My name's Deb, how lovely to meet you! I'm so glad you stopped by...

In November 2008 I made my first sock monkey (yep, that's him alright)....and as they say...the rest is history...

In February 2009, Sock It To Me! was born and my life used to consist of Teza by day (Good afternoon, you're speaking to Chaos Control & Crayon Girl, how may i help?) and monkey business by night.

It was very exciting but I left my home and reality for a crazy journey of enlightenment around Asia. So, here I am soaking up the sights and sounds of sunny Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and working for CLEO, the coolest mag ever. Thanks again for stopping by, sit back, relax and Happy Reading!

xoxo Miss Deb

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Kick job-hunting blues...

You spoke to your ex-colleagues and they tell you that they're drowning in work. They would trade and arm and a leg to be in your shoes but why do you feel like a sack of potatoes anyway? So you've applied to a couple of places but you haven't heard back. There are a few that are taking a while to get back to you giving your imagination an excuse to create elaborate scenarios of how they must've already rejected you if they've taken this long. Here's what you've got to do. STOP THINKING. Easier said then done so here are 5 distractions to help you:

1. Change your state with music - queue your party-starter tune on your iPod and dance around the apartment. And I mean dance, like a child crazed with wonder, just focus on the beats or the lyrics, whatever does it for you to lift you out of your foul mood. Oh and resist the natural urge to put on something dark and ominous, and No, you don't want to plunge deeper into the depths of misery, if you did you wouldn't be reading this! x

2. Exercise - Yes, that can be a scary word but it can be anything as long as it gets you breathless. So brisk walk to the dairy, jump in the pool, sprint around the block. Take care to not hurt yourself in the process but the simple act of getting up to attempt any of the above will drive you. Momentum is key, you can't take one step without taking another then another then another...

3. Cook - As much as you think you are culinarily challenged I bid to differ. It's about starting small to gain more confidence before you attempt that lamb roast with homemade mint sauce and mustard vinaigrette roast vegetable salad. Don't hurry, you are in charge of the kitchen so take things slow. Sometimes it helps to chop everything up and have it ready before starting. Many people feel like they have to cook as they go so the stove is on and the garlic is turning black while they are trying to dice up the meat and they wonder why it spells out disaster. Just stay calm and cool and you'll do just fine. In many ways, this one's a double whammy - you're also helping save money while the cash flow is slow. Frozen homemade meals are awesome when the tummy is starved and the chef is unwilling.

4. Change the scenery, make the ordinary extraordinary - now it's time to get off your behind and make the simple tasks fun. If you have to look for jobs, consider taking your newspaper or laptop and internet down to the pool side. A little fresh air and Vitamin D never hurt anyone. If you have to clean the house, turn on some music and work it out while you do it. If you've got to do ironing, consider moving it to in front of the TV.

5. Me time - I don't care why you are unemployed at the moment. What i care about is that you are wasting time moping around. Your time will come when all the days merge from working non-stop and you've forgotten what it's like to eat a meal sitting down. So for now, enjoy this. Recharge. Don't feel guilty, this is useful downtime to work on YOU. Buy a magazine, read a book, go window-shopping, get a haircut. It's like someone pushed the pause button so you could catch up so don't waste it! Set yourself up for a huge win in the not too distant future!

Remember, you have to be in tip-top condition when that dream job of yours comes knocking. If you don't feel that way, you've got to act as if until it comes naturally. If you saw yourself in your jammies, watching day time television and eating cereal all day, would you hire you? I promise you'll forget all those negative job-hunting jitters once you've had a shower, put on something cute, and started living.

Miss Deb

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