Xoxo

Friday, February 24, 2012

Work/Workout/Life Update!

Happy Friday everyone!

So I know I said I was going to give y'all an update on life yesterday, but I totally ran out of time. However, I thought it would be the perfect way to end the week, so here goes!

As of yesterday, I've been at my new job for a month now and so far everything is going really well! I'll admit, working from home can be challenging sometimes. It's tough not to have in-person interaction with others, and I still struggle to keep myself focused and on task from time to time. However, I'm really grateful for this job, and I keep reminding myself that being able to work remotely is a blessing that a lot of people stuck in a cubicle would love to have.

 But today I wanted to share a little more information with y'all about what it is I'm actually doing at my job! As I mentioned last month, I'm working in recruiting. More specifically, my company specializes in recruitment process outsourcing, meaning they partner with their clients to serve as an extension of their organization by providing human capital basically we find them good people to fill their open positions. My title is Talent Acquisition Specialist and my role in the process is to find candidates. I'm assigned to a particular client, and each week I am assigned to a few different cities and I have to find a certain number of candidates for each city to submit for the position. I like recruiting because it's kind of like sales, except instead of trying to sell someone something they don't need, you're helping someone find a new job, and you're helping the company find a great employee. It's definitely stressful at times (like when you call a bunch of people and no one calls you back and you're freaking out that you don't have any candidates!) but overall, it's rewarding when you can find the right person for the right position and get them hired! Plus, I get to talk on the phone all day, and anyone who knows me IRL knows that I love to talk so it's the perfect fit for my personality.

The toughest part of my job is finding good candidates, and I use a variety of strategies ranging from career boards, LinkedIn, and even social media like Facebook and Twitter to try to connect with people in a particular city. (My company is really big on us using social media which I think is really cool!) And it just dawned on me this week that maybe I should put the particular cities/positions I'm working on my blog too! I mentioned it briefly earlier this week, and I actually got a few responses, so I'm going to make it a regular thing. I don't plan on making my job a huge focus of my blog, but as the readership of this little blog has grown (thank you by the way!), I realize that people may be reading from all across the country. Maybe you're looking for a new job, or you have a friend or family member who might be interested in one of the positions I'm working on, so I figure why not share them? If even one person could get hired from seeing a position on my blog, then I figure it's worth it!

I'm not going to divulge too much specific information about my client on my blog, but I can tell you that I'm pretty much exclusively working on outside sales positions. Each week I tend to work on some entry level sales positions where I'm looking for someone who's a recent college grad with some outside sales experience, and then I also work on more senior-level outside sales positions where I'm looking for someone with 4+ years of outside sales experience. I generally tweet all the positions I'm working on, so if you're interested follow me @thepinkandgreen. I usually find out which positions I'll be working on for the following week on Friday afternoon, and I'll tweet about all the positions then (so stay tuned later today!). I'll also probably start just briefly announcing which cities/positions I'll be working for that week on Monday's post as well. If you're interested in a particular city/position, shoot me an email to and I'll be happy to talk to you about it and share all the details.

(Also, if anyone would be interested in more recruting/job seeker advice/resume help type posts, let me know! It's something I've thought about posting about, but I'm not sure if people are interested in stuff like that?)


So while work has been going well, things have not been so stellar on the fitness front. Working out has always been a regular part of my life, and it's something that I've seriously neglected since moving to Tahoe last month. However, I'm happy to announce that I'm slowly but surely getting back on the wagon. This week, I started a 2 week trial membership to the Anytime Fitness near my house and I've worked out three days in a row this week (including this morning!). I don't think I'm going to end up getting a membership to this place after the 2 weeks is up because it's kind of small and filled with meathead guys, but it's just a good catalyst to get me back in the rhythym of working out. There are a few yoga places I'm looking forward to trying out, I've got a few different workout DVDs I'm planning to use more regularly, and I'm hoping that once the weather gets warmer I'll be able run outside again (even though I'm still scared of getting hit by a car on these crazy roads!).

I'm excited to be working out again, and I also want to try to clean up my eating habits a little bit more as well. Winter always makes me want to bake non-stop, and I tend to slack a little bit more on healthy eating. But with Memorial Day only three months away, I really want to make more of a diligent effort to stop eating so much crap. I feel like I justify so much stuff that I eat by saying it's "a special occassion" but the fact of the matter is that "special occassions" seem to occur multiple times a week. This post is already getting quite lengthy, so I'll save talking about all this nutrition stuff for another post, but basically Cam and I are both trying to commit to eat more healthfully and I'm excited about it.


 Although, I was initially a little bit down on life in Lake Tahoe when we first moved here, I've grown to like it more and more each day. It's definitely a slower pace of life here and it's different to be so far away from suburban conveniences, but it's also amazing to be surrounded by so much beauty each time I step outside.Although I haven't met many people here yet, overall everyone I've encountered seems to be really friendly, and I want to make more of an effort at over the next few months to get to know people. I'm really looking forward to the spring and summer here too; I think the longer days are going to really help my motivation to actually get out and be active in the evenings.

Another thing I'm really excited about right now are all the places that Cam and I have on our list to travel to over the next few months. We've got some fun trips coming up in the future, starting with a visit to San Francisco next weekend! I haven't been to San Fran since I was in middle school, so I'm really pumped to spend the weekend there. If anyone has any suggestions for restaurants or must-see sights, I'd love to hear them!

