The Art of Passive Persusation

When I was a little girl, I was often called “bossy boots!” I have a stubborn disposition and if I can see that something is working to work better/be more fun, I would dig in my heels and not budge until we did things my way! In my defence… I am the oldest of three so someone had to keep my younger brother and sister in line….

Luckily, the stubborn disposition mellowed out and as I have gotten older, I have found much more effective ways to get my point across (not to mention, a lot less conflict as well!)

I think a big turning point for me was back in 2014. I was working as the front desk manager for a hotel. I always tried to lead by example but it was one of those days where every thing that could have gone wrong…..was! In a stress and frustration filled frenzy, I created a “shame board” to call out the people who were constantly doing the same thing wrong over and over again. The first person was someone who had started with the company only a few weeks prior..if that! Needless to say, the “shame board” was gone the next day and I got a talking to. In reality, I should have been the first person on that board for having such a belittling idea.

I still think back to that decision often and I try to grow from that constantly. If I want to persuade people to do things now, I go a very different route, using time, kindness and encouraging teamwork.

I wanted to share my latest creation with you all as I am so proud of how far I have come and I also will be sharing this with the poor girl who I publicly shamed that day to say that I am sorry and that I have truly learnt from my mistakes.

I am currently a receptionist at a fantastic company and although I am in charge of keeping the kitchen clean, there was beginning to be a trend of people leaving their dirty dishes in the sink, for me to rinse and put in the dishwasher (FYI.. the dishwasher is directly next to the sink). Instead of leaving a passive aggressive note to tell everyone to “Clean Your Dishes” or “Your Mother Doesn’t Work Here… Put Your Dishes Away” I thought it would be a lot more fun to included some pop culture to the mix.

 

I started a mini series… beginning with this very shabby note:

Day 1 - Ninja Attacks
Day 1 – Ninja Attacks


NOTE: I have a dark sense of humor and have been working at this company for a year, so people know that I am joking and do not take offense to my little quirks .. thank fully!

 

Day 2:

The ninja note wasn’t effective enough so the next step was incorporating a “Walking Dead” theme. Most of the people in my office watch that show, so it definitely got fun after that…

Zombie Attacks - Part 1
Zombie Attacks – Part 1
Zombie Attacks - Part 2
Zombie Attacks – Part 2
Zombie Attacks - Part 3
Zombie Attacks – Part 3

 

 

UPDATE: I kept the zombie attacks up for a couple of weeks and there were no dishes in the sink at all! I was so pleased with everyone that I switched to a Star Wars theme as a reward and there is now the occasional dish…

 

Moral of this story:

Shame Boards are the worse!

Zombies are much more effective at getting your point across!

 

Have a great week, Olivia x 

Chuck it in or Chuck it out Muffins

Oh moving! I do it far too often!

 

One thing that I really hate about moving is having to throw away food. Actually, I hate throwing out food in general so I have become very good as utilising everything in my cupboards.

 

I finally had a weekend at home (instead of driving to see Alex) so I started going through the cupboards and found 4 large boxes of uneaten cereal. They were obviously Alex’s because I don’t like cereal. Since Alex moved to Tofino in January, and I’m pretty sure the last time that I saw him eat some was back in August, I knew this cereal was super stale for sure! One taste confirmed it, it tasted GROSS!

 

And even though it was hard as nails, I still couldn’t bear to throw out so much food.

 

Then I remembered that one of my friends had made muffins the other day with some cereal and since I didn’t have any flour, I thought I would try and make a muffin with just cereal alone.

 

The results… super delicious! Although it was a surprise as you will see from the recipe… Coupled with me cooking with my wig on (have you seen my wig, it’s amazing and the answer to all my bad hair days) it was amazing that these muffins even worked at all!

 

The cereal wasn’t the only questionable item in my house either… I wasn’t too sure about my eggs and I had some very old yoghurt but mixed together with stale cereal, they made something beautiful!

How to test if you eggs are good to eat without having to crack them open and run the risk of getting gassed out!
FUN FACT! Now you don’t have to run the risk of cracking open a rotten egg!

 

If you are in the same predicament, this recipe is great and if you are not… well this recipe is still great!

