jobs with benefits

God fucking bless the “worried well” who seek psychotherapy. They can mostly keep their lives/jobs/families running, but want an increase in their mood or quality of life, and come to me for a tune-up. They talk about existential questions and childhood dreams and personal fulfillment, and worry that they’re “whining” or “taking up [my] valuable time.”

I like them for them, of course; I find their lives and worries interesting and valuable, and enjoy the work we do together. But also?

They make the more “serious” work I do possible. People with the greatest need for therapy are frequently the least able to pay for it. When one of my clients loses their job and benefits, they need therapy more, not less. And in private practice I can only afford to keep treating them for free if I have enough people on my caseload who are paying me full price. My ability to volunteer at a homeless shelter and talk to them about grief and trauma is strongly dictated by how many upper-middle-class people pay me $200 an hour to talk about optimal job performance.

And emotionally, it is an honest fucking joy sometimes to get out of a session with someone whose childhood abuse makes their entire life difficult, and spend an hour talking to one of my worried writer clients about anxiety management and creativity and nothing too deeply painful.

So if you’ve ever paid a therapist but felt self-indulgent or whiny or like your problems “weren’t serious enough”: please know you’re valuable and important. Not just for yourself (though you are), but because your presence in that therapy room makes a lot of other things possible.

a 9 to 5 job with weekends off would be considered part time at walmart lmao.. think about that, what’s hailed as the ideal working hours is only called part time at walmart.

so when you’re shitting on someone because they only make minimum wage at a part time job, remember they’re probably working the same hours as your fucking office job, just without the benefits, far more difficult physical labor, and with far less pay. 


Not fake news. Just the facts.

Joe gets up at 6 a.m. and fills his coffeepot with water to prepare his morning coffee. The water is clean and good because some tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum water-quality standards. With his first swallow of coffee, he takes his daily medication. His medications are safe to take because some stupid commie liberal fought to insure their safety and that they work as advertised. All but $10 of his medications are paid for by his employer’s medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance - now Joe gets it too.

He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs. Joe’s bacon is safe to eat because some girly-man liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry. In the morning shower, Joe reaches for his shampoo. His bottle is properly labeled with each ingredient and its amount in the total contents because some crybaby liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how much it contained.

Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some environmentalist wacko liberal fought for laws to stop industries from polluting our air. He walks to the subway station for his government-subsidized ride to work. It saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees because some fancy-pants liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to be a contributor.

Joe begins his work day. He has a good job with excellent pay, medical benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some lazy liberal union members fought and died for these working standards. Joe’s employer pays these standards because Joe’s employer doesn’t want his employees to call the union.

If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed, he’ll get a worker compensation or unemployment check because some stupid liberal didn’t think he should lose his home because of his temporary misfortune.

It’s noontime and Joe needs to make a bank deposit so he can pay some bills. Joe’s deposit is federally insured by the FSLIC because some godless liberal wanted to protect Joe’s money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the Great Depression. Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae-underwritten mortgage and his below-market federal student loan because some elitist liberal decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his lifetime.

Joe is home from work. He plans to visit his father this evening at his farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive. His car is among the safest in the world because some America-hating liberal fought for car safety standards. He arrives at his boyhood home. His was the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers’ Home Administration because bankers didn’t want to make rural loans. The house didn’t have electricity until some big-government liberal stuck his nose where it didn’t belong and demanded rural electrification.
He is happy to see his father, who is now retired. His father lives on Social Security and a union pension because some wine-drinking, cheese-eating liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Joe wouldn’t have to.

Joe gets back in his car for the ride home, and turns on a radio talk show. The radio host keeps saying that liberals are bad and conservatives are good. He doesn’t mention that the beloved Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit Joe enjoys throughout his day.

Joe agrees: “We don’t need those big-government liberals ruining our lives! After all, I’m a self-made man who believes everyone should take care of themselves, just like I have.”


