LinkedIn and Jobvite are the Real MVPs

I applaud (I’m giving them a standing ovation right now) LinkedIn and Jobvite for making the process of applying for a job, using an applicant tracking system (ATS) the easiest I’ve seen in years – maybe ever!  While most employers use ATS that ask applicants to upload their resume (which includes professional and education experience) and then ask those same applicants to manually enter their professional and education experience; yes, the same information that’s in the resume that was just uploaded, LinkedIn and Jobvite had a different idea.   Continue reading

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My Love Affair with New York

I miss New York.  New York is like an ex-boyfriend that I keep wanting to go back to over and over again.  And a visit isn’t enough.  I need to be with him in another long term relationship.  A few years before I made the move to California, I moved to New York (Brooklyn to be exact and I worked in Long Island City, Queens and then later in Manhattan).  And while I’ve been blessed to have lived in the “big 3” cities, of America, my heart longs for New York.  So as I sit, in the windy city, I reminisce of my time in the city that never sleeps.
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Around Town – Chicago Fire Department

I need to increase my level of being a nosey neighbor.   As I sat watching a marathon of Chrisley Knows Best (I hate reality TV but this show is hilarious and my guilty pleasure), I heard popping that sounded like fire crackers.  I immediately thought,”today is Memorial Day and not the 4th of July and these fools are out here popping firecrackers.”  Minutes later I’m fussing because fire trucks are so loud that I can barely hear the TV.  Then I hear water.  Still fussing, I can’t understand why my mom’s neighbor is watering his grass for Continue reading

Food Alert – Mad Tacos

I love to eat and since Chicago has some pretty amazing restaurants, it’s a win-win for me. I’m always on the hunt, for new restaurants, and love to try new foods so it comes as no surprise that when a friend (thanks, Dionne) told me about a new taco joint, that I was up for trying it.  Enter Mad Tacos.

Mad Tacos is a small restaurant on the south side, of Chicago, that offers a variety of tacos. Their menu will satisfy anyone’s craving for any type of taco.  Jerk chicken, steak, blackened fish, cajun shrimp, veggie and greek turkey are some of the tacos offered. During my recent visit, I was a little disappointed that the cajun shrimp taco was not available, that day, so I decided to try the jerk chicken taco.  Let me tell you, these tacos were everything!  It was loaded with delicious, mouth watering jerk chicken that had just Continue reading

Grief

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Saturday night, before going to bed, I’d visually planned out what my Sunday walk, with Maxx, would look like.  I knew what jeans, jacket, shirt and shoes I would wear.  The weather was supposed to be nice so I was looking forward to this long walk, my time with God and my music (Maxx does his own thing during our walks so he never pays any attention, to me).  On Sunday, I wore the exact outfit I’d mentally planned, but for a different reason than I thought.  A family member passed away.

In disbelief, I sat holding the phone while my mom cried, trying to tell me what happened.  I could barely understand what she was saying, but I heard the name.  I’d just communicated with this person, on Friday, she wasn’t sick, she wasn’t killed in a car accident and there was no freak accident. She simply passed away in her sleep.  Death is inevitable.  We all know it’s going to happen, but it’s never easy when it happens, Continue reading

Current Read: Beautiful Uncertainty

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Book synopsis (taken from back cover): Bestselling author of The Single Woman, Mandy Hale shares her journey of learning to love life as it is while waiting for it to become all it’s meant to be.  With humor, wit and transparency, Many touches on the topics such as walking with God, friendships and family relationships, romance, career and taking chances.  Compelling stories, takeaway thoughts, action steps and prayers will remind you to dream big no matter what lies before you and to look beyond your circumstances and find beauty in the uncertainty.  

I’m only half way through this book and so far I love it.  It’s just what I needed, at this time in my life.  Before this book, I’d never heard of Mandy Hale or any of her books, but Beautiful Uncertainty continued to pop up as a suggestion from Barnes and Nobles.  No Continue reading

Living the Life You Have While Waiting on the Life You Want

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Over the course of the past 12 – 18 months I’ve struggled with the “why me” complex.  You know that complex that makes you question why God has allowed every bad thing, every struggle, every burden, every difficult person and all the times He says no, to enter your life.  In that time I’ve learned that sometimes God has to knock you down to build you back up into the person you were meant to be.  This process doesn’t happen overnight and it’s definitely not easy.  So while you’re working and waiting for the life you want, here are some steps for living in the now.

 

Accept where you are and make a plan.  Whether you’re trying to lose weight, starting a new business, wanting a new car, want to start traveling, accept where you are and then Continue reading

Travel State of Mind: Marrakech, Morocco

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In the past 15 days I’ve been to Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and Oklahoma.  I wasn’t visiting anything or anyone, in particular.  One day, I just decided to get in my car and drive.  I’m not working right now and I hate sitting still so it seemed like the logical thing to do.  I grew up as an only child and now as an adult, I live alone, but I always have this feeling of needing to “get away to be by myself.”  I believe that’s why I’m so obsessed with traveling.  I want to create memories in different places, while I have no other obligations or responsibilities.  Plus I figure I better do it while I can and do it for all those Continue reading

More Than a Victim – Surviving Rape

I’ve been in my feelings, lately.  The case about Bill Cosby has me feeling some kind of way.  Not because it’s Bill Cosby and not because of the allegations against him.  I’d feel the same way if it were anyone else.  Seeing and hearing, this story, almost everyday have begun to scrape at the edges of old wounds that I thought were forever covered, sealed and healed.

I was raped, in college.

It would be eight months before I was able to tell anyone about what happened.  I believe my roommate knew that something had happened to me, but she never said anything to me.  She was, however, more protective and inserted herself, in my life, in ways she had never done before.  At the time, I wish she would have left me alone, but later I was Continue reading

Never Deny a Woman From Telling Her Truth

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This is stupid!  I know the intentions behind this quote is supposed to motivate women, to let them know that in spite of all their daily struggles they are still strong, to let them know that their strength outshines their pain, to let them know that their ability to cover the reason behind their tears makes them a strong woman.  However, this quote does the exact opposite.  What it says, to women, is to cover the reason behind your tears by smiling and pretending that everything is okay.  It tells women that it’s okay to tell others you’re okay, even when you’re not.  For years, women have been force fed this idea that to be strong they have to hide behind their struggles and their pain.  But here’s the gotcha. There is no strength in pretending that you are okay.  The strength is being strong enough to say, “I’m not okay.”

For many years, I watched my god-sister put her life on hold to care for her daughter, who has autism, while also raising two other daughters.  She fought the public school system, in court, to ensure her daughter would receive the education and services she deserved.  She put her Continue reading