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Do You Keep Your Personal Life Private at Work?

how to keep certain parts of your personal life private at workKeeping aspects of your personal life private at work may feel necessary to you, or it may just be a personal preference. Maybe you’re worried that certain information about your life outside of work will make you a source of coworker gossip, or lead people to stereotype you, or even cost you your job. Or maybe you feel that some parts of your personal life simply aren’t anyone’s business. We thought it’d be interesting to talk about the things that readers prefer to keep quiet at the office — and why. Readers, do you keep certain parts of your personal life private at work? What parts, and why? 

We’ve frequently discussed this issue in the past, including discussions on how to deal with nosy coworkers, and LOTS of talk on medical issues (how to announce your pregnancy at work, decide whether to tell coworkers about your miscarriage, deal with frequent doctors’ appointments, make time for therapy, share a diagnosis like ADHD or autism), handling political talk at the office, and more.do you keep your personal life private at work

The posts linked above highlight many possibilities for topics you’d rather your coworkers didn’t know about — but of course, there are many other issues that you might only feel comfortable discussing with friends and/or family members. So, do tell: Do you tend to keep your personal life private at work, or are you more of an open book? What would you rather not reveal to your coworkers? Health problems, religious beliefs, family issues, unusual hobbies or activities, political opinions, tattoos/piercings? On the flip side, is there anything you’ve discovered about a coworker’s personal life that made you see that person differently, either in positive or negative ways?

I connected with several women who shared aspects of their lives that they feel they shouldn’t or can’t share at work. That information included everything from mental health conditions to political views. I enjoy the series “25 Famous Women On” at The Cut (they do similar roundups with not-so-famous women, too), so here’s “14 Women on Keeping Your Personal Life Private at Work”:

1. Helen M., Seattle: “One thing I typically keep to myself is that I attend church. I’ve found it exhausting to combat the assumption that practicing religion [equals] conservative and/or fundamentalist. This is not just at work but also socially.”

2. Natasha C., Rochester, New York: “My workplace is very conservative, so I keep my LGBT status and liberal political leanings very quiet, except among a few, who also keep these secrets. You just never know what people will do to hurt your career because they don’t agree with your ‘lifestyle choices.’”

3. Ashley Austrew, Omaha, Nebraska: “I don’t talk about my depression and anxiety with coworkers, even though I am a writer and have written about it quite a bit. For some reason, talking about it makes me feel like they will see me differently, even if I know they’ve probably read things I’ve said about it.”

4. Kerry, New Jersey: “I have Type 1 diabetes and am legally blind in one eye. Oh, and I’m a transplant recipient. And chose my profession based on how long I was projected to keep my eyesight at age 22.”

5. Karin, New York City: “I don’t feel like explaining my whole life to coworkers; they usually don’t share my interests or life experiences so it’s more likely to cause them to view me as an outsider. And that doesn’t help my career prospects. Once you become ‘other,’ you’ll never be seen as part of the team and they’ll get rid of you first.”

6. Chris M., Rhode Island: “I’m a quiet person, so I probably don’t share a lot unless in a one-on-one discussion with a coworker that I am comfortable with. I don’t discuss my husband’s depression and limit what I discuss of a personal nature with anyone in a position above me. I should add that I’m in a manager role, too, so I try to walk the line of what I present to others carefully. I want to make sure people feel comfortable coming to me, so in that way I share some of my personal struggles in way to help them know they are not alone, but I pick and choose what I share carefully.”

7. Allison R., Chicago [formerly of San Francisco]: “I keep any strong feelings I have that comment on other people’s life choices private (religion, politics, drugs, last name-changing, etc.) but I have a few colleagues I talk to about most things, as we are friends. Though in San Francisco especially, most people would joke about drugs at my workplace a bit. Generally things that are too opinionated, I try to keep to myself.”

8. K.G., Pennsylvania: “The fact that I’m actually a pretty soft-spoken and quiet person outside of work. I’m way more assertive and direct at work than anywhere else (working on extending that to my personal life).”

9. Yu, California: “Something I don’t tell my colleagues is that I’m a pole dancer. I do it mostly for fitness purposes, since pole requires lots of strength. I perform in dance studios’ showcases occasionally. At my previous workplace I told my colleagues and my supervisors because it was a very supportive environment. I’m at a new place now so I’m unsure about revealing it yet.”

10. Sarah A., Ardmore, Pennsylvania: “My queerness, my mental health problems (I’ve always been told talking about my depression and anxiety could scare away potential employers), my weight, my income (this is a big one, I feel like people casually talk about their expenses and other things that make me super uncomfortable to discuss), my outside-of-work attire and tattoos/aesthetic.”

11. L.R., Alabama: “The fact that I am leaving the job as soon as possible because I dislike this town and my spouse detests everything about living in Alabama. Everyone I work with is a lifer who loves it here.”

12. Sara B., Maryland: “Working with two male physicians who are both older (and have more experience) than I do, I am careful to appear confident in my decisions, even when I’m more like 95% confident most of the time. I am generally too quick to share my insecurities with coworkers and I believe this is something more common to women in the workplace. Also, I save my complaining for home.”

13. A.L., Boston: “I’m non-monogamous/polyamorous. I live with a partner of six years who has another partner of five years.”

14. J.M., Indianapolis: “I don’t reveal how nerdy I really am. My line of work tends to value ‘cool,’ and I am decidedly uncool. I get excited about stuff nobody at work could ever identify with. I really have to tone this down at work and fake coolness.”

Let’s hear from you, readers: Are you careful to keep aspects of your personal life private at work, or are you more laid-back about it? If it’s the former, is that because you learned the hard way that being open about some things can be risky? Have you shared things at one employer that you’ve kept quiet at another? Do you reveal details to work friends that you’d never mention to your boss? (To go with  yesterday’s discussion on the idea of having distinct wardrobes for the weekend you vs. weekday you  – how different do you choose to look when you’re “off-duty,” if at all?)

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3 Types of People Who Definitely Need Life Insurance (and 5 Who Don’t)


When I turned 25, my parents set up a meeting with their insurance agent to sign me up for a life insurance policy. I was single, with no kids or even pets, and barely making enough money to pay the rent.

I got the policy, but never understood it. A few years went by, and I let go of it.

Life insurance is a confusing topic. That makes a lot of us just want to ignore it completely. Do you understand the different types of life insurance?

“Consumer demand for life insurance is greater than actual ownership,” according to the 2018 Insurance Barometer Survey by LIMRA. In other words, we think we need it, but still don’t have it.

The same survey notes that 44% of millennials overestimate the cost of life insurance by about five times the actual amount.

OK, so it’s probably not nearly as expensive or as difficult as you think. If you want to see just how much it would cost you, take a couple of minutes to get a free quote online.

A company like Policygenius offers you an easy way for anyone to compare and buy life insurance online. The search engine allows you to compare policies and get instant quotes. Once you find the right fit, you can apply right there.

If you’re young and mostly healthy, consider purchasing term life insurance online from Ethos. It partners with a major A-rated life insurance carrier to provide policies for a low price. For example, $ 30 a month could get your family $ 1 million of coverage.

But… do you need it?

I asked three insurance pros to weigh in on the life insurance needs of eight personas I created. Does one of these sound like you? You may be surprised at what the pros have to say.

Illustrations of eight different personas who might or might not need life insurance.
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Katy, 22, Recent Grad on a Bartender Budget

Katy is 22 years old and fresh out of school with a bachelor’s degree. She hasn’t found a career yet, but she’s keeping things together with a full-time bartending job. She rents an apartment and has no children. She’s living on a tight budget for now, but she’s hoping to land her dream job any day.

Someone this young can’t need life insurance, right?

