Sunday, April 26, 2015

6 Things you should know about dating a career girl

We are busy, driven, dedicated and ambitious. Most people call us  “intimidating” and we sure carry a lot on our plate. We need someone patient, secure in themselves, understanding and well balanced to complete and add to our lives. Read this and if you survive it, then you’re a keeper.

   1.)  We do not NEED you
You will never find a career girl who isn't self sufficient. We work hard, we are able to purchase things we want and we don’t rely on a man to do it for us.  This is both a good and a bad thing. As the man of the house, you want to be the provider and you never will be when it comes to a career girl (sure we love the gesture of a man taking care of us or sweeping us of our feet so please do but we do not need it, we simply want it.

       2.) We are DEDICATED            
  As a career girl, we are dedicated to all things in our life which is a good and bad thing. We will be dedicated to you as much as we are dedicated to our career but finding the balance may be a little tough and you will have to be patient if we don’t have all sorts of time for you.

3.)We don’t like to waste our time
Which means DO NOT ask us to “hang out” this actually erks me soooo much. If you want to take us on a proper date then ASK US ON A PROPER DATE. We do not have time to sit and hang out with you (this applies for first & second dates only) and frankly I do not know you well enough to HANG OUT with you.

4.) We are not very good at relaxing
Our minds are constantly full and wandering. Put me in front of a TV with no work in front of me and I will be asleep within 30 minutes.  We constantly have so much going on and constantly lack sleep that when we do get a chance to sit down our body goes into sleep mode. Do not be offended if I say no to a late movie or fall asleep on you during a movie.

  5.) Pick us up don’t put us down
We are constantly facing rejection or difficulties and although we are strong and independent, the last thing we need is someone who isn't a positive in our lives. Be supportive of our lifestyle and understand that it isn't always glitz and glamour.

6.) Trust
 We need someone who is secure enough to handle the lives we live, but also need to trust that you are trust worthy. After all we are busy building our empires and don’t have time for nonsense.

We need someone who makes us laugh, who we can count on, who isn't afraid to stand up for what he wants just the way we won’t stop till we get what we want.

Michelle Apples xx

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Travelling Portland, Oregon

#1.) Voodoo Doughnuts 

yes we may have bought like 6 of them but who can resist when you walk in to find tiers of weird looking doughnuts all of them with a new color and taste. From the voodoo doll doughnut, grape ape, old dirty bastard doughnut (yes that't the name of it), butterfingering or just your plain ol icing and sprinkles, you cannot go wrong with this place (unless your gulten intolerant then ya you might have to rethink the idea). Located on 3rd avenue in Portland it is a tourist destination, just be ready to stand in a massive line up. 

#2.) Mother's Bistro

- best brunch in town. 
Traditional favorites turned into a must have. The chef's at Mothers make everything from scratch, not to mention the most quaint lil bistro anyone ever did see. Chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, big mirrors on the walls it almost brings you back to the olden days. 


#3 Salt & Straw 
Not only has this ice cream joint been featured in The New York Times, Glamour, Bon Appetite but it's also EXTREMELY delicious. The staff are kind and informative and let you try as many flavors as you want!!. The sweet and salty tastes of ice cream and salted caramel was mind blowing. 

They have also partnered up with local elementary schools to create new ice cream flavors which is AWESOME!! because who is better at ice cream then children. Check this place out. 
Now off to Dallas, Texas today for the American Country Music Awards. 
See ya'll when I get back 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Spring Cleaning

I have to be honest lately my patience has been tested ALOT. Maybe I am changing & developing and no longer fit some of the people in my life and that's a decision I don't take lightly but I also feel like being irritable, frustrated, snappy, and impatient are not characteristics I want to have going forward. Changes are scary, but also necessary for growth. 

Time for some spring cleaning.
I came across this which inspired me to make some changes in my life;
"It Is Better To Be Alone, Than In The Wrong Company.Tell me who your best friends are,
 and I will tell you who you are.If you run with wolves, 
you will learn how to howl.But, if you associate with eagles,
 you will learn how to soar to great heights.

Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others,
 it increases your mediocrity. Animportant attribute in successful people is their impatience with negativethinking and negative acting people. 
As you grow, your associates willchange. 

