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It’s Finally Friday!!!

Quote of the Day:

a day

Dollars + Sense:

No one lives forever. Estate planning tips for peeps under 40.

How to buy health insurance online.

Luscious Locks:

Never have a bad hair day again.

Wine Me, Dine Me:

Make Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana at home.

Round the World:

Seeing the northern lights is definitely on my bucket list. Check out 3 places in America to watch them. They’re actually not that far away!

Climbing the Ladder:

Found your dream job but not sure you’re qualified? How to figure out if you should go for it.

Out and About:

Friday Fun:

Your favorite 90’s cover band Gnome Sane is back at the Yardehouse Tavern in Enfield. Grab your best flannel and strap on those dancing shoes. The gun show starts at 9pm.

The fabulous Ms. Katelyn Richards will be rawking the South Hadley Yardehouse. Always a good time when this lady’s on stage!

Saturday Shenanigans:

Haven’t made it down to the Big E yet?? What better reason to stop by than The Kings Duo at Storrowtown Tavern! Music goes from 12pm – 4pm.

Bad Rooster will be tearin’ it up down in Hartford, CT at Black Eyed Sally’s. Show starts at 9pm. Call ahead and reserve a table. Have a little dinner with your show!

Looking for dinner and a show a little closer to home?? John Cantalini and his amazing guitar will be at the 350 Grille in Springfield, MA. Music starts at 8pm.

Giggles and Such:

crown

not your father

adulthood

Have a great weekend!

P. S. Adventures will be going on hiatus for a much needed break. We will return to your regularly scheduled programming October 16th.

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Do the Hustle

There was a time, in a land far, far away, where the economy was booming and jobs opportunities were plentiful.

far far away

I worked a full-time job that paid me (in hindsight) ridiculously well, provided all sorts of perks, all while reporting to a boss who was genuinely concerned with my career development.

Fast forward four years.

The economy is in the shitter.

Average Americans work two or three jobs just to eat and keep a roof over their heads, and most days I feel like a bartender who just gets dressed up during the day to go play “office”.

little girl playing dress up

It’s sad that I dream of another part-time marketing/PR gig so I can feel like a “grown-up” working a “real” job.

It’s even sadder that I will never be able to replicate the income I make slinging drinks with said “real” job.

The irony is I finally figured out what I wanted to be when I “grew up” just in time for the entire economy and workforce landscape to change.

When I had the support, encouragement, and means to explore what made me happy, I squandered my opportunities.

There are days when I feel like a failure.

failure 2

At 30 it’s extremely discouraging to be starting from the bottom all over again.

But then I look at the open job postings in my field and realize, it’s not me.

If there were a full-time opportunity out there, I would rock it like Jimi Hendrix shredding the Star Spangled Banner.

jimi hendrix

But those positions are few and far between these days.

Most companies can’t afford full-time, in-house marketing. They either outsource to an agency or hire someone part-time.

Think about it, as a full-time employee your cost to an organization goes well beyond your paycheck.

paycheck 2

When I was living the life in Corporate America, I was a twenty-something earning an upper-middle class salary, I had health insurance, an employer matched retirement plan, and tuition reimbursement.

That’s a hell of a lot of perks. Really expensive perks.

The hustle doesn’t have many perks. My paycheck is what it is and three nights a week I put up with obnoxious drunks while trying to keep a smile on my face.

drunk dude

(Btw if your bartender is not smiling please, please, please do NOT tell her too. In any way, shape, or form. It is super irritating and not at all helpful.)

However, there might be some big moves in the works.

Stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed for me 🙂

better things are coming

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