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More Absurd Cruise Ship Passenger Questions I Wish I Answered Differently.

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Back in April, I wrote a piece published in The Haven called Absurd Cruise Ship Passenger Questions I Wish I Answered Differently.

I was barely halfway through making notes for that article when I realized there were too many examples of bizarre questions my coworkers and I had heard over…


And be a catalyst for others.

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I’ve written on my profile that I’m a work in progress. I wasn’t trying to write something profound or catchy. I happen to believe it.

I think this is the point of our individual journeys. While there are core essentials we all have, our opinions and outlooks are informed and…


But it was all a lie, Toto.

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Am I the only person who has noticed a worrying trend in the ‘day in the life’ vlogging space?

Yeah. Ok. You got me. Guilty! I have watched these videos once or twice. Sometimes. Not at all every evening. Much.

Anyway.

Earlier last year, after about a month of the…


OPEN LETTERS

It loves me, it loves me not.

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Dear Craptacular Applicant Tracking System v. 666, a.k.a the ATS,

Why, in the name of Sweet Loki, can’t you get it right?

I remember the warm, golden days when a job hunter would see a job posted online and send a resume to…


Thanks for the lobster

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Dear Hiring Manager, a.k.a The One Who Got Away,

Things were going so well.

You responded to my overture of a cover letter. You asked if I wanted to meet in person.

I did. Indeed, I did. Thursday at 2 pm sounds lovely. See you then.

I found your building…


What time is the whale show?

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Not so long ago, I worked on cruise ships in Human Resources. One of the benefits I enjoyed was being able to walk through passenger areas onboard, and as a result, I often had the opportunity to speak with passengers.

My employee name tag helped. Some passengers love to try…


Pandemic Reflections

An unexpected outcome.

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I acknowledge the title perhaps seems an insensitive statement. In no way do I mean to diminish the horrific losses we have faced this last year on so many levels.

However, please hear me out.

Unexpectedly, the Pandemic has been one of the best years of physical health some of…


Consider jumping off the boat.

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Have you ever had a moment you are sure will change the course of your life? I remember that moment in my life, and I hope it is one of many to come. …


Everything is helping you.

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During an interview with The Wall Street Journal Magazine, comedian and The Daily Show host Trevor Noah was asked, “What’s the one piece of advice that changed your life?”

“Everything is helping you get to where you are trying to go to. …


5 ways they harm your well-being.

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BFF. Buddy. Pal. Crony. Mate. Chum. Your person. Whatever name you give them, undoubtedly, friends make the journey through life richer.

According to clinical psychologist Dr. Andrea Bonior, Ph.D., author of The Friendship Fix: The Complete Guide to Choosing, Losing, and Keeping Up With Your Friends, having strong relationships can…

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