The No Cutsies Enforcer

As a Substitute Teacher, I constantly remind students to stay in line and no cutsies! This is my way of preventing the tattling while we get from point A to point B. It usually works out and I do remind them to follow their line leaders.

But what happens when we are not in a school environment where rules are enforced by the teachers? What happens when we are in a store/business and someone cuts you in line?

This has happened to me before, while at Disneyland with my family. After waiting 3 hours for the fireworks show to start, a woman attempted to squeeze in herself and her child into the only area that was left for personal space between me and another family. I knew she was not going to listen to some kid (I was a kid then) about moving along. Fortunately, the man next to me did the hard work for us. “You can’t just squeeze yourself in here like that. We’ve been waiting here for multiple hours, you need to move or I’ll get someone to make you move.” Without hesitation, she grabbed her kids and moved. We never saw her again.

That was years ago.

Today, while at the mall, I approached the checkout counter with one person in front of me. To my surprise, another woman stood right beside me at the same moment. I knew exactly what she wanted, to cut in line! And so, she slowly stepped in front of me, pretending to grab something from a display stand, looked at it, and then faced forward. Now her whole body was in front of me.

I thought about saying, “Hey, I was here first!” But I didn’t want to sound childish about it. My mom even noticed how sneaky she was. I mean, what has society come to? At work, I try to teach the students the do’s and dont’s. But outside of work, people violate the rules society has set in place.

Perhaps I should have said something today. I mean, I really wanted to. I am an adult and I know I need to defend myself for what is right from wrong but I feel like I need to pick my battles carefully. Instead, I announced the fact that there were 5 registers open, 4 of which were not being used, and 3 employees who were just standing around fiddling with merchandise. With a line of ten people, they opened another register. So you know I had to say something to someone about the lady who cut me.

“How was your shopping experience with us today?” the associate asked.

“Almost perfect except for the fact that the lady your coworker helped cut me in line. Yet, your coworker did absolutely nothing about it. I think you guys need to start putting up line barriers to prevent that next time.” I said with adrenaline going through my body.

There is hardly any shame left in the world. I guess I wished there was a, “No Cutsies Enforcer,” in that store today. I know the kids I work with follow the rules- most of the time- but I think adults in the real world need a reality check.

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How to write a Cover Letter

Cover Letters are the only place where you can share other relevant experience with the hiring manager in a paragraph form. This is your chance to shine and to show your confidence.

Begin with a formal greeting….

Dear Mr. ____ or Ms. ____,

Addressing the person reading your cover letter helps to gain rapport with them.

Refrain from the following words: think, really, hope, feel

For example: “I really hope you will consider me as a candidate for this position. I think I would be a good fit. I feel this position will help me grow in my career.”

This makes you, the candidate, sound weak.

Use the following words instead: know, will, asset, experience

For example: “With my five years of relevant experience, I know I will be a valuable asset to your organization.”

See how much better it sounds? Confidence is important. Employers have hundreds of applications to go through. Being straight and to the point, while sounding concise is key.

Keep it formal, conclude with….

Sincerely,

(Your Name), (Your credentials or degree titles)

***Always Spell Check Before Submitting***

Art Therapy

Today I had the pleasure of subbing in an Art class. This was a different but fun atmosphere. The above picture is a dream catcher I painted on a wood plank. Mixing the colors to make the ombre was fun! I found painting as a form of therapy. I suddenly forgot about all the things that stress me out in life. I just let it the artist in me take control of me. The paint brush adding the dark blue and pink colors across the surface of the grain made me realize how life is so simple and we take it for granted.

Nothing is perfect in this world but we strive to be perfectionists. I believe if we just take a little time to have so fun with paint and be creative with our thoughts, our anxiety levels will be lowered.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Growing up, we are asked this question a lot. We dream of being rock stars, movie stars, etc. Our parents tell us to pick one. Well, it’s 2017 and just one career choice is in the past.

We have all heard of side hustles to make some extra cash on the side. It never used to be this way before but after the economic recession, we have acclimated to the side hustle trend as an insurance policy. If we lose one job, we still have the other to hold us together.

When I was younger, nobody ever gave me a list of career options and asked me to pick my top 3. I will tell you this, writer and teacher were never my first choices. Perhaps that’s because when we were asked, “What do you want to major in?” Our response was sometimes, “I’m not sure yet.”

There are many of the same majors offered that college students are left undecided like I was. We want a nice big paycheck after all of that studying. But, will that big paycheck be enough even if we happen to land in the job that is not what we really want? The answer: If you love what you do, then the pay will not matter. But, you want to be successful, right? Well, what does success mean to you? Today, we are multi-taskers because if we want to keep our job, we have to do the job of three people.

Maybe you are in a job that is just temporary or you have to take a job for now until you find the one you want. It’s okay. Sometimes, we have to go through prereqs just to get on the right path. When you finally reach where you want to be, take a look back at the journey you have come through. You may be surprised to realize which connections you have made that helped you get your foot in the door. So, go ahead and be a writer, teacher, tutor, driver, artist, and more!

Writing Resources

MLA, APA, Citations, and Research can all be confusing for writing an academic paper.

Below is a list of resources I have used during my Bachelor’s and Master’s programs.

The Purdue Online Writing Lab – this is an excellent guide for citations, reference pages, quoting, MLA, APA, and AMA styles.

Grammarly – this is a great app to catch those grammar errors. I have used this on many of my papers and it has helped!

Citation Machine – it’s as simple as copying and pasting the site URL. There are various tabs for different sources, web, book, film, etc. Sometimes you may have to manually fill in the blanks but it helps with creating the right citation.

Plagiarism Checker– Copy and paste your text to check for signs of plagiarism. It will provide links to articles it believes are similar to your text.

I will update this as I come across more resources.