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Meal Mapping

master everyday life Jan 28, 2020

We're going to solve meal planning once and for all today, friends. 

Because, if you're anything like me:

  • the idea of meal planning makes your head spin and your confidence levels plummet;
  • you feel guilty every time you make a “meal for the week” and end up eating just one day’s worth, because you just cannot stomach it so many days in a row;
  • you dread the expected Sunday afternoon meal prep session that all of Instagram seems to love.

Are you ready for a solution? 

Good! 

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.

You ready?

Let’s go!

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:

  • Breakfast: no...
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How to Write a Cover Letter

find a job Jan 14, 2020

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,...

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How to Write a Winning Resume

find a job Jan 07, 2020

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:

  • Good Neighbor Ice Cream, Sales Associate: June 2017 - January 2018
  • Office of State Governor, Intern: January 2018 – May 2018
  • Public Relations Company, Project Coordinator, June 2018 – Present

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Debit Cards and Credit Cards: What They Are and When to Use Them

manage your money Jan 02, 2020

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.

To...

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How to Find an Apartment (or Room) to Rent

master everyday life Dec 17, 2019

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?

Let’s go!

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...

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What to Wear: Office Edition

master everyday life Dec 10, 2019

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?

Probably not.

So, what should you wear instead?

Read on, sister – today’s blog post is just for you.

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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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