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Stargazing and the road less-traveled

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We popped our camping chairs out in the parking lot as the sun began to set and all the other visitors drove off.

This was one of the best places to stargaze and we didn’t want to miss anything.

The sun set and it got dark. Really dark. We watched lights in the sky. Weird ones hovered in the distance and we couldn’t quite make out what they were. We tried to relax in our chairs and take in the night sky. We could see the Milky Way and it was fantastic!

We kept looking over our shoulders at those…


My brother’s divorce has been our bridge back together.

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We come from a family of divorce. It was painful for everyone but as a child, you accept things for what they are, not what you think they should be. You don’t have any expectations. Societal pressures, while there, are not yet fully ingrained.

Everyone has their idea of the ideal family. We were raised in the ’70s and ’80s so, you were expected to get married (to someone of the opposite sex of course), have two kids, and be married forever. Easy. No big deal. Go on then.

Turns out, it’s not that easy. People continue to evolve through…


Travel. Mexico. Sayulita

It’s a jungle out there with land crabs. Literally.

Photo credit: MC. The author at sunset in Sayulita, Mexico.

We struggled to follow the map that the hotel had given us. It was a shortcut into town we were told. We were supposed to walk down the beach, away from everything that looked like civilization, turn right at the palapa, and head into the jungle. Um, okay, I guess.

“What the hell is a palapa?” My husband asked. I should’ve known these directions were not the best. Also, a palapa is a beach umbrella typically with a thatched covering on top. Like, an umbrella wearing a grass skirt.

Up into the jungle, we went. We hiked up to the…


Don’t be so quick to fire people.

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“I think we are going to fire these two.” A young leader said to me.

“Oh, you are. Do you have the paperwork to back that up? Why do you want to fire them?” I asked.

“I don’t think we have any write-ups but this guy, insubordination.” He pointed to his name on the schedule with a pen as he talked to me. “Okay, and the other girl?” I asked.

“She’s annoying.” He replied.

“Um, okay.” I looked up at him. “That’s not a reason to fire someone. How long has she worked here? …


TRAVEL. CALIFORNIA

Beach breakdown and beer

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I’m an Arizona native but San Diego has been my home for 20 years.

San Diego isn’t really thought of as a big city but with a population of 1.4 million, it actually ranks as the eighth-most populous city in the US. It simply does not feel like a big city because the public transit is minimal and you have to drive everywhere.

That used to bother me a lot. Why is there no fast public transit in such a large city? It never made sense to me. I eventually found out that car companies had lobbied the city and…


Employee retention seems elusive. It’s actually pretty simple.

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It is hard to find employees right now. I mean, really hard. Everyday news outlets have feature stories about the labor shortage here in the US.

In California, the minimum wage is $14.00 an hour, so much higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25. People that work in the service industry are just tired. Rightly so. There is a lot out there about why this is happening and what workers want. I am going to focus on retention. How to get people to want to stay working for you.

I have been a leader in retail management for the…


Travel. Canada.

Go for the art & architecture, stay for the food

Photo Credit: author. Ville-Marie. Montreal.

Sprinting across the airport in Atlanta isn’t an ideal way to begin your trip but let me just say, you’ll probably make your connection.

We stood at the back of the airplane, waiting for all the passengers to exit. I asked the flight attendant where the gate was for our connection. We didn’t have much time. “How did you book that flight?” he asked me accusingly. He thought I had done something sneaky to get those flights so close together. “That’s how it was offered on your company’s website,” I responded and slowly turned back around to the front.

The…


Do you even know why you’re doing it?

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“You will not be rewarded for your hustling efforts. They will continue to move the goalposts, change the rules, and you will get nothing but heartburn and panic attacks for your trouble. And yes, they will sell you cures for both. On credit.” — Ken Layne. Desert Oracle podcast.

Who are you working so hard for? Is it for you? Your kids or your spouse? Society? Your “friends” that have more money than you? Are you trying to keep up with them?

You want that American Express Black Card. Sure, it will cost you $5,000 annually just to have it…


Being a good leader is about being a good human

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We all have those off days. While you’re getting ready for work, your dog throws up. You can’t find your phone — because you’re on it. The pair of shoes you want to wear are shoved in your closet and you can only find one.

It happens to everyone. Have you ever just told time wrong? You looked at the clock and thought you had another 30 minutes…you didn’t. Now you’re late.

I have been a leader of people for twenty years in ten different retail buildings. I have heard a thousand reasons why someone was late. Usually, I don’t…


Satire

Do your hair and get on social media, you idiot!

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Be the envy of all your friends! Be the envy of people you don’t know!

Doesn’t it sound exciting? It is. You can live a super exciting life that everyone else will want. It is so easy. All you need is your iPhone. Let’s go!

Step One:

Sign up for every social media account. Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat. All of them. Make your username/handle something cute and creative but make sure people still know it’s you. Next, start following everyone and tell them to follow you. The more followers you have on social media, the better! …

Kit Campoy

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