That’s right, according to Mike Windle, a retirement planning specialist at C. Curtis Financial, Plymouth, MI.

“No need for term insurance as of yet,” Windle wrote in an email. “Term is best to either supplement income for a spouse that is lost, or to pay off large debts (i.e. a house). Without either of these there is no need.”

Quinc Pearcy, financial planner and wealth manager at Fort Wealth Management in Houston, Texas, sees some benefit to signing up for a policy early.

“A small term policy would fit [Katy] well and be cost effective. At her age, as long as she is in good health, life insurance would cost less than a night out to dinner,” Pearcy explained via email. “It doesn’t need to be a large policy but enough to cover things like outstanding student loans, car payments, credit cards and sudden death. None of us want to leave our parents with the burden of paying our outstanding debts.”

The verdict? Katy probably doesn’t need a life insurance policy yet, because no one is really dependent on her. But she may be able to lock in a good price by starting out early.

If that bit about student loans startled you, remember that many federal student loans are discharged if you die. If you have private loans or someone co-signed with you, your estate could be responsible for covering it.

Josh, 24, Starting Down the Career Path

Josh is 24 years old. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree and has found a salaried position within his field of choice. He’s making decent money, is not married, currently rents an apartment and wants to buy a home. He’s financially stable, but has not built up an abundance of savings or wealth just yet.

“Josh is on the cusp of fitting into the criteria of needing life insurance,” said Windle, “He should definitely get it through his work (typically two to five times his salary is what they offer, for a great price), but I would still hold off on getting term … If he waits until he buys his house he will also be able to be more accurate with the amount he needs.”

Pearcy sees benefits to Josh getting a policy now.

“Since he has steady income, it would be very easy for him to allocate enough money for a mid-size term policy. I would suggest a 10-, 20- or 30-year term to lock in the 24-year-old rate for the entire life of the policy.”

The verdict? Nope, Josh doesn’t need life insurance just yet. However, he’s in a good place to start looking at policies and maybe lock in a low rate. When he buys that house, it’s definitely time to get a policy.

Wesley, 28, A Newlywed With Big Plans

Wesley is a 28-year-old newlywed. He and his wife have no children (yet) but they are proud, new homeowners. Both Wesley and his wife work full time.

I would go big here,” said Pearcy. Wesley and his wife are both young enough, he said, “they would have no trouble qualifying for a large term policy. The amount would need to be enough to cover any outstanding debt: credit cards, mortgages, car notes, kids, college funeral costs.”

Windle agrees Wesley and his wife are in prime position for life insurance.

“Both Wesley and his wife should get insurance, again the first place is with their work (if offered) but with owning a home and relying on two incomes, it would be important they both have enough insurance to pay off the house and replace their income should one pass away.”

The verdict? Yes! With a spouse and a home, Wesley is firmly in the realm of those who need life insurance.

Dora, 31, Engaged Entrepreneur

Dora is a 31-year-old entrepreneur who owns her own bakery. She is engaged, has two dogs and no kids. She employs four people at her bakery.

Pearcy believes the business is a big factor for Dora.

“Without proper planning, the premature death of a business owner may result in assets having to be liquidated, the business being sold or the business becoming a burden on family members,” Pearcy said. “She must consider the four employees she has as they are dependent on her business for their income.”

“Dora is definitely a candidate for insurance,” Windle agreed. “She should have enough insurance to pay off her business debt and personal debt.”

The verdict? Yes. Dora’s business means she could have considerable debts and people counting on her. The dogs? She could even factor them in if she wanted.

Dan, 35, Homeowner and New Dad

Dan and his wife are in their mid-30s and are new parents to a baby girl. They own a small home. Each of them works full time making $ 50,000 to $ 70,000 annually.

“This is the most common client we see,” said Pearcy. “Married with kids and steady income. A lot to protect. I would build them a large 30-year term on both, as much as they can qualify for, with a child term rider for the new baby. The rider is inexpensive and means they do not have to buy her a separate policy.”

A child term rider is basically life insurance for the child of the primary insured person. As an add-on, it’s usually quite affordable.

Windle also sees Dan as a prime candidate.

Dan and his wife now have the added (financial) burden of a child so having insurance for each of them makes a lot of sense. By having $ 400,000 to $ 600,000 each, they should be able to ensure that their spouse and daughter will be taken care of should anything happen to them.”

The verdict? Oh yeah. These guys are right in the life insurance sweet spot. They’re young enough to get good rates, and have enough responsibility to really need it.

Gina, 36, Happily Single and Successful

Gina is 36 years old, single and happy about it. She owns a modest home she’s paid off. She’s been working full-time and making six figures since college. Her retirement fund is booming, and she keeps five months’ expenses worth of emergency savings in the bank.

Gina’s ability to earn and save on her own makes life insurance a lower priority, according to the experts.

“She sounds like she might be self-insured at the moment, but she has a couple of options,” said Pearcy.

By “self-insured” he means Gina has enough money saved to pay for an emergency or any costs after death. Instead, he thinks she could look towards her legacy, an amount of money she’d leave to a person or charity through a will.

“Being single, she does not need to cover legacy, unless she has a favorite nephew she wants to help pay for his college, or maybe she is active in her church and would like to leave them something tax-free,” he said.

The verdict? Nope. Gina has herself covered. However, she could look into life insurance as an alternative means for growing her wealth or providing a legacy.

Monica, 66, Recently Retired and Comfortable

Monica and her husband have recently retired. Their kids are grown with families of their own. They have adequate but modest retirement funds and own their home outright.

“A ‘second-to-die’ [policy] would be a great way to leave a tax-free (not tax-deferred) inheritance to their heirs,” said Pearcy. “Either spouse or both could get a ‘first-to-die’ insurance policy if an analysis showed the surviving spouse would need an additional lump sum of money to generate income.”

“This scenario is more about their legacy goals,” said Windle. “As far as replacing income and paying off debt, they don’t need insurance, but if they want a cheap way to leave tax-free funds behind to their kids and grandkids, then insurance can accomplish that.”

The verdict? No. Monica and her hubby are in a good place financially and don’t need the safety net of term life insurance. There may be some good reasons to look at getting a policy, but they don’t truly need it.

Rupert, 75, Living in Assisted Living

Rupert is 75 years old and living in an assisted-living establishment. He has one son who is in his 40s and is a successful business owner. Rupert’s only income is Social Security payments.

To Pearcy, this isn’t as clear-cut a scenario as it seems.

“This one is tough … unless Rupert or his son have the money set aside already for his funeral and burial, then a final expense policy would be necessary,” he said. “I would suggest the son pay the premiums and Rupert be the insured. Now, since the son is a successful business owner, he may have enough in savings to basically self-insure his father’s final expenses; in that case they would not need the policy.”

Windle is not in complete agreement. “Rupert should not waste any of his limited income on insurance. If his son is successful and Rupert doesn’t have enough assets for a funeral, then his son would be able to cover that expense.”

The verdict? Not likely. If Rupert’s son can take care of his funeral and any lingering expenses, Rupert should keep his money and enjoy life to the fullest.

How Much Life Insurance Do You Need?

If the thought of looking for a life insurance quote makes you cringe, I don’t blame you. How do you know the agent you speak to isn’t just trying to sell you the biggest policy out there, even if you don’t need it?

Here’s the good news. To get a life insurance quote, you don’t need to talk to an agent. Here are a couple of other great options for you.

Both Policygenius and Ethos offer you an easy way to buy life insurance online.

It never hurts to look into your situation and see just how much it would cost to be covered. Chances are, you’ll be surprised at how affordable it can be to sleep a little easier at night.

