I felt defeated.
I had graduated college a few months earlier and moved to a new city. I had every intention of going to the gym after work every day, but things kept popping up and I felt like no matter how hard I tried, I kept missing my workouts.
A friend would text and ask me if I wanted to grab dinner.
My boss would need me to stay late on a project.
I chose to say yes to these things – I had just moved to a new city and wanted to make new friends and build trust with my boss – but I was discouraged because I really wanted to make going to the gym part of my everyday routine.
I felt stuck.
And then I had a thought:
What if I got up a little earlier to workout?
It made sense – my boss wasn't likely to email me super early and most friends didn't text me to grab a last minute breakfast.
I decided to try it.
I also made one other decision—I wouldn’t give myself the option of not working out in the morning.
I would just do it.
I’m not sure if I can imagine anything more “adult” than filing taxes.
And filing them for the very first time?
That can be straight up intimidating.
I still remember sitting down at my desk/table/primary piece of furniture in my very first apartment and praying that I’d be able to figure out how the whole filing taxes thing worked as I logged into TurboTax.
I had no idea what I was doing.
(Spoiler alert: I figured it out!)
If you’re feeling like that today, keep reading – today’s post is all about how to set yourself up for tax filing success so that you can confidently get them filed ahead of schedule.
Step One: Schedule “do taxes” on your calendar
Don’t try to do your taxes late at night the day before they’re due. It will take longer than you think, you’ll be tired, and you won’t be able to find that one document you absolutely need.
Planning ahead is absolutely worth it – you never...
I sat in my brand-new windowless office and stared at Microsoft Outlook.
It was the first week of my first full-time post-college job and I was starting to feel like I was getting the hang of things.
Well, the basic things.
I knew where to find the bathroom, I had figured out how to log my time, and the people seemed pretty nice (though the free coffee was pretty bad).
But emailing? I had no idea how to do it in a “professional” way. I could email my mom or Madewell customer service, but my boss?
That was another question entirely.
I asked myself a lot of questions that first week.
How long should my emails be?
How fast do I need to respond to them?
Should I wait to respond until I have a complete answer, or should I respond quickly with a “will do” so my boss knows I received the email?
Should I delete emails once I'm finished with them? Or file them?
(I had more questions – but I’ll spare you the craziness of my brain in that moment).
We're going to solve meal planning once and for all today, friends.
Because, if you're anything like me:
Are you ready for a solution?
We’re going to quit meal planning and replace it with “meal mapping” – a strategy designed to give you the meals you want without wasting food, money, or hours in the kitchen.
Step One: Write down what you want
Grab a piece of paper or open the notes app on your phone, and jot down your needs for each meal.
These could be things like 5 ingredients or less, low-carb, packable, etc.
Here’s a quick example:
I used to hate writing cover letters.
I’d find a job I liked, read the application requirements, and then groan when I read “please submit a cover letter with your application.”
I’d open a blank word document with every intention of writing something brilliant—and then I’d get stuck.
I had no idea what to write or how to write it.
After significant trial and error, I finally figured out how to not only write a cover letter, but how to write one that made potential employers want to interview me. And I’m excited to share my process with you today – are you ready?
Let’s dive right in!
Step One: Research
Once you’ve identified a job you want to apply for, head over to the company’s website and spend some time clicking around. Try to learn as much as you can about the company itself and the specific responsibilities and skills required for the actual job. A few good places to start are the “About” page,...
If you’ve started looking for a job, you’ve probably stumbled across one inevitable fact: you’re not going to get very far without a resume. Almost every company will ask you to upload it/email it at some point in the application process, and if you don’t have one handy, you can slow the process down and risk looking unprofessional.
So, today we’re going to talk all about how to write a resume – one that highlights your skills and experience – and how to format it professionally. Once you’re done, you’ll have a resume you’re proud to share.
Step 1: Work Experience
Start by writing down every company you’ve worked for, the title you held, and the start and end dates (by month). Here’s an example:
Stop the scroll.
See that new pair of Madewell jeans? The extra high waist, slightly distressed denim, curve hugging perfection for just $129?
You know you want them – they’re exactly what you’ve been looking for.
Now, how are you going to pay for them? A debit card? Credit card? Cash?
If you don’t know the answer to the above question – or just want to know the difference between debit cards and credit cards and when/if you should use them – then today’s post is just for you.
Debit Cards and Credit Cards – What They Are
Debit Cards: Debit cards are linked directly to your bank account. They are given to you by your bank and you can only spend the amount of money you have in your bank account. If you go over that limit, your debit card will be denied.
To use a debit card at a store, you simply swipe/insert the card into the machine during payment. You will likely be asked to enter the 4 digit pin you chose when setting up the card.
If you’re anything like me when it comes to searching for a place to live, you’ve probably spent too much time looking on Craigslist, cried at least once, and gone to bed every night wondering if you know what you’re doing.
(Or maybe you’re not like me and just clicked over to this post because you want a solid process to help you find your next place to live – no shame in that).
After four moves in just a few years, I developed a process which has helped the whole “searching for a new place to live” thing feel far less overwhelming. I’m excited to share it with you today - my hope is that it gives you some confidence and helps you find exactly what you’re looking for.
Are you ready to start?
Step One: Set Your Budget
Figure out what you’d be willing to pay in rent each month. Mint.com has a great blog post on how to do this (https://blog.mint.com/housing/how-much-should-you-spend-on-rent/), but the bottom...
We were scrolling through old photos on our phone and my friend started laughing when she came across her “first day of work” selfie.
“I can’t believe I wore a crop top – I had no idea that wasn’t appropriate for work,” she laughed.
The photo below isn’t her, but it’s not far off from what she was wearing:
Photo Credit: Timur Emek/Getty Images
(I mean, it is sexy…)
But is an outfit like this your best chance at a good first impression for a job interview or your first day or two of work?
So, what should you wear instead?
Read on, sister – today’s blog post is just for you.
Let’s start with how to dress for a job interview.
If you’re interviewing for a job in a more “traditional” industry (finance, law, medicine) – opt for a suit or a dress with a blazer.
Avoid mini skirts, low cut tops or crop-tops, sweatpants, overly bright colors, and stilettos or sneakers....
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