Thursday April 24, 2014
Do you love your job? If not, maybe you should consider something else, like a mathematician. Mathematicians were named the best job for the year according to CareerCast. In fact, STEM careers (those that are in the science, technology, engineering, or math fields) ranked very high, especially considering salary, lack of stress, and other physical and emotional factors.
I think if you're in a job you love, you'll be more apt to make friends and get along with people. But even if you're in a job you hate you can get along with people and forge lasting friendships. You just need to be careful about how you go about it.
So what was the worst job? Lumberjack. They note, however, that even though this job is voted as "worst" there are still a lot of people who enjoy it. Which proves the point that you need to find the right career for you, no matter other people think.
Related: Working With a Former Friend | Ways Friends Help You With a Job Search
Wednesday April 23, 2014
Ever had a friend that just couldn't stay with or totally leave a relationship? That seems to be what's happened with Selena Gomez, and her friends are wondering what to do. Hollywood Life says that "those close to her fear that she's been manipulated and turned into a "robot" by her on-again, off-again boyfriend" Justin Bieber.
I don't know Selena or Justin, but I've been in the situation where a friend has fallen hard for a guy that just doesn't seem to be right for her. It's a difficult situation to be in. You want to help and encourage your friend, but you don't want to lie to them and tell them they're with the perfect guy, either. Still, when you try to tell them the truth they probably won't listen or will end up mad at you. You definitely don't want it to come between your friendship.
Sometimes friends just need to do what they will, and all you can do is be there for them if down the road they figure out for themselves that this person is not right for them.
Related: Selena's Friendship With Taylor Swift | Selena Shows Us What Friendship Is All About | Justin Beiber Quote on Friendship
Image: Jason Merritt / Getty Images
Tuesday April 22, 2014
One of the reasons I enjoy the show Mad Men (and also why I recommend it as a good show to watch to spark a conversation with friends) is because it is so multi-layered. There are a lot of different angles you could approach it from, and as a result there's a lot to talk about with the episodes and characters.
I recently saw that someone posted a page on Twitter of Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner's notebook. I love that they did this! What a thrill to get into his creative process a little bit.
In an interview with the Paris Review, Weiner said that part of the appeal of the show is that it causes us to look deeply at our lives. He says, "The driving question for the series is, Who are we? When we talk about "we," who is that? In the pilot, Pete Campbell has this line, "Adding money and education doesn't take the rude edge out of people."
Is that a great line or what? Are you watching Mad Men? What do you think of the season so far?
Related: Mad Men Quotes About Friendship
Image: Frank Ockenfels/AMC
Monday April 21, 2014
Welcome to the third Monday of April. The weather brought in beautifully warm temps by us. How about in your area? Did you know weather is genuinely considered a bad topic for small talk? Here are some better options. Also, commenting on a quirky or fun news item will also help you get from small talk to more meaningful conversation. Here are the items I've found in the past week that may make for good small talk.
Donna Tartt wins the Pulitzer.
A man in a Superman hoodie rescued a baby from a burning building.
I found this interesting: 10 people who had planned to board the Titanic but didn't.
Angela Lansbury is a Dame.
Want some random acts of kindness ideas? Here's five especially suited for the month of April.
Love stories like this: a couple so in love for 70 years they even held hands at breakfast. They died recently just 15 hours apart.
Are you a Game of Thrones fan? There was a major boo boo in a recent episode.