24 Things I’ve Learned After Moving To Washington, DC

24 Things I’ve Learned After Moving To Washington, DC | Thought Catalog.

Here is a funny, yet true, list of things that people learn after moving to DC. I’ve put some commentary in red (and added some pictures) – but the article in it’s entirety is below!

24 Things I’ve Learned After Moving To Washington, DC
MAR. 18, 2014
By BRETT NOLAN 

1. Snow > the federal government. SO MANY SNOW DAYS

2. Coming from Boston, this place and its people are pretty damn friendly.

3. Coming from anywhere else, they’re rude as hell. not true!

4. The Washington Monument looks better covered in scaffolding.  especially at night

5. You’re never the smartest person in the room (and you don’t want to be).(never)

6. People will ask you what you do for a living before asking how you’re doing. … always!

7. If it weren’t for happy hour, I couldn’t afford to live here. thank you free receptions

8. Seriously, BOGO for alcohol is the best.

9. Competitive karaoke is a thing, and it’s awesome.

10. Donald Rumsfeld uses the self-checkout at CVS. He goes to the one by my office.

10b. (That is considered name-dropping in DC.)

11. Work hard, brunch harder. duh

12. Some French asshole put rotaries or traffic circles or whatever the hell they’re called all over the place. Worst. Idea. Ever.  YEP

13. Nonprofits are a business. Their product hopefully helps others, but it’s not a bunch of absentminded idealists in a room talking out of their ass.

14. It’s the gayest city in America. No, really.

15. Chinatown should just be called China Street or China Alley. Putting Chinese lettering on a Walgreens and a Chipotle doesn’t make a Chinatown.same with the Starbucks.  Not fooling anybody.

16. There’s a weird rivalry between the people of New York City and DC. It’s stronger than the Yankees and the Red Sox.

17. House of Cards is filmed mostly in Baltimore.

18. The metro looks nothing like it does in Scandal.

19. The humidity in the summer can make it feel like the devil is Frenching you everywhere. but it’s awesome

20. In addition to the Smithsonian and all of the historical landmarks, there’s a wax museum that has a bunch of presidents and celebrities you can grope.

21. Heavyset tourists will take Segway tours around the monuments. God bless America.

22. Bikers will ignore bike lanes and traffic laws. They’re like honey badgers on two wheels just not giving any fucks. and, pedistrians ignore walk signs… and crosswalks all together

23. If you’re using the escalators in the metro, walk on the left side and stand on the right. I’m looking at you, interns and conference-goers.

24. Washington, DC isn’t broken. Congress is. There are half a million people in this town who work very hard for nonprofits, private businesses, and government agencies. They support their families and great causes. They’re not broken. The people you elect and send here are.

 TC mark

10 Empowering Phrases Every Woman Should Wear Proudly Across Her Forehead

10 Empowering Phrases Every Woman Should Wear Proudly Across Her Forehead | Elite Daily.

“There are certain words that every woman should embody. We should be known for carrying ourselves with our shoulders back, full of pride and confidence.

It’s easy to point out someone who is clearly not confident, who has his or her head pointed down, shoulders not straight and is constantly looking around as if paranoid about the surroundings.

Let’s revisit the short phrases and sentiments that every woman should wear proudly and embody.”

And, while you read, listen to this song I’ve been quite obsessed with lately:

Beyoncé – “JEALOUS” (Official Video) from Alexander Hammer on Vimeo.

1. Flawless: I woke up like this.

Beyoncé is is an inspiration for most women because she’s all in one. She’s beautiful, powerful, confident, radiant, independent and she owns everything she does. Ladies, believe in your flawless beauty and be comfortable in your skin.

Learn to love your body and appearance as much as you love your favorite junk food. Wake up in the morning and tell yourself that you’re flawless. Literally, say it to the mirror and watch your self-esteem skyrocket.


2. Respect.

As women, we all support different levels of self-respect. Some of us don’t have any at all and others don’t tolerate anything else but. Whether it’s respect that you have for yourself and your expectations and values or the respect that other human beings should have for you, remember who’s boss.

Set high standards for yourself and decide which people to let in, run over and wipe them out with your pride.


3. Miss Independent.

Everyone loves a self-sufficient, independent woman, right? Think of someone like this and how she may inspire you to have those same qualities. An independent woman has qualities that are self-made.

Learning to have this characteristic doesn’t come easily because it takes time to let yourself get used to the ways that are new. Strive to love yourself and those around you while still “doing you.” Do your own thing, follow your own dreams and don’t be dependent on other people — it’s sexy.


4. Don’t test me.

There are plenty of women who let men, peers, acquaintances and other random people run them over and get away with just about anything. Pushovers are completely miserable. So, figure out what gets under your skin most and then develop strategic ways in which you can approach the situation and the people in it with a powerful, yet positive, statement.


