Welcome back! Today, we’re continuing with Monday’s series focusing on our employees and their favorite recipes, motivators, and activities to stay busy while WFH. Keep reading here to obtain more ideas about activities you can try out at home!

Favorite Hobbies at Home…

  • Laura McDermott finds motivators in helping people, working with others to improve their interview and job search skills, being a role model to her children, and balancing a job she loves with the rest of life. Her hobbies and favorite activities surround rollerblading, cooking with kids, walking, and playing “online” canasta with her friends!
  • Shay Fischer loves gardening, hiking, outdoor biking, and exercising with her daughter. However, she’s also been able to keep busy with lots of cleaning and reorganizing around the house!
  • Amy Altman finds that her days are kept very busy by her 4-year-old and 1-year-old; she tries to find new fun and creative ways to keep her 4-year-old entertained by teaching him things like letters and numbers, as well as art and science projects. She’s also been working with him on learning to ride his bike and helping her 1-year-old to learn to walk; she takes her kids on very long walks every day to all different places where they are able to explore parts of their town that they have never been to or seen before.
    • She’s even managed to cram in working out through the peloton app as much as possible!
  • Hannah McDermott has been exploring new books and genres, such as The Last Mrs. Parrish, and Educated. She loves trying new recipes and trends from online platforms and social media channels!

A Special Note from our CEO…

“While this has clearly been the most tragic experience of my lifetime and perhaps for both generations before and after, I have taken full advantage of the home sheltering time to improve my “handyman” skills.  I found that after purchasing a power screwdriver, no home improvement project was beyond my ability. In the past few weeks, I have tackled everything on my “to do” list as well as those bigger projects that I would have hired outside help to get done.  There is not enough time to list every task I have accomplished but I am most proud of; repairing my outside fence, installing 4 new light fixtures, repairing closet doors, and finishing the rehab of my basement.  When not doing repairs, I have been working out on my Peloton bike, experimenting with new recipes, and spending tons of quality time with my wife, daughter’s, and English cream golden. Not all has been lost during Coronavirus but I must admit to my anxiousness for a return to some form of normalcy.” – Scott Fischer

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Happy Monday! We are so excited to release this week’s new series on Esquire’s Employees where we’ll be offering you a few of our favorite recipes as well as what we’ve been up to this quarantine to stay busy and motivated. Keep reading to find out and make sure to let us know what you try out…

Cooking Opportunities!

  • Hannah McDermott has been kept busy with “Tik Tok” recipes – she encourages all viewers to try out the “whipped coffee trend”! All you have to do is combine a tablespoon of water, instant coffee, and sugar into a bowl and electric mix for 4-5 minutes.
  • Shay Fischer has been trying out new appetizers at home, specifically Spicy Asian Lettuce Cups (makes 2 dozen cups).
    • Ingredients:
      • 2 TBS vegetable oil
      • 1 medium onion, cut into medium dice
      • 2 garlic cloves, minced
      • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained, rinsed and chopped medium-fine
      • 1 pound ground turkey, beef, or pork
      • ¼ cup soy sauce
      • ¼ cup ketchup
      • 4 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
      • 2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil
      • 2 teaspoons hot red pepper flakes
      • 2 TBS light or dark brown sugar
      • 1 head iceberg lettuce, core removed, leaves separated and torn into approximately 4-inc cups
      • ¼ cup sliced scallions
      • ¼ cup chopped peanuts

