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


  1. Unpit avacadoes and mash in medium bowl.
  2. Quarter the grape tomatoes and throw in bowl.
  3. Throw in japlapeno and onion. Mix well.
  4. Squeeze in lime, season with salt and pepper and put in cilantro. Mix well.
  5. Serve as a condiment or as a dip.


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