Summer Jobs

Summer Jobs

Here's some things to keep in mind when looking for the perfect summer job.

I'm sure we have all had a summer job before or have at least seen a movie that included a character with a summer job. Movies and books may have portrayed a summer job as something fun and spectacular but is it all it's cracked up to be? But I would have to say that would be a negative.

Going into my summer job this year, I was thinking "YES! This is going to be a great summer." I was told that I would have a 3-day weekend every week, who could even argue with that? The answer should be no one. I was thinking that I would go home on the weekends, go out and party all night long or just stay awake binge watching Netflix till the sun would rise. But so far all I want to do is go home and cuddle with my kittens instead of seeing people, because my kittens are my babies.

When it comes time to looking for your summer job, or accepting that AMAZING summer job offer, make sure that you actually outweigh the possible pro's and con's of the job.

1. Salary
How are you going to be paid should be number one on the list when considering a summer job. Are you going to be paid by the hour or by the day? How are you going to be paid, in cash or a check?

2. Schedule
Are you going to be working the same days and times every shift? Or are you going to have to be flexible? Let's be real it is summer time. We want to be able to play just as hard as we're working. Or maybe you're involved in a few extra summer credits to get ahead of the game with your degree. Or there might be the case where you're a work-a-holic and just wanted a summer job to earn some extra money on top or your primary job. No matter what the situation, you want to make sure that the hours you are set to work are very clear and consist with your boss. You don't want to miss something important due to a lack of communication.

3. Duration
Is this going to be an all summer gig or just a couple of weeks?
For instance, one summer job I had in the past I worked 5 days a week the entire summer, but when we began the autumn season I still worked on the weekends until the farmstead closed down. Weekdays were slow enough where the owners could handle it.

4. Responsibilities
What is your boss going to expect to be responsible for? Are these responsibilities that you think you can handle? Is your wage compensating you enough for your responsibilities?

Lastly, is your job desirable? Is this a job that you're going to wake up and want to go do or are you going to dread going to work every day? If you don't think that it's the job for you, then you probably shouldn't take the job.

You may be stuck at work instead of going to the beach (unless you're a lifeguard), but once you're out of work for the day, you can do whatever you want. Stay up all night. Enjoy the night and the warm summer air. Just don't forget to wake up for work in the morning. And you may never get the opportunity to have another summer job like this again, so take it while you can and enjoy every second of it.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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3 Tips For Saying Goodbye For The Summer

When a few months feels like forever...


Summertime is wonderful! You get time out of school, you can do all these fun things you've been wanting to do, and you get to spend time with your friends. Sometimes, however, your friends have to go off for the summer. Whether they're visiting family, going on vacation for a while, or even just working all the time and not able to see you, it can be hard knowing that your friend isn't gonna be around during what's supposed to be the best time of the year. You know it's temporary, but it still stinks!

Well, I've had to do this a couple of times, so I know a thing or two about dealing with your friend being gone for the summer. I hope that these tips will help your friend feel a little bit closer and the wait seem a little bit shorter:

1. Set up a scheduled system of communication.


Call, text, email, snail mail, etc. You guys chose the easiest method of communication, and you stick to it. Knowing exactly when to expect a phone call means a lot when you miss someone. It may be difficult finding time that works for both people, but even a scheduled call one time a week is better than not even knowing when you're gonna hear from someone. You can even have a unique way to communicate. Do you like games? You can do multiplayer games online and spend time together that way. Are you old fashioned and like writing letter? Send them a letter to let them know how you are. We live in a world with so many methods of communication, so find which one helps you stay in touch.

2. Stay busy.


I have spent my fair share mopeing around, waiting for someone to call and hoping that they'd be back soon. That is the worst way to spend your time! Instead of wasting you summer waiting by the phone, go out and do something. Spend time with other friends, go to the beach, do anything you want! Don't waste your summer trying to make time go faster; it doesn't work. Do things that'll help get your mind off of your friend being gone. It'll get easier as time goes along, so make use of the time you have.

3. Don't hold it in.


Having your friend go off can be tough, especially if it's a person you're very close with. It's okay! You aren't being silly if you feel sad. Some people may even feel hurt, like they're being left behind. That's okay too! What isn't okay is bottling it up and not talking to someone about it. What isn't okay is taking that fear and frustration out on other people, especially the friend that's gone. Talk to someone about it. Write some journal entries about how you're feeling. Don't sit around feeling sad and lonely and left behind. Get out of your own head and realize that everything will be okay. They didn't leave you behind, you're not gonna be sad forever, and everything will be okay.

Well, I hope you have a good summer! Yeah, that person has left, but they'll be back soon. Just live your summer day by day, and they'll be back before you know it!

Good luck!

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