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Complimentary December 2016

A Special Place for Special People HICKORY LIVING • DECEMBER 2016







from the publisher

Welcome to the December issue.

We are pleased to announce that this issue marks our 100th month of publishing Hickory Living Magazine! And recently, we printed and distributed our one millionth copy of the magazine! None of this would have been possible over the last eight years without the tremendous support and loyalty of our readers and advertisers, to which we say a heartfelt thank you. We look forward to bringing you the next one hundred issues of Hickory Living! The Christmas season is about giving, and I want us all to remember those who are less fortunate this time of year. One organization in the Catawba County area that offers hope and healing to our neighbors in need is the Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry. If you are looking for ways to help, please consider reaching out to this worthwhile organization. They are looking for volunteers and do great work in our community all year round.


LIVING Living the Good Life

December 2016

Mailing Address - P.O. Box 57 Harmony, NC 28634 (704) 546-5511 E-mail - CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kristie Darling • Meredith Collins • Jessica Fox Kathy Wheeler • Alice White Lauren Davidson COVER PHOTOGRAPHY Shane Greene Photography

We at Hickory Living wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas, and thank you for reading the December issue of Hickory Living Magazine!

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December 2016


• Preparing For The Holiday


• Sapphire Hills Event Center


• Lou Lou's Corner


• Local Customer Support


• What's Cooking?!


• Danny Hearn


• Hollywood Comes To Hickory


• Transitioning To A New Job


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A Special Place For Special People

Shopping Made Easy!

With Nationwide Service

Elegant Appetizers

Looking Forward


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Preparing For The

Holiday By Jessica Fox

restaurants to home improvement retailers can be purchased almost anywhere, such as pharmacies, hardware and grocery stores. If budget is a major concern, consider giving your skills and talents. Offer your services by simply making a gift card on your computer or writing it in a holiday card. Homemade baked goods, crafts, and holiday gift baskets are always great gifts. Pinterest is a great resource for ideas. How did we live without all the inspiration it offers?! Personalizing items can turn an inexpensive item into a very chic gift. Glassware can be etched and monogrammed by printing initials on label paper, cutting out the letter to make a stencil and using some etching cream. Try this idea: paint the base of inexpensive wine glasses with Krylon chalkboard paint for a wonderful hostess gift. No need for wine glass charms, just write the person’s name on the base of their glass in chalk, and hand wash when the party is over. Wrapping gifts can be as daunting to some as the purchase itself. Bags with tissue can make this task quicker and easier. However, if you like the fun of tearing the wrapping paper from a gift, you may want to buy boxes and pretty wrapping paper. I typically like using two coordinating papers and wrapping everything the same. Instead of buying ready-made bows, I will buy a large roll of wired ribbon and tie my own. If you can tie a shoelace, you can tie a bow. Using a very long length of ribbon, wrap your package and tie a bow as if you were tying your shoelaces. After tying that first bow, then loop the streamers and tie another bow on top, continue tying bows until it has as many loops as you want. The wire in the ribbon makes it easy to shape once it is tied.

Shopping, decorating, wrapping gifts, entertaining, giving and receiving–there is plenty to love about the holiday season…or not. Let’s face it, we all love parts of the holiday preparations, but rarely do we love all of it, although I’m pretty close to loving it all. There’s a lot of work, planning and shopping…did I mention work? While some love shopping, others hate it, they feel the budget crunch, or find it difficult to choose a gift for someone else. For those who dislike the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, start early and shop online. I always encourage people to shop local, and many local retailers have online options. If your favorite stores do not have a website, check their Facebook page. You might find items you like in their posts. Call and ask if they can wrap it and have it ready for pick up. Spa and boutique certificates are another low maintenance gift item. Again, call ahead so it is ready for pick up. Gift cards for anything from 88


