Airing of Grievances

Happy Festivus! As a devoted Seinfeld lover, I had to write a blog post about my airing of wishing you all agrievances…and there are so many but I’ll try to keep it to a minimum.  I hope you will join me by adding a few of your grievances in the comment section below! Without further ado…

  1. Instagram…why won’t you hurry up and let us toggle between accounts already?  I hear it’s in beta but enough already.
  2. The entire political season…it’s too long, too full of hyperbole and too many people are trying to become President.  This is not the Miss Universe pageant, folks!
  3. Perfume, Car and Drug commercials…how many of these ads must we be subject to each day? I try not to watch live tv but when I do it’s all perfume, trucks and pharma!
  4. Reclining your seat on airplanes…listen, that 2 inches of recline does not make a difference in how your flight is but it makes a huge difference in how mine is when you are reclined in my lap!
  5. Auto-correct…if my iPhone is so darn smart, then why doesn’t it realize I’m not trying to type DUCK and that I live in the south…I type y’all A LOT…figure it out.
  6. Siri…please just understand the words coming out of mouth!
  7. Public restrooms…why do the cracks between the doors have to be so large and how many different flush mechanisms and automatic sinks do they make in this world?
  8. Credit Card Machines…why isn’t there one universal credit card machine with universal questions? I just want to check out!
  9. Reply-All,  I hate that some people use reply-all to show what a suck up they are.
  10. Netflix…don’t ask me if I’m still watching…I already feel bad enough that I’ve been watching for 3 hours straight.

Bonus From the Hubs: Left Lane is for passing (only) and Turn Lanes are not for merging.

That’s all for now…I hope you have time to air your grievances…it feels good! Merry Christmas, friends.

My Favorite Things 2015

Another year is almost in the books and it’s been a really good year.  I started a business and have been happier than I’ve ever been in a job.  My family has been blessed all year long and my friends are happy and healthy.  Throughout the year, I discover things that I love and cannot live without and I wanted to share them with you.

Passion Planner: I have mentioned this a few times in posts….but this planner makes me passion plannerhappy and it’s super functional and helpful.  I’ve used all types of planners throughout the years and this one is by far my favorite.  This year they became a give one/get one company and that makes me even happier.  If you like a paper planner and you like goal planning and organization…take a look at the Passion Planner.

 

Fitbit: I’ve tried all sorts of pedometers over the years and finally found the one I really like…the Fitbit One.  In the past, I’ve tried the bracelets but they don’t work for me.  I attach the One to my bra strap and go.  My goal (for now) is to walk 50,000 steps each week and I like checking it everyday to see how close I am to my goal.

bkr Water Bottles: This year we took a trip to Miami and I discovered these water bottles in the elle_500-mlhotel spa.  I have this weird thing where I can’t stand to drink out of metal bottles or glasses (ruins a good Moscow Mule) so I love that these are glass bottles and the colors are fun.

Stainless Steel Sharpie: Who am I kidding…I love all the sharpies in every size and color…but this stainless steel one feels so good in my hand and I feel special when I use it.

GrandeMascara: For over 25 years I’ve been on the hunt for the best mascara–great applicator, not too clumpy, jet black and long lash making…well the search is over! Thanks to my gal, Betina, at Bella Derm…this is the mascara for me.

Lokai Bracelets: I’ve had a lokai bracelet for awhile now…they arelokai_bracelet_red_photo_1 great reminders to find balance in your life and they are great gifts.  Plus they come out with new colors all the time…I got a pink one when I walked in the Greater NYC Komen walk with my bestie, in October.  Red is the current bracelet…I need one!

Nest Candles: Thanks to one of my favorite local stores, Garden Living, I’ve discovered these amazing candles. They have so many great fragrances and they last a long time.  I’m burning my holiday candle right now.

Mitford Books: I was so happy that author, Jan Karon, wrote a new Mitford book…I have been bookreading these books (10 of them) for years and I missed Father Kavanagh so much.  If you haven’t read these books…do yourself a favor and start with book number one today!

Too bad I’m not loaded like Oprah…or I would say “guess what, all of these things are under your chair” but no.  I hope that you will find something new from my list that will bring you joy!

I would love to hear about your favorite things in the comments section.

 

xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

Ode to Summer

IMG_6674* Warm Sun

* Blue Pool Water

* Hot Car Seats

* Cold Popsicles

* Tan Skin

* Delicious Air Conditioning

* Fresh Produce

* Catching Fireflies

* Flowers Blooming

* Late Nights

* Sunburned Noses

What Would You Say in Your Oscar Speech?

