An Active Lifestyle Blog by Holly A. Phillips
My ‘ Catitude’ strikes again…
A few months ago, I wrote about a situation at my job where a coworker called me out for having a bad attitude (you can read all about it here). In a nutshell, I have often been called out for having a bad attitude, and as of January 2018, I decided it was really annoying […]More
Do I have a ‘Catitude’ problem?
“All you do is complain.” My coworker was standing in my boss’ doorway, yelling at me, while I was staring at her, my eyes wide while sipping coffee. Rewind this about two minutes and you’d have found us on the other side of our office suite. She’d asked me a question that I didn’t have […]More
Indiana: A story of what could be?
Howdy! I had every intention of posting yesterday, but life took over – okay, more like work took over, and I was up until the wee hours this morning finishing things, and packing for my trip to Indiana tomorrow. I planned this trip months ago, so I could participate in my second “Take Steps for […]More
Life after vacation.
Hey yo! I’m starting this week off with an apology – I know I only blogged twice last week, which was not planned. Vacation kicked my ass! I got back to Austin Monday night around 9:30, and by the time I got home, showered, got myself ready for bed, and watched “Southern Charm”, it was […]More
Attitude is everything.
Very rarely in my life have I been praised for my attitude. Since I can remember, I was told I have an attitude problem. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about attitude, and how it affects the makings of my days. When I got my first job post-college, I was one of the youngest people […]More
Finding pride in the soles of shoes.
**The following is a piece of original writing I entered into an essay contest. It didn’t win, but I like it, and I thought you might, too. Happy Humpday, y’all!** Each employee was to schedule a meeting with our new manager to discuss our job roles, challenges, and goals. My meeting was set for a […]More
‘The Search for Everything’.
Okay, John Mayer fans! Tomorrow is the day we get to hear some new stuff, finally! While I don’t really have the inside scoop (as much as I wish I did), we can discuss what we know so far. 1. The title of the album is called “The Search for Everything”, which John said in a […]More
Yeah, Nike has it right.
Good morning! You’ve heard me talk about a big change that’s happening in my life these days – I’m starting a new job. And guess what? Today is my first day! As with any change in my life, of course I’ve been thinking about the past. Many of you were reading when I announced my […]More
What did you do for fun… in 5th grade?
I was listening to an episode of “Happier” with Gretchen Rubin a few weeks ago, and she was talking about an interesting study. The study said that whatever you/we were doing for fun at 10 years old, is what you should be doing for your entire life. Hmm! Naturally, I got to thinking about what […]More
Living your dreams… with a day job?
At the beginning of the month, I got an email with the subject line that read: Does a day job mean giving up on my dreams? It was an email newsletter from Marie Forleo, an entrepreneur and motivational speaker (named as the thought leader of our generation by Oprah) whom I’ve been following for the […]More
What does it mean to be a professional?
I mentioned last week that I was a wee bit obsessed with the podcast “Millennial”, hosted by Megan Tan. “Millennial” is a podcast that discusses what most people don’t – how to maneuver your twenties. Listeners follow Tan as she graduates from college, searches for jobs, waits tables in the meantime, buys a car, moves […]More
‘Divorce’ & ‘Insecure’ – Episodes 3.
Fact: the weekend went by way too fast. I looked around for cars, fell in love with one, but am still tying up a few loose ends on it. Making adult decisions is really exhausting. I also finished reading a book, started another one, did my laundry, hit up a sale at Ulta, and got […]More
What’s burnout & do I have it?
Despite my recent attempts to make Mondays better, I still find that I’ve become that person. You know, the one that is constantly counting down the hours until the end of the day, and absolutely counting down the days and hours until Friday. I hate being that person. So, how did this happen? I’ve been […]More
Monday motivation: ‘Charlie Mike’ & glittery farts.
“I feel like a majority of my life is me just pretending like I don’t hate everything.” Sad, but true, I told my friend about a month ago. I’m in a constant search of happiness, and I’ll be searching until I find it. As I mentioned before, I’m still obsessed with listening to podcasts and many […]More
So, can we have it all?
I feel like I’m constantly going through, what John Mayer would call a “Quarter-life crisis”, when it comes to the state of my life. A few weeks ago, I talked to you guys about settling when it comes to our careers – what’s realistic and what’s… just the sad truth. “Having it all” is not […]More
Don’t quit your daydream.
A few weeks ago, I was riding in the car with a coworker on the way to a work event. We started at the company around the same time and were talking about our goals in terms of where we want to be down the road in our careers. She mentioned the fact that we’ve […]More
Land a job from LinkedIn.
It’s a new year, a new you… could a new job be in store? Or, perhaps you’re considering an entire career change. If you’re new to The Bitter Lemon (Welcome!), let me fill you in: I unexpectedly lost my job at the end of 2014, spent most of 2015 hunting down my dream job, before […]More
Dating at Work.
Three weeks ago, I started a new job. It’s a full-time career with benefits and a salary, and it’s pretty awesome. It’s my dream job! Starting a new job is always exciting, but a little stressful, too. You’re trying to learn new things, get adjusted to the culture, and meeting all kinds of new people […]More
If every day was ‘casual Friday’…
Recent employment happenings have me thinking about dress codes, and specifically, how they affect life at the office. Over the last year, I’ve experienced many different rules when it comes to what to wear to work. At my last career job, the dress code was pretty strict — no jeans, graphic tees, sleeveless, sundresses, etc. […]More
Office life: a lot like school?
Over these last few months, I’ve been thinking a lot about the different jobs I’ve had. I got my first job at 16, working as a hostess for Outback Steakhouse. At the time, I didn’t think I made much money, but looking back, the gig wasn’t so bad (restaurant minimum wage plus tip share). My […]More
Do I need a ‘work husband’?
Hey there! If you stopped by the blog yesterday and were disappointed to see the password-protected post, feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org (prove you’re not trying to spy on me or sue me) to request it. I wish there was a way to at least let followers read the blog, but […]More
Pic of the Week.
Let’s just get this out of the way: today is my very first day at my NEW job! Finally! It’s no retail job, not a restaurant job, it’s a real-life, big-girl, 9-5, salary, career job! Telling you I worked really hard to get it would be the understatement of my life. Many of my longtime […]More
Fiction Friday: Oil & Ink, part III.
This is the final installment of Holly’s original short story, “Oil & Ink.” Read part one here and part two here, as you wish. * * * “I need to talk to someone about financing a building.” The clerk looked Charlie up and down; from his miniature blond mohawk to […]More
Pic of the Week.
I’ve had a houseguest since Saturday. He’s a coworker, and needed a place to stay for a month while he works to save money for his apartment rent come July. He’s 19. Welcome to Hotel Holly. Well, Hotel Holly & Blanche. When my friend said he needed a place to stay, I wanted to help […]More
The Column: Love & Unemployment.
A few weeks after I’d met a guy named Justin, we’d already been on several dates, and I was really starting to like him. But one day at work, I was called into a meeting and told that my services were “no longer needed.” It was the job I’d had for almost seven years; the […]More
Survival Guide: The Interview.
It’s been awhile since I’ve been on a serious job interview — like big, salary job. But I have interviews all the time for freelance projects, and not to toot my own horn, but rarely do I get turned down for a job. Interviewing, much like dating, is a skill that we constantly have to […]More
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