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Earn. Eat. Save. Stretch https://stretchrecipes.com Eat Better. Save More. Mon, 24 Feb 2020 11:03:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.25 Year in Summary… Next Steps for 2018 https://stretchrecipes.com/year-in-summary-next-steps/ https://stretchrecipes.com/year-in-summary-next-steps/#respond Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:56:27 +0000 http://stretchrecipes.com/?p=5326 2017 was hard!  Despite challenges, it was no where near as scary as 2016.  We started off optimistic and ready to kick butt.  Unfortunately, in June when the rug was pulled from underneath us with the hostel closing, we found ourselves without a home or a plan we could finish implementing.  We worked in the hostel with the plan to learn and transition into our own product & services.  We met with a couple investors, one who came to negotiations with us for a property which didn’t go through.  We worked part-time to pay minor bills and stayed optimistic.  Still, we promised 5 things for 2017 and we delivered, learned, and are growing as a result.  Check out our updates here:

1) New & More Content – The team attempted this, but found few writers and videographers that could be consistently relied upon without pay.  Additionally, I wrote more content, but it personally felt empty after a while.  I reflected on this journey and  thought back to the times where I grew the most and connected the most and found so much value from being face to face with people and physically doing things that the blog just felt like we were talking into a vacuum of space where no one engaged.  We don’t want people to see us online and think, wow, we must be important!  That’s easy for anyone to do.  We want to impact peoples lives by empowering them with something tangible that helps them live better everyday.  This is what we see is helping people.  It’s funding what they need in a way that is self-regenerating and sustaining.  We stand firm that the end of simply being a social media influencer is coming and if the only value that it generates in the end is simply eyeballs and not real life action/systemic change and conversion, we’re in trouble as a society.  Without conversion, we don’t make money.  Money is needed to correct the byproduct of systemic damage.  There are too many things we have left to be fixed within us and our systems, to move towards a brighter, healthier future for us to become docile.  True growth for us were in the moments we learned by doing and our strategy going forward will be reflective of that belief.    Besides, we truly had more fun doing the work than writing about it.

2) Events – The roommate meet-up was a dud.  My guess is that people enjoy craigslist well enough and the universe is working in enough synchronicity that they find something in time.  For 2018, we’re putting events on the back burner and focusing on our next phase.

3) Less Online social, more in person – We totally did this, but with people and not businesses through the hostel.  We hope you enjoyed the video interviews that went up.  We met some amazing people that taught us every lesson we needed in order to let go of some things and pick up other things.  (We took the video interviews down because investors wouldn’t take us seriously on the hostel and kept asking us to do a youtube channel.  I earned my MBA to start a business so I could have the fiscal freedom to be the change not to become a celebrity. If celebrity was my goal, I wouldn’t have student debt. :-))

4) In 2016, we earned our Health & Life license and went to work for a supplemental insurer.  Unfortunately, we found the plans to be too expensive for our demographic and as such, they weren’t sticking to the plans.  As we didn’t have a car, it became extremely expensive for us to acquire and keep customers as it took a lot of work to acquire and keep them.  The insurer has great product offerings, especially their Cancer package which I believe everyone should have.  If you recall, we decided to explore insurance because if people aren’t going to save money or eat better, may as well make sure they are prepared for the inevitable! –> Living in old age with heart disease and/or diabetes being one of the possible outcomes with the other running out of money when care is needed.  However, when interviewing people on the packages, more young people were interested in paying for lifestyle packages that protected them from HIV or AIDS and their shoes being stolen/damaged than having healthcare savings and copays covered for hospital visits.  We’d be happy to educate and even possibly underwrite the HIV and shoe packages, but we don’t have the $3 million in net worth it requires to certify ourselves as an insurer.   While our dream is to present people with information to move them to be better on their own, statistically, all people don’t respond the same way.  :-)  So no judgements, only the tools/services you need, right?  Either way, this is on the back burner until 2020 or possibly never.   I think if I had $3 million, I think where we’re headed next is the truly better investment.   (Note to young people: USE CONDOMS, GET TESTED, BE HONEST WITH YOUR PARTNER, NO YOU WON’T WIN THE SUIT)






So what can you expect in 2018?:

1) Adulting Bible – Yep, we’re making a bible on how to Adult.  It’s a working title for now.

2) Living my best life.  Putting myself first.  It’s no longer only about you.  Sorry.  Love you, but I have to lead by example.  Travel, community service, new experiences, and doing what makes me happy for money.  I love real estate & finance as much as empowering you, but if you’re not watching me thrive, you don’t believe the importance of it, you fail to see how possible it is.    So while we had fun taking time off to learn our market, test our theories/products, try things differently, and heal our wounds; it’s time to get back to taking care of me & taking care of the ones I love.   Check out Instagram to stay updated on me & Facebook for Stretch Recipes.

