Monday, April 4, 2016

Temporary Job - Alaska Airlines Ambassador - Fun with a Mermaid - In Other Words a Fun Week

Have you ever had a week where it seems that everything that you wouldn't think would go wrong, ends up going wrong?
I've had one of those weeks.

Don't get me wrong, it was a pretty good week despite just a couple of things. But I let those couple things get the better of me early in the week, and I swear it just brought on more bad things until I finally said enough and told life, no more bad!  It mostly worked, LOL (Broken laptop, Unexpected Bills, just the un-fun stuff in life to name a few.)

I did pretty terrible this week with fitness/running. I only have myself to blame I allowed a few things to get in the way, and instead of working around a few days, I got lazy.

With that, I don't have any weight loss to share this week, in fact I actually gained 1 pound. But I am not as bummed about that as you'd think. Because this week I started to notice my clothes are finally starting to get loose. So I ended the week, with being at 11 pounds down on my goal, but still happy about it.

NEW TEMPORARY JOB PLANS

In one of the things I am working on, which I will excitedly announce my plans in 3 weeks or less, I am just waiting for a few little details to happen and then I will share it with you all.
But part of that process means doing something I literally hate, and although it will only be for a short time, I can't tell you how hard it is to get used to the idea.

That thing I will hate, I'll say in short it means taking on a certain job short term. It's not exactly the job I am cringing about, I mean it will only be for a short time. But its the schedule I will be asked to work, which starts at 6AM. EEEEKKKK
I will get up to run in early hours, but getting up to work at those hours? I think I am losing my mind! Ha Ha.

I will tell you, it was the fasted job I have ever landed. Since I didn't care whether I got it or not, I went into it beyond relaxed and just decided to play a little game.
Years back I use to interview for jobs, just for fun. It was a game to see if I could get offered a job and how quickly I could convince them to offer it. So I went into this on Monday with a game to see if I could convince them to hire me on the spot.

I find this works best when you don't care too much, and you have zero nerves. In fact one of the interviewers even said to me that they have never seen anyone so relaxed sitting down for an interview. LOL (Oddly though, I have been told that before in interviews. I just don't see what's to be nervous about, they don't know me, I don't know them no reason to be nervous.)


It took me an hour, but I scored a win as I did manage to get them to offer me the job by the end of the interview.  I did accept the job a day later. (But I won't start until May.)

However, they almost made me quit before I started.  A few days later making me come in for the full hiring process that I swear took a couple of hours (even though they told me it would take not long at all.) With all the security, finger printing, and drug and background check's you'd think I was starting a job with the FBI, yikes.  I've never had a job do all that before, but I've worked for myself for many years so I guess things are changing.

I told them, with security checks like this, it makes me wonder what crazies they've hired in the past that warranted all this. They laughed, but I was serious LOL LOL


FUN TIMES

Took 4 of my cute nieces and nephews to see the Kung Fu Panda 3 movie. They were lots of fun and the boys ate far more popcorn than I thought a 3 and 4 year old could LOL!

After, we did a little hot tub time at my sisters, my niece wore the mermaid tail I made for her several months back for her birthday. Have to admit, it looked awesome. It's fun to see that she likes it so much and has so much fun with it.
I'm in the process of making another for one of my other nieces, I am just waiting for the Monofin I ordered to arrive.



I played hookie from real life one morning and took myself to see the new Allegiant movie. I loved the book series. But at first I was disappointed in this movie. Granted it has been a while since I read the book, but I distinctly remember an entirely different ending in the book, I didn't like that they changed the movie so much and I couldn't figure out why. Don't worry I won't spoil it for you:)

That was until the next day I was mentioning it to a friend who also loved the books and she told me that this was only part 1, and part 2 was coming next year.  Wheeeew
LOL LOL
I wish I had known that before, I think I would have been less confused watching it, LOL Oh well, glad it will eventually end like its supposed to end and now things make far more sense:)

ALASKA AIRLINES AMBASSADORSHIP

This week, I am a little more motivated to not let daily life get in the way of a morning run.

Those of you who follow me on social media may already know this.
I was offered an Ambassadorship with Alaska Airlines, they sponsor several races and marathons around the country.

Even though I am an after the fact blogger, after careful consideration I decided to make an exception in this instance and share this with you all on here as well.


I considered it quite a bit before accepting, I wanted to make sure I had enough time to participate in their program and most importantly any races I was offered.
(I am not one of those influencers who accept ambassadorships but do nothing with them after. I like to participate in the programs as much as I possibly can. Which is why I a picky about the ones I accept and join.)

Once I accepted, I was given the first marathon they'd like me to run under the program, it's in April. So Obviously I am not ready for a full marathon yet, but I talked to them about it and fortunately the race also has a 5K, so it looks as though I may be doing that one instead.
More details will be shared on social media, and I might do a recap or share more on my blog as well after the race but I haven't decided on that yet. However, you definitely will see more details on my various social media channels.


