Do you like to know things? Do you watch the Spelling Bee on ESPN each year? Read this article.
NPR Article by by RAE ELLEN BICHELL
Check out this cool article titled “These eye-tracking heat maps show what people really care about.” A startup, called Sticky, tracks consumers’ eyes to see if a company’s marketing/branding is working.
For example, Tropicana’s new packaging was a disaster for brand recognition. A consumer spends the majority of the time viewing the ‘100% orange’ phrase instead of the brand name.
You may have thought that I forgot about rereading the classics. Well I did… that is until this past month.
Right now I have a 2 hour commute to work Mon-Thurs. The drive is quite long; however, I gained 4 hours for listening to audiobooks. And I am flying through audiobooks! While I am trying to knock out the classics, I also through in a few popular books for my sanity.
Tale of Two Cities
‘The Help’ and ‘Water for Elephants’, I highly recommend. Same with ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, I was entertained. As for Huck Finn, by and by you get sick of the book.
As a woman who went to many a Women’s Career Development seminar, I know all about body language in business. Speakers always say women are less confident (or perceived as less confident) in the workplace when compared to their male counterparts. The solution, they say, is to execute a “power move” such as putting the hands on one’s hips or, more ridiculously, standing with feet spread apart and arms open in the shape of a Y over one’s head.
But steepling with your hands is a more natural, less aggressive gesture that suggests confidence, wisdom, and the power to make decisions. Don’t believe me? Exhibit A:
and Exhibits B, C, and D:
Like personal appearance and clothing, body language DOES make a difference. Sometimes due to time constraints, opinions are created based on first impressions. But for the most part, I just find the human mind cool, and secretly wish I were a consultant who helped solve crimes by reading body language then using technology and mind games (cough, cough the ‘Mentalist,’ ‘Lie to Me,’ or ‘Bull‘).
Regardless, I definitely tried out the hand steeple this week on the job, and I approve. For more power moves, check out the Wall Street Journal’s article How Your Body Language Can Tell People If You Are a Leader- or Not.
I don’t discriminate against public transportation. For the past 48 days since I started my job as a consultant, I travelled using the following methods of transportations for both business and pleasure:
See below for all the places (a grand total of 7 states) that I have been since August 14th.
The New York Times gives you instructions to check out whether Facebook labels you a liberal, moderate, or conservative. I found out that Facebook also knows that I “recently moved” and am in a “long distance relationship.” Scary.
Painting your assigned parking space! Super cool!
This twelve year old is cooler than you. Vintage/hipster style + candy bracelet + raspy voice + ukulele = utter awesomeness. Please just google her so you can listen to all her songs. Also provided are links to her Twitter and Facebook page for further stalking. You will not be disappointed.
It has already been one month since I have started my job as a consultant! I know this because I got an email telling me that it has been one month since I started work and that I should take a survey to let HR know how my first month went.
Had I not received the email, I would not have known. With long days, getting up early, and traveling, this month has been a blur. I have finally finished up training and have begun to start some real assignments, which is nice. Also, I am looking forward to staying home this weekend, and establishing a more permanent routine (*fingers crossed*).
If you live in an apartment without a gym (aka ME… and I’m pretty sure most people), it is either free or super super expensive to workout. Expensive options include gym memberships or Class Pass which typically run around $100 a month. Free options primarily consist of running… in Central Park, up apartment staircases, or weaving your way through traffic on the sidewalk. All three types I did last week.
One cool thing the city does have, is that free fitness classes are available, as long as you are flexible with your time and location. A lot of workout stores (Nike, Lululemon, etc.) host free run clubs one night a week. This past Wednesday I tried out the Lululemon 66th and 3rd run club. It was awesome! We did six 800 meters in Central Park.
The nice thing about the Lululemon run club is that they let you leave your stuff in their store while you run, and you can use their dressing rooms to change if you are coming from work. Talk about clutch! But since I live in Midtown (a non-residential area around 34th street), I had to walk/ride the subway 30 blocks to the store.
Residential areas are nicer, cleaner, safer, and hence more expensive. But I honestly think it is worth it. Midtown is a bit sketch. There are more people (unfortunately including more homeless people), more stores, more loudness. Residential areas like Chelsea, the Meatpacking District, and obviously Upper East and Upper West side just have so much more charm. I enjoy walking around those areas.
Directions are very simple here. If you are going to Lululemon on 66th and 3rd Avenue and are starting from work at 50th and 5th, you go north 16 blocks and right 2 blocks. Genius. Genius, I tell you! What is not so easy is when someone tells you they live in Union Square, or Lincoln Square, or Hell’s Kitchen.
The key is to know where Central Park is located. And hint: It’s pretty centrally located (see map below).
West of Central Park is the Upper West Side. East of Central Park is the Upper East Side. You don’t want to go North of Central Park, because Harlem is sketch. And then directly South of Central Park is Times Square (Midtown). Continuing south grows increasingly trendy/hipster/chic in areas like Chelsea, Greenwich Village, and Soho, until…. BAM you turn all business professional in the Financial District. And if you keep going more south then that, you end up in the Hudson River. 💁🏼
Subways are simple. To find a station, use Google Maps. If you put in where you currently are and where you want to go, Google tells you what train to take and where to find the closest station. Once inside the station, you pick if you are going “uptown” (aka North like I am at 34th street and want to go to 50th street) or “downtown” (aka South like starting at 66th street and heading towards 20th street).
Street Knowledge: Streets run horizontal. So if you walk 34th street you are moving from the left side of the map to the right side of the map. Higher numbers are north/uptown. Lower numbers are south/downtown.
Avenue Awareness: Avenues run vertical. Taking a trip down 5th Avenue means walking from the top of the map to the bottom of the map. Higher numbers are on the west and lower numbers are on the east.
The red X on the NW corner of the box would be 70th Street and 7th Avenue. Mind=Blown.
Side Story on Subways: So I went to refill my Metrocard, which is how you pay for subways, and I insert my Metrocard into the machine and then I select how much I want to add to my Metrocard and then I swipe my credit card to pay. I complete the process, but then I don’t get my Metrocard back! The machine ATE MY METROCARD. I was absolutely perturbed.
So I storm over to the guy in his little subway booth and (politely) explain how the machine ate my card and I want a refund. Well he gives me a free ride to get home, and an envelope to request a refund and tells me to write down the machine number to complain. I returned to the machine, wrote down the number, and then started to buy a new Metrocard at the machine next to it, because I still had to work the rest of the week. I go through the entire process again and then pull out my wallet to pay, and MY METROCARD IS RIGHT NEXT TO MY CREDIT CARD IN MY WALLET.
Summary: Katie is not cut out for city living, and desperately needs to return to the suburbs. Anyways, on to more fun facts about NYC…
Residential areas do have a few grocery stores. But unless you can afford to pay for organic food or Trader Joes, you are left to eating out for every meal! I have heard you can order groceries online, which allows you to bypass 1) finding a grocery store and 2) carrying all your groceries from said grocery store to your apartment. Sounds like a ok option.
After you learn how to keep track of your Metrocard, figure out what areas of town are safe (and more importantly which ones are not), you might find yourself saying…
Well, I mean obviously Boston is better… and Philadelphia… and Mishawaka… and Waco, TX is home of Chip and Johanna Gaines from HGTV’s Fixer Upper so I would rank that place above New York…
I really am trying. I promise.