Tyler Omoth is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder who loves soaking up the sun and finding creative ways to help others. Catch him on Twitter at @Tyomoth.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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Very early in life, many of us are taught that learning is the key to advancing in your career. But equally important in learning new skills are unlearning those beliefs, childhood lessons, and habits that no longer fit the vision for your life and career.

It Starts and Ends With You

Be real with yourself. Are you holding on to your parent’s values? Are you conforming to other people’s definition of success? Chances are if you’re feeling lost, confused, or afraid about next steps in your life and career, your mindset is keeping you stuck and confined to a mediocre life.

After landing a 6-figure job with great benefits, I bought a home and traveled around the world to countries like Thailand, Italy, and South Africa. According to my Instagram and Facebook post, I was living my best life. But truthfully, I still felt incredibly unfulfilled at work. I was searching for something more in different jobs, relationships, and even money. I could never escape the aching feeling that there had to be something more to life, which was contrary to what I was taught growing up. But here’s the thing, it wasn’t my job that needed to change, I needed to change. It was time to unlearn what I had been programmed to believe since birth.

Stop Settling for Safe

Your ability to declutter your mind from old ideas and find the courage to rewrite your story can help you step outside your comfort zone and create your best life—whatever that looks like for you.

So, are you ready to level up? Here are few things you may need to unlearn.

 

  1. Unlearn the idea that the world must watch and validate all of your achievements. In What Color Is Your Parachute 2019, A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers Richard N. Bolles, said it best: “Unlearn the idea that our unique mission consists of some achievement for all the world to see—and learn instead that the stone does not always know what ripples it has caused in the pond, whose surface it impacts, so neither we nor those who watch our lives will always know what we have achieved by our life and by our mission.”
  2. Unlearn the idea that you should choose “what” (job I want) first. Instead, focus on “who” (do I want to help). Starting with “who” can help you align your values, actions, skills, and experiences to the needs of a specific group of people. Putting people at the heart of everything you do is also one of the most impactful ways to stand out in your career.
  3. Unlearn the belief that a job should fulfill you. The reality is, you may not get all the ingredients of a fulfilling life from a job. Plus, you are not your job title. So, don’t just find a job, find a mission. What causes are you most passionate about? What’s the thing that irritates you when you see it being done incorrectly? What are the conversations professionals in your industry don’t want to have? Simply put, be the change and connect your mission to the core of everything you do.
  4. Unlearn the belief that your greatest accomplishments are confined to a moment of time. Between 25 and 40 years old, many of us are worried about finding a husband/wife; landing a high paying job and then buying the materialistic things that make us look successful. In fact, keeping up with someone else’s perfectly curated life on social media is bound to push anyone into a deep depression. But in reality, your putting yourself into a box, capping your growth, and stopping yourself from living.
  5. Unlearn the belief that the “best education” is connected to a formal educational institution. Some of your best lessons will come from real-world experiences. Going (back) to college will not guarantee you a job after graduation and degrees don’t equal dollars. You have to put in the work. Keep it real with yourself; are you using “I’m going back to school” as a safety net or smoke screen because you’re confused and too afraid to face rejection in the real world?

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He spent 27 years wrongly convicted of murder. He wants to spend the rest of his life encouraging inmates to read

The first book John Bunn fell in love with, curled up in his cell at a maximum-security prison in upstate New York, was Sister Souljah’s novel “The Coldest Winter Ever.”


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Denise Richards Marries ‘Love of My Life’ Aaron Phypers in Intimate Malibu Wedding

Surprise! Denise Richards and Aaron Phypers got married just two days after PEOPLE exclusively announced their engagement.

The whirlwind wedding took place Saturday in Malibu, with the bride and groom’s closest family and friends in attendance.

Next season, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills will include footage of the wedding, some of which Bravo released Saturday.

“Hi, I’m Denise Richards, and yep, the rumors are true: This is my husband Aaron, and we just got married,” said the actress, 47, who joined RHOBH for the show’s upcoming ninth season.

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Richards beamed as he added, “We’re married. Love you, baby.”

Then the couple leaned in for a kiss in front of a large floral arrangement and the ocean.

“I am so happy to officially be married to the love of my life,” Richards told Bravo’s The Daily Dish of the nuptials. “I can’t wait for everyone to go on this incredible journey with me this season on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. It has been a wild ride so far!”

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“Denise and Aaron just want a small group of people to be at the wedding, really just their inner circle,” a source told PEOPLE after the engagement. “They’ve both done this before and this time just want to exchange vows in front of the people who are most important.”

The couple began dating in December 2017. Phypers finalized his divorce from Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan last month — two years after they separated following just six months of marriage.

Richards was married to Charlie Sheen from 2002-06, and they share two daughters: Sam, 14, and Lola, 13. (She is also mom to daughter Eloise, 7.)

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In recent weeks, the Wild Things actress has been photographed filming the Bravo reality show, which is expected to premiere before the end of the year.

“She and Aaron are extremely happy, and he’s definitely game with her on-camera persona,” the source said. “He’s on board with the drama that the show might bring, and Denise is a total pro with this. She’s done it before and knows how to navigate life on and off camera even when the show gets blurred with reality. He seems to care for her in a real way and is up for whatever she throws at him and vice versa. They’re a good team.”


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Roxanne Pallett goes into hiding after becoming ‘Britain’s most hated woman’ and vows to give up celebrity life

ROXANNE Pallett will disappear from the spotlight after telling pals she wants to quit showbiz following her disastrous stint in Celebrity Big Brother.

The actress, 35, called herself the “most hated woman in Britain” and admitted she’s “scared for the future” during an emotional interview with Emma Willis yesterday as she addressed the fall out from her claim she was assaulted by Ryan Thomas.

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A source exclusively told The Sun Online: “Roxanne will turn her back on showbiz.

“She understands she’s upset many people and wants to step out of the spotlight to focus on herself.

“She’s not interested in anything to do with fame now and is convinced time away is the best thing for her.”

The former Emmerdale star vomited after appearing on The Jeremy Vine Show earlier in the day as the stress of “punchgate” got to her.

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Today it was revealed she will not be returning to Emmerdale after she falsely accused Ryan Thomas of assaulting her.

The 35-year-old quit the house after “punchgate” and has faced a furious backlash from viewers and former co-stars who have sprung to Ryan’s defence.

Roxanne wants to spend time focusing on herself

Soap bosses have ruled out a returns for Roxanne in the Dales, despite a public apology during last night’s CBB.

A spokesman for Emmerdale said: “There are no plans, nor have there been, to bring back the character of Jo Sugden.”

Roxanne’s performances in the soap between 2005 and 2008 drew critical acclaim, and she was involved in a major domestic violence story line.

Her tearful interview with Emma yesterday has been called “insincere” and a “publicity stunt” by viewers convinced she only did it for damage limitation.

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Fans praised the show’s host for not holding back when she questioned the 35-year-old over the allegations.

Roxanne winced and started to cry after Emma challenged her on the statements she made against Ryan.

Emma, 42, said: “You could have ruined him”.

An emotional Roxanne replied: “It’s a lot to deal with. I’m the most hated girl in Britain right now.

“I am scared about the future… I just want to say I’m sorry.”


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Crazy Rich Asians Brought the Labor Day Box Office Back to Life

(Bloomberg) — “Crazy Rich Asians” led the North American box office for a third straight weekend, making the U.S. Labor Day weekend one of the strongest in years, while the latest Tom Cruise blockbuster made a major splash when it opened in China.

The Warner Bros. romantic comedy collected $ 22.2 million in the U.S and Canada, ComScore Inc. estimated in an email Sunday. Warner Bros.’s “The Meg” ranked second domestically, taking in $ 10.5 million.

Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” placed third with $ 7 million, and led the global box office with $ 96.1 million, ComScore said. “Operation Finale,” about the hunt for notorious Nazi Adolf Eichmann, came in fourth place for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer with $ 6 million. “Kin,” a new science-fiction film from Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., failed to land in the top 10.

Fallout, the six installment of the Mission Impossible franchise, was propelled to the top of the worldwide box office with a “massive $ 77.3 million debut in China,” ComScore said.

The combination of new movies and the strength of “Crazy Rich Asians” was expected to bolster sales for the final weekend of the summer movie season. Through the extended weekend, the top 10 movies were expected to bring in almost $ 100 million, Box Office Pro estimated. That would be about 60 percent more than a year earlier, when the biggest films collected $ 61.7 million.

“Crazy Rich Asians” was forecast to collect more than $ 23 million from Friday to Sunday, according to the estimate of Box Office Mojo. Its global haul reached $ 32.6 million as of Sunday, ComScore said. An adaptation of a best-selling novel about Singapore’s rich and elite, the movie is in its third week atop the North American box office and is being celebrated for opening the door to more diversity in Hollywood.

‘Searching’

In another film with an Asian actor in the lead role, the well-reviewed “Searching” from Sony Pictures expanded to more theaters this weekend and jumped to fifth place with sales of $ 5.7 million. The film features John Cho as a father who uses social media to find his daughter. It was forecast by Box Office Mojo to take in $ 5 million over the three days. RottenTomatoes.com said 90 percent of critics recommended the film.

“Operation Finale,” which opened earlier in the week, missed Box Office Mojo’s forecast of $ 7.2 million. The film stars Ben Kingsley as Eichmann, the mastermind of the Holocaust, and follows the Israeli effort to capture him and put him on trial. More than half of critics recommended the movie, which cost about $ 24 million to make.

“Kin” opened with weekend sales of $ 3 million, failing to make the top 10. Only 33 percent of critics recommended the picture, in which a young boy uses a weapon of unknown origin to help his brother battle vengeful criminals. Box Office Pro was projecting sales of $ 3.5 million through the Monday holiday.


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“‘Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.’”—Nick Carraway on his father, The Great Gatsby

Kendall Jenner triggered a wave of disgust and offense when she detailed her frustrations with the world of runway modeling to Love magazine.

“Since the beginning we’ve been super-selective about what shows I would do,” Jenner, 22, told Love. “I was never one of those girls who would do, like, 30 shows a season or whatever the fuck those girls do. More power to ’em.”

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Swizz Beatz captured our attention when he posted an uplifting status on Instagram encouraging men to treat their women like queens and not to be jealous of their strength and accomplishments, but it quickly turned into him defending his wife against “home wrecking” comments.

 

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Beatz’ message was mostly received with praise sans a few commenters who made mention of his relationship with Alicia Keys, which came about at the end of his marriage with ex-wife Mashonda. Swizz and Alicia eventually got married, bore children and started a blended family with Mashonda, who also had a son with the super producer. While Swizz, Alicia and Mashonda appear to be one big happy family, it never escapes the mind of certain fans, that Alicia Keys is a “homewrecker.”

 

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We were all the way on board with Swizz’s message, but it gets cloudy around his clap back when he asserted that Mashonda is living her best life as a front row spectator to the Swizz, Alicia Keys show.

In 2009, Mashonda penned an open letter about Alicia and Swizz’s affair calling out the “Superwoman” singer for contributing to the decline on their marriage.

“If you are reading this Alicia, let me start by saying, you know what you did. You know the role you played and you know how you contributed to the ending of my marriage. You know that I asked you to step back and let me handle my family issues. Issues that you helped to create… As a woman, I expected so much more from you. I never had intentions on reaching out to you this way but after reading your twits tonight, and the constant disregard, you left me no choice,” she wrote on Twitter.

It feels fair to assume Mashonda would much rather be with the father of her son than a plus one on his adventure with his accomplished and extremely successful wife, who he glorifies as royalty. However, if Swizz can assume she is living her best life, we can make some assumptions of our own.

In a 2016 interview with Essence Live, Mashonda opened up about their blended family after being spotting on vacation with Swizz and Alicia, saying, “I think that we had no real choice.”

Surely Mashonda has gotten to a comfortable place in her life where she can effectively co-parent with Swizz, but it shouldn’t be disregarded that, at one point, her happiness came second to his desire to be with another woman. And not only did their marriage end, it ended amid an alleged affair.

Women are often left to pick up the pieces of a failed marriage when the man simply moves on. Mashonda had to deal with her feelings to get to a point to be the blended family they are today, but Swizz” shouldn’t be so oblivious that Mashonda’s “best life” may look different than what he has envisioned.

 

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‘The Polo Life’ Airs Labor Day Weekend, Offers Inside View of the Sport

USPA Global Licensing Inc. (USPAGL), which is the official licensing arm and broadcaster of the United States Polo Association (USPA), has teamed with the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council (TDC) in sponsoring a new television and digital show titled, “The Polo Life.” The USPAGL described the show as a “30-minute experience that takes viewers inside the sport and lifestyle surrounding the world of polo.”
“The Polo Life” aims to reach more than 60 million households, and will air this coming Labor Day weekend on the TVG Network, which specializes in equestrian sports. The program broadcasts nationally, and will include airing on ThePalmBeaches.tv — making it available in Palm Beach County hotels and resorts — as well as on Roku.
Additionally, the USPAGL said it will place the show in “many of the 1,000 U.S. Polo Assn. retail stores that span 100 countries, as well as on multiple digital platforms, including the company’s Web site at uspolo.org, reaching millions of consumers and sports fans globally.”
The backdrop of the show is Palm Beach County, and the producers aim to take viewers “through a sneak peek into the world of polo” while also offering content “for both polo enthusiasts and novices alike.
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Want a Life on the Open Road? Here’s What It’s Like to Be a Truck Driver


Cindy George never planned to be a truck driver.

She was finishing up her bachelor’s degree in computer science technology when she met Danny, who’d recently begun a job as a long-haul trucker.

Cindy had driven trucks on her family farm since she was 16, but it wasn’t until she started splitting her time between studying in the computer lab and riding along with Danny that she had a revelation.

“About the time I graduated, I got the idea in my head that if I became a computer programmer, I would be stuck down in a basement somewhere while life was going on around outside,” Cindy says. “And the opposite of that is the truck, where the world goes past your windshield. You have a different view every day.”

That was 29 years ago. Danny, 53, and Cindy, 51, have now been married 25 years, and last year they earned $ 175,000 as a truck-driving team.

The Georges are the kind of success story the trucking industry might want to add to its recruiting arsenal — there’s an estimated shortage of more than 50,000 drivers, according to the American Trucking Association. With an aging workforce, the industry is losing drivers to retirement and has struggled to replace them with a new generation of truckers.  

If you’ve dreamed about ditching the office — and that micromanager of a boss — for the open road, there are a few things you need to know before making trucking your career track.

Truck Driver Shortage, Reason #1: Pay

Although there’s a shortage of truck drivers, the pay rate has not reflected the increased demand.

On average, local drivers make $ 21.69 per hour while long-distance truckers make $ 22.22 per hour, according to the latest available data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But if you adjust for inflation, the pay rates haven’t changed much in the last decade.

The George’s, who’ve reached the top of their pay scale, estimate that 17% of their income last year came from bonuses for meeting monthly mileage goals, earning additional certifications and serving as mentors to younger drivers.

Shyanta Mathis, who drove a truck for seven years and is now a recruiter for ProDrivers in South Carolina, says one of the reasons she left the driver’s seat wasn’t the need for a bigger paycheck but for steadier income.