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There is nothing that gets me into the holiday spirit more than decorating. Yes, it’s a lot of work, but so worth it when it’s done. I typically spend one day getting the trees and large items in place and then a day adding ornaments and decoration. The first day is work, the second day is fun for me. A fire in the fireplace, a cup of hot chocolate and a Hallmark Christmas special or Christmas music is usually enough to get me motivated. Ask for help with the big stuff! Entertaining is fun once the work is done. Most of us spend a lot of special time with family during the holidays, so offer to host the meal and fix the main course, while asking your guests to bring a side dish or a dessert. Your house doesn’t have to be perfectly clean for the gathering. Focus on the rooms that will get the most action, and give the rest a quick, lived in, once-over. When cleaning is too daunting, hire some help. If clutter is what you struggle with, hide it under the bed! Don’t judge me for that last tip. Organization is not my strong suit, but resourcefulness is! So this year, instead of the bah humbug attitude made famous by Ebenezer Scrooge, seize the season! Dive in head first and don’t hold back. Make your least favorite parts of the season short and sweet and concentrate on the holiday traditions you love. Here’s wishing all of you a Very Merry Christmas! Let the season begin!!!







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A Special Place for Special People By Kristie Darling

A labor of love! That is what I discovered about Sapphire Hills and Oz’s Jewelers, two kindred enterprises that grace our community and the couple whose vision brought them to life. Oz and Brenda Hefner are the dynamic duo with the dream, and we are all beneficiaries of their hard work, passion, creativity, and very good business sense.

ways, and over the years, we’ve always listened to our jewelry customers. We often ask folks who just chose their engagement or wedding rings about their plans for the big day. To our surprise, many had no idea where to have their wedding! We saw a real need to help couples make these decisions, starting with the venue.”

IT’S YOUR PARTY! Sapphire Hills Event Center is the newest jewel the Hefner’s have created. With a goal to provide classic Southern elegance in a new and up-to-date space, Sapphire Hills can host weddings, parties, even corporate meetings and events and every type of celebration in between, professionally and affordably. “Oz’s Jewelers started 33 years ago in the simplest way, with one gold chain,” Oz explained. “We’ve grown in so many

With a bit more than three acres, Sapphire Hills sits atop a gentle rise on Highway 16 in Conover. When you wind your way up the crepe myrtle lined drive and around the fountain to the portico, you know you have arrived at a very special place. Sapphire Hill’s white, lap board sided colonial style reminds me of Mount Vernon–but with an elegant two-story entrance and foyer that boasts a graciously curved stairway, perfect for a beautiful bride’s descent.



Above the beveled glass entry doors, a large, arched and monogrammed window fills the second floor’s additional party space with light. Last spring, Anna Spencer posted on Facebook: “A beautiful venue for weddings, surprise parties, reunions, everything! It’s awesome!” SPRUCING IT UP The building was built in the early 1990s as a restaurant, so many aspects were designed for hospitality. “Last December, we became the fourth owners, and we could have just opened the doors for business,” Brenda told me, “but we did a fair amount of remodeling to make it all work the way we wanted. We cleaned up the landscaping and replaced the windows, siding, and light fixtures. We got very good advice from Heather Krumroy at Events Unlimited to move some walls and put comfortable

curves where there once were awkward corners. The caterer’s kitchen was upfitted, and it serves very well for large or small weddings, parties, and meetings.” Events Unlimited, another family owned business, is one of Brenda’s partners in rentals, planning, decorating, and ambiance. But, I have to say, the pièce de résistance are the gorgeous floors! “A friend put in an amazing faux marble floor that is just beautiful,” Oz explained. “We copied his idea at Sapphire Hills, and people are amazed at how the floors shine and enhance the atmosphere during an event.” A perfect backdrop for your dance floor. HAVE IT YOUR WAY Brenda has a recommended list of professionals who can create the perfect wedding, shower, family or class reunion, birthday, anniversary or holiday party, reception or meeting, from caterers and bakeries, linens, place settings, and centerpiece rentals, to florists, DJs, travel agents, carriage rides or limo service. “We can even help you find bouncy inflatables for children’s parties,” Brenda said. “My brother, Matthew Godfrey, bakes at Alma’s Bakery, named after our granny, and he makes beautiful, delicious cakes and such, but I can also refer you to others in our area. And, of course, you can do it yourself or work with other professionals to create your perfect event or wedding. We don’t require that you hire anyone in particular.” FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED Brenda shared the story about naming their new venture: “I told my daughter, Somer, that I might name our event center The Bless Your Heart Event Center! Well, she came back with, ‘You can’t name it that!’ At the same time, both Somer and Oz suggested a name that reflected that we wanted this new venue to be a part of our jewelry business and to describe its setting for storybook weddings and special events. Sapphire,

because we’ve worked with gem stones for so many years, and Hills, because the house sits on a lovely high spot.” Somer and Chris Sparks had their wedding at Sapphire Hills. “They got married outside by the tree,” Oz said, “on a warm, and delightful first day of October. It was wonderful for the whole family.” Somer, who is an occupational therapist, has been a partner in this new venture from the start, and she’s now taking classes in event planning. “I’m excited