3) Stretch Recipes a non-profit?  I never thought I’d type those words in my life, but some things can’t be had without sacrifice.  If you know me, you know why I am not giddy about the idea of running a non-profit, but you also know that I weigh the long-term heavily against the price paid.  If you know me, you know that whatever that price paid does not come at the greater sacrifice of life and health, the wellbeing of humanity and the planet.  We’re exploring this currently and looking for the right fiscal sponsor to make sure that as a nonprofit we will truly accomplish our mission.  We’ll keep you posted on final results!


Again, be sure to keep updated on Facebook & Instagram for the latest! Have a happy holiday and a wonderful 2018!

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Garlic – More likely to help you ward off Vampires or fight heart disease? https://stretchrecipes.com/garlic-more-likely-to-help-you-ward-off-vampires-or-fight-heart-disease/ https://stretchrecipes.com/garlic-more-likely-to-help-you-ward-off-vampires-or-fight-heart-disease/#respond Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:15:45 +0000 http://stretchrecipes.com/?p=5301 ashley-vangel

By: Ashley Vangel

I love ‘em. You love ‘em. We all love ‘em. We’re talking

We’ve all heard about how garlic can help to fend off vampires and cause bad breath… it has had many spiritual, religious, and folklore uses in it’s past. But have you ever heard about how good garlic is for your health?

Garlic has been shown to reduce the risk of certain cancers, as well as cardiovascular disease, or heart disease. The key components in garlic that give it these wonderful characteristics are the antioxidants and sulfur compounds. Sulfur compounds are also found in some of garlic’s cousins, like scallions, onions, and leeks. The strongest link between garlic and reducing cancer is in the upper digestive system and stomach cancer (or gastric cancer).

Garlic is also linked with decreased cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, and atherosclerosis. Studies show that when garlic intake increases, so does the flexibility of our blood vessels. This means there’s more room for our blood to flow, and less of a risk for building up blood pressure. Plus, eating more garlic helps to reduce the risk of blood vessel damage caused by excessive inflammation when consumed on a regular basis. In general, these studies show that about 20 grams of garlic eaten around one to three times per week is needed to provide us with these wonderful health benefits. In case you’re wondering, 20 grams is about 6 cloves of garlic.

How many types of garlic do you know? Did you know there’s several kinds of garlic. There’s “wild garlic”, “crow garlic”, and “field garlic”. There’s also elephant garlic… which is actually not really garlic at all. It’s more so related to leeks, but forms a bulb consisting of very large, garlic-like cloves. Though the cloves themselves are big, the flavor isn’t quite as bit. It’s a much more mild flavor, making it great for using raw in salad dressings, salads, and pesto. Have you heard of black garlic? This doesn’t occur naturally in nature, but it’s definitely a type of garlic worth trying. It’s actually a garlic that’s been caramelized and browned, used a lot in Asian and fine-dining new American cuisine. To make black garlic, whole garlic bulbs are heated over the course of several weeks, which results in black garlic cloves that taste sweet with hints of balsamic vinegar.

I put garlic in almost everything… pesto, salad dressing, curry, stir fries, roasted veggies, marinades… you name the food, I can almost guarantee garlic will make it ten times better! When it comes to following recipes, I usually add a few more cloves of garlic than the recipe calls for. In my opinion, the more garlic, the better!

What’s your favorite “garlic-y“ recipe? Leave a comment in the section below to share!

Ashley is a registered dietitian and a licensed dietitian in the state of Texas. She graduated from Framingham State University, majoring in nutrition and dietetics and she completed her dietetic internship at the University of Connecticut. (more)

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Music Monday: Pink – What about us https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClU3fctbGls https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClU3fctbGls#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:00:06 +0000 http://stretchrecipes.com/?p=5296 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClU3fctbGls/feed/ 0 The Office Relationship https://stretchrecipes.com/the-office-relationship/ https://stretchrecipes.com/the-office-relationship/#respond Sun, 17 Sep 2017 21:41:28 +0000 http://stretchrecipes.com/?p=5273 So you just can’t keep your eyes or your thoughts off that guy/girl you work with. You want to ask them out, but there are two truths, the office policy says no and if it ends horribly, you will have to see that person every day for the rest of your career so long and he/she works there. Most people throw caution to the wind without thinking about the latter.

As an over thinker, I definitely turn off the interest meter in the dating co-worker area and focus on my work. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a woman with blood in my veins and the occasional wild thought when passing a good looking smile in a blue shirt, just like most women. However, I live in a world where the rent is due on the 1st of the month. So yes, there have totally been times where I’ve seen someone else at the company I worked for and thought, I’d love to get to know them more, but I’ve always kept those feelings at bay and focused on work. As an entrepreneur now, the need to focus on work is even more pressing.

