Friday, October 31, 2014

The Pursuit of Profit at the Expense of Families

Yesterday Costco, GameStop, Dillard's, Marshall’s and Nordstrom said they will no longer be open on Thanksgiving and will return to having Black Friday on actual Friday. I commend them for this. 

Unfortunately, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Walmart, Kmart, and hundreds of others will be opening on Thanksgiving yet again. 

I have really disliked the recent trend of stores starting their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving Day. They only do this of course to squeeze every possible penny out of the consumer. Consumerism at its worst. Sadly though, this everlasting pursuit of profit is depriving their employees of spending that time with their families. 

We as consumers have the power to change this though. We have to remove the retailer’s incentive by boycotting their stores on Thanksgiving. A pipe dream? Maybe. But it doesn't have to be...

What are your thoughts on this recent trend?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween on the Horizon!!

I have always loved Halloween. It is one of my top three favorite holidays (along with Thanksgiving and Christmas). 

The week leading up to Halloween is always a wonderful time of year. Carving jack-o'-lanterns, watching scary movies, eating pumpkin Reese's by the dozens, attending Halloween parties, and going to haunted houses! 

I really wish it was socially acceptable to go trick-or-treating as an adult, because I totally would. 

Do you enjoy Halloween? What's your favorite thing about Halloween?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Branching Out...

I came across this quote recently and it really made me think. 

The first 20 years of my life, I stayed in the same small area that I grew up in. I never ventured out of my comfort zone at all. 

But I always had a yearning...a desire to branch out and explore.

When I finally made the decision to move away from my hometown and start a life of my own, it opened up a whole new world for me. It was necessary for my growth as a person and it changed my life completely. 

I truly think that if we relegate ourselves to our own little corner of the world, we simply cannot grow. If we never expose ourselves to new places, new people, new cultures, new ideas, or new beliefs, we become stagnant. 

This is not to say that there's anything wrong with living in the same area one's whole life. But if you never travel outside of your comfort zone, or open up yourself to new things, I think that can breed a complacency which can lead to feelings of discontentment.

What are your thoughts? Do you feel it is important to branch out via travel or exploring new things? Do you have any personal stories you wish to share?

Monday, October 13, 2014

In Appreciation of the Unappreciated

I have always had such admiration and respect for people working in positions that seem to be universally scoffed at or made fun of. 

Sanitation workers, trash workers, custodians, fast food workers, mechanics, brick layers, cleaning people, etc. Few things make me angrier than to hear someone make a derisive comment about people in these professions. 

First of all, nobody should ever feel that they are above any kind of work. Nobody is "less than". Why do we think the lawyer is more important in society then the custodian? Why do we think a CEO is more important than a sanitation worker? I must have missed the memo.

If the sanitation workers, fast food workers, custodians, and garbage workers took an entire week off worldwide, we would dissolve into chaos and anarchy. Within 24 hours, everyone would see just how vital these workers are and how much we take them for granted.

Every single worker in the world, from the janitor all the way up to the CEO, contributes to our society. So the next time you pass a custodian in the hall, stop to thank them and tell them that you appreciate the job they do. The next time you're picking up your cafĂ© latte in the Starbucks drive-through, thank the barista and tell them how much they always make your morning. The next time you happen to be outside when the trash collector comes, tell them hello and that you really respect the work they do to keep the streets and the neighborhoods clean. 

All anyone ever wants is to be appreciated. And nobody deserves it more than those who rarely get to hear it.

Why do you think we devalue some jobs in society and people who do such hard work in them?