A brief tweetstorm about my dad’s Union job and how it benefited me through the years.


I have my dad’s 25-year Union ring. UAW 699 out of Saginaw, MI. So proud to have grown up in a union family. 1/

When my little sister was born, she was premature and sick as a result. My dad’s Union won health benefits helped keep her alive and safe 2/

When we were both young, we got sealants on our teeth & regular Dental checkups. We wouldn’t have been able to afford it w/out insurance 3/

When I was in elementary school I was depressed and miserable. My parents were able to afford to get me mental health care, thank you UAW 4/

At Xmas, we went to a show where all the kids got toys at the end. Some kids, it was the best toy they got that year. guess who did that? 5/

My mom only ever had to work part-time at a job she liked, and my dad came home at a reasonable hour every night. Thank you unions! 6/

In his 40s, my Dad decided he wanted to change careers. He went to school, he’s now an electrician & happy & still in the Union 7/

My life is measurably better because unions got my dad a living wage, great benefits, career mobility, and more. 8/

We lived in a nice place, went to good schools, my sister’s getting her PhD & I have a JD. And big picture, it’s because my dad is Union 9/

Don’t get me wrong, I know unions aren’t perfect. But they are sure as fuck better than the alternative. Solidarity&Brotherhood y'all 10/10

Not to be all “read Settlers” but a lot of white leftists are going at some point, to need to wrangle with the fact that white supremacy does have a lot to offer poor whites (not just material benefits like being called before black people for a job offer, but the social benefit of having a people to which you belong, the emotional benefit of having someone to see yourself as better than and of ignoring that people with their boots on your neck look like you, the ability to leverage at least one thing when you have no other leverage) and the material reality that a lot of the standard of living in the West is the result of ongoing imperial domination and mineral/labor/resource exploitation of some countries by imperialist powers like the US, and that no socialist revolution could take place and encourage internationalism without wrangling with that/without eradicating that relationship. You can call it Third Worldist and turn your nose up at it but these are practical concerns, and you see in many organizing models around white supremacy in particular this absolute refusal to acknowledge that all white people do benefit from white supremacy, even the ones who don’t want to, even the ones harmed in other ways by capital, even the nice ones, not just rich white people. And frankly, I think the refusal to acknowledge that is racist. It doesn’t mean that building class consciousness isn’t useful, but it means acknowledging that a lot of the people all of us are advocating for still hate black and brown people and will need to be dealt with accordingly, not pitied as fools fallen to false consciousness. This whole “white supremacy doesn’t really benefit you if you’re poor” shit has got to go. I’m not saying we give people a racial politics test, line the ones who fail against a wall, and shoot them, but you can’t just ignore this.

Universal makes sense. It’s economically better. It’s inclusive. It uses the size and power of the government to lower costs. You could leave a job and not worry about benefits. It would provide stability to all Americans.

Republicans hate it.

Dear Trump Administration

Hello Mr Ryan, Mr Trump, and whomever else this may concern.

(And, if you are an American of any stripe, then as it turns out it also concerns you.)

I am a family physician. I interact with your constituents all day, every day. I hear about their problems, their struggles, and often the limitations they face regarding healthcare. I try to help them when I can. That’s my job in a nutshell.

So let me tell you about one of your constituents who also happened to become my patient. Let’s call him Bob.

Bob is a middle aged man who worked full time at an entry level manual labor type job. The kind of job you spend 40 hrs/wk working but still hover around the poverty line. The kind of job with no benefits. He didn’t go to the doctor and had no health insurance but as far as he knew he also didn’t have any health problems. Until one day he started feeling unwell. This persisted for a few days and he refused to let his wife take him to the doctor. He was worried about the cost and figured he’d get better in a few days anyway. Only he didn’t. He got worse and his wife called an ambulance.

Enter the healthcare system.