With that said, I am NOT a fan of the office relationship. I am definitely NOT a fan of the senior and subordinate relationship either. Keep in mind, I’m also not a relationship expert. If I were, I’d be married with 3 kids and a dog. But if you’re going to jump into the fire, here’s some things to consider and keep in mind as you go:

IX. Are you both on the same page with this?

Is this really a thing you both have for each other? Or is one person thinking it’s just about the sex? Do you both know what’s at stake when you cross the line? Have you discussed if you both want a relationship and most importantly, do you know what happens if others in the office find out? How will it affect your working relationship? These are just a few of questions you need the answer to before jumping into anything.

VIII. Don’t talk about work when you’re together for more than 7 minutes.

It’s great to bond over mutual pain. Having someone laugh at all your stories without having to explain who the people are is an awesome feeling. BUT, over time, if the only thing you have to discuss is work, you never leave work. There’s some positives to this when you both absolutely LOVE what you do, but my guess is that you want to build something together outside of the 9-5 and that’s why you’re dating.

VII. Keep it absolutely quiet until you’re engaged and/or one of you is leaving the job.

No one needs to know about your relationship at work. It’s work. Leave your lovers spats and eskimo kisses for after hours with each other. Your relationship might not last long enough to elevate to the level of engagement. So why put your job at risk?

VI. This should go without saying, but make sure he/she is not already married or in a relationship.


Seriously, I’m not going to elaborate on this. If you need me to, go get some self-respect.

V. Don’t get caught stealing kisses in the supply closet.

All it takes is for Roberta to see you two and there will be no end to the gossip. Forget getting fired, just think of every person in the company picturing you kissing. Do keep all the hotness at bay because there’s nothing more seductive & rewarding than withholding a kiss when it’s yearned for all day and then giving it when there’s no interruptions by Mr. “Don’t mind me, I’m just here to grab a cup of coffee,” Bill.

IV. If it goes south, keep it professional.

So you’ve crossed that line and whenever you go make copies, you see the person you used to like making copies with. You have to live with that awkwardness, but don’t make them live with it. No comments, no walk down memory lane, just focus on work.

III. If it goes way down south, find a new job and alert your Human Resources manager.

This is where it gets extremely dangerous. When the other person won’t let you go and it becomes weird. Are they spreading your personal business to co-workers? Are they unable to let go and still flirting? Unfortunately, you helped to make this bed so the only way out is to get out yourself. You most likely will have to find a new job and once you notify Human Resources, you’ll both have to find new jobs. This is the scariest thought in the world. When people are in love, they are wonderful; but when they fall out, that’s when you see who they really are. With that said…

II. Be friends for as long as possible before making the decision to date.

When you get to know who the person really is before dating, you get a window into how they’ll treat you if things don’t fair well. In dating, there’s this notion of a representative. The person you see when you go on your first few dates before they start to get comfortable and pull down their mask. Well at work, you only see your co-workers representative. You have no clue what they’re like at home or on the weekends. You don’t know if they tip, if they clean their house, if they shower everyday… most importantly, you don’t know if they are the jealous type or how they handle rejection. Get to know them really well before you start dating.

I. Don’t make it a habit of dating multiple co-workers.

Ok Sneaky Pete/Pete-ette. You’re in the ultimate sandbox for dating. You know they look good dressed up, you know they have a job, and you’ve seen their work ethic. You also know that they’ll keep it quiet for a while. That does not mean take advantage of the playing field. You’ll earn a reputation by doing so. ESPECIALLY if any of the people you are dating have any input over your next promotion. And when it gets out, IT GETS OUT. There’s nothing scarier than everyone knowing you played them like a fiddle.

These are my tips for dating a coworker. If you decide to date someone you work with, here’s hoping for the best! Do you have any tips? Chime in below.

Stay tuned! This week, we’ll provide some fashion tips for the office.

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At Work Kitchen Etiquette https://stretchrecipes.com/at-work-kitchen-etiquette/ https://stretchrecipes.com/at-work-kitchen-etiquette/#respond Sat, 16 Sep 2017 04:08:15 +0000 http://stretchrecipes.com/?p=5251 Just like home, the work kitchen is the heart of the workplace.  There’s a lot that can be said about a company based on the kitchen.  Everyone uses it, even if it’s just to grab a fork or napkin. I’ve even seen people go as far as to create gourmet entrée out of the free food found in their work kitchen.  Either way, there’s some things we can all do better to keep the workplace kitchen as welcoming and clean as our boss intended it to be.

I. Clean up after yourself.

Your mom doesn’t work here and if she did, she’d tell you the same.  Not asking you to clean the entire kitchen, but to at least put everything back where you found it and clean up your crumbs.  If the juice was in the fridge, please place back in the fridge.  If the cereal box was closed, close it back and roll the bag to prevent bugs and staleness. If it’s trash, it goes in the trash; not on the counter.


II. Don’t Be a Caveman/Cavewoman.

I’ve seen it.  I’ve witnessed someone licking a knife and sticking it back near the pie everyone was cutting from.  Not cool!  The knife wasn’t licked before you came along and no one else wants your cooties.


