Interviewers are often inundated with faces and information, so standing out as a qualified and thoughtful candidate can make all the difference when it comes to getting the job. Writing a meaningful thank-you note after an interview can help you make an impression and show your commitment to the position. Here’s how to write the ideal follow up letter:

1. Choose your method. Whether you send a handwritten thank-you or an email depends largely on the company culture. A more traditional company, such as a law firm, may appreciate a handwritten note. However, a fast-paced tech company may be more impressed by the efficiency of an email. Plus, if you send an email you can ensure that the interviewer received your message. Either way keep it concise; two to three brief paragraphs is sufficient.

2. Start simply: Thank them for meeting with you. Remember to be specific about why they met with you; they may be interviewing candidates for multiple positions at the same time. (“Thank you for taking the time to speak with me yesterday about the staff writer position at Daily News.”)

3. Reiterate your qualifications you mentioned in the interview. (“After our conversation, I am confident my research and writing skills make me a great fit for this position.”) If applicable, you can add that you demonstrated these qualifications in previous jobs. (“It was helpful to understand how your staff writer duties are similar to the tasks I fulfilled during my time at News Magazine.”)

4. Mention a moment in the interview in which you and the interviewer connected. Or note something the interviewer said that piqued your interest. (“I enjoyed hearing about the team-oriented culture of the office, and what you told me about Daily News’ commitment to keeping the public informed really resonated with me.”)

5. Repeat your thanks and interest in the opportunity. (“Again, I appreciate the opportunity to interview with Daily News, and I remain extremely interested in the position.”)

6. Ask if there is any additional material the company needs, and invite the interviewer to contact you again. (“If you need any other information at this time, please don’t hesitate to contact me.”)

7. Close the thank-you letter by looking toward the future. (“I look forward to hearing from you soon.”)

8. Proof it! Make sure the letter is free of any grammar or spelling mistakes, as typos can ruin a good impression. Re-read to ensure that the tone is professional and fits in with the office culture.

9. Don’t procrastinate. Send the letter no later than one business day after the interview. If you’re sending a handwritten note, send it immediately so the interviewer receives it as promptly as possible. If you met with multiple people, make sure each interviewer receives a personalized thank-you note for their time.

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I’ve never been on death row, but I’ve thought about my last meal. When you do the last-meal thought exercise, you go back in time to all your happiest culinary moments. You gather them together—a spectrum of your tastes—for the epic finale. It’s like your life flashing before your tongue.

I’d have shrimp tempura and jerk chicken. I’d have my mom’s sweet-and-sour meatballs, my favorite memory. Then I’d have my own macaroni and cheese, which is the best.

After six weeks of chemo, I dropped from 168 pounds to 152. It’s not that extreme given the circumstances. But I’d always calculate how far I was from my previous health when I would walk to the corner store and not feel like I just got off a treadmill.

I was so tired; I had aches and grogginess. I was always hungry, and I thought I wanted to eat, but my body didn’t. Eating was like trying to swallow sand.

All I wanted was a cheeseburger and not even to actually eat it. I just wanted to want a cheeseburger, to feel my body processing that hunger, to thrive and not just shuffle off quietly.

I wanted to remember what it felt like to salivate over something.

When the oncologist called, the lilt in his voice hinted at good news. The tumor had shrunk to an operable size. I had the surgery, and I began to be weaned off the treatments. I could start eating again. Soups, bananas, and then I could eat a real meal again.

My closest friends said they would take me anywhere I wanted to eat. I didn’t have shrimp tempura or jerk chicken. I ended up getting comfort food—Thai, Americanized and sugary.

I’ll never have a last meal. I’d like to think that my death will be less predictable. But as I was sitting there with all my closest friends, looking down at the menu like it was a list of wishes, I was grateful just to be hungry.

All that mattered was the chance to have a first meal, a meal I could point to and say, “That’s when I came back to life.”

*Told live at a Moth show at the Haymarket Pub & Brewery in Chicago, IL


Before and after

Cassie Davey had tried all diets and failed. She was “every weight-loss program’s dream customer”, as she kept regaining the lost weight and coming back.

Then she decided to try LCHF, and quickly realized why she’d been failing before.

The Email

Switching to a LCHF lifestyle has by far been the best decision I have ever made for my health and wellbeing. There is absolutely zero exaggeration when I say it has changed my life.

2015 was perhaps the most difficult year of my life. My depression and anxiety was at an all time peak, my relationship with my fiancé was close to crumbling, I had lost the friendships of some very dear friends, and I constantly felt tired and unwell. I was obese, and filled with self loathing. I ‘ate my feelings’ and would binge, which led to weight-gain, which led to even more self loathing… wash, rinse, repeat. Something had to give.

I knew deep down that I needed to do something to get back in control of my spiraling weight. Over the years I had tried everything I could think of to lose the weight… expensive food and exercise programs (four separate attempts), meal delivery programs (three separate attempts), shake diets, weight-loss coaching services (five separate attempts). You name it, I had given it a go.

I was every weight-loss program’s dream customer.

Sure, I lost weight. I lost weight well, but piled it all back on, and then some when I fell off the wagon in spectacular fashion. I was every weight-loss program’s dream customer. A sucker who kept on coming back for more, and failing every single time.

After a bit of soul searching, I realised that what I had was a full blown food addiction… more specifically, an addiction to sugars and carbs. I had friends who had switched to a LCHF lifestyle, and could see the fantastic changes it had made to their life.

