Archive | July 4, 2017

What the heck is going on with WordPress?

I have  noticed that many blogs I’ve been following seem to somehow not be followed by me? Anyone else having this problem?  How do their posts show up in my feed if I’m not following them?  I follow a ton of beauty bloggers, but haven’t seen much lately from them lately.

Thanks!

 

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Confessions of a Beancounter

I have bad luck.  What an understatement.  Two years ago I found what I thought was going to be the last job of my career.   I had a great boss, super co-workers and a laid back work environment.  I also increased my income substantially from my previous position.

I’ve always been good with money, given I’m an accountant, one would assume so. I’ve also learned to live very well, but not on a lot of money. I didn’t get my degree until 12 years ago, and prior to that always made enough to get by.

I worked in construction.  Our boss took us out to lunch regularly and for cocktails on a Friday afternoon.  I could wear jeans, my boss never micromanaged me.  At the job I had prior to this one, I had the boss from hell.  So this new position was the dream job I had been waiting for all my life.

I was finally being paid for what I was worth, and then some.  The first thing I did was start buying a lot of stuff. Not expensive things, but it was adding up quickly.  I increased my income by 35% in my new position.  I actually enjoyed coming to work.

Everything was great, until it wasn’t.  While I was starting to plan for my retirement, my hours got cut.  I knew things were slow, but I had hoped sales would turn around.  When this didn’t happen I found another job.  It was sad to leave, but I needed to work full time.

Here are a few things I learned from this job experience.

  1. Never assume a job is forever. Most people don’t, but I truly thought this was it for me.
  2. Pay off everything you can, as soon as you can.
  3. Don’t feel like you can’t have a life because you are trying to pay everything off. Life is too short.
  4. Reevaluate your spending habits. The majority of my clothes are from Goodwill, and let me tell you I have an amazing wardrobe.
  5. Start saving money when you are young. I so wish I had done this.  I teach financial literacy to high school students, and really impress upon them how important this is. If your job has a 401k with a match, it’s free money.   Even if you only put in a minimal amount, it’s better than nothing.
  6. Learn everything you can from your current job, you never know when that may help you in your next position.
  7. I’ve had a lot of job over the years. I keep in contact with former bosses and co-workers.  You never know when they might know of a job or can give you a good reference.
  8. Finally, don’t burn bridges when you leave a position, no matter how bad it was. Trust me; it won’t do you any good.

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July 4th-It’s only Tuesday!

For the past few years I’ve posted July 4th nail art.  This year is different. While I didn’t intentionally paint my nails these colors for July 4th, this is how I feel. The blue tips are for me being disgusted with what is happening in the United States, and I’m blue. The flat pink is for Pepto Bismol, which is an antacid reliever, as I feel sick to my stomach.  I wanted to celebrate independence day, but with the way things are going in the United States, I’m not sure how much longer we will be independent.

Pepto Bismol

We have a juvenile numb nuts for president who is clearly mentally unstable.  If he doesn’t like what is said about him in the media (which is a lot) he shouts fake news! His die hard followers believe whatever he spews forth.  I really want to believe that all of his supporters can’t be that stupid, but one really has to wonder.  Wake the f*&k up my fellows Americans, before this jackass takes us any farther down the rabbit hole.

July 4 2017 Mani

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