Finding that can be difficult when you’re at the mercy of the weather, a truck’s mechanical issues and customers’ schedules.

“The check would be $ 900 and then the next week your check would be $ 600,” Mathis says. “Even though I may make a little less now… at least I don’t have to guess what my paycheck is going to be.”

Truck Driver Shortage, Reason #2: Lifestyle

Cindy and Danny George pose in the cab of their truck.
Cindy and Danny George pose in the cab of their truck. Photo by Scott Lee

Although driving a big rig on the open road may sound romantic, the reality is that long stretches away from loved ones, difficult weather conditions and demanding schedules mean the trucking life can be stressful and a lot of hard work.

Mathis describes the demands of driving in the mountains during harsh winter conditions and having to pull over at each incline to attach chains to the tires — all 18 of them. The need to find safe areas to park at night when she drove alone intensified her anxiety.

Although short-haul drivers may not have to be away from home for long periods, they deal with lower pay and the monotony of driving the same routes every day.

Tony Hobart, 46, of Ocala, Florida, has been a short-distance driver for three years. He started working for a company six months ago, making $ 13 per hour. He now makes $ 15 per hour, plus time-and-a-half because he drives 60 hours per week.

“It’s less stress,” Hobart says. “For short haulers, it’s a solid job, but it’s very boring.”

Few people consider trucking to be glamorous, so it ends up being a job of last resort, according to Justin Harness, senior vice president of dedicated operations for US XPress.

It’s not a job that people want to do, necessarily,” Harness says. “It’s either a stopgap… or people try it when they’re of legal driving age and they realize it’s not a lifestyle they want to subscribe to long term.

“It is not an easy job.”

Benefits of Being a Truck Driver

So what is it that gets people behind the wheel?

Mathis says that truck driving may not be easy, but it’s important, which gives drivers a purpose beyond the paycheck.

“A lot of drivers feel good just knowing that they are contributing to bringing consumer goods to people’s homes,” Mathis says.

Harness agrees that his drivers feel a sense of accomplishment by building relationships with their customers.

“They enjoy the freedom of being out on the road… and they have a lot of freedom in whether they are able to do a good job or not,” Harness says. “The ones that are very successful take a lot of pride in that.”

And even though the trucking industry may not pay as much as some people think it should, the salary and bonuses can really add up to a decent income for someone just entering the workforce.  

There are some great opportunities to make some really good money for 21-, 22-, 23-, 24-, 25-year-olds coming into this industry with no experience,” Harness says.

Mathis prefers her new job as a recruiter but admits there are aspects of truck driving she misses.

“Before I got in the truck, I had never seen anything past North Carolina and South Carolina,” she says. “Now I’ve been to Oregon, Idaho — all these beautiful places.”

The Georges say that mandatory rest periods for long-haul truckers help them plan stops along their routes for running, hiking and cycling.

“If you’re opportunistic and know where you can stop, you might find a nice bike trail next to a rest stop,” says Danny, a third-generation truck driver.

Plus, that idealistic notion of the seeing the world still rings true for the couple.

“We got into the profession because we wanted an adventure,” Danny says. “It’s 29 years later, and I still can’t believe we get paid to do this — it is an absolute blast.”

How to Become a Truck Driver

Cindy and Danny George pose in front of the Danny & Cindy George Wheat Ridge TA Travel Center, a truck stop that was named in their honor, in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.
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Before you buy a trucker’s hat and a pair of fuzzy dice, you’ll need a few things, including your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates licensing for safety and training, but you’ll need to obtain the license through your state Department of Motor Vehicles.

And you can’t simply walk into the DMV and sign up for an exam. You’ll need to attend a truck driving school to prepare for passing the skills and knowledge tests.

Specialized schools and local colleges offer courses that can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the type of certifications you want to get.  

Also be prepared to take the Department of Transportation physical, which you must pass to receive a two-year license.

Oh, and if you’re planning to hit the road with your significant other, the Georges recommend you learn how to get along in a space the size of a walk-in closet.

“Read a couple books about relationships,” Danny suggests. Cindy adds with a laugh, “I have my own personal comedian in the truck with me… humor helps a lot.”

Tiffany Wendeln Connors is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Data journalist Alex Mahadevan contributed to this article.

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Reality TV can be dramatic and rachet, but there are also the shows that reveal people in challenging situations, like Hoarders, Intervention and My 600 Pound Life. Some of the people featured on My 600 Pound Life are able to overcome the obesity that got them featured on the show.

For others, the intervention is too little, too late. Sadly, that is the case for Lisa Fleming, who was featured on the show in February.

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Lisa Fleming, a formerly 704-lb. woman who was featured on TLC’s My 600-Lb. Life in February, has died at 50, her daughter confirmed.

Danielle Fleming shared the news on Facebook on Thursday, and said she was unable to see her mother before she passed away.

 

“I am truly at a loss for words right now,” she wrote. “God knows I wanted you to hold on until I got here but He knew what was best for me. I didn’t need to see you like that! This morning I sat and held your hand for four hours knowing nothing I could’ve done would bring you back to me.”

Danielle told TMZ on Friday that Lisa’s death was unrelated to her weight. She said that her mother had lost 200 lbs. after undergoing weight loss surgery, and was finally able to stand on her own for the first time in years.

But Danielle said Lisa was sick prior to appearing on the show, and her death was due to those illnesses.

Fleming’s story was particularly heart-wrenching as she struggled to change her behavior to lose the weight that was necessary for her to get healthier.

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TLC is saddened to hear that Lisa Fleming, who appeared on My 600-lb Life, passed away on August 23, 2018. In February, viewers followed Lisa’s story to overcome childhood struggles and family tragedy during her weight-loss journey with Dr. Now.

 

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John McCain was admired by supporters and adversaries for his bravery as a military warrior and his courage to rise above party politics.


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Fresh Air, Gorgeous Scenery, Hard Work: The Life of a State Park Attendant


“My kids left on a paddleboard two hours ago, and I haven’t heard from them since.” The woman’s voice is tinged with concern as she talks to Gilchrist Blue Springs Park Attendant Garrett Barr.

She tells him she thinks her kids were headed for Ginnie Springs, a neighboring springhead that connects to Gilchrist Blue by way of the Santa Fe River.

“But I don’t know if they went right or left at the fork — and they don’t have their phones on them.” The edge in her voice sharpens as Barr’s face draws in worry.

“It shouldn’t take that long to get over there,” Barr says, 19, his voice a mix of concern and an authority that belies his tender years. “I’ll call Ginnie. If they’re not at Ginnie, I’ll call FWC.”

FWC, or the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, picks up the second call on the other end. Barr explains the situation, and, a couple of “mhms” later, clicks the handset off. “They got ’em,” he says. “They’re over at Ginnie.”

Love What You Do

Paddle boarders play at Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park.
Visitors enjoy Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

Not all of Barr’s duties at the state park are so dramatic — but they certainly do keep him busy.

During the peak season, which stretches from April to September, Barr spends long days picking up trash, maintaining the grounds, cleaning the bathroom and shower facilities, assisting guests, keeping an eye on the campgrounds, leading nature walks and educational sessions, scheduling camping slots, coordinating volunteers and ensuring that the nature — plant and animal — doesn’t bother the guests — and vice versa.

The park is open from 8 a.m. to sundown 365 days a year — which means in the summer, the last daytime guests leave about 8:30 p.m. But even after the gate is locked and the campers are zipped up in their tents, Barr often gets calls to come help with power outages and other unexpected issues.

Barr works 40-hour weeks in the park and is in school full time at Santa Fe College, but he’s not cutting back his hours. He couldn’t really, even if he wanted to.

