My First Job

June 2011

I had just graduated from high school the 4th of June and was given the “Go to school or get a job” speech from my mom. Most kids my age, 18, had already had a job in the past, many of whom had summer jobs starting at 16 or were working their senior year. I, on the other hand, was incredibly shy, and even more terrified at the thought of even having to go in for an interview.

Now, I would have loved to start off going to college, heck I would have graduated much earlier, but there was a problem. In order to get to college, I would need transportation as both of my parents worked, incredibly early in the morning at the time. We were not that well off that my parents could just buy me a car. So in order for me to get a car, I needed to work to save up for one. So that is where I began my journey of job hunting.

Job hunting actually was very easy. The first place I applied to was Dollar General, as it was very close to our house. My mom took me in to get an application and right away they had me take their qualification test, in which I had passed. I later (by later I mean a few days) I called to talk to the store manager about my application. We’ll refer to this manager as, R.

Getting into contact with R was much more difficult than I had expected as there was a lot of changes going on with the store and company. Long story short, I never got an interview, but was instead just hired right away. I went in to fill out the paper work and get myself into their system.

An issue arose as a few days had gone by and I didn’t hear anything back from R about when I would be starting. I kept calling to get into contact with him, but he was never there when I called. (Follow along as this way the first sign that maybe I shouldn’t work here.) Anyways. After some time of me calling I finally find out that R was then transferred to another store and the new store manager knew nothing about me being hired, though I had already done the paperwork and was now in their system as being an employee.

I got into contact with the new store manager, this one we’ll call B. I finally get set up to start my first official day of work as a Dollar General employee.

July 11, 2011

My first official day of work was on July 11, 2011. I always found this day being easy to remember because it was 7-11. (If you don’t think this convenient store is amazing, I don’t know what’s wrong with you. Half kidding.) I go in that night to be trained by someone I actually went to high school with, though we didn’t really know each other, only recognition. (Let’s just say I was not cool enough in high school for many people to know me.)

I started off learning the register and learning what is to be expected of closing duties. I remember going home that night being SO excited about working the cash register. My exact words being, “It was so fun! I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of working a cash register!” Ha….haha…Yeah I got tired of it VERY fast.

Now, we’ll fast forward about a month. Because it took me about that long to put in my 2 week notice for the first time. I absolutely hated working there. I got very little hours for it to not be worth it in my eyes. However, the problem I quickly learned was that it looks very bad to other companies to quit a job, a first job at that, after only working a month and nobody wanted to hire me. At this time I wanted something more fast paced. Dollar General was slow and I felt like I was doing nothing when it came to benefiting a company.

Luckily for me, the store manager, as well as all the other key holders talked me out of quitting. Apparently I was a good employee and was promised I would get more hours, especially once the holidays came around. This was actually all very true. I started getting more hours, which allowed me to do more work around the store. Time went faster at work, I was learning more, and doing more. I felt like I was contributing to the company and I was happier working here. Then my store manager got a new job and we would soon be introduced to our second store manager.


Help! How to Drink More Water Every Day?

Making sure I drank enough water has been such a struggle for me. Once you get hooked on soda or other sugary beverages, it’s so hard to get off of them.

I used to try and reward myself when it came to drinking water. If I drank one bottle of water (16.9 oz) then I can have a coke. This is so bad and really didn’t do any good for my body as it takes so much more water to flush out the soda.

I was one to suffer from migraines on a regular basis, and the main contributor to this was not getting enough water. There are so many benefits to drinking water. It’s a huge contributor to weight loss, it boosts your immune system and helps make you regular. While seeing all the benefits are great, it’s much harder actually following through and getting the water you need into your body.

I have come up with a few simple, but effective, tips on how to get enough water every day!

First, the standard water bottle size is 16.9 oz. That means in order to get the average water consumption in you would have to drink about 4 bottles a day. That means you either have to constantly refill your bottle, which actually leads to the biggest reason people don’t get enough water, or you use up a lot of unnecessary plastic but getting new bottles each time. Neither of these options are ideal. Remembering to refill a bottle often leads people into thinking “I’ll refill it later” and then not actually getting around to refilling their water. Grabbing a new bottle each time adds up in cost very quickly and leads to a lot of plastic waste.

That is where this 64 oz water bottle comes in handy. It’s a one time fill and helps you keep track of how much water you have left to drink for the day, all in one bottle. It is insulated so your water stays cold and has an easy carry handle to take with you wherever you go. This bottle comes in a variety of colors. For 3 reasons, this 64oz bottle is a great switch to what you would normally use.

  1. You don’t have to constantly refill.
  2. You can see you’re progress throughout the day.
  3. It’s easy. You just have one bottle to finish.

Another bottle option is another 64 oz bottle, but with a better visual to get you through the day. This bottle lines up how much water you should drink at different hours of the day.

With motivational messages and time frames, this is an easy, fun way, to drink your water throughout the day.

My last tip for drinking enough water is adding in different fruits and vegetables into your water to add some flavor and other added benefits. Adding in different fruits and vegetables into one of the bottles listed above is a great way to add flavor to your water, especially if you’re one that struggles with water due to flavor or lack thereof.

Keep an eye out for my next post for different recipes for your water, adding flavor and benefits to your water.

Get your water in during your exercise!

Why Weight?

Getting into shape is more than just a number on a scale. It’s everything within you that matters when it comes to your health. Your overall health will affect your energy level, mood, memory and prevention from other health factors.

There are many factors that you may not consider when it comes to getting into better shape, or just improving your health in general. That’s where the RENPHO scale comes into play.

The RENPHO scale connects to your favorite fitness app allowing you to track your progress. With the ability to connect to an unlimited amount of users, your whole family can join in. Sync your data through your bluetooth and input your data prior to use.

With 13 different features, you are able to track your progress with more detail. The RENPHO scale monitors the following:

  1. Bone Mass
  2. Body Fat
  3. Body Age
  4. Visceral Fat
  5. BMI
  6. Skeletal Muscle
  7. Protein
  8. Muscle Mass
  9. Fat-Free Body Mass
  10. Basal Metabolism
  11. Water
  12. Subcutaneous Fat
  13. Weight

Measurements are meant for reference purposes only and not for medical use. For medical purposes, consult a medical professional.

See the Change

When you first start making the change to better your health, it seems like it takes forever to see the change in your body. You work out, eat healthy, try to stay active and sometimes it can be discouraging.

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What’s Stopping You?

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