Monday-Morning Pep Talk

Grab Your Hat and Live a Little

giant sun hatWould you rather live with the well-documented risk of sun damage or the near certainty of headaches and hat head? Wherever you live, it’s an important question—I have the scar to prove it.

And I thought I had the perfect solution when I found a visor that said right on the label, “No Headache.” Right. More like, “No Ordinary Headache.” Ow. I don’t think I have a giant head.

I have since worn other visors and baseball caps and sun hats the size of Saturn, all with mixed results.

3 simple “sun” tips for life

Stay out of the sun during peak hours, generally 10 am to 3 pm. When you do venture out, you may have to swallow your pride and put on a sun hat. Here’s the best one I’ve found so far: SmartStraw Sedona Sun Hat from Coolibar. As you can see, it’s fairly neutral. And it has a drawstring, which helps the thing stay on. Coolibar also makes a variety of sun hats for men.

Wear sunscreen daily, even in the dead of winter. It took me years to find one that didn’t sting my eyes or go on like clown white. Finally, thanks to my friend Ann, I did: EltaMD UV Physical SPF 41. Nice tint, no fragrance, available on Amazon. What’s not to love?

Live a little. After developing basal cell skin cancer as a young adult, which was not life-threatening but life-altering, it took me awhile to let these words sink in. I still don’t regret bundling up like a mummy for that first year, because during that time, the sun can darken scars permanently—and the one I had didn’t need any embellishment. Now, it’s practically invisible.

Bottom line: Life is risky. Our challenge is to discern our decisions carefully, whether it’s guarding our skin or guarding our hearts or paying more attention while driving. The alternative is to turn a blind eye to risk, as though the rules don’t apply to us, or to get so obsessed with not dying that we forget how to live. Fortunately, between these two extremes is a whole universe.

What one thing could you do this week to guard your health like the treasure it is, and at the same time, live a little?

P.S. For a more complete and scientific look at sun safety, here’s an article from the Cleveland Clinic.

“The best things in life are free;
the second best are expensive.”
– Coco Chanel

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Who’s Guarding Your Phone?

smartphone handNow how creepy is it that people have had their phones hacked into, and specifically their cameras?

And how much creepier still that people have been photographed without their knowledge or consent, then had those images used against them?

If you’re at all concerned about camera privacy, here are two solutions I can vouch for:

EyePatch Case. This clever innovation is the brainchild of Michael Sorrentino in New York. I bought an EyePatch for my iPhone 5s and loved the way it protected my phone and my privacy. Because who doesn’t use their phone when they’re in their robe and jammies? Or when they have bedhead? You get the idea.

The EyePatch Case just feels good in your hand. As soon as the case becomes available for the iPhone 6 Plus, I will be among the first to buy.

camJAMR. These little covers stay on securely and peel off easily, for reuse. You can apply them to the camera lenses on your phone, as well as to your webcam. They don’t clean your lens, as the EyePatch Case does. Still, there’s a place for the camJAMR in my privacy arsenal. How about yours?


Resume and Cover Letter Tips

ResumeOkay. Maybe this graphic is misleading—because in real life, you wouldn’t write “Resume” at the top of your resume. But believe me, it’s a lot better than a lot of the images out there … especially the ones involving handshakes, high fives, fist bumps, or men and women in business suits jumping for joy on a beach.

On a more serious note, I’ve seen a lot of people make writing their résumés and cover letters harder than it already is, because they were trying to persuade the reader to hire them, rather than merely interview them. Keep that in mind. Your only real goal at this stage is to get the interview.

Particularly if you are in college or recently graduated, you will find all sorts of useful information in this well-written brochure, Writing Resumes and Cover Letters. It comes from my former employer, Grand Valley State University—specifically, the Career Center. Enjoy!