So those are a few details of my week.
Tell me something that happened in your week. 
Since I will be racing in April, tell me about any April races your excited about.


I am linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin today for their Weekly Wrap!


 
  

42 comments :

  1. Woohoo! Sounds like it turned out to be a great week for you, Kristy! That ambassadorship sounds fabulous - I can't wait to hear more! I'm in the job application/interview game now and one gym is making me a little crazy. Asking me to come in day after day at the last minute. Everyone tells me this is the fitness industry so I'm trying to roll with it but I'm used to very standard interviewing practices in corporate America so this feels very odd. Have a good week!

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  2. How exciting! What a great program to be involved in! Congrats!
    Good luck with the new job.

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  3. That's exciting! I had no idea Alaska Airlines sponsored any races. That mermaid tail looks so cool :)

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  4. How exciting about the ambassadorship. Where are the other locations of their races? You never know where I might show up! LOL. You know it's possible you might enjoy your temporary job. You can at least be open to the possibility, right? That mermaid tail is so cool. How many nieces do you have? You better get busy! I'm glad you are not beating yourself up about last week. We can't be perfect all the time. It's exhausting. Thanks for linking with us Kristy.

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  5. I'm sure work has so much insurance liability now they have to be so overly cautious on hew employees.
    I think I would be so claustrophobic in one of those fins.

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  6. How exciting for Alaska Airlines. I hope the 5k goes well.

    I was fingerprinted, drug tested, and background checked for my first job. Intense, but it was for a big international bank, dealing with bond prices, so they do have to be thorough.

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  7. Congrats on the ambassadorship. Glad that you are running the 5k! That's exciting! We have given up (or not just accepted) several ambassador opportunities because of the same reasons you mentioned.

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  8. That's very exciting!!

    I have a half marathon on April and a few 5ks as well this month.

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  9. Congratulations! I don't have any running plans for April yet. I still need to get a new pair of running shoes, but I have to wait until the end of the month, when I finally get my paycheck from a client I worked with in March. Have a terrific week!

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  10. Congrats on the ambassadorship! I'm with you - if I'm going to accept opportunities I want to be able to fully participate, not just accept something for the sake of adding it to a list of accomplishments.

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  11. Congrats on all accounts!!!! No running plans for me in April, and although I have a race planned in May I am still on the fence about it with everything going on in my life.

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  12. Congrats on the job and the ambassadorship! An airline sounds pretty amazing as travel expenses can be huge. I've got a 10 mile race this weekend which I am fairly ill prepared for given my recent back issues.

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  13. Sometimes crappy weeks happen, that is what makes the good ones so great ! It will be exciting to hear about your new job. I think any opportunity is interesting. Hope this week treats you better.

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  14. Oh that would be hard and yeah drive me crazy too if a place kept asking me to come in. I know the fitness industry is different, but last minute like that, that doesn't make it easy.
    Thanks, I after I considered the offer the Ambassadorship sounds like its going to be a lot of fun, with some great opportunities, I am excited!

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  15. Thanks Julie, I am excited to be a part of their program!

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  16. They sponsor several, I know sponsors change from year to year. But they are a part of a few great ones this year. I am excited!
    Thanks, I had so much fun making that mermaid tail, I made so it would be super easy to swim in. If I am being honest, I'd love one for myself too, LOL

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  17. How exciting to be an ambassador for an airline that wants to fly you to race? Doesn't get much better than that. The mermaid tails are super cute!

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  18. I believe they are partners and sponsors at quite a few races, I put in that I would have interest in Salt Lake, Seattle, Las Vegas and Rhode Island right now. Although I may have more interest later on. The thing I am working on, is going to limit my travel and finances so this may open up opportunites that I wouldn't normally be able to do, so I am excited!
    I might be able to enjoy the temporary job. and normally I go at things with a much better attitude, but I have done a similar job before and I hated it. But it is temporary and anyone can do anything short term:) But I have an interview tomorrow with a better option so I am hoping I can switch!
    I have 3 nieces, they all like the mermaid tail, heck I do too I want one, LOL LOL

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  19. You know, you have a good point, it probably is a liability issue. I just thought the whole thing was funny and way too drawn out:)
    LOL, they are kinda roomy, but have to be honest I would love a mermaid tail myself, LOL LOL

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  20. This one does deal with financial things, so your probably right they have to be thorough:)

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  21. Yes, I have turned several down too. Either they wanted too much commitment and I didn't feel it was an equal opportunity. Or I knew I didn't have the time.
    This one came at the right time, and their requirements are mostly running and talking about it, LOL no issues there:) So I decided I am in. I think it may be perfect timing with everything else I have coming up it may be the only way I can afford to get around to a few races and knock off a few more states on my goal later this year:)

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  22. Yay, that is exciting! Good luck in your upcoming half and other races!

