I promised I’d write about the thrilling things I got up to in Queenstown, but for now you’ll have to content yourselves with my last post- I may be writing those travel pieces for publication first.
In the meantime, enjoy this week’s link love…
Jess Lively eloped to Paris. It was beautiful
On that note, Confessions of a Love Addict bravely opens up about her own experience of rape
A Practical Wedding (good god I love that site) tackles the tricky topic of inequal career success dynamics in a relationship
My Pretty Pennies’ tips for successful dinner party hosting
We 20-somethings may have difficulty retiring at 65, says Krystal
At Make a Living Writing, why you need to be a sellout in order to write what you want to write. This was definitely reinforced for me last week upon chatting to a couple of long-term freelancers – economic reality is that you don’t always get to write about what you love, just as no job is 100 percent perfect
Ever been charged a politeness tax? Via Get Rich Slowly
Lastly, Ask A Manager asks how your parents’ level of professional achievement influences you. I found the comments on this thread fascinating. After all, we largely follow in the steps of our parents. Mine are white collar all the way, and while they are immigrants, are well versed on navigating the working world. Observing people I know from the blue collar or welfare class, it’s clear that they’ll have no easy avenue of help for things like resume writing, interview prep, and even get totally incorrect impressions about the workplace, like the fact that companies care about the rising cost of living, and that that’s a legitimate thing to bring to your boss. And yes, you can seek all that out yourself, but it’s definitely a disadvantage. Also, Limbo is a fascinating book on this topic.
Favourite comment: When I entered the work force, I noticed a few coworkers mention a person was “rough around the edges.” What makes someone “rough around the edges”? I honestly think it has a lot to do with their environment growing up. Growing up in a professional family, I intuitively know how to behave and what is appropriate to say. I think the “rough around the edges” label is something they may have to live with for a long time, and it will hold them back. They might not even be able to overcome it, and it may be their children who do.