On the cover and above–Sapphire Hills is a family affair. Brenda and Oz Hefner with daughter Somer Hefner Sparks, owners (Photos by Shane Greene Photography) Opposite page–Sapphire Hills Event Center located on Hwy 16 in Conover (Photo by Chad Shehan)



about Sapphire Hills,” Somer said with a smile. “Our wedding was perfect, and all our couples agree. My dad is now semiretired. He’s putting his whole heart into this business. He’s always thinking how to make this the best party place around; always looking for the next phase of our lives.” THE JEWELRY Oz continues to work on his own jewelry line, the Steal Her Heart. The collection includes earrings, bracelets, casual rings, and pendants, but the centerpiece of Steal Her Heart is unique engagement and bridal rings created around Oz’s original heart design and his sparkling Diamonds as Perfect as She Is, the Oz-branded diamond solitaire. Oz has incorporated a cross into this line, making a unique statement of faith. After just four years, Oz’s Steal Her Heart line is now carried in over 800 fine jewelry stores in the U.S. and Canada, and it’s still growing.

Photos: Chris and Somer’s wedding at Sapphire Hills. The

ceremony was outdoors, the reception was held indoors, and Somer and Chris received a sparkling send off. (Photos by Tea Auton Photography) 14


The Hefners opened Oz’s Jewelers 33-years ago, and Oz has become the go-to designer for custom jewelry pieces. “I don’t know anyone around who does custom CAD and 3-D printing design work,” Oz told me. “Last year, we helped a senior at Alexander Central High School design his own senior ring as part of his senior project. If a customer wants to design something special, I am glad to help them do that.” The store absolutely sparkles with all manner of gorgeous jewelry. Jewelry repairs are done in the store where personal customer service is always the practice. With holiday shop-

ping on our minds, I recommend a visit to Oz’s. You will find gifts there that suit anyone on your list; something for every taste and budget.

with! They made the reservation and planning process seamless and pleasant from start to finish…The secret will soon be out about Conover’s beautiful events space!”

THE TOTAL EXPERIENCE “When you purchase your engagement ring here, and book your wedding at Sapphire Hills,” Brenda explained, “your rehearsal dinner is yours at no charge.” Christmas is about here, and your holiday party or dinner can be booked by just giving them a call.

The original builder of the house said, “I’m so glad someone turned this house into a wonderful place!” I wholeheartedly recommend a visit to get the full picture, so you can imagine how beautiful and special your wedding or party will be in this delightful setting.

This rave review was recently posted: “We hosted a bridal shower at Sapphire Hills, and it was a gorgeous venue! Somer and Brenda are joys to work

SAPPHIRE HILLS EVENT CENTER 6610 North Hwy 16 • Conover 828.502.0991

Photos, clockwise:

• Chairs are set up for an indoor wedding ceremony. (Photo by Carolina Portrait Designs) • Brides love photos on the winding staircase. (Photo by Carolina Portrait Designs) • Oz and Brenda Hefner (Photo by Shane Greene Photography) • Steal Her Heart Bridal Collection designed by Oz. (Photo by Chad Shehan)

OZ'S JEWELERS 1839 12th Ave NE • Hickory 828.328.5565 HICKORY LIVING • DECEMBER 2016






to the playroom and beyond, with wellmade, realistic model-sized toys.

