5 Ways to Succeed at Work in Your 20s

BB82416_5 Ways to Succeed at Work in Your 20s

As a Marketing Director, I’ve learned a lot about my position in the field over the last few months. Recently, I’ve been given positive feedback from corporate management on how I’ve handled this job. I want to share how you can be a 20-something, get noticed and succeed at your job even if you’re first starting out. If you have any additional tips to share on this topic, make sure to leave a comment below on how you’ve been succeeding at your job!

1| Do the tasks no one else want to do.

I know what you’re probably thinking. “Why would I want to the tedious, busy work no one wants to do?” It’s simple: it shows you’re willing to put in the work. You should even do this if you’re in a position of power. Even though I’m a Marketing Director with an assistant and interns, I would never ask them to do a task unless I’ve done it myself. I believe it’s important as a leader to show you’ve done the time-consuming tasks that no one wants to do. When an intern accepts these tasks willingly, I think very highly of them.

2| Come in early.

Don’t be the 20-something employee who strolls in at 8:33 a.m. If there’s one quality I admire in a leader or worker, it’s someone who is willing to come into work 15 minutes early to make sure they’re all set and working by the time work begins. It shows you’re committed to your job and you’re ready to begin the day. When you walk in late, take extra time to get settled into work and don’t start until 8:50 or later, that’s something I noticed as a negative trait. Go to work prepared for the day.

3| Ask for more work.

If you finish a project at 3 p.m., don’t wait around and catch up on social media and pretend to be busy for the last two hours of work. Instead, go out of your way to ask for more work, or to begin a new project a little earlier than you anticipated. You’re showing that you’re capable of more responsibilities and you’re able to complete projects in a timely matter. This will make a positive impression at work.

4| Learn when to speak up and shut up.

I say this with the kindest intentions. It is so important to share your thoughts and ideas at a company; but it is equally important to know when to keep quiet and listen to others as well. Know when you should or shouldn’t talk in meetings. However, if  you’re directly asked to share your ideas for a project—speak up! You will be recognized by your coworkers even if your idea isn’t necessarily used.

5| Dress/Work for the job you want.

Have you ever heard the saying, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have?” It’s equally important to work for the job you want as well. If you’re starting out as an assistant, but you want to work as a director—make sure you’re working toward that goal. Dress professionally and work professionally so that your coworkers or boss can see you’re a qualified candidate to move up within the company. Don’t do the bare minimum at work. Work hard and you will see the results of that hard work.

What tips would you add to this list? How have you worked to get yourself noticed at your job? Make sure to leave a comment below!

 

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The Story Behind the Name of my Blog

BB81716_The Story Behind the Name of my Blog

When I tell friends or coworkers I have a blog, the first thing they ask is what the name of my blog is.

Blissfully Brunette, I reply.

From their faces, I can tell they weren’t expecting me to say that. Then there are the inevitable questions as to how I decided on the name of my blog.

If I’m being perfectly honest, I wasn’t sure how to answer this question. Of course, I could spit out a few words as to why I think it’s important to follow your bliss in life, and that being blissful essentially boils down to happiness, and my blog was a way for me to express my love for life altogether.

The next question, or some variation would come up. “So, you never write anything negative on your blog?” This lead to a bit of silence on my end, and my mind ran endlessly attempting to find an answer to this.

After this happened a few times, I began thinking and reflecting on the name of my blog. I ran through a ton of questions about whether or not my blog content (and my personality altogether) reflected my blog name and blog message.

Although you would think this is a positive thing, it actually lead me to doubt myself, my blog and my love for blogging altogether.

“Am I hypocrite if I tweet something that’s not 100 percent happy?”

“If I have a negative comment about a product, should I not write about it at all?”

There were so many questions and comments that ran through my head for several days simply because a conversation came up about my blog.

