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Definition of “Salary”

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I have a friend who frequently asks me:

“Since I’m salary don’t you think I should be able to come in to work at 9am?  I think that’s fair.”

Different companies have different salary policies.  Some say you must work a minimum of 40 hours per week.  Some say you need to work as many hours to get all of your work done – whether that’s 25 hours or 55 hours.

I know that personally I must be at work by 8am because I have an obligation to my team and to the company to provide my service and knowledge should someone knocking.  So that whole “I don’t have to show up until 9am” think won’t fly in my job.

So is there a “right” definition of salary?  I’m curious to see what everyone’s salary policy is at their work place. Is showing up at 9am acceptable?

Part 3: Enable HTTPS for your Gmail!

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Ok this is the last part to my “Enable HTTPS” series!

This portion will show you how to enable HTTPS for your Gmail account!

Again – I apologize for the lack of arrows and boxes in my photos – I need Snagit for my home computer!  I’m lost without it!

1.  Log in or create your account at

2.  Click on “Options” which can be found in the top right hand corner (it’s the Gear icon)



3.  Next, scroll down to the 4th option entitled “Browser Connection”

4.  Choose “Always Use HTTPS”

Voila!  Super easy 🙂  Please let me know if you have any troubles or are confused at all and I would love to help.

Failure to Fly or Money Smart?

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I was chatting with one of my best friends this past weekend and she came up with a brilliant idea:  She decided that when she has children she is going to encourage them to move back home after college, get their first big-kid job, and SAVE money like crazy.

After crunching some numbers she realized she would have over $70,000 in the bank saved if she hadn’t bought a home (investment), new cars, etc.

I told her that if my parents made that offer there’s no way I would have taken them up on it – I’m too stubborn.  Moving out, to me, means “I’m financially independent baby!”

So now I’m curious – would moving back home after college to save all of your money be a good idea?  Or would this be detrimental to the already-entitled-Gen-Yers in the fact that they really would have everything handed to them on a plate when the generation before us was required to move out, get a job and fend for themselves?  I understand the value of saving money.  I also understand the value of making investments such as home purchases.  So I can’t quite decide if I agree with my friend or not.

Either way – had my parents made that offer to me I would have gladly declined and still moved out on my own to feel like I’m wearing my big kid pants.

Co-workers outside of work

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Have you ever run into a co-worker outside of work and you almost didn’t even RECOGNIZE the person?

I have had this happen on multiple occasions.  I have had 2 real big-kid type of jobs: one where you wear casual clothing to work, and another where you where business formal.

Business formal attire allows you to see the business-work-9-5 personality of a person.  Are they on time?  Do they work hard?  Do they produce results?  But we rarely ever see that person’s personality.  For example – I found out the other day that someone I work with has a child.  I HAD NO IDEA THIS PERSON HAD A CHILD!  It’s really not that big of a deal that she has children, however I felt like a horrible person for not knowing.

It’s easy to think we know our co-workers, but to what extent do we really know them on a personal (not professional) level?  This really becomes relevant when you run into co-workers outside of work.  You notice the clothes they wear, the way they do their hair or makeup, and the people that they’re with.  You see this person every single day and have no idea that they go to the same gym as you, or that they even go to the gym.  You don’t realize they have children or a significant other.

I’m not sure how I feel about this – I am still trying to form an opinion.  I do believe that at work we need to be professional and leave our baggage at the door.  But in order to work effectively in a team environment, shouldn’t you understand your co-workers and the things that make them most productive?  Shouldn’t we know the person working alongside us more than just, “They can draft a report in no-time-flat!”

I’d love to hear everyone’s opinion on this topic!

Part 2: Enable HTTPS for your Twitter!

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Last week I wrote a blog post on how to enable HTTPS for your Facebook account.  This week I am going to show you how to EASILY enable HTTPS for your Twitter account.

(P.S. Sorry for the lack of arrows and boxes on my images – I don’t have Snagit for my home computer)

1.  Log in to your account at

2.  Go to your profile area in the top right hand corner and clip the drop down menu

3.  Choose “Settings”

4.  Scroll toward the bottom and make sure “Always use HTTPS” is checked


As you can see, this is incredibly easy!  Make sure you enable as soon as possible! 

My Big Kid Advice

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When I started college, I eased into the process.  I lived at home for the first year, then moved out starting my second year.  I thought I was prepared, and even if I didn’t feel prepared I didn’t know what I should or could do to make life easier.  It was my  first time moving out and being “responsible” on my own.  My bills were minimal and although I thought I was a big kid – I realize now that it was only the beginning of big-kid-responsibility time.

Truth is, when I was moving out I wish I had been given advice on what good habits to develop and what things to stay away from.  There is one thing I wish I would have done the day I moved out.  There is one thing that would have made my nomadic life incredibly easier.  So to every new college-child – my #1 recommendation would be to:


I’m not kidding.