Shopping Made Easy! By Meredith Collins | Photos by Shane Greene Photography

Looking for great Christmas gifts the whole family will love? Trying to find that one perfect gift for the person on your list who has everything? Lucky for you, there’s Lou Lou’s Corner, selling local products and one-of-a-kind items to fulfill any wish list. Check out some of their favorite items for the holiday season. Want something made locally? Lou Lou’s Corner carries many products crafted in the Carolinas. Chapel Hill Toffee is hand-made right here in North Carolina. Each piece is coated on both sides with a top-secret blend of dark chocolates and crushed pecans. Freaker is another American-made brand produced in Wilmington. They sell high-quality drink insulators. Rewind was founded in 2009 in Charleston. They turn discarded wine 18


bottles into beautiful candles with scents that mimic your favorite wines. Seeking a little adventure? For those who like to be active and enjoy the great outdoors, here are a few items that will keep them busy: B4Adventure has fun, recreational activity toys that family members of all ages can enjoy in the great outdoors! Turn your boring backyard into a popular play zone with new Ninjalines, based on the hit television show, American Ninja Warrior. Swurfer Swing is a Charleston-based company that blends swinging with surfing. Swurfer is the next generation outdoor board sport. Their curved wooden swings are made in Granite Falls, North Carolina! Bruder Trucks bring the construction site

Hey bartender! Want to make great cocktails and pints at home? Craft-aBrew makes beer brewing kits that let you create outstanding craft beer right out of the box. Looking for more kick? Bittermilk is a line of mixers made for cocktail enthusiasts by professional bartenders with real ingredients, like grapefruit, elderflower, and smoked honey. They are hand-crafted and bottled in Charleston. Don’t forget all the guys on your list, too! For the beer lover, check out the Beer Cap Trap, a specially shaped display board that has small openings to show off their favorite bottle caps. Southern Hooker hats are also now available at Lou Lou’s Corner. They

Photos: Opposite page–A welcoming winter wonderland

fills the windows of Lou Lou’s Corner • For the guy on your list, new Southern Hooker hats and Beer Cap Traps Above–What little boy doesn’t love trucks? Brands like Bruder and Green Toys make great gifts • Favorite holiday items in one of the stores whimsical displays make old school trucker hats with fresh patch designs in various colors, themes, and styles. For the ladies on your list, give them the scents of the season from Lou Lou’s favorite candle brands. Nest Fragrances include distinctive and luxurious home fragrances, personal care products, and fine fragrances. MerSea products are artisan soy/wax blend candles that are hand-poured in the USA, featuring fresh ocean scents like Sea Pines. Still not sure what to get? Lou Lou’s Corner’s experienced staff is ready to help. They can even do the shopping for you over the phone and will ship your packages or offer curb-side pickup. Don’t forget the best part, free gift wrapping! Still not sure? Try one of their handy gift baskets. At Lou Lou’s Corner, finding a fantastic gift for everyone on your list is no hassle. So, come enjoy the holiday season at Lou Lou’s Corner. You’ll enjoy extended holiday hours, special treats like homemade cookies for weekend shoppers, and even an appearance from the big man himself in December. Check out their Facebook page to get all the details. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas, from all of us at Lou Lou’s Corner! Where we make holiday shopping easy! 202 Union Square • Downtown Hickory 828-324-7655 • HICKORY LIVING • DECEMBER 2016






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Local Customer Support with Nationwide Service

By Kathy Wheeler

Last November, I decided to upgrade my family’s phones and service as their Christmas presents. After a lot of research, I chose Carolina West Wireless as my carrier. I received four iPhone 5s and put them all on the same plan. I purchased Otter Box cases for them all, since we can be kind of rough on phones, and purchased an iPad Mini for myself through their Flex Plan. I was a little skeptical about the coverage I would receive with Carolina West Wireless. It’s a smaller, locally owned company, not a large conglomerate, but at the same time I liked the idea of shopping locally. The money I spent stays in our area. Jobs are created locally and local charities are supported by Carolina West Wireless. It is a win-win. The plan and rates I received were the best I had found, and I was pleasantly surprised with the service coverage. It was excellent! Fast forward a year later, and I am still very happy with the service I receive 22


and extremely happy with the plan rate. I like that local people answer my call if I need customer service. I recently called about upgrading my phone and discussed my current plan. The Carolina West Wireless customer service rep was friendly and very helpful, explaining everything in detail and helping me decide the best plan for my needs. Customer service actually helped me reduce my monthly fees a little based on the data I was actually using on my iPad. This is excellent, since I will be upgrading my phone using their Flex Plan to purchase the new iPhone 7 Plus, a Christmas present to me! Carolina West Wireless is so confident in their nationwide network they will let you test their service for 14 days, risk free. If you aren’t fully satisfied, you may return the device–no questions asked. This holiday season, if you want to upgrade your phone services or your phone, consider checking with Carolina

