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How to Organize Important Papers

master everyday life Apr 09, 2020

For a long time, I didn’t know what to do with “important papers.”

You know – tax documents, medical receipts, my birth certificate.

I tried stacking everything on my desk/the kitchen table for long time… but that just morphed into a huge pile of random things. (Birthday cards, tags I cut off clothes… you name it).

I then tried stacking everything in a specific corner of my desk – and while that was more successful, I still had to dig through the entire stack every time I was looking for specific piece of paper.

I finally found a foolproof (and EASY to maintain) solution – you ready for it?

I bought an actual file box (with folders and hanging dividers).

And then I created folders for each category of important papers.

And then I filed the papers in the correct folder and added new papers to the folders when I got them.

And I never had to go searching for an important paper again.

Yes, it’s that easy!

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How to Job Search from your Couch

find a job Apr 02, 2020

Dear Go-Getter:

I see you.

You work HARD. You’re getting all As – whether that be in your classes or the comments your boss makes on your job reviews.

You do all the things. You volunteer, you go to networking events, you show up on time – no excuses.

And in the last few weeks, everything has fallen apart.

You were just starting to look for a job—the next step in your career—or you were thinking of looking for a job in the next few months, after graduation.

And now the playbook for “how to get a job” seems outdated at best and totally irrelevant at worst.

You don’t want to sit at home and just binge Netflix or clean out your closet – but you’re not sure if there’s a better option right now.

I’m here to tell you that there is.

I’ve spent the last decade of my life working across the public, private, and non-profit sector and now I help young adults navigate the non-sexy but essential parts of life –...

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5 Quick Weeknight Meals (and Meals from Pantry Staples)

master everyday life Mar 26, 2020

Don’t have time to cook an “impressive” dinner every night, but still want to cook healthy (and tasty) meals?

Or maybe you do have time (hey there, COVID-19), but feel stuck in a rut and don’t have any ideas what to cook… or don’t know what to cook with what you have?

I’ve got you, girl!

I’ve spent the past year trying to create a “go-to” list of recipes that my husband and I can enjoy and make quickly and I'm here to share them with you today. 

I’ve listed out five of our favorites below, but I also wanted to share some quick round-ups from my favorite cooking blogs of meals you can make with pantry staples. I know getting to the store might not be possible with COVID-19 and/or money might be tight, so I want to give you some “right now” resources, too:

15 Pantry Recipes for Emergency Preparedness (Budget Bytes)

50 Pantry-Friendly Recipes and Substitutions that Work (Cookie & Kate –...

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Wear Pants (Aka: How to Work/Study from Home)

master everyday life Mar 19, 2020

I recently sent the below email to the members of my email list, sharing my best strategies for working/studying from home and the response was so good that I wanted to post it here for you to read, too.

Let me know if you have any questions – I’d love to help you brainstorm some strategies for your specific situation. Just send me a quick note at [email protected] and I'll get back to you ASAP.

(And if you want “in” on my email list – where I share really practical and timely tips like this each week - just add your name right here).

Ok, here are my Top Five Tips for working from home:

1: Wear pants

Ok, I know you probably don’t walk around without pants on.

But I know the temptation to wear yoga pants/sweatpants when you’re working from home is strong.

Do not give in.

Why? When you wear clothes that you might wear around the house after work on a Tuesday or on lazy Saturday morning, you’re essentially telling your brain that...

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What's a Budget?

manage your money Mar 12, 2020

Have you ever heard the word “budget” and thought something like this?

Budget = something I know I should have, but I don’t know how to create it and/or make it work for me in this season of my life… I guess I’ll figure it out another day.

If so, you’re not alone (pinky promise!).

Today we’re going to start a conversation about budgets – what they are, why you need one, and why (if you need one), so many people don’t have them.

We’ll wrap up with four simple things you can do to start creating a budget that works for you (you know I’m all about the action steps).

Sound good?

(Oh – one quick thing: if you want a full run down of exactly how to create a budget from scratch, you might find my budgeting masterclass helpful. It includes a powerful excel spreadsheet with built in formulas to make everything super easy for you.)

Ok, let’s lay the foundation and jump right in.

What is a budget?

Most simply,...

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Using LinkedIn in your Job Search

find a job Mar 05, 2020

Ask me what it feels like to search for a job and I’ll tell you it feels more impossible than finding a self-tanner that never streaks.

(Or do I just have bad luck in the self-tanner department?  Email me if you have one that’s idiot proof. Please and thank you).

Regardless: finding a job is hard, exhausting, and often discouraging work.

That’s why we’re going to continue our job search series and spend some time today talking about six ways you can use LinkedIn in your job search process.

(Go read the other posts in the series – How to Write a Winning Resume and How to Write a Cover Letter – if you haven’t already!)

Ok, let’s dive right in so you can get back to job searching ASAP!

1: Include a profile photo and a banner photo

There are two images you can customize on your LinkedIn profile: your profile photo and the “background banner” photo that appears behind your profile photo.

Customize both so you stand out to...

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How to Live with Roommates

The trashcan still hadn’t been emptied.

The pan I wanted to use was on the stove, soaking in water, just like it had been yesterday.

And the bathroom was gross.

Living with roommates was fun, but some days it just got on my nerves.

I couldn’t understand why some people just didn’t value a clean house as much as I did.

Or how they could be so loud when getting ready in the morning.

Can you relate?

I lived with roommates for nearly ten years and today I’m sharing five strategies that have helped me immensely in learning to enjoy living with them, rather than just tolerate it.

If you’re looking to move in with friends or just hoping to improve your relationship with your current roommates, grab your beverage of choice and keep reading!

(And make sure you read until the end, because I share my thoughts on what to do if you live with a roommate who just doesn’t care).

Strategy 1: Agree on a plan for chores – and write it down.

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Creating Simple Routines that Serve You

manage everyday life Feb 20, 2020

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 figured...

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A Beginner's Guide to Filing Personal Taxes

manage your money Feb 13, 2020

I’m not sure if I can imagine anything more “adult” than filing taxes.

(Can you?)

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...

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Write Emails your Boss will Love

master everyday life Feb 06, 2020

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).


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