III. Don’t half-eat something and leave the bag open in a drawer to be stumbled upon someone who is stumped.

In offices where there are goodie drawers, there’s always that person who opens a bag of this and that and doesn’t like it.  So doing their best to reduce food waste, they place it back into the drawer and move on about their day.  But think for a second, if you were in the store and saw a half eaten bag of chips, would you purchase it?  When your co-worker comes back across them, guaranteed they have a moment of pause trying to ascertain if this was indeed someone’s attempt at not wasting food -or- if this was Booger John’s bag.  Seriously folks, every single office in America has pests.  Use a paper clip and post it to leave a note to close it back up with the story as to why those chips were not completely consumed by you.  


IV. Wash your hands before descending upon group food items and Use utensils or napkins to select your items.

This is tied in with number two.  We don’t need that guy that digs in his nose touching every possible muffin before deciding on which one he’s going to eat.  Even if your hands only plan to touch what you are going to eat, use a napkin or utensils as it will set an example for those who dig for gold and heaven only knows what else (licks their fingers, scratches their nether regions, etc.).


V. Clean your dishes.

Possibly, in your mind, you have a maid AKA receptionist that is tasked with cleaning up the kitchen.  Ask her did s/he go to college and then accept this entry level job just to wash dishes.  If s/he says yes, then I guess just leave them on the counter and every where else you typically do.  But there’s a 70% chance s/he or he will say no. And in that event, welcome to Adulting.  Rinse it out and place it in the dishwasher or wash it with soap and water and place it on the drying rack.  Pretend that as soon as you leave the kitchen, Simon Cowell will walk in next, looking for a clean mug to drink from.  If he would look at your mug questionably and proceed to make you feel like the scum that’s laced on the inside of your mug, then, it ain’t clean.  Clean it!


VI. Recycle, recycle, recycle!

It’s 2017.  Please tell me your office has a recycle bin.  I know composting is a hard ask right now, but if your office doesn’t have a  recycle bin, may want to bring it up to your Office Manager.  So many cans and bottles are being used daily across America.  If they don’t have the desire to travel to the recycle center, they can always make arrangements with a local homeless person or kid raising money for his baseball team to pick up the cans and bottles.


VII. Don’t leave food at your desk and do your best to clean up fully after spills.

Unless cockroaches are on the payroll or you’re collecting them for dinner, you don’t want them clocking hours on your desk when you go home.  Use cleanser after spilling things besides water.  Make sure your chip crumbs aren’t piling up to be their own mini Mount Rushmore.



Seriously, there’s someone who has to clean even though we all strive to keep the workplace kitchen clean.  So when you see them, say thank you.


Do you have any tips for At work Kitchen etiquette? Share and Comment.


By popular request, the guide to Dating Co-Workers is next. Stay tuned!

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Chicken Taco Avocados From Delish https://stretchrecipes.com/chicken-taco-avocados-from-delish/ https://stretchrecipes.com/chicken-taco-avocados-from-delish/#respond Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:07:22 +0000 http://stretchrecipes.com/?p=5247 Ok, so every now and then, there’s a recipe that pops up where I know you can not only master this at home, but it can easily become one of your go-to meals —> It’s the Chicken Avocado from Delish.

What you’ll need:

  • Avocado
  • Black beans
  • Corn
  • Green chiles
  • Leftover chicken/shredded chicken
  • Cheddar
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Cilantro (optional for my fellow cilantro tastes like soap peeps)
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Lime
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Green onion (optional)



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Avocados are the official fruit of the Millennial https://stretchrecipes.com/avocados/ https://stretchrecipes.com/avocados/#respond Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:43:06 +0000 http://stretchrecipes.com/?p=5243 ashley-vangel

By: Ashley Vangel

I love ‘em. You love ‘em. We all love ‘em. We’re talking about avocados here… They’ve been a trendy fruit for a while now. Yes, I did say a trendy fruit. Americans started obsessing over superfoods in the 2000’s and avocados definitely became one of these super foods. Avocados them became super stars when they were marketed as having “good”, healthy fats versus “bad” fats. American’s get their avocados mostly from California and Mexico, as well as some parts of Central and South America, like the Dominican Republic, Peru, and Chile. They’re available all year round, but are in their prime during the months of spring through fall.

If you haven’t found yourself seeking out avocados at the grocery store or farmer’s market, maybe you aren’t sure what they look like when they’re not mashed up into guacamole? There are actually many different types of avocados. Each kind varies in color, size, and shape. Most avocados are pear-shaped or round. They come in varying shades of green, ranging from pale green to dark green (almost black), when fully ripe. The most popular types of avocado are Hass avocado, which are round with black skin.

