Friday, May 30, 2014

Magnficent Uniform Style

One thing I have realized over the past few weeks is my inherent lack of fashion in my work wardrobe. Granted, when you have to wear non-slip shoes, black grandma pants, a name tag, a visor, and a button-down-company-issued shirt and belt, you might not have many fashion opportunities either.  The thing is my nails must be a certain length and color and even my jewelry selection is severely limited.  So I can't really distinguish myself style-wise. Then again, that's kinda the idea when it comes to uniforms.

My Day-to-Day Work Outfit

So that got me to thinking how style actually is defined by society. Mr. Webster says style is "a particular way in which something is done, created, or performed; a particular form or design of something; a way of behaving or of doing things" Ironically this says nothing about fashion. (Granted the sixth definition of style definitely mentions something regarding popular fashion is deemed in style, but thats beside the point!) I have found that the way I present myself is style.

At the General Managers and Operator's Rally, or GMOR as the McDonald's vets call it, a few weeks ago, Mr. Harry Paul spoke. He is one of the co-authors of the book Fish! A Proven Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results. His book is mainly about using the techniques of the Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle Washington. It's really cool and I highly recommend a read! One statement he made stuck with me. (And I'm paraphrasing, so go with me here) "Choose your attitude. Your attitude is the one thing you have complete control over." 

Every day I have a choice post-caffeine consumption of course, because before that I am a living zombie. I can choose to be magnificent or I can choose not. And standing in the power stance, a-la Sheryl Sanberg's superman pose, looking in the mirror saying "I will be magnificent today, no matter what" is very empowering. It has become a routine of mine and it has dramatically altered the way I view my days. The way I act is my style. Clothes are a reflection of that style, not the way to define your style. I am known for being high energy, intense, and hyper. I am unapologetically myself and my style is magnificent. What is yours?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Life Update

Ok, so I'm a slightly horrible blogger in that I went over a month without posting! Sorry guys. New resolution= don't do that again. Life has radically changed since my last post, and its changed in some of the best ways possible. Who knew so much could change in a month!

First off, I am now back in the good ol' United States of America! But before leaving beloved Europe, my mom came to visit and we went to Monaco, Nettuno, Rome, Vatican City, Versailles and Paris! Loved sharing that week with her. Here are a few snapshots of the week with my best friend.

Monaco Royal Gardens

Vatican City on Easter Sunday 

Sicily American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy
To visit the grave of my Great Uncle Kenneth

Trevi Fountain 


Michelango's Pieta


Marie Antoinette's Hamlet


typical mirror selfie with Mom, in THE Hall of Mirrors 

La Tour de Eiffel 

Upon returning to the USofA, I spent the next week going to all the doctors appointments I missed while I was, you know, living life abroad.  Then second week back, I was whisked away to Canada for like 24 hours. Crazy, but so tiring.  (It was for a job interview that I didn't take) I wasn't ready to travel again yet, and it was a little rough.  All in all, three days later I accepted a job (woah I'm like an adult now?) with S&J Foods Inc. You all must have some questions I'm sure.

Q&A with Newly Employed ME!

Question One: What is S&J Foods Inc. you ask? 

Answer One: Well its my parents business, (secret is out--it's owning and operating McDonald's), which never in a million years did I think I would work for them. But here I am, 2 and a half weeks into my job and I LOVE IT!!!!!!!   

Question Two: What do I do every day, for all of you naysayers out there thinking I'm just piggy backing off my dad?

Answer Two: Hard work! Every day is different.  I am a normal crew person. So that means that I am working the front counter, the drive thru, fries, and this week's adventure the grill.

Question Three: Do you really wear that uniform?

Answer Three: You bet I do! I love putting on that all black crew uniform. Every day I have the opportunity and privilege to put on those golden arches and make someone's day a little brighter. What can I say, I'm lovin it!

Question Four: What now?

Answer Four:  Work, work, work and more work. I have so much to learn, and every day is a new experience.  I can't imagine doing anything else. I love my job, I love the people, and most of all I have a new found appreciation for what my dad has done over the past fifteen years.

So new chapter in my life has begun, and I am so excited for the future and what's to come. The transition from travel blog to lifestyle, in a uniform, blog is going to be interesting but I hope you stay tuned for my adventures into the world of Ronald McDonald.