Hi all. Today, I did something great at work. I laid it out to my manager what I wanted in my career. After dealing with so many horrible jobs, where I just felt stuck, I stepped into this company with a placated zeal. I believe workers should have a mutual relationship with their companies…and I love my company. I don’t get paid the top tier in my industry, but the environment is amazing. I work hard every day and I complete every task I am given. However, I wasn’t feeling challenged enough.
In my one-on-one meeting, I brought up how I was getting to the point where I was simply executing things. I had stopped learning. I gave him some certifications I am interested in, as well as places I would like to work abroad. I handed him a long list of countries. Some countries were in Asia, South America and Europe.
I feel like I accomplished something, because I spoke up for myself. I read so many articles on why men succeed in the office. Yes, there is a glass ceiling and yes, there is a negative bias to vocal women. However, people don’t read minds. And in the end, you just have to get yourself on other people’s radar.
And that is what I did. If I get to work abroad, I will be so happy. I can explore a new place AND make a steady income. At my workplace, working abroad is based on current need and location. It is on luck, but now people will remember, “Amy wanted to go work abroad on a project.” My chances has gone up 50%.
I do feel very lucky I landed this job. The company has a very open environment, and they encourage travelling abroad. If you’re like me, where you don’t want to choose between a career or a hobby. There is a way to do it, but you have to put yourself out there.
On a very side note, let me share a favorite ethnic appetizer of mine as I talk about travelling opportunities. GUACAMOLE! It is the best. I am sure you have seen it on a menu if you live in the U.S. However, why order it when it is so easy to make?
I made sure Mr. Lumberjack taste tested it since he has a lifetime of experience. Mr. Lumberjack approved! Also, I like tang so I put the whole lime. If you don’t, then reduce the amount. Just remember that the lime keeps the guacamole from oxidizing.
Makes 4 servings
- 8 grape tomatoes
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1/3 cup white onion, diced
- 1 jalapeno, deseeded and diced
- 1 lime
- 1/2 cup Cilantro, chopped
- Salt, to taste
- Black pepper, to taste
- Unpit avacadoes and mash in medium bowl.
- Quarter the grape tomatoes and throw in bowl.
- Throw in japlapeno and onion. Mix well.
- Squeeze in lime, season with salt and pepper and put in cilantro. Mix well.
- Serve as a condiment or as a dip.