One of the biggests reasons why avocados are so well-known for being nutritious is because of their wonderful healthy fat content. Avocados are super heart-healthy. About ⅓ of a medium sized avocado (or 50 grams) contains about 6 grams of mono- and polyunsaturated fats, which are “good” fats. “Good” fats are the fats that can lower bad blood cholesterol values, like total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. Forget about buying low-fat foods and products. Instead opt from healthy fats from avocado, nuts, seeds, and oils. Studies show that replacing saturated fats or “bad” fats with these unsaturated or “good” fats, while staying within calorie needs, helps to reduce the risk of heart disease than simply lowering total fat intake altogether.

As I mentioned earlier, avocados is technically considered a fruit, rather than a vegetable or fat. Despite having a high fat content (though remember, it’s “good” fat), avocados have so many other wonderful nutrients, just as a fruit would. Avocados contain a lot of vitamins and minerals, like potassium, vitamin E, folate, and vitamin K. They also contain lots of fiber, making them a food that helps to keep you full and satisfied. Each serving contains over 3 grams of fiber. This also makes them a great food for those maintaining their weight or looking for some weight loss. However be cautious of the amount of avocado you’re eating. Because avocados are high in “good” fats, this means that they are also high in calories, since fats have a higher calorie content per gram compared to carbohydrates and protein. A serving of avocado is about ⅓ of a medium avocado (or 50 grams).

So whether you’re adding them to a sandwich or burger, mashing them into a guacamole or adding them to a salad, I’d recommend adding avocado to your next meal. My favorite way to eat avocado is to add it to my morning smoothie. It helps to make it creamy, adds healthy fats and nutrients, plus is takes on other flavors within the smoothie.

What’s your favorite way to eat avocado? Leave a comment below with your favorite avocado-licious recipe.

Ashley is a registered dietitian and a licensed dietitian in the state of Texas. She graduated from Framingham State University, majoring in nutrition and dietetics and she completed her dietetic internship at the University of Connecticut. (more)

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How to keep a Positive Attitude at Work https://stretchrecipes.com/how-to-keep-a-positive-attitude-at-work/ https://stretchrecipes.com/how-to-keep-a-positive-attitude-at-work/#respond Tue, 12 Sep 2017 13:59:51 +0000 http://stretchrecipes.com/?p=5221 Especially when you’re crushing it, you can be met with the impulse to give side eye to the person who doesn’t seem to work as hard or is asking questions that seem unnecessary. It’s important to remember that everyone doesn’t know what you know, everyone doesn’t see what you see. We’re all at different levels on the playing field and when we work as a team, the important thing is to know that everyone has a different handicap. That includes us too!


It’s not others that we control, it’s our reaction to others that we do. In my heart, as it relates to forgiveness, I try to always measure someone else with the stick you would measure yourself with. In this case, you have to leave a margin of error because we have and come from a different set of experiences and respond based on this. Simply put, just leave room for forgiveness. They aren’t you, but like you, are entitled to it.


And truth be told, your boss wants you to have a full and healthy life because it does make you more productive. When you’re at work and stressed and pulling in negativity, you aren’t happy and unhappy people don’t make the environment feel happy. Don’t bring everyone down, man.


So here are my Top 10 tips for Keeping it Positive while on the job:


X. Keep Calm at all costs.

I know it is hard to curb your first reaction…. When someone has an elevated voice and seems to be stressed out and even blaming you. Take a moment to remember that they are experiencing a high level of urgency that created anxiety within them. Keep calm and listen and respond in a soft tone. This will eventually help them calm as well. Whatever you do, don’t tell them to calm down as it will have the reverse reaction. Keep your calm.


IX. Tedious tasks call for headphones and music.


Where I work now, they don’t allow this which is silly. Personally, I don’t want to hear other conversations and I want to focus on keeping my personal cool. If you are doing something repetitious that doesn’t require waiting on customers, you should be allowed the tranquil sounds of music over idle chit chat and frustrations over job things. The great thing about this is that it stops other people from speaking to you within the office as you appear so zoned in on your task. Plus, as long as you’re not playing air instruments, music makes you so happy that you will be zoned in on your task. I’m a firm believer that all corporations should have licensing subscriptions to create their own music stations even IF they are not retail.


VIII. When others gossip, walk away or tune out.


Gossips have nothing better to do than talk about something they won’t change, haven’t had the audacity to say to someone’s face, and rarely think about the emotional consequences if at all. Most people do not want people gossiping about them. So why would you engage in a conversation about others? This opens up the door for them to do the same to you when you step out of the circle. Gossiping is a form of bullying when it doesn’t serve for someone’s betterment. So just walk away. Last I checked, gossips in the workplace don’t pay your bills or are seeking to help you live a better life. You’ll be happier for it as your head will be filled with more valuable information you can use to make life better. The worst they’ll ever think is that you think you’re too good for them. And if that’s their only takeaway from this life, they’ll continually be the downfall of everyone surrounding them; spiritually, physically and mentally.