5. Classy.

Be classy, not trashy. You will see famous phrases all over the web, but it’s so true. There is nothing sexier than seeing a woman who is comfortable in her own skin, full of confidence, who walks like a rock star and is exceptionally classy. And when I say classy, I’m not referring to appearance, but how you carry your inner-self.  You never want to be the girl who everyone knows as the “trashy slut,” right? So, do yourself a favor: stay classy and glamorous.


6. Go-getter.

A “go-getter” is someone who is full of ambition, determination and motivation. This person is always has new things and creative ideas and wants to accomplish everything in a timely manner. Go after your dreams and what you want — it will all work out if you have this mindset.


7. Passionate.

This is so important in life and my number-one word. Be passionate about anything, everything, and anyone you love. Have a hobby, trend, dream and fantasy. Be passionate about it and get out to actually go do it!

Choose a career path that you are really passionate about and find something you truly love to do. It can be something not so big, but if it’s big to you, that’s all that really matters. If you love something enough to pour your heart, time, money and sweat into it, you’re hands-down passionate about it.


8. Confident.

Walking with your head high and not taking anything from anyone is not about being cocky and stuck up — it’s about confidence. Confidence means having the power to control your body language and owning it in a way that everyone notices.


9. Fearless.

Reach for the stars, dream huge and don’t be afraid to do something you have never done before. Chance are, you will regret it if you never experience it. So, do yourself a favor and overcome this fear of the unknown. Be totally fearless.


10. Power.

Whether you are powerful alone or you are considered to be a “power couple” with your significant other, it boils down to the way you embrace all of the above words. It’s a package deal because you’re tying all of the most important and admiring qualities of a person in one. Power is at the top of this pyramid.”

First Barre Experience!

 lululemon athletica Georgetown

On Valentines day, Lululemon in Georgetown sponsored a complimentary barre/yoga class hosted this by Lava Barre. The class was intended to “use one’s own body weight to isolate, lift, tone and lengthen” muscles. It was set to a fun soundtrack of music – and as a bonus guests even got to take away a new lululemon mat! 

I would definitely recommend this sort of fitness class as a fun and unique supplement for traditional yoga. I enjoyed the different poses and the fluidity of the class.

For those who live in DC,  you’re in luck! Monday nights at 6:30pm similar classes are held at Lululemon Georgetown – “a weekly complimentary barre class hosted by Lava Barre. In this dynamic power hour”, the site mentions, “you will use your own body weight to isolate, lift, tone and lengthen your muscles. All you need is a mat.”

Ohm!

21 Ways You Should Take Advantage Of Your 20s

21 Ways You Should Take Advantage Of Your 20s | Thought Catalog.

21 Ways You Should Take Advantage Of Your 20s | Thought Catalog

1. Don’t feel the need to respond to every text message, phone call, and email the second it reaches you. Once upon a time, it took longer than a minute to reach someone. People used stamps and envelopes; they had answering machines they didn’t check for hours, sometimes days. No one will die if you don’t immediately respond to every message you receive.

2. Ask for what’s owed to you. Half the time, you’re not getting your needs met because you’re not making them known. Your employers, romantic interests, and friends are not going to read your mind and give you what you need unless you speak up.

21 Ways You Should Take Advantage Of Your 20s | Thought Catalog

3. Never turn down an open bar. Seek them out and make them a priority. Indulging in open bars when you’re older isn’t appropriate because a) people will think you have an alcohol problem and b) you’re supposed to have enough money to afford your own alcohol.

4. If you’re unhappy and someone offers you a way out, take it. You don’t owe your first job years of loyalty and your first-born; you don’t have to stay in your city just because you’re on a first-name basis with the bodega guy. Do what feels right; the initial fear will give way to excitement.

21 Ways You Should Take Advantage Of Your 20s | Thought Catalog

5. Take advantage of all the energy you have in your 20s. In your 30s and 40s, your body starts getting upset with you, when some 20-something babe is all, “Wanna race?” That’s not a concern when you’re in your 20s — don’t ever take it for granted.

6. Let your more successful friends pick up the check this time. Before you’re 30, it’s still okay to be work as a barista and not have your career path figured out. Save your cash and take up your lawyer-friend’s offer for dinner. Use the money you saved to buy more ramen.

7. Play a sport you played in elementary school. Kickball, dodgeball. There are leagues for these games now. Get on it.

8. Learn how to cook. Here’s an idea — instead of spending all your money on ridiculously marked-up restaurant food, save your money by buying non-processed WHOLE FOODS and LEARNING HOW TO MAKE A MEAL OF REAL FOOD. A meal of real food is not a box of Annie’s Organic Mac and Cheese — that’s PROCESSED FOOD. A meal is something like sauteed brussel sprouts with onions and pinto beans garnished with salt and pepper. You’ll thank yourself for learning how to cook when your metabolism catches up to you.

