Let’s Defunk Ourselves!

I’ve been in this huge funk recently, and I can’t seem to perk up and realize all of the amazing qualities about myself.

Having only been a member of corporate America for about 4 months, it’s been quite the shift, and both my body and mind haven’t responded as well as I’d hoped.

So, what do you do when life hands you a problem and you don’t know the answer? Consult Google of course!

Below are five things I found that you can do if you’re in a funk:

1) Take Responsibility – Happiness is a choice. If you’re unhappy right now, it’s because of the things you choose to think about. And you have the power to change that instantly.

2) Be Here now – Whenever we’re leaving behind a great chapter of our life, whether it’s our College days, a great relationship, or an amazing trip, we have a tendency to hang on to it. We keep thinking about it, wishing we could go back. This only creates sufferance. The past is gone. Right now is all we’ve got.

3) Surrender to What is – Whenever we’re in a sub-optimal situation, whether it’s being stuck in traffic, or going through a challenging period at work/school, getting upset about it serves no purpose. It’s like trying to argue with reality, with what already is.

4) Stop the Hamster Wheel – Have you ever stopped to think about the sheer number of thoughts that go through your head every day? Thousands and thousands of thoughts. All day, every day. Perhaps it’s because of the fast-paced world we live in, but it seems like we all struggle to slow our mind down. A lot of this thinking is unnecessary… and exhausting!

5) Get out of Your Head and Into the World – In a world where so much happens online, we have to be careful to not neglect the importance of real face-to-face connection.

If you’re going through a tough time, you might feel especially inclined to isolate yourself, but it’s only going to make things worse. Seek the presence of people you love, people who inspire you. And go a step further: Do your best to make them happy! Smile, ask how they’re doing, and help them with their challenges.

To read the full article, click here.

Now come on gals and guys, let’s defunk ourselves!

Granny Smith – over and out

Let’s Talk About Sex!

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So, like most people, I am a BIG fan of sex. But, unlike most people, I’m willing to talk about it openly!
And, why am I talking about it today? Because, if you don’t already know, it’s good for you! And I’m all about getting and staying healthy… the fun way.

CNN recently published an article that talks about the 6 ways that getting “horizontal” gets YOU healthy.

The 6 are:
1. It might help your heart

2. It may decrease your risk of prostate cancer

3. It can help your job

4. It makes you look younger

5. It eases stress

6. It wakes up the brain

To read the description behind each reason, click here.

Well, what are you waiting for? Let’s get it on, America!!

Did Somebody Say, “Unlimited Vacation Days”???

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Has there ever come a time when your boss introduces a new policy and all you can think is, “Really? I’m not 12 anymore!” …Oh, for the love of micromanagement.

This past week, my company introduced a new policy that had me feeling like I was back in elementary school. Now, I’m not saying that every time a company changes a policy, adds one, drops one, or tries to evolve, that it’s a bad thing. But, sometimes, just when you think you’re finally getting the quality treatment that you, as a working adult, should receive in the workplace, you get kicked in the crotch as a reminder of how little you are.

Interestingly enough, the new, demeaning policy that’s taken place at my company reminded me of an article I read about a month ago by Ilya Pozin, CEO of Open Me, in regards to treating employees like adults by providing unlimited vacation days.

The article argues that having a company policy of unlimited vacation days is one way to improve company culture, impact employee retention, and establish employee responsibility.

Not only does Pozin explain why it’s a great idea to establish this new policy, but he gives readers a step-by-step process that they can utilize to see if this policy is right for their company, and how to implement it.

To read all about this innovative policy, click here.

Would you want your company to provide unlimited vacation days?

What do you think are the positives and negatives to this approach?

Granny Smith- over and out

Networking for Introverts

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Recently, I attended a networking event with my boyfriend to try and get my name out there and hopefully make a few new business connections.

So, how did it go?

It was ok, but mostly awkward. Why?…

Because I’m an introvert, that’s why.

Now, I was very happy that I took my boyfriend along, because otherwise I would have spent the entire evening standing in the corner with my wine glass up to my noise and staring at the ground. Luckily, I was able to break out of my shell and speak with a few people, but it all just felt so..wrong. I continuously felt like I was playing the role of a salesperson, and the product that I was trying to sell was myself.

For the record, I can’t stand salespeople. I’ve never liked them. Even when I was younger and didn’t know what a salesperson was, I still got that uncomfortable feeling every time I was around one.

So, now that we’ve established the fact that I hate salespeople and can’t stand talking about myself…what if you’re in a similar situation? Because I want to continue networking (it’s a must in the business world nowadays), I consulted my friend Google to help me figure out how to become comfortable with networking as an introvert.

Here are three great tips that I found:

1) Prepare in advance for the event: There are many different ways of preparing for an event, but this one is all about self-care. For some, event preparation could mean being more quiet than usual for a few days in advance of event, and also building in a “buffer” of alone time to decompress after the event. If you’re an introvert, this kind of pre- and post-event planning is critical. You must make it a priority to recharge your batteries if you want to avoid burn out.

2) Set a reasonable goal for the event: Another good word here would be an attainable goal. What is “reasonable” for everyone varies, and even seemingly small successes are important. One possible goal could be to stay at the event for an hour. Another goal could be to introduce yourself to three new people (or just one new person if three is too daunting). You can even set goals for after the event, such as contacting the people you introduced yourself to via e-mail. Setting a goal helps you focus on something other than your introversion, and gives you a reason to stretch beyond your comfort zone.

3) Bring a friend: Just knowing someone there already can help you feel more relaxed, and that comes across in your body language and voice. Even better, bring an extroverted friend who’s willing to play “networking wingman” for you and help make introductions on your behalf.

Hope these tips help, fellow introverts!

Granny Smith- Over and Out