VII. Use your breaks.


Like seriously, Rome wasn’t built in a day. You aren’t one more key stroke from curing cancer. Your computer won’t runaway when you step up. The mental break will increase your performance and productivity. You’ll be happier. If not, you’re a workaholic and you need serious help. I’m saying this from experience. There was nothing I failed to accomplish because I took a break.


VI. Take your vacations.


Go on a trip, clean the house, whatever is your style. Take your vacations. They recharge you and boost your creativity and the rest is needed.


V. Take a nap.


If there’s one reason to miss having a car, it’s being able to take a 20 minute nap on my lunch break. Daytime naps recharge me more than a quick walk to soak up the sun. They are the best! If you have the ability to do it, don’t be ashamed. Go for it!


IV. Stretch!


Sometimes you just need to Stretch and breathe it out! Your back hurt? You feel the pressure from a deadline. Take 2 minutes. Stand up, stretch and breathe it out. Who cares who’s looking? Just don’t grunt.


III. Money tight?


If you find money stresses at home, credit cards maxed out or just not enough leftover after pay day, look at how much you spend on food throughout the week. The vending machine may seem cheap. It’s not. A couple trips per week can easily cost $20. Five trips to Subway is $30. Cooking at home and preparing leftovers and snack packs could also be a total of $50 and provide you with dinner in the evenings. It may not seem like it at the time, but $20 a week over a year is $1,040 in savings. Do you have $1,040 in your savings account? Would you like to add an additional $1,040 to your 401k or IRA?


II. Don’t talk about work outside of work for more than 15 minutes a day.


Everyone needs an outlet and someone to talk to. So this may sound crazy, but I have a theory that bringing work home may be why some relationships don’t work out long term AND why some young people are struggling to perform in corporate environments. It’s great when your family asks, “How was your day?” and you can tell them for about 15 minutes what you did, where you’re going, etc. Especially when they listen and ask questions. It makes you feel as if they really care. It’s also great when it’s a source of stress that you can alleviate in confidence without it going back to work. BUT, when it turns into a long rant about hating your co-workers, your idiot boss, etc. It can be passing that stress on to the other person, rather than releasing the burden off of you. I think years of doing this can take a toll on happiness as when you’re not happy, your family isn’t happy. When your kids watch, they learn that the office is this terrible place where no body knows what they are doing and yada yada. It’s kinda hard to find meaning and belonging, be a part of a team after you’ve been conditioned to hear all these negative things about this place. So, 15 minutes tops for the sake of your own sanity. Complaining for too long can end up spinning out of control and breeds more unhappiness. If you’re unhappy, do what you can to change it. Ask yourself if whatever you’re saying is giving you the wedgey or if the underwear is the real problem, then, focus on what can you do to fix it.


I. Keep smiling – Your co-workers are in this with you!


We’re all working together for a common goal and that goal yields a paycheck for everyone working there. When you put your best foot forward, you aren’t just feeding yourself and your family, you’re helping to feed the families of the people that work with you. Just remembering that alone should remind you of how important, powerful, and needed you are! This alone should help you stay positive whenever things change. Keep a smile 😀

Do you have any other tips for keeping a positive attitude at work? Chime in below!

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Top 10 Tips to Crush it on the Job: In the way your mom, boss, co-workers, and friends can’t tell you. https://stretchrecipes.com/top-10-tips-to-crush-it-on-the-job-in-the-way-your-mom-boss-co-workers-and-friends-cant-tell-you/ https://stretchrecipes.com/top-10-tips-to-crush-it-on-the-job-in-the-way-your-mom-boss-co-workers-and-friends-cant-tell-you/#respond Sun, 10 Sep 2017 20:16:44 +0000 http://stretchrecipes.com/?p=5183 So as I am now more focused on self and splitting my time back in Corporate America, I walked back into that world after my 4 year Stretch hiatus to notice some things that maybe most people don’t realize because they are trapped in the day to day. It also got me thinking about young people who start jobs and don’t have a role model or mentors to help them navigate adapting to the corporate environment. So at least for the next 10 entries, I’m dedicating content to provide value in this arena.  Be sure to let me know your thoughts below.

What are the best ways to get value out of your corporate job and skyrocket? Here are 10 Top ways to do so:


X) You are at Work. Behave like it.


I’m all for making friends whenever I can. Even if they don’t last outside of the office, I like to think that anyone can come to me at any point, with serious intentions, I’d be there for them – ESPECIALLY when they were a good and hard worker. However, there are lines that shouldn’t be crossed in the office and asking your co-worker about their trip to Vegas is best asked outside of work hours. No yelling across the cubical inquiring if they will be naked at the pool. No chest bumping after seeing that hot girl drop and pick up something. I know your feet are killing you in those heels, but no walking around barefoot as it’s an accident waiting to happen. I’m all for kicking off the heels while seated and no one can see or smell, but walking around is too much for liability purposes. Also, keep the water cooler talk to a minimum. I watch and love Game of Thrones too, but talking about Jon Snow’s butt while someone’s on a phone call is not only distracting, but could be deemed offensive to those who don’t find Jon Snow’s butt all that appealing. I don’t know what planet they would be from, but they work in your office and do business with your company so they help pay your bills. Be courteous to what may offend them.


