How to Enjoy NYC During a Heatwave

Gansevoort Park pool party

When the weather is above 85 and it’s steamy in New York – these are one of my most favorite (and most distracted) times of year. Some New Yorkers complain about the heat, but honestly – would we rather have ten feet of snow?

Didn’t think so.

I try my best during these times to get my work done so I can be out the door on time or take a long lunch during the day. While many choose to escape the city and get to a beach (believe me, I’ll be on that train soon enough), the first hot days of summer are the best times to take advantage of the city.  Here are a few of my favorite things to do…

Kick back with a margarita – Frozen. Let’s make this legit. You can make you’re own at home and throw open a window or try any number of places around the city. My favorite is Rosa Mexicano’s Pomegranate Marg, but  Arriba Arriba has the biggest in the city.

Find a pool – Our favorites include the pool at the Dream and Gansevoort Rooftop.

Dine outside – This is an easy one with all the outdoor restaurants in NYC ready to shake off the winter chill. But I actually have a fun girls-only picnic on my bucket list this summer… Central Park has concerts you can check out for free at Summer Stage, so all you need to do is pack up some tasty apps and a blanket.

Take board games or cards to a beer garden – If you’ve never been to Astoria, check out Studio Square. You’ll fall in love with Queens almost instantly. La Birreria on Eataly’s roof is also a wonderful place to chill out and take your time (bonus – they have great wine if you’re not into beer).

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Conquering the Unknown

i wanna do this!

We absolutely love when you guys write into us – it is so lovely to hear how the blog has given you encouragement or made you think about your goals. Lately, we’ve been receiving a lot of notes with a similar theme – getting the courage to conquer the unknown.

Whether you’re just in high school and have been offered your first internship or you are ready to look for a new job but don’t know where to start, jumping in feet first can feel intimidating and scary. I have always been one to embrace change, but being a type A personality, it didn’t come without questions or fears – especially if I didn’t have any confidence in the outcome. I can’t tell you how many times I almost talked myself out of skipping an interview or turning around when I reached the door on my first day. We all have those feelings, but that just mean’s we’re about to step out of our comfort zone and into something great.

However, there are a few things you can do for yourself to make the unknown a little less “unknown…”

If you have any questions, just ask and observe – If you’re starting a new job, ask HR or your company contact what you should prep for on the first day. Get a feel for the culture and community of the office during your interviews or contract signing as well. It’s okay to ask “silly” questions like what time people usually come in for work or what the dress code is like. You need to know!

Do your research – One of our favorite pieces of advice. Search for potential colleagues on LinkedIn or spend time on the company webpage to get a feel for the goals of the business. You should feel like you know the place before you walk in the door.

Make yourself comfortable – Bring money for lunch and a sweater in case the AC is cranked up. Bring a notebook, your cell phone charger, and a couple extra pens. Don’t leave any reasons for the potential to get cranky or distracted. It’s time for your A-game.

Pump up your confidence – Starting somewhere new can be a real confidence shaker, since you’re pretty much starting at square one and have a whole new set of humans to impress. The day before you start, imagine yourself being friendly and introducing yourself to everyone. You have a strong handshake and a great smile. Then, on your first day, go out and do it! If you picture the nerve-wrecking event with a positive outcome, you’re more likely to go in with a plan and a positive attitude.

 

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How to Stay Focused at Work in the Summer

The weather is heating up and it’s starting to officially feel like summer. The warmer it gets outside, the harder it is to concentrate inside when all you want to do is be laying by a pool or at the beach. Here are a few tips on how to stay focused during the summer months.

Stay Focused in the Summer

  • Figure out the problem. Are you spending too much time planning for the weekend? Chatting too much with friends? Nail down some of the causes for losing concentration and try to fix them.
  • Eat. Seems obvious, but we tend to skip meals which causes us to constantly lose focus. Eat a good breakfast and lunch. Pack yourself snacks to keep fueled throughout the day.
  • Set yourself deadlines. Always a good way to ensure your work gets completed. Once you meet your deadline, give yourself some down time to grab lunch or take a walk.
  • Step outside. Take a 15 minute walk to enjoy the weather. Once you get back in the office you’ll feel refreshed and ready to go.
  • Don’t leave assignments for Friday. Summer Fridays are typically rushed. Don’t leave major assignments/meetings for Friday. It will be near impossible to concentrate.
  • Make the most of your weekends. Go out to brunch, go to the beach, lay by a pool. Do all the things you would love to do during the week so your weekends aren’t wasted.
  • Plan outings. Plan a rooftop happy hour after work with coworkers. Having something to look forward to after work will keep you more focused during the day.

How do you stay focused during the summer months?

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When It Rains, It Pours

When It Rains It Pours

Every week at work seems busy. But there are also those insane weeks where you feel like you can’t catch a break. This was one of them. The days seem jumbled together and looking at my to do list it feels like nothing got accomplished. The expression when it rains, it pours pretty much defines how I’ve been feeling. Both at work and in my personal life. Sometimes everything comes to a colliding head at once and you can’t seem to come up for air. Plus the hustle and bustle of the city certainly doesn’t help.

With so much on your plate, it’s easy to get lost and forget what’s most important. At moments like this, it’s vital to take time to think about what’s priority. What needs to be done immediately at work? Did you mess up on anything? What can wait until next week? What’s bothering you in your personal life that can be fixed?

Remind yourself that the clouds will pass. It’s only a matter of time.

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