 

Have a great week! Olivia xx

 

CHUCK IT IN OR CHUCK IT OUT MUFFINS

Serves 12___Prep Time: 10 minutes___Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

1 super ripe banana that I found at the back of my freezer
2 eggs, tested for freshness before they went in the blender
4 cups of stale cereal (I used Vector)
½ cup old yoghurt (all natural)
2 super generous tbs of rice malt syrup = ½ cup (honey or sugar will work too)
¼ cup ghee (butter or coconut oil will work too)
½ tsp bicarb soda
¼ cup shredded coconut
¼ cup blueberries

Method

  1. Put everything in a blender. Intend to blend gently but then, because you are left handed, blend too much and make a batter like mixture. Add the blueberries and intend to blend gently but turn the knob the wrong way again! And make the mixture a beautiful purple colour!
  2. Pour the mixture into a greased muffin tray (or in my case – use silicon muffin liners)
  3. Bake at 400°F for 25 minutes and then taste to see if they actually taste good…. Good news… they do! 🙂

 

 

Cooking For One Sucks :: Part TWO

This blog post is definitely not about cooking…. ok, maybe a little bit…. but it is mainly about life for me at the moment.

If you have been following me, you might remember my first Cooking For One Sucks post. If not, it was about how Alex had moved to Tofino and so I was cooking for just myself. I thought it was easy, turns out it sucks and in response to how much I hated cooking for one, I put in place some ideas to help me out a bit.

That went well for about a month and after that, I was just sad. I missed Alex and I missed sharing my little life moments with him (and for all the haters out there, sharing over social media and texting is not the same!) Then I got the flu and that made it even worse so while laying in my bed, in a feverish delirium, I decided to give up on having a long distance relationship and move to Tofino!

This is totally me when I am sick! I would have taken a picture to prove it, but I was too sick!
This is totally me when I am sick! I would have taken a picture to prove it, but I was too sick! Photo Credit: Pinterest.

Most people that I have told have been shocked! “But you love your job!” “I thought you didn’t want to move back?” ” Do you know how much it rains in Tofino?” Even Alex was shocked! When I told him, he didn’t believe me and it was only after I put in my resignation at work that it really started to sink in that I was actually moving.

That was a couple of weeks ago so where am I now?

Well for starters, I am still in Victoria. My lease isn’t up until the end of April and I had put my hand up at work to organise a charity golf event in May, so I wasn’t just going to hightail it and leave them in the lurch. One of my redeeming qualities is that if I say I am going to do something, I mean it.

Another great thing about having time to pack up is that when I gave in my resignation, I wasn’t ready to leave but I knew that I would be in a few months. This has given me time to get into a new headspace with moving and mentally preparing myself for the change of  having a very comfortable life back into a pretty crazy one (anyone who works in hospitality knows the madness of it!)

 

Yep, definitely needed some time to think this over! Photo Credit: Pintrest
Yep, definitely needed some time to think this over! Photo Credit: Pinterest

Another great thing about giving plenty of notice is that I have time to sell all my stuff. Alex and I moved into our apartment with a bed, a tv, a fry pan and a wooden spoon. His parents gave us a lot of stuff (Thank you Jan and Dave!) and we slowly started collecting the rest.

Now, we are moving from a 2 bedroom apartment to a tiny loft room with a kitchen and bathroom. Did I mention that there is also no storage space? I’m freaking out a little bit about it while Alex is being his usual super chill self and collecting more junk while I try and declutter. If you are not following me on instagram, go and check out my page!

You can see the Neptune statue that Alex just bought, it’s the ugliest thing in the world and I am really not happy about it!

 

Now that I have had some time to wrap my head around everything, I am super excited about the move. For those who don’t know where Tofino is, it is this tiny little coastal town which is famous for its surf, pristine forests and lately, its delicious food and funky art scene. I was back for the Easter Long Weekend and it was so great!

I met up with friends (I used to live there), went for a surf, lots of beach walks and basically chilled out and enjoyed being one with nature again.

 

Just hanging out with nature...
Just hanging out with nature…

 

Have you ever been in this situation? Have you moved for love? I would love to hear from you and know how it went for you? Comment below or on my facebook page !

So stay tuned on my little adventures,

Lots of Love, Olivia xx