9. Keep making friends. Everyone complains that it’s hard to make friends after college, but we still manage to find new people to flirt with and date, right? It’s not that hard. You know yourself better than you ever have before, and your friends can finally reflect that. Don’t cling to old friends because it’s too frightening or ‘risky’ to make new ones.

10. Let your parents buy your plane ticket home. It can be trying to be stuck in a house with your family for a few days or a week, but vacations in your 20s can be hard to come by. Let them subsidize your trips home and do you as much as you can when you get there.

11. Stay up late. In your 20s, you’re all, “Let’s go to another bar!” “Who wants to eat at a diner?” “Have you guys seen the sun rise from the High Line?” “In this moment I swear we were infinite!” When you get older, this becomes, “What are you doing? Go home. Watch Parks and Rec and go to sleep. What is wrong with you, staying up all night? Who has time for that?” If you’re in your 20s, you do. You have all the time. Do it now and take advantage of how not tired you are. You think you’re crabby now when you stay up too late? You’ll never believe how terrible you feel when you do it in your 30s.

12. Savor those 20s hangovers. They are a gift from God so that you’ll always remember what your tolerance level is. Your hangover recovery time is like flippin’ Wolverine in your 20s. You wake up, feel like death, pull on some shades, gulp down coffee or maybe a bloody Mary and whine about your headache over brunch. Oh, boo hoo. When you’re older, every hangover is Apocalypse Freaking Now. You’re not making it to brunch. You’re not making it off your floor in a weeping puddle of regret.

13. Indulge in diner/ fast food at 4 a.m. This is considered depressing behavior once you become a real adult.

14. STOP PROCRASTINATING YOUR TRIP ABROAD. YOUR CHANCES OF TAKING A LONG VACATION ABROAD DIMINISH AS YOU BECOME MORE SET IN YOUR WAYS AND AS YOU GAIN MORE RESPONSIBILITY.

21 Ways You Should Take Advantage Of Your 20s | Thought Catalog

15. Do ‘unacceptable’ things to your hair. Dye it. Dread it. Shave only the left side of your head and give a crap if it grows back in a flattering manner (hint: it won’t). There’s no time but now.

16. Avoid Burning Man. Save it for your weird-Dad mid-life crisis.

17. Sit down, unplug, and read non-fiction. Do this daily. None of your peers are doing it. They’re playing video games and refreshing Facebook and Gmail chatting about nothing in particular. After a month you’ll be smarter than all of them.

18. Walk into Forever 21 and grab every single crappily-made floral dress available. Is every other girl on the street wearing it? Is it literally falling apart at the seams? Is it also actually five dollars? BUY IT IMMEDIATELY. When you get older, your clothing becomes all expensive blazers and tailored khakis and other pieces that won’t break while on your body. That will be a great day — the day when your closet starts to look respectable. Though those outfits are more expensive, they also last longer and look better on you. You will be a classy human ready to take on the future. But as long as you’re still in your 20s? You know — the demographic of Forever 21? Game on, stretchy black dress with pockets that lasts about a week. Game on.

19. Take road trips. Sitting in a car for days on end isn’t something your body was designed to do forever.

20. Don’t invest in things like window curtains or throw rugs or… Windex. You’re a young, social person who doesn’t have time for things like picture-framing and broom-sweeping. No one actually expects you to maintain a bed skirt or a duvet cover in your 20s, they’re the home decor equivalent of puppies/ children.

21. Go to/host theme parties. Once people age out of their 20s, no one’s trying to wear pajamas or Saran Wrap out of the house. The only theme parties that exist after your 20s are ‘Wedding,’ ‘Baby Shower,’ and ‘Funeral.’

How Chipotle Changed American Fast Food Forever | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

How Chipotle Changed American Fast Food Forever | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

THE PATH TO INNOVATION IS RARELY SMOOTH. LESSONS LEARNED WILL TAKE YOU OVER THE STUMBLING BLOCKS THAT SOME OF OUR MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANIES HAVE FACED ON THEIR JOURNEYS TO SUCCESS, AND WHAT THEY LEARNED ALONG THE WAY.

“Chipotle restaurants don’t even have freezers. All of Chipotle’s ingredients are delivered fresh. After the company bought hundreds of labor-saving onion-slicing machines, Ells ordered that onions go back to being hand-cut because he felt that made them taste better. Machine-cutting had left the onions a little dried out.”

via How Chipotle Changed American Fast Food Forever | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.