Must Know Mondays

I am officially unemployed.

That is so scary to say and yet it really isn’t because my last day of work was only on Saturday and next Monday I will be once again employed. This week is going to be devoted to getting rid of the clutter in my life, working on some new pieces for Fashionably Kate and spending some time with my husband and family before I hit the ground running on my newest adventure.

Now more than ever my focus will be on news which will make these Must Know Monday posts even more relevant to my career. But I’ll make sure to keep it a mix of news, social issues with some fun stuff mixed in. Here are a few articles that got my attention this weekend . . .

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If you’re  need a little inspiration . . . The fifteenth anniversary 9/11 was yesterday. I think we all remember where we were the moment we found out about the horrible events that took place that day. I was in my second period class on my first full day of freshman year in high school when my principal made the announcement over the PA system. But sometimes we forget about the brave heroes who did all they could to get to the scene to help out: the first responders. Huntington Post has a collection of photos of these brave men and women in action.

If you’re in need of a feel good story . . . Once again looking at the anniversary of 9/11, the flag that was hoisted above the rubble in the iconic picture from that day has recently been found . . . half a world away from New York City. Washington Post has the story.

If you’re a fitness fanatic . . . Ever wonder what celebrities do to stay in shape? Julianne Hough of the rock hard abs hall of fame shared her weekly routine with SELF Magazine. And the best part about it is that it’s doable if you are able to devote some time to your physical health five days a week. And really, when it comes to your health, you should be willing to put in the time. You’ll regret later it if you don’t!

If you love fashion . . . You know the saying, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” It’s a rule I’ve followed since I began my career in TV six years ago and it has worked wonders for me. But it’s hard to dress like a million bucks when you’re making well, much, much, much less than that. The Zoe Report has found a few great items all under $100 to help you feel more like the boss and less like the intern.

If you have a case of wanderlust . . . This looks like paradise found. And if you can’t afford the suggestions for where to say, you can always check out AirBnB. The New York Times just released a guide on navigating the apartment sharing site if you’re new to the idea of a real home away from home. 

Final thoughts:

Monday Mantra: “Spread love wherever you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” – St. Mother Theresa . . . This quote from the recently canonized saint really struck a chord with me this weekend after saying goodbye to some really wonderful coworkers. I have always put my heart and soul into my work but I had no idea what kind of impact I had not only professionally, but also personally on the people I spent every working day with. I was so incredibly touched by all of the beautiful gifts I was given as well as the support and affection I was shown as I walked out the door for my last shift on Saturday evening.

Song of the Week: What I did for Love,” from a Chorus Line . . . it’s a song of farewells which I thought appropriate for my life right now.

What I’m Reading: Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Ann Fowler . . . I have no time to read and that makes me sad.

What I’m Craving: Champagne Gummy Bears . . . because come on, that’s the best idea ever.

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