Friday, July 25, 2014

A Post About Gift Cards And Being A Faux Supermodel

I don't know about you, but I ADORE getting gift cards! Many people feel as though they can be kind of cold and unthoughtful, however, I would much rather receive gift cards as gifts because then I can purchase whatever I want. To me, they are the ideal practical gift.


Two months ago, one of the companies I work for gave their employees reward points for achieving their goals. And I honestly didn't realize how many points I had accumulated over the past few years, which totaled $250.00. They sent us a list of various gift cards so that we could use the points as money to purchase them. I chose two $50.00 gift cards from Barnes & Noble, two $50.00 gift cards from Best Buy, and one $50.00 gift card from Options Card, which you see in the photograph above.

I already used one of the Barnes and Noble gift cards and am waiting to use the two from Best Buy until I really need something electronic. And the one from Options Card, I just recently used to purchase some black dress shirts for work. I went online and searched each stores' website to see if they had what I was looking for. Eventually, I found an AMAZING sale at Old Navy on black dress shirts for only $12.99 each!

Yet, I was apprehensive about purchasing clothes online without trying them on because of my slight build and having to buy a lot of my clothes in the young men's department because I'm too small for most adult men's clothing. But then I thought, "What the hell, for only $12.99 and not actually having to fork out the money from my own pocket, why not?" So, do you know what I did? I bought THREE of the same shirt in size small.

And about six days ago, they arrived....

Believe it or not I kept forgetting that I had it, so I didn't open the package until DAYS later. But when I finally opened it and saw what the shirt looked like, I was extremely happy that I had made the purchase. Not only did I immediately love the soft cotton material, but it fit perfectly!

And what I especially like about this shirt is that it can be worn dressy or casual.

Here, take a look...

Since I sometimes wear a tie at work, I wanted to show you what the shirt looks like with some of my ties...

Here is the shirt with an open collar under a black sport coat and also with a black turtleneck...

I decided to have a little fun with these next few photographs by creating faux magazine prints, almost like an ad for Old Navy. I played around with some photo editing software to create more of a 'magazine' look. And these modeling poses are what you typically see in many men's fashion magazines.

So, here I am striking a few poses.

Ronaldo....a faux supermodel for Old Navy.

*Note: If anyone is looking for a 58-year old, 5'7" munchkin-size runway or print model, please contact me. I'll pay you $100.00 an hour to hire me.

Have a SUPERmodel weekend everyone!

Monday, July 21, 2014

On Staying Open and Adaptable To Change

Change is like walking through a new door, you never know what's on the other side.

I am such a dichotomy because I'm someone who prefers a schedule, or at least a basic outline of each day, week or month, so that I can be more organized. And I think that has to do with my Virgo rising (HA!) because Virgos are notorious for being organized. And yet, I’m someone who enjoys flying by the seat of my pants; staying open to things I didn’t prepare for because I will often discover wonderful adventures in not always adhering myself to a strict schedule.

And when it comes to change, it scares the shit out of me, yet I’m a person who loves change and will delve into my fears. I am both fearful and daring because I don't like being paralyzed by fear.

When I look back on my life and view all the various careers I’ve had, I see they were occupations that were not typically secure and forever changing (such as being an actor) which caused me to learn a lot about fear, change and uncertainty. As an actor, you never know what’s ahead because it fluctuates so much. However, I did it anyway because I loved it.

So I guess in a way, the careers I’ve chosen have all been stepping stones in preparing me for what is happening in the economic world today, being that there is no longer such a thing as "job and financial security." Employees are being let go left and right without any loyalty because companies are downsizing in fear of losing money. So, it's either you go or they go. You know, I wouldn't be a bit surprised if employment eventually turns into "on call" jobs, in which companies put you on a list and contact you only when they need you.

As you know, I just got a new part time job in addition to my other job. And I did this for two reasons. One being that I could see the handwriting on the wall for those of us in my position that are having our work hours greatly reduced, so I took this job as a backup, just in case. And the other reason is that I’ve been wanting a change in my line of work because I’ve stopped growing. And for me, whenever I feel as though I’m not growing it’s like a slow, painful death.

I can’t tell you enough how much I'm enjoying this new job because I feel rejuvenated and vital, by being able to tap into all my previous knowledge of this business and making use of it in one job.

But it hasn’t been without challenges or fears because going into a place that’s already established as a newbie, it’s been, well, new. I’ve had to learn new procedures, work with new coworkers, get a sense of ‘rhythm’ in how the place flows, and remain open to change. And not only have I had to adjust to the new place, they have also had to adjust to me being a newcomer.

Blessedly, the staff there has been extremely welcoming, kind and helpful, so it’s made this change a joyous one.

Also, the time spent in my personal life has changed because I’ve had my other job for over 9 years and have gotten use to a certain schedule. So having this new job has changed the time I spend blogging, the time I do my grocery shopping and laundry, the time I go to bed and wake up, and the time I spend in quiet. My whole schedule has been reconstructed.

But I have to say, it’s all been positive because this change has given me a kick in the ass, got my brain ticking again, got my creative juices flowing, and has given me a overall lift.

In addition, I have made it known to my manager that I would like grow within this company and have recently applied for a different position. I can’t exactly say what that position is right now because it’s still in the process, but I will definitely let you guys and gals know what happens.

Yes, this new gig has been very good for me. And I am sincerely grateful for it.

Because once again I am walking through some new doors; learning to stay open, remaining adaptable, and embracing change.

Thank you, life!

Have a super Monday, y'all!