West Wireless before you make a decision. The Flex Plan allows you to purchase your phone over time and enables you to upgrade your phone before you finish paying for it if you choose. Their Ultra Freedom Plan puts you in charge of your services by letting you design your own plan based on your needs, sharing data with other phones on your plan. For more information, contact Carolina West Wireless. Their team is happy to assist you with your purchases and plan options. HICKORY 2537 US Hwy 70 SE 828.322.5770 4434 North Center Street 828.261.2020 LENOIR 1009 Blowing Rock Blvd., Ste. 110 828.754.3707





What's Cooking?! Elegant Appetizers

Holiday Baked Brie

Recipe created by Foxes Love Lemons Prep: 10 min. | Cook: 14 min. | Servings: 8

2 tablespoons unsalted butter 8 ounces button mushrooms, sliced kosher salt ground black pepper 1 Brie round (8 ounces) 3 tablespoons honey ¼ cup pomegranate arils ¼ cup shelled pistachios crackers or toasted bread


Heat oven to 350° F. In large skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms; cook 8-10 minutes, or until deep golden brown, stirring frequently. Season with salt and pepper; remove from heat. Place Brie on parchment paper-lined rimmed baking pan; drizzle with honey. Transfer to oven and bake 5-7 minutes, or until inside of cheese is softened, but outside remains intact. Transfer Brie to serving platter; top with pomegranate arils, pistachios and mushrooms. Serve immediately with crackers or bread.

Butternut Squash Queso Dip

Recipe created by Rachel Cooks Prep: 5 min. | Cook: 15 min. | Servings: 10

12 ounces butternut squash puree, frozen 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil ½ finely diced red onion

1 clove garlic, minced 1 can (10 ounces) petite diced tomatoes and green chiles ½ teaspoon ground cumin ½ teaspoon chili powder 8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded


Place unwrapped squash in microwave safe bowl and heat in microwave 5 minutes at 50 percent power, or until thawed. In large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook 4-5 minutes, or until translucent. Add garlic and cook 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add squash, tomatoes, cumin and chili powder, and bring to boil over mediumhigh heat.

Reduce heat to low and add cheese. Stir until melted and serve immediately. Recipe and photo compliments of United Dairy Industry of Michigan More Recipes at HICKORY LIVING • DECEMBER 2016






Danny Hearn

Looking Forward By Kathy Wheeler | Photo by Craig Hopkins


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This past September, at the age of 65, Danny Hearn retired as president and CEO of the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce. His impressive 44 years in the chamber industry started in Hickory with an internship. After graduation from Lenoir-Rhyne College, he became a full-time associate with the Hickory Chamber for three years. From there, he moved to the chamber in Norfolk, Virginia, then to the chamber in Rockingham, North Carolina. Danny was president and CEO of the Greater Statesville Chamber for 26 years before returning to Hickory. He finished his career in Hickory, where it all started, spending the last 12 years heading up the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce. I attended Danny’s retirement celebration on September 12th at the Hickory Metro Convention Center. His years of service and contributions to our community were honored, and he received grateful recognition for his generous mentoring of chamber staff from all over the country. Danny’s reach and contributions went far beyond Catawba County. 28


The house was packed with friends, peers, and admirers, all of whom benefited from his positive influence, some flying in from out-of-state to honor him. His accomplishments outside his chamber positions were as impressive as his work in our own community. There was quite a lot of talk during his retirement celebration about Danny playing golf. However, when you dedicate 44 years of your life to your passion as Danny has, you don’t just turn that off because you retire. So I interviewed Danny about a month after his retirement to see what his plans were for the future and get some advice for our county.

Kathy: What do you see as the next step for Catawba County’s economic growth? Danny: I believe there are several major issues of importance. Catawba County and the EDC need to develop additional spec buildings for prospective clients.

Secondly, I think we need to increase our population growth. Over the next 20 years, we will lose 10,000 young people who move away and another 10,000 retiring from the workforce. Who will replace these people without a major population increase? How do local business owners sell their products and services without new customers moving to the area? Thirdly, the Hickory Metro needs to be marketed externally. Currently, there is no organized and funded marketing strategy for the area. However, I’m glad to hear the county is hiring a new marketing and branding director for that purpose. It’s very critical that this gets done and is started soon. Fourth, thousands of good jobs are still going unfilled. We still need to work on workforce retention, recruitment, and training. Lastly, we need to embrace the new K-64 education plan in our three school systems. This plan is coordinated by CVCC with collaboration of local government, businesses, and the community at large. The big win is that this funds The Leader in Me in all of our elementary schools.