Actually, let’s skip ahead to the final diagnosis. Bob has type 2 diabetes. Newly diagnosed. Easy. Boring. Right? Except Bob clearly had diabetes for some time, unbeknownst to him. When he arrived in the Emergency Department he was in septic shock. He was riddled with large abscesses in his internal organs and soft tissues. Both his lower limbs were necrotic. He had osteomyelitis in multiple locations. What’s really amazing though is that he lived. He had both his legs amputated below the knees and was hospitalized for weeks. All told he had 8 or 9 surgeries. He required weeks of additional IV antibiotics. But he ultimately got better. And his diabetes is well controlled now on pretty minimal medication.

During his hospital stay he was enrolled in Medicaid which, fortunately, will pay for all this medical expense. So let’s look at this from an economic perspective for a quick minute. This is a man who very quickly racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars of medical bills for which the government will pay. He is wheelchair bound now and on disability, again on the government’s tab. He will certainly have additional complications during his lifetime including pressure ulcers, infections, chronic kidney disease, etc. All told this one individual is costing/will cost the government millions of taxpayer dollars.

For want of a couple hundred bucks of prevention.

A routine visit to any PCP would have certainly identified his diabetes earlier and, as it turns out, he only needs like $30/month of medication to control it.

This is the tragedy of healthcare in America. That few hundred bucks of prevention is the ‘entitlement’ you and your fellow Republicans want to remove. This is of course saying nothing of the great personal cost to Bob in terms of his quality of life, physical, and psychological well being. Your bill that was withdrawn on Friday was nothing short of an abomination. Now, you might say I have chosen an extreme example to make a political point. Only I haven’t. I have multiple Bob like patients. Ask any PCP, especially in rural and urban underserved America. I promise you they will all know Bob. They will all have multiple Bobs on their panel.

Obamacare is not perfect, but it is progress. You must understand that prevention is cheap and to continue to make progress Obamacare must be augmented and refined, not ‘repealed and replaced’. Anything else is a complete affront to the American people. So please, cut your political BS and draft some useful legislation with input from actual physicians and other folks who understand that yes, healthcare is complicated. Perhaps you could ask Mr. Obama for some tips.

Memento mori,

Hostile Shrubbery

Tag Yourself - Castiel Edition

Which Castiel are you?

Castiel 1.0

- great hair but not the smartest cookie
- everybody loves him
- got drunk once and the story keeps getting wilder
- precious
- bad grades but A for effort


- not sure why he’s here
- v. religious
- wanted to be an astronaut when he grew up
- salty
- just wants to go home

Bizarro Castiel

- found out about the 60s and never moved on
- everyone is worried about him
- cynical
- thinks everyone and everything is beautiful
- is probably high


- thinks words like ”punk’d” and “rad” are “hip with the kids”
- cries easily
- tries too hard
- wears clothes under his clothes like superman
- good hair

God Complex

- “because I said so”
- the upgrade nobody wanted, like iOS8 or Windows 10
- thinks he’s better than you
- is probably actually better than you
- thinks he’s helping but is actually making a bigger mess


- ripped the heads off barbie dolls as a child
- fav song is the barney parody of “joy to the world”
- smiles a lot and nobody is sure why
- probably killed somebody and maybe ate them too

Castiel with a side of Nuts

- bees
- just wants to play party games and eat PB&J with his friends
- holding it together with dental floss and scotch tape
- no verbal filter whatsoever
- wants world peace and for every day to be pajama day

No-Shave-November Castiel

- bad at prioritizing
- loner
- contemplates life a lot
- low self-esteem
- just wants to do The Right Thing™

Steve from Gas ‘n Sip

- butterfingers
- works a minimum wage job with no benefits
- gives awkward high-fives
- stares at people
- can pull off Good Will Chic™

Totally Castiel (definitely not Lucifer)

- is either undressing you with his eyes or plotting your murder
- likes disco and tells dad jokes unironically
- gets sucked into addictive smartphone games easily
- c o n f i d e n t
- wants a puppy

jillianspina  asked:

Any advice for someone who wants to go into comics?

do the work

work hard

self deprecation is the least cute & helpful thing, fake it till u make it

don’t try to befriend ppl just to use their connections. don’t ask ppl to “hook you up”

make real friends in the industry who care about you & your work without giving a shit about how many followers/connections they might have. don’t be a social climber. if someone checks ur timeline & sees u tweeting incessantly at a whole bunch of different ppl without having any work of your own, that’s real telling

don’t begrudge other ppl opportunities given to them. be happy for them. jealousy & bitterness is not a good look

be genuine

finish your projects

never do unpaid work

it’s ok to assert boundaries & to stand up for your beliefs

get a flexible day job that gives benefits & time off if possible, bc paying bills on art alone esp when just starting is not sustainable & you will ruin your health & sanity in the process.

stay healthy. get regular check ups. eat right. take breaks. there’s no honor in working oneself to an early grave.

this is a long term game & there is NO such thing as an overnight success, so don’t begrudge. anyone who has “overnight success” spent years being invisible. you will not immediately succeed the minute you put some art out there. you might not for the first 5 or ten years. every year you spend “in the trench” counts.

above all, be kind & gracious to everyone– your colleagues, editors, anyone who comes up to your table at shows, their friends, significant others, etc.

One of these days I should actually write up, like, “a fannish guide to C-PTSD and BPD” for people who aren’t mental health professionals, so that people understand what I mean when I say a character sets off my trauma radar. 

I’m writing that kind of thing for work–trying to explain these disorders to people who have them, since I can write from the perspective of having them, and so much psychological literature is essentially written by therapists as a way of teaching other therapists how to treat people, not about how to live as one of those people. But it’s hard–hard to constantly dig up my perspective and re-root it in a different position, when I’m so used to being clinically detached; hard to concisely explain things that took years of experience to learn. 

I struggle also with my position in fandom?  I don’t like being in a position of authority over knowledge, telling people what to think and what’s correct or incorrect. Especially in the mental health field, I go out of my way to de-emphasize my systemic power and build up peoples’ knowledge over their own lives. So I don’t want to say, you know, “That neurodivergent headcanon is incorrect!” or anything like that, ever.  

On the other hand, I do kind of want to explain the frankly excessive amount of thought that goes into some of my own headcanons, because when people go, “You can’t just slap these labels on characters! You’re not an expert!” I’m like… I can slap these labels on people, not just fictional characters. I can legally diagnose people. I kind of am an expert. So I’m not coming at this from the same place as someone who’s read the Abnormal chapter of their Psychology 101 textbook. XD

And somehow, telling people, “Just read three or four of these books” has a low success rate.

mobierobie  asked:

Hi there! I'll be having an interview within the next couple weeks to be a Spanish-English interpreter. I am excited and am freaking out!! Can you make a vocabulary list of words to know for an interview? Thanks so much!!

I’ll list all the words I can think of that would be useful.