    • Instructions:
      • Heat oil in a large (12-inch) skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, and water chestnuts and sauté until onion softens (3 to 4 minutes). Add meat and cook, stirring frequently, until meat loses its raw color and liquid has mostly evaporated (about 5 minutes).
      • Meanwhile, mix soy sauce, ketchup, vinegar, oil, pepper flakes, and sugar in a small bowl.  Add to pan and continue to cook until the mixture has thickened to the consistency of thick sloppy joes. Remove from heat.
      • Fill each lettuce cups with 2 tablespoons filling, garnish with scallions and peanuts, and serve!
  • Laura McDermott has ventured down the pescatarian route, gearing towards plant-based meals such as @halfbakedharvest’s Sheet Pan Chipotle Salmon with cilantro lime special sauce Founder of the blog and renowned chef Tieghan regards the dish as, “the perfect easy sheet pan dinner to serve any night of the week. Incorporate this healthy recipe into your weekly meal prep and enjoy for lunches and dinners throughout the week.”
  • Amy Altman has been taking advantage of working from home to use her grill as many nights as she can! She’s been specifically loving Grilled Chicken Bruschetta from this recipe. Posted on the “skinnytaste website”, the entree is quoted as, “a summer staple! Made with juicy tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, red onion, garlic, and balsamic, it turns plain grilled chicken into a delicious weeknight meal in minutes!”
  • Scott Fischer enjoys a warm dessert and especially Brown Sugar Butter cookies at home from this recipe. As quoted by Julie Clark, “these chewy Brown Sugar Butter Cookies are an easy dessert to make! If you love sugar cookies, see all of our recipes here.”
  • Try out Teighan’s Hermione Granger Cocktail here – filled with, “fresh raspberries and sweet raspberry jam, smashed together with rosemary, lemon, apple cider vinegar, vodka, and fizzy sparkling water.”

We hope that you’ll be able to try a new drink, appetizer, entree, or dessert personally “endorsed” by our employees. Make sure to let us know what you think and share any of your favorite recipes with us too!

Missed our last article? Learn about the benefits of journaling here!

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And just like that, we’ve got another weekend in the “q” coming up! Before it starts, we’re hoping to extend our week’s message of keeping busy at home by teaching you a few easy ways to maintain your professional status as well as refresh your network. Keep reading to find out how…

Professional Upkeep at Home…

  • Like we mentioned on Monday… Catch up with mentors, colleagues, and recruiters: At Esquire, we are firm believers in the importance of networking as the underlying framework of all business operations. Now is a perfect time to utilize those relationships you’ve worked hard to build…
    • How to do so:
      1.  Schedule a call to obtain resume feedback and critique.
      2. Schedule a catch-up call and learn more about your colleagues, past coworkers, mentors, or other people’s accomplishments and life updates from the past weeks, month, or even year.
      3. Schedule a call to chat about job opportunities or temporary employment.
      4. Schedule a call to become more informed about industry trends so as to stay up to date with relevant information.
    • As you can see, there are a variety of reasons to catch up with people in your network. Especially in quarantine and whilst having vast amounts of free time, people are more willing and excited to chat than ever before. Take advantage of this downtime in talking and maintaining connections!
  • Send an update to your network: Maybe you aren’t seeking a specific chat or catch-up with one person – if that sounds like you, then we encourage you to explore ways in which you may still update your network about what you’ve been up to this year professionally and personally. I have been personally told by recruiters that doing so keeps “your profile” in their minds, which is somewhat like putting a foot in the door a little advantage for when our economy begins to open and these same people may be looking to hire…
  • Initiate something new… In the same way that people you already know may be more willing or have greater availability to hop on a call during this time, this is also a great opportunity for you to reach out and try out an informational interview or chat with someone who inspires you or holds a position you’re interested in. For this, we are lucky to have LinkedIn!

Connecting and chatting with others (even through a screen) is essential to maintaining a positive outlook and professional profile. So, the next time you find yourself staring at the wall with nothing to do… we encourage you to try out one of the strategies listed above, good luck!

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Learn about the benefits of journaling here!