Some of your friends will not want you to go on. 
They will want youto stay where they are. 
Friends that don't help you climb will want you tocrawl. Your friends will stretch your vision or choke your dream. Those thatdon't increase you will eventually decrease you.

Consider this:
Never receive counsel from unproductive people. 
Never discuss your problemswith someone incapable of contributing to the solution, because those whonever succeed themselves are always first to tell you how. 
Not everyone hasa right to speak into your life. You are certain to get the worst of thebargain when you exchange ideas with the wrong person.
 Don't follow anyonewho's not going anywhere.
With some people you spend an evening: with others you invest it. 
Be carefulwhere you stop to inquire for directions along the road of life. 
Wise is theperson who fortifies his life with the right friendships.

"A mirror reflects a man's face, but what he is really like is shown by thekind of friends he chooses."

The simple but true fact of life is that you become like those with whom youclosely associate - for the good and the bad.

Note: Be not mistaken. This is applicable to family as well as love, appreciate and be thankful for your family, for they willalways be your family no matter what. 

Just know that they are human firstand though they are family to you, they may be a friend to someone else andwill fit somewhere in the criteria above."In Prosperity Our Friends Know Us. In Adversity We Know Our friends.""Never make someone a priority when you are only an option for them.""If you are going to achieve excellence in big things,you develop the habit in little matters.Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.."..” ― Colin Powell
“The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Habits to start doing to enhance your career!!

 1.)    Send thank you notes or thank you emails. I don’t know how many times I have sent thank you notes or emails (even if I didn't get the job or opportunity). Not only is it a kind gesture, but it leaves that lasting impression on people that if another opportunity comes up in the future they think of me and let me know first.

2.) Be nice to everyone. The Way you treat people will reflect on you. 

3.) Seek Mentors - I was having a discussion with my good friend the other day and was talking about acting classes and how I am just not feeling classes anymore (for reasons I won’t mention) and she told me she had stopped taking classes and instead sought out a coach/mentor (for probably cheaper than you would pay for classes). It’s genius!!! But be sure to find someone who inspires and challenges you. 
       Ask questions and seek knowledge. People don’t mind helping people who work hard and have drive and determination.

 4.) Network & Network materials – There have been many times in which I met someone and don’t have a card on me. GET BUSINESS CARDS!!! You never know who you will meet or when you will meet them. Go to network events, meet people and BE NICE TO THEM!!! Be personable and genuine. Don’t try to gain something from them but instead ask yourself what you can do for them rather than what they can do for you. Leave a lasting impression as you never know when you will see them again.

 5.) BE Social Media Savvy but also smart with social media. If you are going to put up personal pictures that you wouldn't want your boss to see then make sure your privacy is on point and you know exactly who you are accepting to see your accounts. I have so many connections and networks on my social media and I have no idea how many of those I will probably work for or with one day. Don’t let them think of you as unreliable or sloppy.

6.)  Create a Brand – I don’t know how many people come up to me and are like “Hey you’re Michelle Apples” and is it because I am famous? No, definitely not, but it is because my name has a brand that people are beginning to become familiar with. Create a brand so people remember you, it’ll go a long way.

7.) Have Confidence
 Even if I am having a fat day or I get caught by Jensen Ackles in an elevator after a sweaty gym session, I still remain confident (even if I don’t feel it). By always acting confident, you will begin to always feel it! To the point of running into a hottie the other day on the street, that I met once awhile back, and I didn't even realize I was a gym mess. Confidence & owning/liking who you are goes a long way.

 8.) Dress Well – OK I will be the first to admit I need to work on this. I work a lot from home and often get lazy with my style but that being said I see a huge difference when I put effort into what I look like than when I don’t. Not only do people respect you more but it will also give them a better, more put together impression of you.

 9.) Be Early - People will see you as more reliable and trustworthy if you are early for things rather than frantically on time or late. How is someone going to trust you on set, risking thousands of dollars an hour, if you can’t show up on time?

10.)  Stay Organized – Not only will you respond to deadlines better but you also will feel more relaxed under stressful situations and people respond better to professionalism and organization.