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.I love an awards show and tomorrow night is the king of awards shows, the Oscars! I love the red carpet pre-show and I love the entire show from start to finish.  Each year, I print out a ballot and my boys and I fill it out and see who gets the most picks correct.  Some years, I am really good and some years I totally miss the boat…like the year with The Artist, totally didn’t watch that movie or think it would win anything and it did.

I love a good Oscar acceptance speech too.  Who could ever forget Cuba Gooding, Jr’s speech, so emotional, or Sally Field’s, “You like me, you really like me.” I love when the actor is surprised and filled with emotion. I always have anxiety for the actor if they have a famous mate and they forget to mention them…i.e. Hillary Swank! I don’t like when the person seems unaffected by the win or makes the speech really short and or fills the speech with politics.  I just want to see the real person in the biggest moment of their life tell us how they really feel.

So every year, I wonder what I would say in my Oscar acceptance speech.  I know that I would definitely thank all the wonderful people in my life and hopefully not forget anyone.  I would thank my ‘team’ because you know, if I’ve won an Oscar, there’s a huge team that helped me get there.  I would hope to tie something personal to the win.  If you know me, you know I would have to make sure not to drop an f-bomb! (I love when people accidentally cuss on live tv, it cracks me up.)   What would it be like to be there in front of millions of people, not to mention the biggest movie stars in the world, and have the composure to deliver a great speech? I’m certain I will never know but I always wonder this during the show.

So, you’ve just won the Oscar for best actor…what would you say in your acceptance speech?

Homesick for #NYC

IMG_2458My son laughed at me tonight because I proclaimed “I’m homesick for New York.”  He said, “How can you be homesick when New York is not your home?” A good question but I am homesick because I feel like NYC is my home or at least it should be and hopefully will be someday.

It doesn’t help that I’ve been listening to Andy Cohen’s book, The Andy Cohen Diaries, in which he waxes poetically about my favorite city and all the amazing places you can go if you are rich, famous and live there…in the Village.  {sigh}

Also, one of my besties gave me the best journal for Christmas. It has the skyline on the front and wonderful quotes about New York sprinkled within…the perfect gift for moi.  Quotes like:

“Better a square foot of New York than all the rest of the world” Texas Guinan

“One belongs to New York instantly,

One belongs to it as much in 5 minutes as in 5 years” Thomas Wolfe

Yes, yes, I agree with both quotes wholeheartedly.  I’ve been to my wonderful city several times and I long to return…maybe this Spring.  I love to walk around the neighborhoods and explore…no destination, no direction…just aimless discovery.  I keep a metrocard on my desk to remind me that I could soon refill the card and discover away!

Two years ago the Hubs and I took our son to New York for Spring Break and we had the best time. The boy enjoyed the trip but said he didn’t think he could live there…darn, I really need him to either play for the Knicks or coach a team somewhere in or near NYC…that’s not asking for much, right?

Until I can hop a plane and be reunited with my soulmate, I will just have to listen to Andy, watch SATC reruns and play the Wicked soundtrack.

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NYC & Boy, 2013

Best Blog Posts of 2014

Best PostsThe end of the year always brings out the ‘best of’ lists and I thought I would play along as well by listing my top 10 posts of 2014.  This was the first year for my new blog and I have been really pleased with the interaction and engagement.  I have a lot of great posts planned for 2015 and I hope you will join me in the journey.  So, without further ado, here were the top posts for allysontwiggs.com.

1. My Big News (no surprise here, this was my best post of the year in more ways than one!)

2. How to Leave the Perfect Voicemail 

3. 48 Hour in San Francisco

4. My Christmas Wish List

5. What Makes My Life Easier

6. What About Gen X

7. My Life Runs on Evernote

8. Friday Fab Four 11.14.14

9. What to Give Employees for Christmas

10. Working from Coffee Shops

My Christmas Wish List

My ChristmasIt’s that time of year when everyone is in good cheer and Santa is checking his list…twice! So, in the spirit of Christmas, I thought I would make my own special Christmas list.  So without further ado, these are the things that would make me smile like the Grinch this Christmas.

1. The ability to easily switch from one account to another in Instagram….please, please make this happen.

2. To find an iPhone 6, 64g in Silver…apparently it is easier to find Waldo than this particular phone.

3. For Facebook to just leave everything alone already…no more algorithms, no more policy changes, just leave it be.

4. For Twitter to once and for all demolish bots…I just love when @Suz789$M follows me and has 2 followers and follows 10k.  Good times.