  • la entrevista = interview
  • la traducción = translation
  • traductor, traductora = translator
  • el/la intérprete = interpreter
  • el título = degree, diploma
  • el trabajo = job/work
  • el empleo = job, employment, position
  • el puesto = post, position
  • el cargo = job, post / someone with a higher-up position
  • el empleado, la empleada = employee
  • el jefe, la jefa = boss
  • el/la líder = leader [sometimes feminine is la lideresa]
  • el liderazgo = leadership 
  • el aprendizaje = learning, training / apprenticeship
  • la enseñanza = teaching, education
  • la escuela = school
  • el colegio = high school
    la escuela secundaria = high school / junior high / secondary school
  • la universidad = university/college
  • la educación = education [in some contexts it’s “manners” rather than “schooling”]
  • los estudios = schooling, studies
  • la instrucción = instruction, direction / training, education [sometimes used for “bootcamp”] 
  • el adiestramiento = instruction, preparation, training
  • el oficio = profession
  • el encargado, la encargada = the one in charge / “heading”, “responsible”
  • la responsabilidad = responsibility
  • el conocimiento = understanding
  • la sabiduría = knowledge
  • la comprensión = understanding, comprehension
  • la inteligencia = intelligence
  • la fluidez = fluency
  • la competencia = fluency (in a language), proficiency
  • el dominio (de un idioma/de una lengua) = mastery (of a language), command (of a language)
  • la aptitud = aptitude, ability
  • la capacidad = capacity
    capaz (de hacer algo) = capable (of doing something)
  • la eficacia = efficiency
    eficaz = efficient
  • la habilidad = ability, skill
  • la facilidad = ease, easiness
    la facilidad de palabra = a way with words, natural ability with speaking
  • el habla = speech, the ability to speak [technically feminine like el agua]
  • el oído = hearing, the ability to hear [also means “inner ear”]
  • el servicio = service
  • la ayuda = help
  • el apoyo = support
  • la currículum = resume / CV
  • la solicitud = application (for a job)
  • extranjero/a = foreign
    el idioma extranjero = foreign language
    la lengua extranjera = foreign language
    estudiar en el extranjero = to study abroad
  • el sueldo, el salario = salary
  • los ingresos = income
  • los impuestos = taxes
  • los beneficios = benefits (job)
  • el seguro = insurance
    el seguro médico = health insurance / medical
  • el fondo = fund
  • la jubilación = retirement
  • el/la colega = colleague
  • el socio, la socia = partner, associate [in friendly contexts it means “buddy” or “friend”]
  • la oficina = office
  • la compañía = company
  • la empresa = enterprise, firm
  • la agencia = agency
  • el estudio = studio [for some jobs like architecture it’s “a firm”]
  • el requisitio = requirement, requisite 
  • el trato = contract, deal
    trato hecho = done deal [in some contexts it’s asked as a question ¿trato hecho? like “do we have a deal?”, otherwise it’s acpetar el trato]

  • entrevistar = to interview
  • traducir = to translate
  • trasladar = to translate / to transfer, to copy, to move over
    trasladarse = to move, to relocate
    [it can be “to change jobs” or “to move to a different position”, or “to get from one place to another”, or “to relocate (for work)”]
    mudarse = to move (residency)
  • interpretar = to interpret 
  • licenciarse en algo = to get a diploma/degree in something
  • el campo (de estudio) = field (of study)
  • cumplir = to comply, to fulfill [may also be used in cumplir X años “to turn X years old”]
  • presentarse = to introduce oneself
    [introducir is “to introduce” in the sense of “to broach” or “to put into”, not used for meeting a person]
  • buscar = to look for
    buscar empleo/trabajo = to look for a job
  • entrenar el oído = to train your ear
    desarrolar el oído = to develop listening skills
    afinar/acostumbrar el oído = to train your ear
  • prestar atención = to pay attention
    prestar oído = to pay attention / to lend your ear
  • estar atento/a = to be attentive
  • entrenar = to train
  • adiestrar = to train, to instruct
  • guiar = to guide, to lead
  • arreglar = to fix
  • concentrarse = to concentrate
  • servir = to serve
  • pedir = to request
  • solicitar = to apply (for a job)
  • mejorar = to improve
  • actualizar = to update
  • escuchar = to listen, to hear
  • responder = to respond
  • contestar = to answer [a question or the phone]
  • archivar = to file, to put in an archive
  • jubilarse = to retire (from a job)
  • preparar = to prepare
    prepararse = to get ready
  • estar listo/a = to be ready
  • ser listo/a = to be smart
  • firmar = to sign
  • contratar = to hire
  • asegurar = to claim, to assure
  • preguntar = to question, to wonder
    preguntarse = to wonder
  • hacer una pregunta = to ask a question
  • tener que ver con (algo/alguien) = to have to do with (something/someone)
  • tratarse de (algo/alguien) = to have to do with (something/someone)
  • pertenecer(se) a = to pertain to
  • merecer(se) = to deserve
  • valer la pena = to be worth the trouble, to be worth the effort

If there are specific words or phrases you’d like to know, let me know.