In September 2017, the privately owned park was bought by the state. Prior to that, there had been 17 employees — but the state underestimated the busy season and cut the staff down to five.

Still, despite the demanding workload and crazy hours, the park attendants say they are genuinely happy and excited to show up to work each day.

Barr’s favorite part? Seeing people from all over the state (and from around the world — Gilchrist Blue Springs has had visitors from as far away as Australia) come to enjoy the place he loves so dearly. “That’s probably the most rewarding thing,” he says.

Barr’s attachment to the park runs a little deeper than the other staffers’. Before the buyout, Barr’s family had owned Gilchrist Blue Springs for nearly 60 years. Whereas the other park attendants had grown to call “Blue” home, to Barr, it’s the only home he’s ever known.

But it’s not just Barr with his familial attachment to the place who truly loves the work he does. The other staffers agree: Working at a state park is rewarding, and, especially at Gilchrist Blue Springs, it keeps a person close to nature in its purest, most breathtaking form.

Just standing on the boardwalk at the edge of the springs offers a spectacular sight. The water is an almost unbelievable shade of cerulean, changing ever so slightly depending on where the sunlight hits.

Down below, the rock formations are equal parts foreboding and alluring, tempting snorkelers to continue diving deeper into the cavernous spring. The lush greenery surrounding the natural pool provides a stark contrast that makes the blues bluer and acts as a filter that shoots beams of sunshine down to the sandy bottom, illuminating the already crystal-clear water and making it sparkle.

“This is my home,” Barr says. “It always will be — even when I leave to pursue a career with fish and game [the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission], I’ll still always be around here — always be a phone call away.”

A Path to the Parks

The tip of a canoe is pictured.
People who work for the state park system come from a range of educational backgrounds. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

Barr hopes to transfer from Santa Fe College to the University of Florida, where he plans to receive his degree in agriculture education. He says that although he may not end up teaching, he wanted to study agriculture because it’s a family trade.

But that’s the beauty of state parks: There are nearly unlimited inroads to a career in any of the 175 state parks in Florida and the more than 10,000 in the U.S.

People come to work at the state parks from a variety of backgrounds, and for a variety of reasons, says Sandi Richmond, another of the five park attendants at Gilchrist Blue Springs.

“There’s people that are interested in geology, archaeology, biology, marine biology,” she says, counting off the list on her fingers. “We also welcome people who are educators… or if you’re interested in marketing — the opportunities here for employment are vast.”

For anyone hoping to someday become a state park ranger or to nab another type of job in any of the state or national parks across the U.S., volunteering is a great way to gain job experience. Volunteer opportunities range from jobs in visitor services and administration to maintenance and resource and wildlife protection.

Richmond herself started as a volunteer, and after about six months was offered a permanent staff position. “It was captivating — and addicting,” Richmond says with a laugh. “So when the opportunity for employment did come up, I jumped at the chance.”

An Unconventional Paycheck

The Penny Hoarder staff writer Grace Schweizer explores Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park at sunrise on Thursday, July 12, 2018. Heather Comparetto/The Penny Hoarder

Employees of the National Park Service have a saying: “We get paid in sunrises and sunsets.”

Whether it’s a national or state park, though, the sentiment is the same; no one’s getting rich working in the parks.

Park attendants at Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park make between $ 8.25 (Florida’s minimum wage) and $ 14.00 per hour.

Park attendants have access to a retirement plan and health-care options, but to get benefits like paid vacation and sick time, a person would have to be a park ranger. On top of the added benefits, park rangers also make a bit more money — but require additional training and education.

According to PayScale, state park rangers in the U.S. make an average of $ 38,805 annually, although some make as much as $ 61,017. Glassdoor states that rangers at national parks make slightly more, bringing in an average of $ 41,000 annually.

To become a park ranger, a person needs a combination of schooling and experience. Generally, a person needs at least two years of relevant college coursework, although some parks and states require a bachelor’s degree.

There’s No Place Like Home

Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park is captured from above on Thursday, July 12, 2018. The cool, calming blue waters make Florida’s springs a unique place to visit. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

For the five staffers working from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. every day during the busy season at Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park, the saying about sunrises and sunsets might seem a little too accurate.

But when you truly love the work you’re doing, it’s easy to overlook the less enticing parts of the position.

While the hours may be long and the pay may not be what you’d get working the same hours in an office job, for Barr and his coworkers, these parks are everything — and you’d be hard-pressed to find employees who loved their workplace more.

“There’s other springs in other states, but there’s nothing like Blue Springs,” Barr says. “There never will be anything like Blue Springs.”

Grace Schweizer is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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Fresh Air, Gorgeous Scenery, Hard Work: The Life of a State Park Attendant


“My kids left on a paddleboard two hours ago, and I haven’t heard from them since.” The woman’s voice is tinged with concern as she talks to Gilchrist Blue Springs Park Attendant Garrett Barr.

She tells him she thinks her kids were headed for Ginnie Springs, a neighboring springhead that connects to Gilchrist Blue by way of the Santa Fe River.

“But I don’t know if they went right or left at the fork — and they don’t have their phones on them.” The edge in her voice sharpens as Barr’s face draws in worry.

“It shouldn’t take that long to get over there,” Barr says, 19, his voice a mix of concern and an authority that belies his tender years. “I’ll call Ginnie. If they’re not at Ginnie, I’ll call FWC.”

FWC, or the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, picks up the second call on the other end. Barr explains the situation, and, a couple of “mhms” later, clicks the handset off. “They got ’em,” he says. “They’re over at Ginnie.”

Love What You Do

Paddle boarders play at Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park.
Visitors enjoy Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

Not all of Barr’s duties at the state park are so dramatic — but they certainly do keep him busy.

During the peak season, which stretches from April to September, Barr spends long days picking up trash, maintaining the grounds, cleaning the bathroom and shower facilities, assisting guests, keeping an eye on the campgrounds, leading nature walks and educational sessions, scheduling camping slots, coordinating volunteers and ensuring that the nature — plant and animal — doesn’t bother the guests — and vice versa.

The park is open from 8 a.m. to sundown 365 days a year — which means in the summer, the last daytime guests leave about 8:30 p.m. But even after the gate is locked and the campers are zipped up in their tents, Barr often gets calls to come help with power outages and other unexpected issues.

Barr works 40-hour weeks in the park and is in school full time at Santa Fe College, but he’s not cutting back his hours. He couldn’t really, even if he wanted to.

In September 2017, the privately owned park was bought by the state. Prior to that, there had been 17 employees — but the state underestimated the busy season and cut the staff down to five.

Still, despite the demanding workload and crazy hours, the park attendants say they are genuinely happy and excited to show up to work each day.

Barr’s favorite part? Seeing people from all over the state (and from around the world — Gilchrist Blue Springs has had visitors from as far away as Australia) come to enjoy the place he loves so dearly. “That’s probably the most rewarding thing,” he says.

Barr’s attachment to the park runs a little deeper than the other staffers’. Before the buyout, Barr’s family had owned Gilchrist Blue Springs for nearly 60 years. Whereas the other park attendants had grown to call “Blue” home, to Barr, it’s the only home he’s ever known.

But it’s not just Barr with his familial attachment to the place who truly loves the work he does. The other staffers agree: Working at a state park is rewarding, and, especially at Gilchrist Blue Springs, it keeps a person close to nature in its purest, most breathtaking form.

Just standing on the boardwalk at the edge of the springs offers a spectacular sight. The water is an almost unbelievable shade of cerulean, changing ever so slightly depending on where the sunlight hits.