5. Sharpies, lots and lots of sharpies in every style and color.  (The Hubs got me a stainless steel sharpie this year and I LOVE it.)

6. An Evernote scanner…my friend Beth has one and I am seriously coveting that thing.

7. For people/companies to stop with the automatic direct message on Twitter…be original!

8. To put an end to voice mail.

9. For my airdrop feature to work 100% of the time.

10. World Peace.

What’s on your Christmas List this year?grinch_smile_by_zhirafik21-d36m6g0

Working from Coffee Shops

onyxNow that I am self-employed and soon to be working from home, I can spend more time in one of my favorite venues…coffee shops.  I love working from a coffee shop. Doesn’t matter, it can be a chain shop or locally owned, I love them all.  There’s this wonderful vibe in the air of entrepreneurism and free lancing spirit that I believe is contagious.

When I had a regular 8-5 job I would have meetings in coffee shops and look longingly at the folks who seemed to always work in coffee shops and be jealous of their ‘office.’ Now, coffee shops will be my office. What better place to call home than a clean, airy coffee shop that serves yummy hot beverages and pastries? I’m in!

I always have the best conversations in coffee shops as well.  It’s a more relaxed setting so the convos are uplifting, inspirational and laid-back.  Plus coffee shops are great places to network for new clients or services.  Just sitting quietly and listening to the deals and pitches makes me very happy.  Thank goodness for coffee shops…they allow everyone to feel at home.

Ironically, while I love coffee shops, I don’t drink coffee.  I love a hot cocoa with soy milk or decaf tea but I don’t drink caffeinated drinks so that rules out most coffee.  In fact, I haven’t had caffeine in 17 years so I missed the whole Starbucks explosion.  I have no idea what to order there or what any of the cool terms mean…grande, macchiatto, whip, latte,…all greek to me.  I usually just get a bottled water at SB.

Here are the shops I love in Northwest Arkansas and where you will likely find me in the coming months:

1. Starbucks, they are all great but the one on MLK in Fayetteville is my favorite.

2. Red Kite Coffee, at Crossover in Fayetteville, nice open space.

3. Onyx Coffee Lab, my fav is in Springdale but the Fayetteville one is good too.

4. Pressroom, in downtown Bentonville…great atmosphere.

5. Arsaga’s, on Dickson St in Fayetteville, perfect for hopping off the trail and resting.

6. Einstein Bagels, in Fayetteville is my favorite…yummy food too.

Do you like working from coffee shops? Which one is your favorite?

 

 

Be Good at Your Job

Last week I met a friend for dinner at a restaurant that’s been in business 23 years. That is a really long time for a restaurant.  Towards the end of the dinner my friend wanted to order a sandwhich to take home to her husband.  She asked the waitress if the sandwich had bacon on it.  The waitress replied “You are asking the wrong person.” Really? You are the waitress…the person who is supposed to know the menu!! I could not believe my ears.  She hadn’t been the best waitress all evening but this really floored me.  “Who then should we ask?” I countered…and even then she did not have an answer.

I realize there are millions of people in the world right this minute stuck in a crappy job and hating it…I get that and I’ve been there.  However, if you have a job and get paid for a job…you need to be good at your job. It takes as much energy to be angry and bad at your job as it does to be happy and good at your job.  I feel that you are always ‘auditioning’ for your next great job…so it only makes sense to work hard now until your dream job comes calling.

What examples do you have of someone being bad at their job or someone being really great at their job?

 

Back to School

ecycler-crayons-300x240New crayons, paper and binders…ahh, a trip to my favorite place, the office supply store.  Isn’t ‘back to school’ a wonderful time of year? Parents are happy to get their kids back in a routine, teachers are happy and refreshed, kids are (usually) ready to see their classmates…it’s a pretty joyous occasion for all involved.

I miss the ‘new year’ feeling that the first day of school always brought me.  Now that school is long gone and we’ve started our careers, we still need to get new supplies, refresh our routine and feel good again about the start of a new year.  What will we accomplish this year, who will we meet? I get a small feeling of this on January 2nd with my new desk calendar…but nothing like all those first days of school.

In July, I was at a conference and the speaker said that one of the top ten smells that bring back childhood memories, is the smell of a new box of crayons. Do you remember that smell? Is there anything in your work life now that brings you as much joy as a new box of crayons did when you were a child?   If not… then go buy yourself a box of crayons!