And it's not just the gym. It's the amazing benefits, it's the travel, it's the opportunity to give someone else an amazing opportunity, it's the people. One of the things I was worried about coming back to Maine was that I would miss the worldliness of New York City. Because I remember growing up here and I remember that for many people I knew growing up, going out to see the world meant going on vacation to Cancun.
|Sorry, but going to a resort here does not make you a "cultured" person.|
Maine drew me back because Maine meant being with my family, being able to own a home, and being able to get to work in less than an hour and a half. One thing I didn't expect to find in Maine was a place where I could talk to someone about the Dominican Republic and they didn't immediately launch into a story about the time they went to Punta Cana on vacation and spent eight straight days drinking and laying on the beach. I didn't expect to find a place where someone would say, "Oh yeah, I have to go to Italy next week," and no one would bat an eye. But I've found all of those things at my job.
I also didn't expect to find a place where people were actually in style. When I lived in New York, people never believed I was from Maine because they said I had too much style to be from Maine. Don't get me wrong, I love Mainers (or Mainiacs as some like to call us), but crocs, jeans, a long-sleeved shirt and a fleece vest is not fashion. I'm not saying you need to strut out in two feet of snow wearing a Versace dress, but shoot, at least look like you're not on your way out to work in your garden.
|When's the last time you saw these things on a runway?|
Here's today's attempt to keep up (sorry the picture quality sucks, it's what I could get at 7 in the morning when I was already running late):
|Move over, Queen Latifah, this big girl has style!|