It’s Not Enough

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Materialism. I admit I am guilty of it, I want what other people have just as much as the next person, but I also have a habit of convincing myself why I shouldn’t buy something, needed or not. Most of the time, the miser in me wins.

What really helps is that I despise shopping and turning my money loose. I find however that I have an urge to travel more and more, I want to explore the country and find favorite places to visit.

I want to fill photo albums with memories. I want to tell my Grandchildren about adventures I had and places I saw, people we met. I’ve spent a lot of my life already looking at walls and waiting for paychecks, waiting for this and waiting for that. I’m ready to start doing and going, being and living.

I announced to the hubs that I would like for us to begin to position ourselves, financially, in such a way that we can live off of one income and save the other. It was met with surprise, then disbelief and finally resignation as it was realised that I am very serious.

I do not want to spend my entire life working. Due to this I’ll be spending a little time soul searching and exploring my ideals for this website. I have dreams that I have been subconsciously subduing and it’s high time I start taking the steps to realise them.

This is gonna be a ride, and after all that’s what life is designed to be right? A journey through – exploring what there is to explore and creating memories worth keeping. I’ve been existing, and that is simply not gonna be enough anymore.

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How to Keep Your Job Past the Probation Period

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So the job search is over, YAY! Now you have a new job to go to…this is always a strange time, unless of course you do it frequently. πŸ™‚

At this point you should have knowledge of several things for your first day, including a contact persons’ name and number, you should know what the dress code is, and also your job title and duties. By this time, if you’re going to be on a probationary period with this employer, you’ll know it.

This means that the job isn’t “yours” yet. You have the time period they gave you (typically 30 – 90 days) to prove you should be hired beyond the probationary period. A lot of companies are opting to do this now because sometimes you just can’t find out everything in an interview. Legally.

You know what I mean; tardiness problems, bad hygiene, bad attitude, improper dress, chronic illness, laziness….family drama that spills into the workplace…it’s a long list that gets longer everyday because of those sorry people who don’t take their jobs seriously enough to actually earn the money they make.

They give good employees like you and me a bad name. To be perfectly blunt, this is why personality tests and credit checks are becoming commonplace in the interview process. Bad habits and choices spread across your life, they don’t just affect your home life.

Anyways, when you go to work somewhere new, it’s difficult to feel confident because you don’t know anyone. Just smile at people as you walk by, that gesture alone can do wonders for other people’s impression as you’re shown around your new workplace.

As long as you’re going to be surrounded by other people working for someone else, you need to be an adult and make the best of it, learn what you can, take opportunities that are available and grow. Corporate America has things to offer, you just have to recognize it. All employers have something to offer beyond just a paycheck, even if all it might be is a lesson learned.

Part of the first day on a new job is the fear of not being liked or making a bad impression. So don’t be the jackass that comes in and starts badmouthing everyone and everything you don’t like. If you’re a pessimist, don’t make it public, if you’re judgmental, don’t tell everyone, these are all things you should keep to yourself and only share with those already familiar with you.

Smile early and smile often, make sure it’s brushed and sincere, but use it as a tool and don’t be greedy with it, a smile will light up your face and draw people to you. Seriously.

Additionally, don’t ask one person every question you have. If you don’t know where the bathroom is yet, use that as an excuse to introduce yourself to a coworker, “Hi, I’m _____. I’m new here and haven’t been pointed to the bathroom yet, do you mind showing me to the ladies room?” When it’s lunchtime ask someone where a good restaurant is, or to show you to the building’s cafe, this will break the ice and possibly lead to a nice lunch with someone else..or a nice lunch people watching.

Say thank you and please, and be agreeable. This trial period isn’t just with your boss, the people around you have a little bit to do with how your co-existence will be, so don’t forget that nobody likes a jerk. And for crying out loud, don’t try to be someone’s best friend!

It’s another day, another dollar – another window of opportunity is open for you now. See it for what it is, a new, fresh day with opportunity in your path. Who wouldn’t want to be you?

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Pissed

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I’ve been fairly quiet about this up until now but I’ve come full circle and I’m pissed off.

Just before my birthday I put notice in at my job because I thought I had a great new work at home gig. For three weeks I worked like crazy, through the weeks’ notice I gave I worked during my lunch hour and after work.

After that, the first full two weeks of working for this company I worked my butt off, constantly thinking of new things, twitting on twitter, making phone calls, doing everything I could to promote this business, to do my job.

