Volume 80 – Toss Your Sunday Scaries Like a Hot Potato

Don’t Let Your Monday Ruin your Sunday


1. Plan a trip to see friends!

If you’re like me, you’ve got friends and family scattered all over the country – and the world. Admittedly, I don’t get to see most of them enough, but when I do – there’s just something special about spending face-to-face time with people who make my world go round. 

Jim and I went on a little excursion together over the past week to Idaho!

I had never been, so that made it fun, and we got to spend about half our trip with two amazing friends I’ve made thanks to the career coaching and resume writing community.

We laughed, we bonded, and we also planned some amazing collaborations that should have you on the lookout. 

In a digital world, there really is nothing like human connection. 


2. Splurge on an over-the-top dinner.

Yeah, Idaho might be all about potatoes, but we had one of the most memorable (meat) dinners of a lifetime! If you ever find yourself in Boise, ID, make a point to visit this out-of-control restaurant called Barbacoa. 

From outlandish decor that had to be inspired by Tim Burton’s Spanish doppelganger to the flaming quail that adorned Jim’s plate of Kobayashi pork, the entire meal was an experience I won’t forget. 

That’s saying something coming from Jim and me because we love to dine and know good food. 

I hope I just inspired you to make reservations at whatever killer new spot opened up down the street from you! 


3. Get new headshots.

I got new pics!

My friends and I went in on a shared photo session, and it was so fun. Plus we got some pretty epic shots together and solo. 

Headshots are a confidence booster and brand builder. If you’ve never had a pro take your pic, I highly recommend doing so; you’ll feel so good about yourself! 


4. Dip a toe in new waters.

We quite literally paddled and fished new rivers, including a paddle board down the Boise River and two days of fishing the Teton near Grand Teton National Park. 

Whether you like to enjoy river recreation or not, there’s an #outdoorlifelesson here to encourage you to explore new territories – try a new industry, learn a new skill, and explore a new function in your career. Adopt a new hobby. 

Seeing new places and learning new things is one of the most incredible growth experiences you can undergo. I’m a fan. 


5. Talk to strangers.

Jim and I are both pretty social people.

I jokingly call him the Mayor of our block because he’s the welcoming committee to all new inhabitants, and all of the little old ladies love him because he’s the neighborhood handyman, fruit-picker, lawn-mower, etc.

Well, when we camp in proximity to anyone, the same thing happens.

We don’t hole up in group sites often – we usually look for the most remote camping opportunities ever, but while exploring the Tetons, it was our best option (and safer from the Grizzlies)!

We talked to all kinds of people – a lady from Ohio who was full-timing on the road, working remotely with her dog, and a full-time RV-er with an adorable pittie mix and three cats who adventured with her! What a crew.

You never know who you’ll meet when you’re open to it!


6. Take the back roads.

Our route home from the Tetons included less than 10 miles of interstate across an 8+ hour drive, and those miles were our last before rolling into Glenwood Springs.

Taking the scenic route is one of my favorite things, and it’s a bonus when it’s the fastest option, too! We got to take in some amazing sights, including Jackson, WY, the Wind River Range, and just about every type of mountain/desert topography you can see out west. 

And very little traffic! 

John Denver was on to something with that whole “country roads, take me home…” thing!


7. Celebrate home

Being away makes it just that much better to be home!

I’m still so grateful for our little mountain abode we were able to buy last year, so it’s only fitting that this week’s episode of No More Mondays Podcast celebrates the people who help you get into home.

Listen in as Ben Lavender gives you some wisdom from his exploits as New York’s Favorite British Mortgage Broker. 


Here’s to a great week!

Your Friend and Coach,


Angie Callen, Founder

I created Career Benders to inspire confident professionals. In just three years, we have helped nearly 500 professionals navigate job searches, nail interviews, and find satisfaction in their careers. We’re here for you!

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