I’ve never really thought of myself as a rebel, but it turns out that I’m rebellious in a variety of different ways. Here are 5 rules that I love to break on a regular basis:
No white after Labor Day rule. This is my most favorite rule to break. I love wearing white any given time because it looks so crisp and clean. I especially enjoy pairing an oversized, white sweatshirt with my favorite pair of worn jeans. I often have people quote the no white after Labor Day rule and let me know that breaking such a rule is a fashion disaster. Still, others compliment me on how good white looks on me, so is wearing white after Labor Day really a fashion disaster. Fitting into fashion can also be about wearing what works for me.
Tipping rule. I’ve waitressed and trained waitresses and waiters for a large part of my life, and I completely disagree with the percentage tipping rule. I personally do not tip according to a percentage of my bill, and I will purposely tip less if I suspect that the one who waits on me works toward getting my bill to a higher total for the sake of his/her tip. This is an unethical practice, and I will not reward such a practice. Instead, I’ll tip according to service, and I do tip well when the service is excellent. I do not tip, though, just because I get schmoozed with lots of personality. I look for skill.
Baby shower rule. Gifting the baby is a fine thing to do at a baby shower because that’s what a baby shower is all about, right? Well, what about the mother-to-be? Doesn’t she deserve some attention? Yes, the mother-to-be does need baby items to welcome the new baby, but often the mother-to-be gets all she needs for the new baby, so why not buy a gift for the mother-to-be, instead. A bottle of perfume, a massage, or even a pedicure can help make the mother-to-be feel special.
Call before you come rule. Friends have gotten away from just dropping in on each other because we all seem to run such fast-paced lives. Still, though, I like to drop in on my friends every now and then to see how they really keep house. Mean? Maybe and maybe not. I just enjoy getting a sense of how my friends really live, rather than to rely on the mask that a scheduled visit provides. I admit that I don’t do this often because it’s a quick way to lose friends.
Eat your dessert last rule. I enjoy eating my dessert first, not last. It seems to mix better. If I eat my dessert last, I seem to need more to satisfy me, and I often end up getting sick because I eat too much sugar. Given this, I just eat my dessert first, and I then find myself ready to eat my meal. It just works out differently for me in how my food mixes and the amount of food that I desire.