Then I got my paycheck, nice and healthy, I was delighted, paid some bills with the hubby’s check and deposited mine.

Four days later the bank rejected it, instituted a $10 returned check fee and gave us overdraft fees for two things that had gone through our account. I called my “boss” and told him and he said he was going to call the bank and figure out what happened. When I didn’t hear back for a few hours, I called him back, knowing a phone call to check the status of a bank account doesn’t take very long.

Not good news. I’ve still not been paid to date for the work I did. Last week I took it all down.

I’m still without pay for an entire month. My bills are starting to come due and I’m beginning to freak out. But this asshole can sleep at night somehow.

I had an interview today, but if they offer me the job I’m gonna have to turn it down because my current wardrobe won’t be suitable for their office and the job is a $7 paycut from my last job so I certainly can’t afford to buy clothes to suit the job.

How can someone do that to another person? Knowing I have a family that relies on my income? I should get a get outta jail free card so I can drive to Kentucky and kick his ass.

Asshole.

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Enjoy Life at a Lower Price

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The economy situation has you freaked out and saving every spare dime you can, you’ve heard the rumors at work, the murmers of lay offs in the hallways at break and lunch time. It scares you, your family cannot afford to lose a paycheck, so you worry over it and are clipping coupons like never before and being a miser like you’ve never expected to be. This economic situation slapped us all in the face and scared the pants off us.

Our poor kids are more bored now than ever and guess what else folks…there’s about to be a baby boom.

Yup. So let’s do everyone a favor and still get out of the house and have a good time, I don’t discourage you from entertaining yourselves at home, but for crying out loud it IS another mouth to feed in tough times. (I’m just kidding.)

The problem is not lack of want to go out, you want to get out and have fun, taking trips to the zoo, amusement parks, museums, aquariums and an occasional bite to eat at a restaurant, not always Casa del your Kitchen. That hamburger helper is getting old.

For $15 (half off the regular price + free shipping) you can get the entertainment book for your city and start going out and having a great time knowing you’re spending half what everyone else is spending and that makes it more delicious. πŸ‘Ώ

I typed in my zip code at Entertainment.com and so far I’ve seen that I can get 50% off at Main Event where we can go bowling, play Foosball, have a beer, play video games and even play laser tag, we haven’t been there in a while, that would be fun. We can also go to Speedzone and race cars, play skeeball and all those awesome simulator video games. Then we can have a beer and a bite to eat and go outside and race some more, maybe even go bungee jumping. LOL, yeah right! Speedzone is a lot of fun though.

I’m finding out about a place called Going Apes in Burleson, TX (just down the highway) where they have arcades, bounce houses, air hockey (I love that game!), pool tables and a food court. I love to play pool but I hate pool halls because they stink from all the smokers. Nothing against the smokers because I indulge myself sometimes, but not regularly and I don’t like to smell like an ashtray.

There are coupons even for Putt-Putt and I’ve been wanting to go there, the last time me and J went I got two Hole in One’s, the scorecard is in my scrapbook, that was an awesome day. πŸ˜›

Entertainment.com – Dine. Travel. Shop. Save.

I could go play a round of golf at the West Dale Hill Golf Club with a free green fee, and that’s just a few blocks from my house, that would be fun. I’ve wanted to get back into that, my mom used to take me with her when I was around 11, 12.

You can buy the book online now and print your coupons too! That’s awesome and incredibly easy, less crap to keep up with and you can print your coupons as you’re going to use them, a perfect way to reduce clutter, or last minute searching for the coupon book.

I can get discounts at the movies, local gyms, shopping for electronics (or toys as I call them), buying clothes, which brings to mind “gently used” clothes. There’s a store we have here called Plato’s Closet where you can go and take your worn but not looking worn clothes and sell them to the store, who in turn sells them in the store. They have very high standards. You can expect to find things there you would buy at the mall or at department stores.

I can get discounts on fast food that I like, travel arrangements (road trip anyone?), casual dining restaurants like Chili’s, Macaroni Grill, Incredible Pizza Company (a fun place), CiCi’s pizza, and other fun places like that the kid will like. I don’t know about you but I’ve gotten bored and this discount comes at a great time.

Some of the things I’m finding in this book I didn’t even know were around here! I’m ordering one myself because I’m tired of sitting around looking at the same four walls. They never change and I get tired of video games.

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