On Saturday, my mom celebrated her birthday. For over a week, I tried to find the perfect restaurant. Eventually, I settled with Tamarind Continental Cuisine in Barbican. I’d dine at the Tamarind Indian before in February for a friend’s birthday, and my experience was great.

The Restaurant

Tamarind Continental is the sister restaurant of Saffron Indian Cuisine & Tamarind Indian Restaurant which offers a fusion of European cuisines.

The first thing that captured my attention was the wall art. It reminded me of a classic French cafe with a bit of modernity.

We jumped right into the main courses since many of us hadn’t eaten all day.

Nick and I ordered the Grilled Shrimp in Lemon Butter Sauce.

To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. Our reservations were at 7 pm, and we weren’t served until 8:30 pm. Half of us almost passed out from hunger pangs.

Our waitress was very apologetic. She advised that they were short staffed and had to cater to both sides (Indian and Continental) of the building.

Honestly, we were just glad we had our food.

I was not a fan of the Lemon Butter sauce on the alioleolio spaghetti, and Nick agreed. It had a sour taste that I was not expecting.

Also, the portion was way smaller than I imagined.

I was much more fond of the Stuffed Mushrooms that my aunt had ordered and the Grilled Chicken with Pink Peppercorn and Brandy sauce that my mom ordered.

Overall

My mom had a great time, and that was the aim of the night. Although the service wasn’t great, the food made up for it.

I would definitely try this restaurant again and order the Stuffed Mushroom Chicken. I’m still having the feels for it. Hopefully, all or most of the staff will be present to avoid the long wait.

Until next time. Nuff love Shevoneese

Hey Guys!!

Many of us live in mediocrity. We allowed life to beat us up and we no longer dream big. We’ve accepted where we are in our lives and stopped making an effort to make our goals a reality.

Some of us can’t even remember what we wanted the most. I know just how easy it is to lose sight of our dreams and goals. Earlier, this week, I fell into the pit of mediocrity and almost forgot the reason why I wanted to blog in the first place.

To get back on track,  I did these six things;

1. Admit I was scared- “If you can’t beat fear, just do it scared.” It’s okay to be afraid; the best and greatest feared that they wouldn’t be their best. Taking the risk is what makes you successful. 

2. Write down the goals – There is something powerful about seeing your thoughts on paper or even in the form of a vision board. It helps to motivate you, and it’s a constant reminder of what you want to achieve.

3. An accountability partner – Share your dreams or goals with a close friend or even your partner so they can help you stick to your plan. Nick is my accountability partner, and he’s always checking in to see where I am with my daily goals. Even when I’m not in the mood to write or to work on a project, he doesn’t allow me to slack off.

4. Be Positive – When you get discouraged, think about how awesome you’ll feel when you’ve achieved what you set out to. Reflect on where you were before you started and compare it to where you are now. Your progress may be small but it’s progress, and that’s important.

5. Take small steps – Your aspirations can be overwhelming when you think of them. Take baby steps; those small victories will eventually lead you to your goal.

5.  Don’t give up – Nothing easy goes overnight and while you may feel like a failure, try to push through it. You’ll learn so much about yourself if you do.

Remember: “The difference between greatness and mediocrity is often how an individual views a mistake”. Nelson Boswell

Working in a toxic environment is no one’s ideal situation. Now the job market isn’t doing so well in Jamaica; in fact, it’s the worst time to start searching for a new job.

While it’s okay to have a stressful day now and then at the office, there are significant signs that highlight you’re working in a toxic work environment. But what exactly do some of these signs entail?

A toxic work environment is any environment that makes you feel uncomfortable, unappreciated or undervalued. This ranges from an air of hostility, being talked down to, bullying, mismanagement and subtle forms of poor communication.

Those above can come from a coworker, your boss, and even your clients. 

No one should ever have to work in an environment that causes you physical/psychological pain, but unfortunately, this is more common than we acknowledge. In accepting this as the norm, we run the risk of harming ourselves over the long term, both professionally and psychologically.

Do these signs sound familiar? Does anyone else in your company feel the same way? Or are you simply being emotional? The chances are you aren’t sensitive or overreacting, what you feel is real but employers/ some employees label your feelings as such because, at the end of the day, their bottom line comes first.

1. Your boss has poor leadership skills

Sometimes a toxic work environment is derived from how a boss treats their employees. Supervisors can take advantage of their power and make the staff feel inferior by talking down to them. In some instances, the managers’ neglect of said environment can contribute to the toxicity.

2. Your colleagues are unprofessional

 If your fellow employees take credit for your work, love to spread rumors or throw you under the bus, it will be hard for you to work under such conditions and it leads to a deteriorating environment. If you don’t feel supported by your colleagues then maybe it’s time to be a part of a different team.