Down below, the rock formations are equal parts foreboding and alluring, tempting snorkelers to continue diving deeper into the cavernous spring. The lush greenery surrounding the natural pool provides a stark contrast that makes the blues bluer and acts as a filter that shoots beams of sunshine down to the sandy bottom, illuminating the already crystal-clear water and making it sparkle.

“This is my home,” Barr says. “It always will be — even when I leave to pursue a career with fish and game [the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission], I’ll still always be around here — always be a phone call away.”

A Path to the Parks

The tip of a canoe is pictured.
People who work for the state park system come from a range of educational backgrounds. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

Barr hopes to transfer from Santa Fe College to the University of Florida, where he plans to receive his degree in agriculture education. He says that although he may not end up teaching, he wanted to study agriculture because it’s a family trade.

But that’s the beauty of state parks: There are nearly unlimited inroads to a career in any of the 175 state parks in Florida and the more than 10,000 in the U.S.

People come to work at the state parks from a variety of backgrounds, and for a variety of reasons, says Sandi Richmond, another of the five park attendants at Gilchrist Blue Springs.

“There’s people that are interested in geology, archaeology, biology, marine biology,” she says, counting off the list on her fingers. “We also welcome people who are educators… or if you’re interested in marketing — the opportunities here for employment are vast.”

For anyone hoping to someday become a state park ranger or to nab another type of job in any of the state or national parks across the U.S., volunteering is a great way to gain job experience. Volunteer opportunities range from jobs in visitor services and administration to maintenance and resource and wildlife protection.

Richmond herself started as a volunteer, and after about six months was offered a permanent staff position. “It was captivating — and addicting,” Richmond says with a laugh. “So when the opportunity for employment did come up, I jumped at the chance.”

An Unconventional Paycheck

The Penny Hoarder staff writer Grace Schweizer explores Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park at sunrise on Thursday, July 12, 2018. Heather Comparetto/The Penny Hoarder

Employees of the National Park Service have a saying: “We get paid in sunrises and sunsets.”

Whether it’s a national or state park, though, the sentiment is the same; no one’s getting rich working in the parks.

Park attendants at Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park make between $ 8.25 (Florida’s minimum wage) and $ 14.00 per hour.

Park attendants have access to a retirement plan and health-care options, but to get benefits like paid vacation and sick time, a person would have to be a park ranger. On top of the added benefits, park rangers also make a bit more money — but require additional training and education.

According to PayScale, state park rangers in the U.S. make an average of $ 38,805 annually, although some make as much as $ 61,017. Glassdoor states that rangers at national parks make slightly more, bringing in an average of $ 41,000 annually.

To become a park ranger, a person needs a combination of schooling and experience. Generally, a person needs at least two years of relevant college coursework, although some parks and states require a bachelor’s degree.

There’s No Place Like Home

Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park is captured from above on Thursday, July 12, 2018. The cool, calming blue waters make Florida’s springs a unique place to visit. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

For the five staffers working from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. every day during the busy season at Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park, the saying about sunrises and sunsets might seem a little too accurate.

But when you truly love the work you’re doing, it’s easy to overlook the less enticing parts of the position.

While the hours may be long and the pay may not be what you’d get working the same hours in an office job, for Barr and his coworkers, these parks are everything — and you’d be hard-pressed to find employees who loved their workplace more.

“There’s other springs in other states, but there’s nothing like Blue Springs,” Barr says. “There never will be anything like Blue Springs.”

Grace Schweizer is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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I Divorced Him a Year Ago, but I Can’t Get His Debt Out of My Life


Dear D.,

Even once the divorce papers are signed, the act of uncoupling can remain stressful for years to come. It’s easy to look at the challenges before you and feel doomed. After all, divorce was supposed to make your life better, not complicate it further.

But even in these difficult days, it’s vital that you stay focused on acting in the best interest of your future self. Today you might want to hide and hope these problems go away. But your future self will be grateful you took charge.

Here are a few steps you can take to get as much of this straightened out as possible.

Depending on the time you have available and your energy levels, these tasks could take some time. Be kind to yourself as you formulate your best plan of action.

  1. If you haven’t already, pull your free credit report to determine exactly what debts are in your name versus which are still shared. See something that doesn’t make sense or that you swear was taken care of already? File a dispute with the credit reporting bureaus. Then keep track of those disputes until they’re resolved. It will be helpful to have your divorce paperwork handy — you may need to provide copies of it to the credit bureaus or any companies you contact to have your name removed from an account.
  2. Schedule an appointment to sit down with someone at your credit union. First, you’ll want to go over what you can do to be more creditworthy in their eyes. Developing a relationship with someone at your local branch can help you get questions answered more quickly — and it never hurts to have someone else looking out for your interests when it comes to your finances.
  3. You can also talk to your credit union about the possibility of refinancing your auto loan. Refinancing the car in your own name may not be an immediate option if you’re trying to rebuild your credit, but it could be an option down the line. In the meantime, be hypervigilant about your car loan, and make sure your payment history on it is spotless.
  4. Do not give up on paying down your debt. No matter how small your payments are, you are making progress. If you can only pay $ 20 per month toward your debt, do it. This may take years, but you are doing your best. Don’t forget that. Every day, you are doing your best.

The inbox is open. Submit a question or send your worries to dearpenny@thepennyhoarder.com, and I’ll see what I can do to help.
Disclaimer: Chosen questions and featured answers will appear in The Penny Hoarder’s “Dear Penny” column. I won’t be able to answer every single letter (I can only type so fast!). We reserve the right to edit and publish your questions. Don’t worry — your identity will remain anonymous. I don’t have a psychology, accounting, finance or legal degree, so my advice is for general informational purposes only. I do, however, promise to give you honest advice based on my own insights and real-life experiences.

Lisa Rowan is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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From ‘screw you’ Aetna to Sweet 16, teen celebrates her surgery — and new life

Cara Pressman raises her hands in triumph. The crowd claps in unison, and a DJ cranks up the music. The banquet hall on the banks of the Hudson pulsates as nine of Cara’s best friends lead a procession to the dance floor.


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DR. SAMADI: How men over 50 can improve their sex life

A 50th birthday is quite often a turning point for many individuals. For men, this may especially ring true: More gray hairs, more muscle aches and pains, more lack of energy — and more problems with sex.

From low libido to erectile dysfunction, many men find that the older they get, sexual problems…

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How The Story of V.S. Naipaul’s Early Life Went Up In Flames

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In a wide-ranging interview with The Paris Review in 1998, V.S. Naipaul said, “as a writer, you can become very lazy. You can start using words lazily. I don’t want that to happen. Words are valuable. I like to use them in a valuable way.”

It’s an apt sentiment for a writer, one who was often described as “one of the greatest writers in the English language.” But beyond being careful with his own words, Naipaul, who died on August 11 at the age of 85, knew quite viscerally the damage that could be done when attention to semantic detail fails.

In 1992, Naipaul discovered that a trove of his early papers and manuscripts that he had entrusted to a London warehouse for safekeeping in the 1970s had been accidentally burned due to a misreading of labels.

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F/W 18 Campaign | Signs of Life

Signs of Life

There is a feeling of anticipation in the air this Fall/Winter 2018. Set against a backdrop of dynamic landscapes, rolling hills, majestic forests and clay cliffs, our FW18 campaign sees the MATT & NAT man and woman once more in nature. However, unlike spring/summer 18, this season is less about seeking and more about seizing. These individuals are staking their claim and have found firm footing. The calm strength inherent in nature’s elements act as a visual metaphor for the solid foundation and quiet confidence found is the direction of this season’s collection.