So overall, I'd say life is pretty darn good right now considering this is the view I wake up to every morning...

(I had to include at least one picture in this post!)
So that's it for me today! Thanks for letting me share what's been going on in my neck of the woods!

This weekend is going to be pretty low-key and I'm really looking forward to relaxing with my hubby and my pup...I hope you're weekend is wonderful as well! Xoxo

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Arizona + An Exciting Announcement!

Happy weekend everyone! 

I meant to post this yesterday but for some reason our internet was out all day. Super frustrating. And being that it was rainy/snowy/cold out, I didn't feel like venturing out to Starbucks...but it's back on now, so a Saturday post it is!

I've got lots of photos to share from my little vaca to Arizona, but first I need to tell y'all about my day Thursday. First I had a fabulous lunch with the lovely Natasha from the blog, Schue Love, which you need to check out if you're not already following! Last week, I somehow randomly stumbled upon her fantastic blog and when I noticed on her profile that she lived in South Lake Tahoe, I immediately sent her an email, seeing as I don't know a single person here. She graciously offered to meet me for lunch and fill me in on the area, and it was so great to get her perspective on everything. She's as sweet and genuine in person as she seems on her blog, and I'm so glad I finally met someone in the area! 

After our lunch, I treated myself to a pedicure to celebrate some good news that I received earlier this week...a job offer! I've been interviewing for this position over the past few months, so it was great to finally get the news that I got the job. I am going to be working in the field of corporate recruiting (similar to what I did in South Carolina, but a little bit different) with my official title being talent acquisition specialist. The best part of the job? I get to work from home! I'm so excited that I found a position that doesn't involve braving these crazy roads in snowy weather, plus it will be nice to have the opportunity to have a job that I can stay at even if we move again. I'll have more details to share in the weeks to come, but I'm very excited that I finally have something to do besides play with Lola.

Not that that's not utterly thrilling. 

Anyway, on to Arizona!

I flew in last Thursday night, along with some of my good friends from high school, Mike (who still lives in Michigan) and Katie (who now lives in Tennessee), and we stayed with our other friends from high school, Ryanne, who goes to grad school at Arizona State University. I guess I didn't really picture what it was going to be like, but I was pleasantly suprised by all the palm trees, cacti, and blue skies.

Friday, we explored Tempe (where ASU is located) and had a great breakfast at this cute place called NCounter on Mill Ave., a fun student downtown area only  a short walk from Ryanne's apartment.

The RnR marathon happened to be going on this weekend, and it finished in Tempe so we got to see a lot of the runners walking around on Sunday morning!

In the afternoon, we explored Scottsdale and had a lot of fun walking around. We visited the old town area along with doing some shopping at an awesome mall that I don't remember the name of. Being that the shopping in Lake Tahoe is fairly scarce, travel is my chance to hit up all my favorite stores! We also had a great authentic Mexican dinner, so good!

Saturday morning, we woke up early and made the 4 hour trek to the Grand Canyon! Even though it was a long drive to do in just one day, it was so worth it. I don't know when I'll be back to Arizona and I had never seen the Grand Canyon before, so I'm really glad I finally got to go. We didn't really do any hiking in the park, but we drove all over, stopped at a bunch of different overlook points, and took a TON of pictures. Here are few of my favorites...

We tried to do falling off a cliff pictures...because we are that cool.


Mike & I
Outside Hermit's Rest, a neat structure built into the rock
So we tried to do jumping pictures and I'm terrible at them...this was the best one of the bunch, the others were much face always just looks crazy when I try to jump, awesome.
After many failed jumping attempts, I decided to do one of these instead...ha.

So we decided to take more falling off the cliff pics, and this one was my favorite photo of the whole trip...Ryanne literally looks like she's in agony falling off the edge, whereas Katie and I apparently think falling to our death is hilarious.

I loved how the light kept changing as the day went on...also it was neat to see some snow on the canyon walls!

Beautiful :)
Sunday, we took the lightrail to the Phoenix Art Museum, and we got to check out a great Frank Lloyd Wright exhibition they had going on. We also had dinner at a great Irish pub in Tempe called Rula Bula.

Monday, Ryanne had an audition so in the morning we got to hike up "A" mountain which was right near her apartment, and then went for a little run through ASU's campus which is SO pretty!

Anytime I can wear a tank top in January, I'll take it!
We spent the afternoon with our other friend from high school, Lindsay, who lives in nearby Glendale, AZ. We had a great lunch, and got to see the school where Linds teaches 4th grade which was really cool because it's right at the foot of the mountains.

How adorable is the chevron pattern on this soup?!

Finally, Monday night we had dinner and drinks at a very Mad Men-esque place in Phoenix called Hanny's, and Ryanne's friend Sam was able to join us as well. It was a great way to end our visit!

(I love this dress, but when I have my arms out like that it gaps...awkward)
I feel so fortunate that my group of friends from high school is still so close, and even though many of us have moved out of Michigan, it's so much fun when we're all able to get together. Hopefully we can plan another trip soon!

(Definitely need to wear a different bra with this dress in the future!)
Later today we're going to a little potluck type get-together with Cam's team from work, and so I'm bringing a healthy salad...and a batch of not-so-healthy cupcakes that still need frosting! I've gotta get my butt in the kitchen before the day gets away from me, but look forward to yummy some recipes very soon!

Hope your weekend is lovely! Xoxo


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