3. The excitement to go to work isn’t there

Isn’t this usually the telltale sign that something is wrong? Everyone has days where they don’t feel like going into the office, finding an excuse and when you do muster the courage and drag yourself out of the house, you’re not concerned with the time. You think “whatever happens, happens. 

4. You’re more aware of all the things that are going wrong

When you first started the job, the broken water cooler wasn’t an issue, the faulty WiFi, even your favorite bathroom stall being out of use for months (yes I have a favorite stall…doesn’t everyone?). But as times goes on, the rose colored glasses come off, and you’re annoyed by everything.

5. Constantly looking for a new job

If you’re searching the classifieds like clockwork, then you have a problem. Your passion or interest no longer lies in your current job.

6. Your Boss is preventing you from progressing professionally

It’s hard to imagine you could live in a world where your boss doesn’t want you to excel, but the harsh reality is you have managers who desire to confine you to a box because they are afraid of your potential. Most persons would ideally like to work with someone or in an environment that grooms us to be the successful professional we dreamed we could be. Instead, we are given ‘busy’ work even when we are capable of doing so much more.

Just because you want a job or desire to sustain your employment long term, doesn’t mean you have to deal with these issues. If you find that many of these signs are present in your work environment, then it may be time to change your career. 

Remember: your well-being should be a priority, if you should fail to carry out a crucial aspect of your duties, your employers won’t hesitate to replace you. However, experience in the current job doesn’t mean it won’t work out if you choose to pursue a different one.

Do you work in a toxic environment? Let me know how you deal with it in the comments below.

Hey, Guys and Gals! I hope your Easter is going extremely well. Unlike, mine which has been a roller coaster all weekend as I’m battling the flu.👎😷

Sucks…I know.

The weird bodily fluids took it upon themselves to organize a strike during the holidays, shutting down the normal operational activities of my body.
*Shakes head* Good help is so hard to find these days?

I hate getting sick. I will admit that when I am, I’m stubborn, more needy, miserable and require every ounce of attention when trying to recover. Overall, I’m a big baby.
Nick can vouch for this as he’s the one nursing me back to health, although I refuse to take any of it the easy way. I mean come on….I may feel weak and woozy sometimes, coughing every second….. You know what? I’m just going to do what he says.

I mean I have one foot in the grave so I might as well try to get better.

 Here’s a list of some of the methods I’ve been using to keep the flu at bay.
1. Honey and Lime (for a sore throat)
2. DPH
3. Salt Wash ( for a sore throat)
4. Lots of soup
5. Drinking fluids
6. Rosemary Oil (to ease congestion)
7. Resting (most important)

However, I didn’t let the flu stop me. As I went to Portland to experience the magic that is Somerset Falls. I’ll post that later this week. Of course, it was a challenge as I was full of phlegm, galavanting in the rain, as it was a rainy day in Portland, with nothing but my peach bath suit on, full of cough syrup.

Now that I’m back home, I’m feeling the effects of my ‘wild child’ moment, sipping on DPH (more like forced by Nick), binge watching How I Met Your Mother for the umpteen time, waiting for the drowsiness to set in. 

It’s been two hours.

Anyways Guys, take the necessary precautions to avoid getting sick this weekend as I’ve noticed there’s a nasty bug is going around. Wash your hands regularly and sanitize!

Let me know some of the methods or things you do to get rid of the flu.

My cubicle is basically a 9-5 jail sentence. On some days, it’s okay and other days, I wish I had a bottle of vodka to get through it. Here are twelve of my top pet peeves that ruin my day at work.

1. When a colleague borrows a pen and never returns it

2. Coworker who steals your labelled food or drink from the fridge

3. When you see somebody leave the bathroom without washing their hands

4. When your coworker returns from lunch with horrible stink breath

5. When the shared microwave becomes a canvas of stains

6. People looking at my computer screen over my shoulder.
Yes….I can hear and feel you breathing down my neck.

7. When someone fails to replace a file they removed

8. When it’s time to clock out and a coworker pulls you on a project last minute (especially when it has nothing to do with you)

9. When there’s no toilet paper left and the last person who used it, didn’t refill….Sad to say but the longer I wait in the stall, the more likely my other clothing becomes a viable candidate in place of toilet paper.

10. When a coworker committed a wrongful act against you and then plays the victim.

11. When lunch time is the only peace you get, but a coworker wants to talk to you

12. When you’re obviously getting your tasks done and a coworker constantly wants to share their ‘ideas’ to lighten the workload (which ultimately increases your workload while they slack off)

Share your pet peeves below! Have a great weekend!!