Looking for a side job while the CRM/archaeology market is dead is so surreal, because during interviews you get asked things like “Give us an example of a time you faced a delicate situation in your current job, and how you handled it” and all the examples my brain typically jumps to either involve human remains or being threatened with bodily harm by landowners.

The Millennial’s Guide to Retirement

Ok so you’re probably somewhere in your 20′s. Time to think about retiring! lol but seriously. It’s tedious to prepare and put money aside for something that will not happen for 20 plus years. The future you will THANK you, trust me. I’m a planner personality. I need a plan to start planning - yeah, that kind of gal. I just like the reassurance. I have this long end goal to retire by the time I am 45 years old. And it will happen. Personally I think we all should be able to retire at an earlier age. Retire doesn’t necessarily mean “stop working and sit on the the porch eating pastries off your Mackenzie Child china every day.” To me, Retirement means I am able to stop working for strictly the means of surviving. After my “retirement,” I plan on fulfilling my lifelong dream of building homes and taking on some bogus corporate job with a ton of benefits. Because ya know, I can’t JUST have one job. lol This is what I call “double dipping” in life. Where I have had already worked hard; blood, sweat, tears, and worries to maintain and build a life. And now in my later years, am able to take the reins on my life in almost every aspect. (excluding the acts of God, of course :) 

What the heck is a 401(k) ?!?!? 

Having money sitting aside is one way of saving for retirement. But that’s the evil of it - it’s just “sitting.” Wouldn’t you rather have it DO something? For a while I couldn’t get my mind to fathom this amount of money I’ve saved up to just disappear. Visually, that is. The fact that this money is no longer visible in my account where I can see and know that it’s there. But if this money was set aside to begin with, then you do not need it to survive. This is the money that you set aside and are still able to pay your expenses and yourself every month. 

So let’s start with a 401(k) - This is employer based. Where you take a percentage of your pay every period and invest it into your 401(k) account your employer has set up for you. I highly recommend, if you can, contributing the maximum amount your employer is willing to match you. Usually, you’ll want to contribute 5% yourself. Your employer will match the max, of 4%. 

Say your paycheck is $1000/week. 
5% = $50/week
4% Employer match = $40
401(k) = $90/week for as long as you’re employed with them

The great thing about this is you don’t have to do anything else. This deduction is automatically taken out every pay period. AND! There are no taxes until you withdraw from your 401(k). (This is a great thing, trust me) 

Along with a 401(k), I personally have another type of retirement investment as well. For some of us who have not begun a career just yet that offers a retirement contribution, you can still start investing. For me, the best product was mutual funds. Everyone is different depending on how much you can invest into your retirement at this time. You should talk to a financial advisor to see which financial products are best for your budget. Start educating yourself on the market and trying to accumulate steady gains. Because remember, sitting money is doing nothing. You want to make your dollar work for you. 

Okay so what if you live paycheck by paycheck and are just not able to set aside any extra cash you may have? That’s okay! Don’t ever feel like you’re behind because you are not at that point in your life just yet. Everyone has their own pace of life. Start little as $1 a day. Yes, you have a dollar to spare. Mindlessly this all adds up. I have a blog post on how I budget my finances. I know exactly what comes in and out.
And if you just “don’t wanna” start saving yet, then honestly, you are not mature enough to even begin thinking about retirement. There is no age limit, just mind set. Mentally if you’re not there, don’t do it. Don’t force yourself because you feel you are “supposed” to. The only right time to start saving for retirement, is as soon as YOU can. 

Link to my budget post:

So y'all suburban full-time job with benefits motherfuckers really think that when I say ‘I don’t have any money’ what I’m really saying is 'I have money I’m too scared to spend’