IX) Make Recommendations when appropriate.


The most simultaneously beautiful and horrific thing about being on a team in an corporate environment is meetings. It’s a time the team comes together to communicate and drive each other forward, but it’s also a time where half of things can be reserved for emails or sessions with your psychologist. If something is making your job harder, if it affects productivity, it’s a concern. If it doesn’t, then it’s most likely a personal gripe. DO really ask if the job can be done in the time allotted with the method you prefer, DON’T fight the job if it can still be delivered in the time requested. In other words, your boss wants you to deliver within 24 hours. If there’s something slowing you down from that request, speak up. If you can achieve completion of the job within the time allotted, then just do as asked. However, if there is something that will be missed while completing the job as it stands, then ask if those measurements or system of tracking will be important in the future. In other words, you’re getting paid to do it however your supervisor sees fit, but if it affects deliverables or the bottom line, speak up! All comments about your bunions and last night’s episode of Bachelor in Paradise can be reserved for lunch.

VIII. Learn why No is being said and create sound logical arguments to counter.


Every now and then, your boss may be out of tune. They aren’t necessarily doing the job they are asking you to do, so it’s ok to ask them why they say no to your request. This doesn’t have to be confrontational, it can be a simple, “May I ask why you are saying no?” If you have an amazing boss, they will be able to explain to you in full detail why they are saying no, even if the simple reply is, “We are not measuring those metrics this quarter.” When that is the reply, it means, they don’t care about that information right this moment and to spend time on it would be extra work for you right now. If you feel that the information is truly still important, then explain why in full detail as it may enlighten them on something missing outside of the focused task at hand. We all get it. You want to do an amazing job, but sometimes, doing extra work is really extra work and your talent is more appreciated and utilized when you do what is necessary to advance the team. Your input is always valued, but be sure to have sound logic applied when you recommend changes and counter “No.” No is unpleasant to hear, but it doesn’t mean you aren’t valued.

VII. The world is a stage, but seriously at work, we don’t need that drama.


There’s a co-worker you don’t like. And in life, there’s always going to be someone that you don’t like, just as there is always going to be someone who doesn’t like you. *sigh* The work you do is enough. Don’t create conflict for the sake of creating conflict to cure your or someone else’s boredom.  I’m guilty of the email clap back, but seriously, Stop it as work is not the internet.  The more time you spend creating more work for yourself or cutting down the person you don’t like is less time you are dedicating to your own personal joy as you navigate your corporate day. Unfortunately, when you cut down your joy, it’s infectiously spreading toxicity throughout the office. If you’re not opening your mouth to respectfully better or compliment someone else, keep it closed. If you’re creating more work for yourself instead of executing the job asked of you, you’re literally diminishing your value. Like what no one else is really willing to say is that your work value is measured by POSITIVITY + COMPLETION OF TASKS + TEAMWORK = YOUR VALUE. Drama pulls from positivity, completion of tasks, and your teamwork.

VI. Treat your co-workers with respect.


Yes, there’s always that person in the office that makes you want to yell at them DMX style. It may even be the guy that has so much nervous energy that it makes you feel like you’re near a dog with rabies, but keep calm. It could be that girl that’s always correcting you on your performance as you’re doing your job. It’s nerve racking, but always respond with respect and kindness. Out of stress, we as people always do things without realizing how it’s truly impacting the other person. Always be respectful and over time, these moments will build bridges in communication that lead to understanding. Before you know it, you’ll not only understand them, you’ll come to appreciate them. The moment you stop to say something with more understanding and respect, the more you will have a pleasant experience when communicating with others.

V. Answer all calls courteously.


I think this has become a new hot button for me. If I were the CEO of your company, about 50% of people would be fired on their first day by the way they speak to people over the phone. The answer is simple. When you answer the phone on your job, you are not representing yourself, you are representing your company. When you respond to people over the phone as if they are a hindrance to your success, your time, or your being, you are telling them that your company feels that way about their customer and vendors. If you receive a sales call or customer inquiry, or whatever the person is calling for, even if it’s a wrong number and your response is to treat them as if they are calling you personally at home while you have 5 cooking pans on the fire and a crying baby, you are putting a nail in the coffin of your job. These negative experiences compound and reflect the culture of your company. If you’re so busy that a 1-2 minute phone call is disrupting your life force, don’t answer the phone. NEWSFLASH – Your salary includes answering the phone. Your salary is dependent upon your company staying in business. A series of negative phone impressions can cause you to lose business. Losing business means you are out of a job.