Kathy: What advice would you give new business owners or potential businesses looking at Catawba County? Danny: It’s no secret, we are a mid-sized metro area with a population base of 360,000 people. We have low taxes and cost of living with an incredibly diverse quality of life. Catawba County has no traffic issues, and we are in a perfect location geographically for travel and entertainment. We have a cooperative local government for those who are looking to locate their business here and brand recognition around the world with effective resources for helping new and/or experienced entrepreneurs. Kathy: With your knowledge of business development in Catawba County, do you have any advice for the next Chamber president? Danny: This is not your Chamber! Collaborate, listen, and learn from our current and legacy leaders about where we have been and where we’re going. Take risks, be creative and continually ask how we are doing and how can we get better. Don’t settle for good; be great! Become essential, not just valuable. Adapt to change and be proud to carry the designation and manage a national Chamber of the Year. Kathy: What do you plan to do with all of your time now that you are retired? Danny: Other than golf, it’s too early to tell. Debrief myself mentally to find that next challenge or challenges, and enjoy them. I will always be there for the Chamber if needed. It will be most enjoyable to participate and attend their events as a volunteer rather than the manager and host. Kathy: I know you accomplished your bucket list as far as your career goes, but what things are on your bucket list for retirement? Danny: To be a good husband, parent, granddad, Christian, and cheerleader for the great stories and accomplishments ahead for Catawba County. At Hickory Living Magazine, we wish Danny Hearn a healthy and enjoyable retirement, and we look forward to seeing what comes next!







HOLLYWOOD Comes to Hickory

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Transitioning to A New Job By Lauren Davidson

Many industries have interconnected ties, and even if it’s a long shot that you’ll ever see your old boss again, you want to keep a good reputation of maintaining the utmost professionalism just in case. Keep your reputation intact by putting in a two weeks’ notice and remaining professional and polite. The best revenge is that you’re moving on to greener pastures. Prepare You probably did a lot of research about the company before the interview process, but don’t stop now. Try to find out all that you can about the company’s culture. Is it a casual office where everyone wears jeans, or is it more buttoned up? Knowing ahead of time will help you fit in. It’s also a great idea to brush up on the duties of the job. There are a lot of great online resources on just about any subject. It will help you feel prepared and on top of things from the get-go if you put in a little extra learning time before you start. Even if it’s a lateral move, it won’t hurt to brush up on the basics.

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Did you know that many consider the beginning of the year the best time to look for a job? Once everyone returns from holiday breaks and yearly budgets are approved, many companies are in a position to hire more people. If this is a time of transition for you, read on to find out my suggestions on how to make the changeover process go as smoothly as possible. Never Leave On Bad Terms You may be unhappy at your current job, and have a boss or co-workers from you-know-where, but I have found that there is always a chance that you will run into them again somewhere down the road. It’s important that you hold your tongue, and don’t burn any bridges, however tempting it may be. Vent to your friends and family about it, but don’t make a scene at work.

Make a Great First Impression Since you’ve done some prep work, this won’t be hard. Someone once told me never to pack lunch on your first day, and I think that’s a good piece of advice. You want to make sure you’re open in case your new boss or coworkers want to take you out! This is also a time when you want to look your very best. Take a little extra time getting ready your first week in order to make a really great first impression–after all, you only get one chance to do so. If you dread small talk, come up with some lines you can easily rattle off. Chances are, you will be asked over and over again about your background. The book How to Win Friends and Influence People is a great resource for this. It may seem silly to want your future co-workers to like you right off the bat, but your hard work may not be recognized if people think you are a curmudgeon. Congratulations on scoring a new job! With preparation, hard work, and the support of your future co-workers, you’ll be on top in no time! HICKORY LIVING • DECEMBER 2016













Welcome to Hickory Living Magazine's 100th issue! We invite you to read our December cover story featuring Sapphire Hills Event Center, and...


Welcome to Hickory Living Magazine's 100th issue! We invite you to read our December cover story featuring Sapphire Hills Event Center, and...