Here are the reasons I feel this is incredibly important:

1.  Permanent Address.  When you’re a college Freshman (or even Sophomore, in my case) you tend to live in several different places.  The dorm > a sorority/fraternity > an apartment > then a hosue > possibly back home > back to a house/apartment.  This nomadic lifestyle needs a stable mailing address.

2.  Parents.  Parents read your mail.  They open it up and decide whether or not it is important/relevant and thus decide whether or not you should see this piece of mail.  DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN.  Trust me.  It sucks.

3.  Anonymity.  Data theft is prevalent now more than ever.  Providing a P.O. Box Number instead of a physical home address number makes me feel slightly more safe knowing that if someone stole my information, tracking me down would be more difficult than if I posted:

Ashley Cray

555 RobMeNow Rd.

Reno, NV

If it were me, I would have gotten a PO Box immediately after moving out of my parents house.  Just my opinion!

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Part 1: Enable HTTPS for your Facebook!

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So tonight was embarrassing.

I am OVERLY paranoid about keeping my accounts secure.  My passwords are insane and my privacy settings tend to be high.  When I first found out that twitter offered a secure connection, I enabled it as quickly as possible!

Tonight, however, I realized that my Facebook account has been without HTTPS.  I am CERTAIN I enabled this feature, but regardless it was disabled and an entire class saw my HTTP NOT followed by an “S.”  For me- this is embarrassing.

First thing I did when I got home was change my facebook to enable HTTPS.

For those that don’t know – that little “S” that follows the HTTP means “Secure.”  What this means is that the communication on the network through the webpage is encrypted which makes hacking more difficult (but not impossible).  In a nutshell – use HTTPS as possible as you can.  ESPECIALLY when making an online transaction.

Anyhow, here is the skinny on how to make sure YOUR facebook is secure.

1.  Login to your account

2.  Click on “Account Settings” in the top right hand corner

3.  Choose “Account Security”

4.  Make sure the “Browse Facebook on a secure connection (HTTPS) whenever possible” checkbox is checked!

Gen Y Weaknesses

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I was reading an article from CareerBuilder regarding Generation Y workers.  I found this article so interesting (and true!) that I felt I absolutely needed to share the information/stats and my feedback.

According to the article, communication gaps exist heavily in the workplace due to generational differences.  I realized that I enjoy sending emails as a means of communication because it instantly provides a paper trail.  If someone claims I requested an incorrect due date, I have the ability to pull up my email communication to prove the due date was correct.

I believe communication classes should be required for the school of business.  Granted, at UNR we were required to take a communications class, but I think there needs to be specifically a communication course within the business school to TEACH Gen Y how to communicate with Gen X.  These are the reasons why, according to CareerBuilder, that Gen Yers are in desperate need of learning a thing or two:

  • 49% of employers said that the communication gap between Gen Y and Gen X occurs due to Gen Y’s heavy use to technology as a form of communication
  • 55% of employers over the age of 35 feel Gen Y workers have a more difficult time taking direction or responding to authority than other generations of workers.
  • 74 percent of employers say Gen Y workers expect to be paid more
  • 61 percent say Gen Y workers expect to have flexible work schedules
  • 56 percent say Gen Y workers expect to be promoted within a year (thank you mom, dad, school, society for instilling this in our brains)
  • 50 percent say Gen Y workers expect to have more vacation or personal time (GenY = Me Generation)
  • 37 percent say Gen Y workers expect to have access to state-of-the-art technology

This survey was conducted from June 1 to June 13, 2007 among 2,546 hiring managers and Human Resource professionals across all industries.

Rockstar Powered

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One obstacle I have always had is my inability to stay awake if I’ve had less than 8 hours of sleep.

I’ve DREAMED of the day that I can stay awake throughout the day on a less-than-8-hours-of-sleep kind of day.  This would allow me to stay up later, get more done, and feel more productive!

I have finally found my dream come true

I have found my ability to stay up till midnight and still wake up at 5am

I have found my ability to not head-bob during my after-lunch-crash

I have found:


This is a game changer.

Need for extra hours

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I am horrible at organizing my time.  If I have spare time, I’d love to use it as spare time to catch up on LIFE.  Not laundry.  Not dishes.  Not cleaning.  But LIFE.

With that being said, I often find myself in situations where I feel as though I need an extra 5 hours in a day to get stuff done.  I am one of those people who has-t0-have-8-hours-of-sleep-or-else-I’m-a-crankpot.  No joke.  So if I am awake past 11pm, I’m screwed for the next day.

My boyfriend told me the other day that you have to train your body to need less sleep.

Is that possible?  Can you train yourself to need less sleep?