Are you exhausted?

Me too apparently!  Last night I went into CVS after the gym.  I picked up a few things, batteries, a birthday card, extra tights…  Well, when I got in my car, the package of tights fell onto my center console.  I had them tucked in my arm, and didn’t pay for them, I paid for everything out and walked right out.  I had to run back into the store,  in my true, definitely not dramatic fashion. **place exaggerated wink emoji here ** Needless to say, first week at a new job is exhausting.  If you can’t get enough sleep, try to get better sleep.  Here are a few links to get you started:

Bedtime yoga

Deeper longer sleep 

10 tips for a better night sleep

TGIT!

Prep for a new job

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On Monday I started a new job.  This is a really exciting and exhausting time!  I know some of you are interviewing and applying for new jobs and internships right now.  What I have learned, is your work isn’t done once you get your offer.  You need to ensure that you are ready to hit the ground running once you get in there, because the business world today takes no breaks.  To make sure that you look your best on your first day, I’ve included some tips that I used to prepare for my new job and get off to a great start this week.

  1. Follow your company. You stalk your friends and who they are dating, so this should be easy.  Go to LinkedIn, Facebook, their websites, Twitter… follow and read about not only the company but also their leaders and the members of your team.
  2. READ.  Read a good book or two to get you in the right mindset for success.  This can be on a specific skill or market, or a book on time management or leadership.
  3. Do your research!  Read not only what the company says about itself but also what their customers, and clients are saying.  These can be windows into problems the company is working to solve, and being part of the solution is a great way to get ahead.
  4. Stalk the competition.  Before you get there, have a good idea of what the market looks like, locally and globally.
  5. Relax and get excited!  You have the job, they want you and believe in you.  Get in there and show them what you’ve got.

 

Clean out your closet

Last night I took the time to go through every article of clothing and cleaned out my closet! This is a great exercise to do in the winter, while you aren’t tempted by drinks on a patio, or a day at the beach.

Also, a lent activity! Do some good by donating gently used clothes to Goodwill or Salvation Army.

Or you can make some extra cash if you bring them to a consignment shop.

At the end step back and take pride in your organized closet and then reward yourself! I did, with some Half Baked ice cream yum!

Here are some link that can help guide you through your closet clean out! And other organizing projects.

7 organizing projects for an afternoon
Cleaning out your closet!
How to be organized every week

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That new car smell


I recently bought a new car.  It was quite an experience so I wanted to share some tips about the car buying process.

  1. Before buying a car you need to know what you can afford.  Look at your savings, and monthly budget and figure out how much car you can comfortably afford.
  2. Do your research.  Start with a list of things you absolutely need in a car and then research all the cars that have what you want.
  3. Test drive!  I took 5 different cars on test drives before deciding which one was right for me.
  4. Negotiate down the price until you have the monthly payments within our means or move on.  You might have to give up heated seats or a sunroof to get the car in your price range.
  5. Can’t find a new car in your rice range?  Don’t settle!  Look at used cars.  Lots of people are trading in their cars after only a few years.  Things to look for: 1 owner, low miles, no accidents, well taken care of.
  6. Getting a car loan.  First go to your bank and get a rate on a loan for the remainder of the cost, after your deposit.  Then you have a base loan rate to go to the dealer with.  You can also have them run the numbers, and see which rate is lower.
  7. Once the car is yours, take care of it!  Get the oi changed as directed, if you live where there is lots of snow and salt, get the under carriage washed at the car wash after storms to prevent rusting and keep the inside clean and tidy so you can get a good value when you go to trade it in down the line!
Me and my Subaru Forester
Me and my Subaru Forester

 

Chicken avocado wraps

Earlier this week I posted a picture on instagram @bagels2brews of my easy dinner. Here’s the recipe!

Chicken avocado burritos

4 burrito wraps (double if you are going to use smaller fajita version)
1 can black beans
2 avocados
2 Chicken breasts (fully cooked and cut into thin slices)
1 cup shredded cheese (I used a Mexican blend, other options: cheddar, pepperjack…)

Ideas for sides: Spanish rice, sour cream, salsa, chips

Instructions:

1. Heat a skillet, George Forman or pain maker on medium heat

2. Construct burritos. You’ve all been to Chipotle, you know how it’s done.  Put 1/4 of the chicken beans, 1/2 an avocado, 1/4 cup of cheese in each and wrap it all up.