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  23. I realized this morning that I need to start looking for a new pair of shoes too, I had 3 pair and now I am down to 2 and one of those may be on it's last legs, LOL
    Good luck finding a great pair after you get your clients check!!!

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  24. Michelle@Running with AttitudeMarch 8, 2017 at 6:30 PM

    Congrats on the ambassadorship - I've never heard of one for an airline tied to races before - very unique!

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  25. Yes, that is exactly my thought process on them too. But thank you, I am excited I think it will be fun representing them!

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  26. Thanks Michelle!
    I know you have a lot going on, I'm sure you'll get things figured out for May!

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  27. Travel and race entries are expensive these days. I am excited about this, it will be fun to get out and run this upcoming race in a few weeks, even if it's going to be more of a fun run for me:)
    I just read about your back issues, I am so sorry I really do hope you heal quick. Hopefully things will start feeling better by the weekend!

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  28. You are so right on that!
    Thank you, I am not too sure about the job, but on the plus side I have an interview with another company tomorrow that I may like better so we shall see what happens:)

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  29. They do offer airfare as part of the deal, but it may not be every single time. Depends on the location and I haven't gotten into that. But yes, I am excited that this may bring on a few additional race opportunities and to run for a great sponsor company even better!
    Thanks, I had fun making the mermaid tail, I want one myself, LOL LOL

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  30. Thanks! I am really excited about this and look forward to making American Airlines proud in the process:)

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  31. Congrats on your new job and also your ambassadorship! So exciting!!

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  32. This is so exciting, Kristy! Congrats on the new job and also the ambassadorship! You'll have so much fun doing a 5k :)

    I'm racing this weekend and I'm nervous but also really excited about finally getting to run a bit faster and test my current (lack of) fitness ;)

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  33. Thanks Sun! I haven't ran a 5K in over 10 years for sure, I am just thinking fun run:)
    Good luck this weekend, I hope this means your back isn't giving you troubles anymore!!!

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  34. Tricia MissSippiPiddlinMarch 8, 2017 at 6:30 PM

    Wow that is exciting news about the new job even if it's only temporary. I tell you I'm on the edge of my seat to hear your big news, arn't we all, lol. Pretty cool you made your niece a mermaid costume! I bet she does love it!! I have 4 races in April with 3 bigger cities so I'm excited to back on the road after about 3 weeks of being home on the weekend. I think its a toss up between a beach run with Holly and getting to go to Nashville!

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  35. The Hesitant RunnerMarch 8, 2017 at 6:30 PM

    A crazy and exciting week indeed! Can't wait to hear about the new job. I'll likely be interviewing soon too, so love the advice about the nerves! Congrats on the ambassadorship -- sounds like it's going to be good motivation for you (and us!)

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  36. WOW! What a week! I will tell you to work in my industry you must go thru all those crazy hoops as well and we still get some crazies, go figure! The ambassadorship is exciting and fun that you are getting back out there! I have my next half coming up so I am looking forward to it!

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  37. Thanks! I've been interviewing at other places this week, but its good to know I have one to fall back on if I decide its the best route to go.
    Oh she loves that tail, to be completely honest I want one, or at least the monofin, I could have tons of fun with that this summer:)
    4 April races, that is awesome, you are just going adventure extreme in running this spring, that is awesome!

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  38. Good luck on your interviews!
    I've been at it again this week, just because I accepted the other doesn't mean I am not open to something else:) Oddly I enjoy job interviews, think of it as fun and it will be:) Good luck!
    Thanks, I am excited about being Sponsored by Alaska Airlines!

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  39. I've been hearing it's normal in a lot of places, guess I was just out of the loop, LOL but ya I imagine companies get a lot of crazies, guess its good they weed them out, LOL
    Thanks, I am very honored to receive the sponsorship with Alaska Airlines, it's going to be fun representing them!

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  40. Wow who knew that Alaskan Airlines sponsored races and runners! Totally cool. Nice of them to allow you to run the 5k. What are the other race possibility?

    In the beginning I think I was an ambassador junkie....I am learning more and being much more selective. I have come to realize that not all companies will treat you as you want to be treated even if you do what you promised to do. Lessons learned!

    Love interviewing...that is amazing to me! I am the least confident in interviews. Congrats on the job,,,,and yes-in today's world extra security/screening seems to be the thing!!

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  41. Thanks, Its a great opportunity, I am looking forward to being sponsored by them this year! I'm considering one they have in Seattle, Rhode Island, Las Vegas this year. But I am not committing to any, just yet!
    Yeah, some of those Ambassador programs are a little crazy, I got sucked into one once, and got out pretty quick. If it's not mutually beneficial then I see no point in them!

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