Although these are vast spaces, the model is not dwarfed or minimized; they are at one with their environment. There is a seamless synergy between the model and space – both are of a profound, powerful and peaceful existence. This collection was built around the idea of keeping simplicity modern: clean lines and unique, functional shapes. Made for the woman and man on the go, we have introduced for the first time a nylon collection that is light weight and easy to wear. An exploration of texture, whether smooth surfaces or faceted finishes, offer intrigue.

Explore each collection, LOOM, DWELL and VINTAGE, with their precise and exciting colour stories.  Anticipate the same highly functional silhouettes in a spectrum of fall tones and some unexpected surprises, including both men’s footwear and a new line of MATT & NAT candles for the home. From finessing your fall/winter 2018 wardrobe to adding touches of comfort to your home – this season we are pursuing positivity and strength.

 

 

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The Effect Close Friends Have on Your Life (And: How to Choose Your Friends)

There’s a famous quote about how you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. As I get older, I definitely have noticed this, both in good and bad ways. From a simple fashion perspective, if all your friends are buying $ 1,500 purses, you feel like you’re the thrifty one if your bag is only $ 500. Meanwhile, if your friends are all using bags they paid $ 20 for at Target a few years ago, spending more than $ 100 on a bag feels insane. From a business/career perspective, people whose friends are all coming up with ideas for businesses seem much more inclined to go out and pitch VCs and angel investors and then immediately spend the 5, 6, or 7 figures they get, making tons of hires and leasing office space. On the flip side, if all your friends are choosing to stay home to raise their kids, that choice starts to look much more realistic and doable. This even makes a difference from a health perspective — if your closest friends eat and drink to excess, odds are really high that you will as well. (There was even a study about how your friends and family influence your weight!)the effect close friends have on your life - and how to choose friends wisely

So, while we’ve talked before about how to make friends as an adult, and how to make time for friends when you work a lot, we haven’t really discussed this. If friends = destiny, how do you assess the current people you’re spending time with, and possibly find new people to add to your mix? How do you do all this when you’re not totally sure what you want your destiny to BE? For example, at 27, my answer to “Where I want to be at age 37?” would have been totally different than my answer to that question at age 32 or 37 (or to the question, at a later age, “Where would it have been really great to be at 37?”). (Of course, this is getting into our question from almost 5 years ago now: where do you see yourself in 5 years? I’m still trying to figure out how we should update that one — I’ve opened comments on it again if anyone wants to update their original comment now!)

In terms of choosing friends wisely, I don’t know what the answers are, and I’m curious to hear what you guys think. For my $ .02 I think it comes down to recognizing which friends are bad influences, and purposely seeking out friends that are better influences — looking for friends at your gym or workout class if you’re health-focused, pushing yourself to attend Meetups or talks on things you’d like to have in your life in a perfect world. If you’re dating, of course, choosing your partner is a huge factor here — go in with your eyes as open as possible to the effect she or he will have on your future life.

Let’s hear from you guys – what effect do you think close friends have on your life? How do you surround yourself with people who will propel you forward and challenge you in great ways? Do you lurch forward on your own, in activities that sound interesting to you, and then aggressively try to make friends while there? Do you try to sway your friends to come with you? For friends whom you absolutely love but who aren’t necessarily where you want to be (e.g., a SAHM friend, a bad-influence happy-hour friend, etc.), how do you STAY friends while also finding new ones?

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BWW Review: Renee Taylor’s MY LIFE ON A DIET Is a Comedy Feast

Back in the days, really not very long ago, when self-effacing gags about failed diets were one of the few topics of discussion deemed acceptable for women in comedy, the punchline Renee Taylor uses after telling about the time when she ate nothing but meatballs every day because it was the diet that helped Lou Costello shed twenty pounds before filming ‘Abbott and Costello Meet The Mummy,’ would have been regarded as gold.
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‘Facts of Life’ star Charlotte Rae reportedly dead at 92

Charlotte Rae, the actress best known for roles on “Diff’rent Strokes” and “Facts of Life,” reportedly died Sunday.

She was 92.

The stage and TV actress was home in Los Angeles when she died, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Rae’s most iconic role was as housekeeper Edna Garrett, the wise and…

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charlotte Rae, who played a wise and patient housemother to a brood of teenage girls on the long-running sitcom “The Facts of Life” during a career that encompassed many other TV roles as well as stage and film appearances, has died. She was 92.

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Rae died at her Los Angeles home Sunday, said her publicist, Harlan Boll. A cause of death was not immediately available, but Rae reportedly was diagnosed last year with bone cancer after beating pancreatic cancer.

She originated the character of Mrs. Garrett in 1978 during the first season of NBC’s comedy “Diff’rent Strokes,” then took Mrs. Garrett with her for the spinoff “Facts,” which premiered the following season. Initially set at a girls’ boarding school, that NBC series ran for nine seasons. Rae left after its seventh year, however, explaining later, “I needed some time for the rest of my life.”

She earned an Emmy nomination for the part, and was a two-time Tony nominee for her work on Broadway.

Edna Garrett provided kind if sometimes wry counsel to her charges (played by young co-stars including Kim Fields, Lisa Whelchel, Nancy McKeon and Molly Ringwald) on a series that was praised for dealing with such sensitive issues of teenhood as sex, drug use, eating disorders and peer pressure.

“I wanted to bring in as much humanity as possible, as well as the humor,” Rae told The Associated Press early in the show’s run. “I don’t want her to be Polly Perfect, because she must have human failings and make mistakes.”

Rae landed the role after years of theater and television performances.

Her last feature film credit was “Ricki and the Flash” with Meryl Streep in 2015. That same year she released her autobiography “The Facts of My Life,” co-written by her son Larry Strauss.

Born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky in Milwaukee, on April 22, 1926, she had studied drama at Northwestern University, then moved to New York where, despite early plans to be a “serious” actress, she quickly found work doing satirical sketches in Greenwich Village clubs.

It was there that Broadway producers, who frequented such bistros, discovered her, leading to her first Broadway musical, called “Three Wishes for Jamie,” in 1952. A few years later, she originated the role of Mammy Yokum in the Broadway musical “Li’l Abner.”

Rae made numerous TV appearances in 1950s drama anthologies including “The U.S. Steel Hour,” ”Playhouse 90″ and “Armstrong Circle Theater,” sharing the black-and-white screen with such actors as Zero Mostel, Art Carney and Gertrude Berg.

In 1961 she became a semi-regular on the New York-based cop sitcom “Car 54, Where Are You?” as the wife of the NYPD officer played by future “Munsters” grandpa Al Lewis.

She received Tony nominations in 1966 for “Pickwick” and in 1969 for “Morning, Noon and Night.”

In the early 1970s, Rae moved to Los Angeles with her then-husband, composer and music editor John Strauss, and their sons Andy and Larry. There she was cast in the short-lived Norman Lear sitcom “Hot L Baltimore” and a similarly unsuccessful variety show hosted by Rich Little before scoring “Diff’rent Strokes,” on which Mrs. Garrett was the family’s housekeeper.

After “Facts,” Rae stayed busy with film and stage appearances.

In 2005, at age 79, she appeared in a new comedy, “Leading Ladies,” at Ford’s Theater in Washington.

Subsequent credits include the 2008 comedy “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan” and the 2012 thriller “Love Sick Love.”

In 2013, Rae went public with an account of why her marriage to Strauss had ended in the mid-1970s after a quarter-century. She said he confessed to her that he was gay and had being having an affair with another man. Strauss died in 2011.

She is survived by her son Larry Strauss, sister Miriam Guten and three grandchildren. Her other son Andy Strauss died in 1999. Rae was divorced from John Strauss after 25 years of marriage.

Services were pending, Boll said.

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Associated Press Writer Beth Harris and former AP Television Writer Frazier Moore contributed to

this report.

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