3. Put 1-2 burritos on the skillet or panini maker. If you’re using g a skillet, use a plate to weigh it down, it will be hot so don’t touch it with your bare hands please. And flip it 1/2 way through, about 5 minutes on both sides. Or 10 minutes straight on the George Forman or panini maker. Repeat until all the burritos are cooked.

4. Cut in half and enjoy.

5. Store left overs in containers and have them for lunch. Reheat in a toaster oven for 5 minutes at 350°.

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Enjoy!!!

Original recipe

Take advantage of your mornings

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I am a morning person, and I know a lot of you probably aren’t, but the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day.
To make my morning better, I try to have a few quick chores that I can check off my list so I feel accomplished leaving for work.
Taking a few minutes in the morning for “me time” is also important.  Do something that you enjoy in the morning to start your day off on a good foot!  Drink a cup of coffee, exercise, scroll through instagram, read a funny article or watch a funny YouTube clip and  eat a healthy breakfast.
Have a good morning and let that tone continue throughout the day.

College…then what?

Happy Tuesday!  For those of you reading this, who are still in college read carefully! College degrees are no longer what they used to be. Having a degree used to mean that you had access to information that only a few people had.  Now, Harvard and MIT have courses online for free, anyone can take them, you just don’t get a degree from the school. Now that everyone has access to more information than they will ever need, college needs to be looked at in a different way.  Google and other successful companies have realized this and are now, not only looking for people with and without college degrees but what people are DOING with the information that they have.

College as an experience. While companies are valuing degrees less and less, the things that they find more value in can be honed in on while in college AND leveraged in interviews while applying for jobs!

1. Thinking and problem solving skills. Projects and presentations ring a bell?
2. Leadership. Clubs, Greek life, sports?
3. Creativity.
4. Collaboration. Think group projects.
5. Adaptability. Away at school? How did you handle/embrace your new “home”?
6. Accountability and ownership. In your spare time, make something, create content. Show that there there is more than what you learned in school in your brain.

Ideas from Not Taught by Jim Keenan used in the writing of this post

Meal planning

Do you want to eat healthier and save money? That’s a no brainer. One way I do this is through meal planning. I plan out my menu for the upcoming week and make a shopping list to go along with it. I also leave room for flexibility. Here’s an example of a weekly meal plan for me:

Sunday: meatloaf with sweet potatoes and broccoli
Monday: stir fry with noodles
Tuesday: chicken avocado wraps with Spanish rice
Wednesday: Ravioli with sausage
Thursday: leftovers
Friday:  work happy hour

I always have a leftover day, so if something comes up last minute, I can say yes without worrying about food going to waste. I do one shop over the weekend so I’ll have everything at home to make my meals. This will save time and money, because you won’t have to food shop every day, and the temptation to order in or eat out will be less.  Shopping with a list will help avoid buying foods you don’t need.  Also, don’t food shop while you’re hungry that’s a recipe for disaster. More food shopping, and list making tips to come!

TGIT!

Skip day

After skiing two days over the weekend, followed by a HIIT and step class after work, it hurts to sit stand and walk. So today I took an off day from the gym.  I still got some steps in at Target while I picked up cleaning supplies.  I also took time when I got home to do a long stretch, including a few yoga poses.  If you take a day off, try to do a long stretch or take a walk!

While I was at work today, I had pork loin cooking low and slow in the crock pot.  And I served it with rolls and coleslaw.   Yummy!

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Change of speed

I’ve been writing my posts from a laptop while sitting at my kitchen table or on the couch, but let’s face it, most of you are probably reading this on your smart phones.  So starting today, I’ll be writing posts from my phone. Hopefully this will keep them short but still helpful. And as always, please feel free to ask questions or give suggestions for posts.

Now, back to business.  This year, I’ve decided to take more time for myself.  One thing I’ve started doing is reading more, a few minutes at lunch, while dinner is in the oven, or before bed. It’s a good relaxing activity to zone out for a while.  I just finished In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware. It wasn’t my favorite.  Not Taught by Jim Keenan, is next on my list and arrived via Amazon yesterday.  I’ll keep you posted on how it is!

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One way that I will save time today, is by buying pre-cut veggies for my stir fry dinner tonight.  When cooking for 2, it usually ends up being cheaper too! I don’t have to buy a whole broccoli stalk, multiple pepers, mini corn, mushrooms ect….

Keep an eye out for a Bagels to Brews instagram coming soon!