IV. Dress for Success.

Is there an office manual on how to dress? Follow it. If everyone not promoted is wearing ripped jeans and a t-shirt and everyone promoted wearing slacks and a button down, it could be as simple as your work style. In a perfect world, no one would care, but… we absolutely do care. It’s nothing wrong with caring or not caring about your appearance, but appearances are a funny thing. They are tied into your self esteem and when you dress a certain way, you behave a certain way. Dressing according to the policies outlined by your company aligns you with your company values and mentally prepares you for long term success within a team. It lowers a barrier of distraction so that people can focus on your message and you can focus on delivering your message. When you’re in front of a customer and you are dressed down from everyone else, more often than not, they are questioning if they can trust you as you don’t look like you really care about your job. When you’re dressed up from everyone else, it solidifies authority in some way. Either way, you don’t personally change, but peoples perceptions do. When this happens, you are able to deliver your best performance because they aren’t distracted by trivial the things that don’t matter to you (but do to them), like what you’re wearing when you’re helping them. If you’re looking to test this theory out, think about how differently you expect things from the clean cut guy Target in a tie versus the guy with dirty khaki’s and polo hanging out of his baggy pants? Only one gets politely approached when one is in need of a refund. (If you don’t have a ton of money to invest in clothing right now, fear not. Vintage is coming back with a vengeance. Keep your eye out for those jackets, they don’t make them like they used to!)

III. Some things Never Change – A break is a break.

Take it without any guilt. But remember, your break time is 15 minutes. Carry your watch or your cell phone. Put on a timer. The goal is to be back at your desk at 15 minutes. Not 15 minutes I’m done with my break, I’ll go use the bathroom to fix my hair after break is over and then go talk to Polly in Accounting to see how her weekend went all within 22 minutes. Taking your break within your allotted time is self-respect as you’re performing your job within the time asked of you and you’re not eating away at other co-workers times by using your break time to stop them from working. On my break, I step outside for 15 minutes and soak up some sun and fresh air. It is my way of remembering the world continues outside and I didn’t miss too much. It’s a sneak peak that recharges me just enough to get back in the office and work until my next break. If I check Facebook, I realize that I hadn’t missed much in the past 4 hours. I WILL LIVE!

II. Do the Work.


Would you pay a plumber to lay on your couch and watch cartoons when your toilet needs snaking? Would you pay bus fare for a bus that never showed up? Would you pay at the first drive thru window to arrive at the second window to be told, “We outta what you ordered, but we’re going to keep your money”? No? Well then, the only logical thing to do is the work you’re being asked to do at your job. And the good news is, the better you do it, the more likely you’ll get to keep doing it. Like it’s strange how when you show up and do the work, how the company makes money and it keeps you in a job. But for some reason, the simple act of doing the work seems to work. And while this may be a millennial focused blog, many of the boomers fall under forgetting this simple request. It’s as if one day, they came into work and decided not to work anymore, they got away with it and continue to get away with it because of tenure. If you have a plan to one day not do the work, work 2 jobs starting at age 18. Use the second one to build your retirement and the day you don’t want to work anymore, don’t work on your own dime. There’s a lot of millennials who would love to work at a pay level that could provide them with a home, but many corporate resources are stretched thin covering the cost of those higher waged, tenured employees who don’t do the work. With that said, this is not a cheap shot at Boomers. There are both Boomers and Millennials that fall under this category. So when you start a job, if your mentor is not doing the work, distance yourself and find someone who will teach you to do the work. The work is important because it will help you in the long-term and I have this strange theory that if we ALL started doing the work, we could all work shorter days with the same pay.

I. Be on Time.

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I don’t have a car. I uber and take the bus everywhere. I walk miles to be where I need to be and being on time is a struggle, I get it. However, I work really hard at it because I know that it’s not just my time that’s impacted by my ability to be at a place when asked. Do you like to repeat yourself? Or do you like to hear the same thing over and over again? Most people don’t. So how do you think it feels when your boss has to repeat what was told to the team 7 minutes before you arrived? How do you think the people on your team feel when they have to hear the same thing again because you were late to the party? Also, simple math, if you’re late to work 15 minutes every day, that’s 3,900 minutes per year, that’s 65 hours per year! That’s over 65 hours the company has lost from you alone. It’s over 65 hours because your 10 co-workers that were impacted all lost the same 65 hours each too. And all those people that were impacted listening to the same thing over and over again for 65 hours of their year, all impacted other people waiting on them as well. Things happen, I’m not saying that you can’t be successful and be late. I’m not saying that you should never ever be late and fall on a sword if you are. I’m saying that these things add up and personally, I’d rather receive a 65 hour bonus for saving my company time by being on time than losing it by having to catch someone else up on what is going on.


These are my top 10 tips for crushing it on the job. I am pretty sure if you keep a smile and these tips in mind, you’ll get that raise, get promoted, and/or become the office MVP in no time. You’ll gain more personal knowledge and satisfaction that will carry throughout your career. What are tips you have for crushing it at work? Chime in below!

Stay tuned, our next post will be on Keeping a Positive Attitude at Work.

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