Relate Your Professional Goals with Your Personal Life

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I had my yearly review recently, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Things have been so crazy insane at the office, I haven’t had a chance to slow down and check in on what I’d really love to improve on (hint – one of those things is time management). While a majority of the feedback was positive and all of it had to do with work, I did notice that those things I need to work on can also go back to my personal life.

Sometimes you need to segment work into its own little box, and that is just fine. Whether it’s just too stressful to take home or you have something else really important going on (and you should!), it’s ok to keep work at work. However, if you’re feeling a little uninspired or lacking the drive you used to have, maybe it’s time to bring work back into the spotlight again. Relate a few things you could improve on or amp up to other areas of your life. You might be surprised! For example…

Creativity – When I’m swamped, the last thing I feel like I have time for is brainstorming or being a “fun thinker.” Try to think of it less as work and more of play. Adrianna and I just went to a painting class and I love how inspired I felt afterward. Even trolling around on Instagram can help you think of a few ideas for clients or social media platforms

Management – As you move up the ranks, delegation and management becomes more and more important. But it doesn’t mean you have to be boss b*tch. Completely the opposite. If you know you have to work on being more assertive or delegate tasks, try to do so at home or in your social life as well. Maybe that means asking your friends to help out with a dinner party instead of doing it all yourself. Or finally say something to that pesky dry cleaner who always seems to leave your coat with a stain on it…

Organizing your time – This is a big one for me, because I am a natural procrastinator (even with the blog). Again, I need to take it out of work and look at how this can benefit my life as whole. Learning time management skills would take a huge pressure out of my life, and help with those feelings of stress I always get when EVERYTHING seems urgent

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Fashion Friday: Digital Florals

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Stealing once again from one of our favorite fashion blogs, Vanilla Extract:

I’ve been admiring digital prints for a while now, always searching for unique pieces that align with my style. The majority of digital prints I’ve come across have either been too expensive or too bold for my liking. Boo!

When Kingdom & State launched their fall collection with this floral jacket, I was just like “Oh, the hunt is over!” The florals give it that feminine feel, but the style of the jacket keeps it from being too girly. I’d say it strikes the perfect balance between feminine and edgy. There’s even a matching skirt on the site if you want to double down on your digital prints.

You can find Nichole’s killer bomber jacket and other styles at Kingdom & State here.

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Skill to Conquer: Take Care of Yourself Like Your Momma Would

I thought I made the transition from high school to college, and then from college to the real world pretty seamlessly. I knew how to do laundry. I taught myself to cook. I could hang a picture frame, sew on a button and get myself from point A to point B in the safest way possible. But there are even more things to look out for when you’re out in the real world, that might not even occur to you. You may be running so fast in your too-busy-to-stop-and-smell-the-roses life that you can’t tell when something might be wrong or in need of attention.

Put down the tablet/phone/pumpkin spice latte, and give yourself a once over. Your mother would make sure you went to the dentist every six months, you looked healthy, and were eating well. Are you giving yourself the same care? While you may be kicking ass at work or in your personal life, you’ll be doing even better when you’re at the top of your game. Here are a few things to look for…

Overall Health – When was the last time you went to the doctor? Are you feeling bloated or sick often? Do you have the sniffles and blame it on allergies? Do you have a nagging pain in your tooth and try to ignore it? Time for an appointment!

Eat your Greens – Are you eating enough fresh, raw foods? Do you find yourself eating out most days of the week? What habits have you made with your eating that are good, and what are the bad? How can you adjust?

Say Ommm – When was the last time you took an afternoon to yourself? Need a little yoga, or a mani pedi? Any aches or pains that could be cured with a massage? What about a good dish sesh with your best friend?

See the Sun – It’s important to get outdoors, even when you’re beyond swamped and think you’re chained to your desk. When was the last time you were outside? Are you getting out with enough time for a glimpse of sunlight?

 

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Getting Nostalgic

The past few months have been a bit crazy for me, but it’s all coming around now. I think the fall always has a way of settling things into place before the bustling holidays come around. This time of year always gets me super nostalgic for my grade school years. Whenever you’re feeling completely crazed by college or adult life, sometimes it’s best to just act like a kid. Here are a few ways you can shake it all off and get nostalgic.

  • Have a solo dance party with your favorite 90’s or early 00’s hits. Feel free to sing out as loud as you want
  • Gather your friends up for a game of soccer or frisbee, or event better – tag, in the park
  • Put on your old delia*s PJ sets a Netflix marathon of an old favorite TV show with microwave popcorn and Twizzlers
  • Remake one of your mom’s specialties for dinner
  • Change your laptop wallpaper to your favorite boy band for just one day (or more)
  • Start a LiveJournal (the first blog!)
  • Call up old friends and catch up, or write an email (super old school)

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