February 20, 2015 at 12:24 pm #337188
Omg, I hope. Flip side, my moms a smoker and looks twenty years older. Don’t smoke, kids.
Or tan.February 20, 2015 at 12:45 pm #337201
@booknerd, so jealous you were in Moab! I was there last June…want to go back.
Yeah, the problem with following my passion (along with the low pay) is that it involved shift work. I moved into the marketing department 2 years ago so I could finally have normal hours, but now I call people all day long and I hate it. So while my job was somewhat interesting at first, now it’s soooo boring. But at least I have a life outside of work.February 20, 2015 at 2:46 pm #337393
Yeah, we love Moab. My husband and I are serious mountain bikers and hikers and I love hunting for petroglyphs. It’s kind of a obsession while living in Utah. And … It was 70-75 degrees the 4 days we were there. Heaven!
His folks are visiting at the end of April and we are going back. I can’t wait!February 20, 2015 at 2:53 pm #337394
That is a perfect temperature! It was 90-95 when we were there, but we expected that. Too hot to do any major hikes, but we walked to Delicate Arch and did some shorter stuff like that. We also kayaked on the Colorado which was a great way to beat the heat! We spent the second part of our trip in Colorado so at least temperatures were more enjoyable there.February 20, 2015 at 2:57 pm #337395
Agree with booknerd. DO NOT SMOKE. REPEAT: DO NOT SMOKE.
DO NOT TAN. DO NOT TAN. My younger sister was a chronic teenage tanner and at the tender age of 24 had to have a serious cancerous mole removed from her back.February 20, 2015 at 3:20 pm #337404
I literally lost a friend this morning to melanoma. She was really young, lates twenties. It’s heartbreaking. So really, any behavior that causes cancer…. I just don’t get it. It can happen to you. Don’t smoke, or tan. FFS.February 20, 2015 at 3:21 pm #337405
Both make you look like shit in your 30s too.February 20, 2015 at 3:24 pm #337408
My mom smokes not much, maybe 5 cigarettes a day. And she looks and behaves like she’s so so old. She’s 55. I hate it, but I can’t do anything about it.February 20, 2015 at 3:26 pm #337411
Yes to life outside of work, I used to think I wanted to be someone to work 100 hr weeks, etc. but I’m glad I went a different path. It made my anxiety go through the roof, not to mention when I look at some of my business idol type people and they talk about how little friends they have, family problems, etc. One goes to Disneyland sometimes just to see happy families because he decided not to have a family of his own because of his schedule. But at the same time, they’re very happy with what they built so what works for one doesn’t for another. You just have to think hard about what you want. I love having a flexible schedule now and use the full extent of that.February 20, 2015 at 3:26 pm #337412
Sorry to hear that, @booknerd. A friend of mine had a cancerous spot removed and she was a lifeguard and used sunblock, but she is very fair skinned. She has to back regularly for checkups and probably will always have to. My mom has tons of moles and has had some precancerous ones removed, because she used to lay out at the beach with baby oil!! Before they knew tanning was bad. In this day and age, everyone should know better and be wise about it.February 20, 2015 at 3:27 pm #337414
So sorry booknerd, it’s so difficult to face challenging times like yours.February 20, 2015 at 3:36 pm #337419
Another one: don’t be the person at work who becomes a martyr, taking on any and all projects they pile on you and thinking you’re earning points for working late nights and weekends, and that someone will notice and help you out or promote you. They won’t, they’ll just keep piling it on as long as you take it, until you burn out or get sick or flip your car or quit. I’ve seen that so many times. Work smart, really learn to prioritize, find a sponsor rather than asking for a mentor, and learn when to say to your boss, you know what, I’m reaching the point where I have too much on my plate and can’t keep the details straight / can’t service people the way they need, so I have to hold off on taking on new work for a bit.