Sunday, December 29, 2013

Lessons Learned + Holiday Cider

Hello Blog Dearest,

Well, we are past the Christmas holiday and on the road to New Year's now.  Christmas was at our house this year and included a full feast in the evening with my aunt, uncle and cousins.  The highlight for me was getting gifts from my sisters since we are all at the age now where we can buy separate gifts.  The highlight of the meal my Mom prepared was the Turducken with crawfish stuffing we ordered.  (For those of you who don't know, Turducken is turkey inside of a duck inside of a chicken.)  Mmm delicious.  I also enjoyed the cider punch I threw together at the last minute.  I will include the approximate recipe below for those who are interested!

I am looking forward to ringing in the new year in two days and starting with a clean slate on Jan 1, 2014.  After I lost my job at the end of October, my Dad suggested that I make a chart/list of the ways I gained, grew and what I in turn, would be able to transfer to a new employer as a result of my 1.5 years at the company.

So, here goes...

What I gained (Personal, Interpersonal):

-I learned to not take things as personally.  I am naturally a sensitive person but I have learned not to let what other people say at work get under my skin.  Cold calling all day has helped with that.

-I learned to interact well with people of all ages and backgrounds. I tried to sit with different people in the office for lunch in order to expand my horizons.  In cold calling I spoke with every kind of person under the rainbow.  You catch people in all kinds of emotional states when you call them out of the blue!  And the response you get can vary from very negative (i.e. "Never call me again!") to very positive.  Cold calling was like a box of chocolates, I never knew what I was going to get.

How I grew (How I see the world differently):

-I am.....More willing to speak up in a team setting.
         .....More aware of the inner workings of the corporate world.
-I came to the realization that no one has it all figured out and no one is perfect.
-There is nothing wrong with being lighthearted while working.  As my Pops says, "Take things personally, but don't take yourself personally!"
-I have decided that people are inherently selfish and look after their own interests, myself included.  And there is nothing wrong with that!

What is transferable to a new employer or possibly my own business:

-My persistence
-Hard work ethic
-Organizational skills
-Ability to call anyone and everyone over the phone
-Enhanced interpersonal skills face to face

And of course, my cider recipe below!

Hot Holiday Cider recipe

Half gallon apple cider
8 ounces orange juice
3 cinnamon sticks
Star anise to flavor

-Mix all ingredients above in pot then heat on stove until desired temperature is reached.  

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