Being Kind On The Fourth Of July

Picture this with me. The 4th of July is a great time of year. Families and friends get together all over the country to celebrate the independence of this great nation. People will be grilling hotdogs and burgers. There will potato salad, coleslaw and corn on the cob sitting on tables decorated with American flag tablecloths. Kids will be running around and jumping through sprinklers. There will be watermelon eating contest, and seed spitting contest, three-legged race, and water balloon throwing contest at festivals nationwide. Hundreds of thousands of sparklers will be lit at dusk. At the same time there will be masses of people huddled on blankets and in bag chairs to watch fireworks go off. It's a wonderful holiday enjoyed by all.

All, that is, except for those who aren't as lucky and have to work that holiday weekend. Now I fully understand I choose to work at a place that is insanely busy this time of year. I know what to expect and what is to come. I know that in these next few days I am going to be dog tired, slightly stressed, and wishing for it to be October already. Don't get me wrong I love the fourth of July. Like I said, it's a great time of year. 

As you go on vacation this holiday weekend, whereever that may be, may I make one simple request, please be kind to those who are stuck working. If you take the weekend to go out to eat remember so are thousands of others. Your servers, cooks, hostesses, bartenders, etc. already have enough to deal with than to have to put up with someone who is impossible to please. During the holiday season customers can be awfully rude and sometimes down right nasty to restaurant workers. 

You're on vacation (at least not at work), for goodness sake. Relax, slow down, enjoy the time with your family and friends. Try not to be in such a rush. Yes, we realize that we are busy, no I cannot give you the exact time a table will open up, I assure you we are going as fast as we can. After all we are all human here. 

So as you go out this holiday weekend, just be kind to those who have to work. It'll make our day and yours that much better, I promise you. 

Read more about 4th of July adventures, here

The Best Book I Read Last Year

I have the hardest time thinking of blog post ideas when I know I should be writing. So here is one I found on Pinterest.

I didn't read a whole lot last year, in fact during the school year I never found time to read. I would always start a book and then have to stop because of time commitment to projects and studying. The phrase, "College is a full time job" is such a true statement. You tend to work more than your share of overtime as well.

Anyways, not to get too far off topic, the best book I read last year was written by my favorite author, Elin Hilderbrand. In which I wrote a post about, not too long ago. I truly love her books. They are easy summer time reads and quick, but entertaining reads.

The book is titled A Summer Affair. In case you were wondering, yes it is a romance novel. There is an affair that happens in the book.There are twist and turns around ever turn of the page. It makes you want to keep reading. I highly enjoy books that make you want to keep reading. Elin, writes so beautifully that you can just imagine the events taking place.

Not only do I recommend this book, but as I state in the post about her and her books, I recommend all of them. In fact, I am ordering two or three more of her books in the coming days so I can get to reading.

I hope you do read this book if it interests you.

Do you recommend any book that I should read?

About My Blog And Other Blogs

While I scan the many of blogs that I follow they all seem to have one thing in common, they all post the same content. It's 5 tips about this and 10 tips about this or the top 20 something of the year. Well I am here to say that I don't do that here... that often. This is a personal blog. A blog about my personal stories, events that happen to me and that I go to, or just things I want to share with you in general (such as this post here).

Now, I realize that those topics are what people are looking for these days and they are going to get you the most readers and the most views. If that's what you are in the game for then I hope you are achieving your goals. I really am!

I only hope that you also share stories and adventures. I love hearing about peoples travels and their most amazing picture of a dolphin jumping out of the water during their Caribbean cruise. Don't get my wrong I love reading different tricks and tips. I also hope that people like hearing about my stories and my adventures.

To me sponsored content can be annoying. Sometimes you can read a post and know that even though they are getting paid for it, you can tell their are being 100% honest with you. Other posts you can tell they are only being extra nice because maybe, just maybe, they might want to have you sponsor another post. I know this because I did a sponsor post once and let's just say that I don't plan on doing other one because the rules were so strict.

Edit: I just found out that a fellow blogger posted about 3 Lies About Working With Brands over on her blog! Go and read it, even if I just contradicted myself.

Anyways, I just had to get this out. Carry on.