Happy Monday! Today, we’re here to piggyback off of our idea last week where we introduced some of the benefits of scheduled journaling as a form of gratitude, and also as a new hobby. In light of that encouragement, we’re hoping to help provide an additional few strategies and activities that will allow you to stay busy while staying at home or WFH. Keep reading to find out…

Staying Busy at Home:

  • Finding new hobbies: Although it may seem restrained within the walls of your home, finding new hobbies is absolutely feasible indoors. While journaling is at the top of our list, many people have found new hobbies in cooking, art projects, puzzles, podcasts, exercise videos, cocktail recipes, skincare, beauty and makeup exploration, closet cleanouts, deep cleans around the house, and many more! Each of these activities will help you to fill empty space in the day and activate a new skill.
    • Extra tip: Sometimes even a simple reorganization of your workspace or room will help stimulate creativity and fresh, new ideations.
  • Take up an online class: Many universities, such as Open Yale Class, are providing anyone interested in their online learning. Especially for those college students and others who are in the interim of internships, school, and other responsibilities, cultivating new skills to put on your resume will prove a fantastic asset and way to stand out to recruiters (wink, wink!).
  • Find new ways to be with others: For those of us who have been fortunate enough to stay home during this time, finding new ways to spend time with family, partners, etc., will provide a fresh way to interact and pass time. One of our favorite ways to “bond” with our family members is through cooking – even exploring the easiest possible recipe will help you to build teamwork and ultimately gain a reward in the form of everyone’s favorite… food!
  • Catch up with mentors and recruiters: As we’ve mentioned numerous times in the past, at Esquire, we are firm believers in the importance of networking as the underlying framework of all business operations. Now is a perfect time to utilize those relationships you’ve worked hard to build to get some resume feedback, chat about new job opportunities or temporary employment, and stay up to date with a variety of industry trends. Maintaining relationships is not only a great way to stay fresh professionally but also a means of socializing from a distance!

We have all felt that longing feeling in the “q” where time just can’t seem to pass and everything feels used up. However, trying at least one of these new activities will allow you to stimulate new skills and strategies, give your brain some activity, and hopefully put your mind at ease.

Missed our last article? Learn about the benefits of journaling here!

Searching for a new position? Check out our open jobs list!

Happy Thursday and an early TGIF! Today, we’re hoping to show you some of the benefits of scheduling time to journal as a form of gratitude. Especially during quarantine and days of WFH, many people find it helpful to maintain a routine and/or schedule so as to keep up motivation and regular behaviors. One of the ways to do so is by practicing gratitude; we find it helpful to journal! So, if this is something you’re interested in, keep reading here…

Benefits of Journaling…

  1. Accountability: As we mentioned above, it can often become tough to hold yourself accountable to a variety of responsibilities when you’re entire day seems to drag on like one long mass of time. Scheduling in a “journaling” period will hold you accountable for a task while also filling some of the empty space of the day. We recommend setting aside a specific amount of time for each day (i.e.: 15 minutes) – this does not have to become a large task but instead a fun little break from reality!
  2. Thought Organization: I’m sure we’ve all caught ourselves in a moment when our head is spinning with different thoughts… did I do my laundry? Is that email due today? Did I see a response? Am I still taking that workout class later? Well, a journal will solve all of these problems as you can also use it to function as a schedule or to-do list! If you’re someone who is struggling to keep all of your thoughts in order, a journal is a great way to jot down what you hope to accomplish each day and how.
  3. Reflection and Improvement: At Esquire, we are huge supporters of self-improvement; keeping a journal will help you reflect on your strengths, successes, and identify areas of improvement. Doing so will help you to better yourself every single day as well as gauge a clear picture of who you are on a personal and professional scale to better address your daily highlights and/or some struggles.
  4. Stress Reliever: Setting aside a few moments each day to “unplug” from your tablets, phones, laptops, or other forms of electronics is a great way to bring yourself back to YOU. This time is all about you and that in itself is a way to relieve work, relationship, family, and many other types of stressors.
  5. Creative Boost: When is the last time you just let yourself go? A journal is a perfect place to store your creative thoughts or ideas… and yes, these may even be those “Shark Tank” ideas that even your family do not yet know about! Whatever it may be, writing ideas down in a journal is a fantastic mechanism for channeling and stimulating creativity.

We hope that after reading this you may feel inclined to start journaling this week! There is no better time than the present… so let’s get started…

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