Workplace or Personal Relations Advice

Look, I will make it very simple for you. You are allowed to make and have friends at the workplace. My two best friends since the age of 26 (which is 20 years now) are two guys that I met at work back in 2003. And two other ladies who I met during work are also some of my closest friends and I know that these 4 are amongst my biggest well wishers. Lastly while I had a team they were also more like family than just friendly colleagues. But….I drew the line since then.

For one they are most friendly colleagues as opposed to colleagues who you are friends with. If your offices are smaller (in terms of numbers) I think it is inevitable that you will make friends and become close. But when you work in a bigger office and as you grow older (for me it was my mid-30s) I think it is better to keep some distance in your personal and professional life. I do not think it’s a good idea to discuss personal matters too much or indulge in political and religious discussions. These are the two biggest no-nos and you never know when it will cause a clash. So I avoid it at all costs unless I know it’s a like minded person.

But it is a choice you have to make. Things you say and agree upon can come back to bite you in the ass a lot later. I prefer to keep things separate – infact I never add people from work on Facebook since I tend to be more vocal there about anti-theism and my dislike for most politics, political parties and politicians. Once they or I leave the office, then its ok and if they have a problem with my point of view, then there’s the unfriend button. Take it or leave it.

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Current Breakfast Items That I Have For My Morning Meals

So these days I have a slightly changed meals. I have cut out sugar in my tea & coffee but I do use sugar free. And I have to use milk in them to add to my calcium intake. Not that I avoided milk in the past but I used to be lazy and not add it. For breakfast I cannot have regular dosas and chutneys as I have cut off coconut and regular rice and rice products. Instead I have onion chutney and wheat dosas.

I also have wheat upma, which is something I used to have quite a few times but usually as a light dinner option. I have wheat bread & cheese and sometimes I add cucumbers and/or tomato slices in them. I bought a Prestige sandwich maker from Amazon and now I can get grilled cheese sandwiches for breakfast (or even for dinner if I want to). I usually just have the cheese but lettuce, cucumber & tomato are also options. I can have oats with some fruit for breakfast but we have yet to dwell into it for breakfast. Soon.

Eggs – I was told by my dietician that I can have 3 egg whites as hard boiled or in an omelet. I add tomatoes, onions (both finally chopped) with some spinach to 2 egg whites. I usually do not go for 3 at home but once in a while I might order an egg white sandwich from one of these new diet restaurants that have spring up around the city. That is my favourite breakfast even though I do miss the yolk.