Although the thought of giving up pasta, mashed potatoes, lollies and cakes gave me mini anxiety episodes, I bit the bullet and decided to make the switch. I threw myself into researching all things LCHF. I read books, watched documentaries, trawled websites, joined Facebook groups/pages/communities, and in general, surrounded myself with lots of supportive and knowledgeable people who would help me in my journey. On the 26th of January, 2016, I started my new life.

In the roughly 4.5 months that I have been following this lifestyle, I have lost a little over 44 lbs (20 kilos). I have gone from a size 18 to 20, to a size 12 to 14 (Australian sizing), and am now in the healthy weight range.

My depression and anxiety are a thing of the past, and I have been able to ditch my anti-depressants. My relationship with my fiancé is stronger than ever, because I am a much happier, more confident and more energetic partner, friend and mother. MY LIBIDO HAS RETURNED! My snoring and psoriasis have both improved dramatically, I have clearer skin, and my resting heart rate and blood pressure are now normal.

For perhaps the first time in my life, I have a healthy relationship with food.

For perhaps the first time in my life, I have a healthy relationship with food. Food and hunger do not rule my life. I no longer binge eat. My food addiction no longer controls me. With the help of LCHF, I am winning my battles, and I every day I am thankful for taking the plunge and saying goodbye to my old ways. I do not miss them one little bit!

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Fourth of July: 20 Fun Party Games

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This Independence Day invite your friends over for a picnic filled with patriotic games. Here are a few traditional favorites and new ways to enjoy this summertime holiday.

1. Red, white, and blue tag

Give each competitor one token of each color. When the whistle blows, the game starts! Challenge players to be the first to gather one red, one white, and one blue token by tagging other players.  This game is perfect outdoor fun for young kids.

2. Patriotic balloon pop

Put a “You win!” note inside deflated red, white, and blue balloons, then blow them up and and place them around the party area. Have party guests pop the balloons to find out if they win a prize.

3. Fourth of July bingo

Perfect for indoor or outdoor fun, print out free patriotic Bingo cards online or design your own using construction paper and stickers. Give away small prizes to winners for extra fun. Check out free printables here.

4. Independence Day costume contest

Ask guests to come dressed in their favorite patriotic attire (Hamilton, anyone?) for a costume contest. Give top prizes for patriotism and creativity.


5. Uncle Sam hat competition

Set up a card table with safety scissors, glue, star cutouts, construction paper, cotton balls, glitter and tape and have guest create their own Uncle Sam hat.  After everyone is done, have a parade of Uncle Sam hats and let the party decide on the winner. Instagram bonus: Partygoers in their newly-made hats will make the perfect photo-op.

6. American history competition

Challenge guests to a little bit of history trivia. Compile facts about U.S. history and divide guests into four teams. The winners get to be the first to the dessert table! Consider including these fascinating facts about the America flag!

7. Patriotic scavenger hunt

Set up and plan your very own Americana-packed scavenger hunt. Give guests clues to search for mini versions of a Liberty Bell, Declaration of Independence, soldiers, flags, and more!

8. Fourth of July jar

Fill a large fishbowl or jar with red, white, and blue candies and challenge guests to guess how many candies are in the bowl. Put a pen, paper, and an empty basket beside the bowl and have guests place their names and guesses in the basket. The winner gets to take home the whole container of goodies.

9. Bike decorating competition

Perfect for block party fun, have kids and families decorate their bikes with an Independence Day theme: think streamers, flags, bike spoke beads, and more. Winners get year-round bragging rights!

10. Baseball game

Start up the fun with America’s favorite pastime! Get the whole crowd involved by serving hot dogs and peanuts to spectators.

11. Red, white, and blue concentration

Have everyone sit in a circle. The first person names something red, the next names something white, and the next something blue. Each time someone repeats or can’t think of anything, they’re out!

12. Capture the American flag

In this classic game, one team must capture the other team’s flag and bring it back to their territory to win. If a player is tagged by an opposing team member, you have to go to jail (a patch of the field you’re playing on). Players can only get out of jail if their own team-member tags them. Make it patriotic by making one flag blue and the other red!

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13. Rocket flyer launch

Make rockets by rolling up an 8 by 12 piece of paper and then make a cone out of colored construction paper and tape it to the top. Decorate with red, white, and blue crepe paper and see who can launch theirs the farthest!

14. Water balloon dodge ball

Divide up the group into two teams and fill up some red, white, and blue water balloons. If you get hit, you’re out. The last one standing wins!

15. Pin the hat on Uncle Sam

While blindfolded, each person must try to pin the hat on Uncle Sam in this Fourth of July rendition of Pin the Tail on the Donkey.

16. Giant lawn matching game

Get 16 12×12 cork tiles and cut out different patriotic stencils. Make two identical images for each stencil and lay them all out randomly on the lawn. Have fun finding each pair of pictures

17. Patriotic ping pong

Make a ping pong table by painting the American flag onto a piece of plywood. Have fun playing a spirited game of ping pong!

18. Sponge fireworks

Gathe strips of red, white, and blue strips of sponge and tie them in the middle with a piece of string. These can act as reusable water balloons for any of water game or relay race, and they look like fireworks!

19. Cup race

Take a blue plastic cup, cut a hole in it and string it onto a piece of string or rope. Hang the rope taut between two trees or poles. Then, repeat with a red plastic cup and hang it onto a different string parallel to the first one. Use a water gun to propel each plastic cup down the string. First one to the other side wins.

20. Patriotic Pictionary or charades

Put a patriotic spin on these classic games by using your own index cards and writing famous American heroes and places.

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