It took a lot of reflection and time for me to realize that my self-doubt was unnecessary because regardless of the name of my blog and the message of my blog, I have the power to post whatever I feel people will relate to, enjoy, learn from, etc. That can range from health tips, fashion and beauty inspiration, stories that people can relate to, or learn something from my past. Whether that post comes off positive, negative, or a combination of both is completely up to the person reading the post.

I needed to remind myself that my readers play a huge role in the blogging process. One reader can take a “negative” post, and see that there was a positive twist on it. The same can be said for positive, uplifting and blissful posts.

So, why did I name my blog Blissfully Brunette?

1| I want to help people find the bliss in everyday life

Yes, I know it’s sounds cliche, but it’s true. I want my readers to know that there are little things you can love about each and every day. Whether you read a post about my favorite beauty products, or you’re reading a post on to simplify your life—there are moments of bliss we should all appreciate.

2| I’m a blissful person

There are days where I’m not feeling my 100 percent “blissful” self, but for the most part, I exude happiness and love that quality about myself. I want to share that with my readers, and hope that regardless of my feelings that day, you will see there is a blissful person beneath it all.

3| I’ll bring a positive light to your day

Even though we have bad days, I strive to bring content that makes you see the bliss in your life. Whether I’m telling you a story with a lesson, a post where I share what I’m happy about each month, or a post on being your happiest and healthiest self—I want you to leave my blog feeling positive, blissful and at ease with the life you’re currently living. I try to lace positivity in each post.

I hope this post helped you learned a little more about me, my blog and what I want to bring to my readers here at Blissfully Brunette. Now, I want to learn more about your blog, the story behind the name of your blog, and what messages you want to share with your readers—so make sure to leave a comment below explaining your story behind your blog!

What’s the story behind the name of your blog? What messages are you sharing in your posts? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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A Day in My Life

BB81516_A Day In My LifeIt’s fascinating to step into someone’s life. I love to learn more about people and what they do throughout the day. Since beginning my 9-5 job, my daily routine has change quite drastically. I also plan to post a “Day in my Life” weekend edition, so you can see the differences in my weekday routine verses my weekend routine.

7:00 AM:

I begin my day at 7 in the morning. I’m trying to hopefully wake up at 6:30, so I can do a short, 20-minute workout each morning before beginning the day. However, that hasn’t happened yet, but don’t worry—I’m working on it!

7-7:30 AM:

It only takes me 30 minutes to wash my face, brush my teeth, apply makeup, do my hair, get dressed, and make the bed. I essentially have my morning routine down pat, and I love that because it makes the mornings more enjoyable.

7:30-8 AM:

This is when I take time to publish my blog posts, share them on social media, etc. I read and comment on some of my favorite bloggers, so I don’t worry about it later after work. I also eat breakfast (my go-to is oatmeal with cinnamon and blueberries) and have coffee.

8:15 AM:

I’ll drive to work and talk to my parents on the phone (don’t worry it’s on Bluetooth) each morning. I’m very close with my parents, so I love taking ten minutes out of the day to say hello, and chat about anything that has been going on.

8:30-5 PM:

I’m fortunate to say I love my job. Evey day is different. I could be planning an event one day, put out new marketing materials on property, or meeting with companies for sponsorship, marketing and advertising opportunities. As a Marketing Director, my job is a mix of social media, marketing, event planning, PR and advertising.

5:30-6:30 PM:

This changes depending on if it’s a Monday/Wednesday (Josh and I will workout and run/walk during our interval training for an hour) or a Tuesday/Thursday (I’ll cook meals for the upcoming days, and get myself dinner.)

6:30-9 PM:

Again, this can changes on those certain days because Josh works Tuesday and Thursday nights. On those days, I’ll blog, clean, read, relax, or run errands depending what needs to be done. On Monday and Wednesdays, Josh and I will eat dinner, prep for the next day, watch TV/spend time together.

10:30/11 PM:

I try to stop social media scrolling at 10 p.m., so that I can begin my evening routine and prep for bed. It’s lights out for me around 10:30 or 11 at night. This is very early for some people, but I make sleep a priority, so I need my eight hours each night.

What does a “Day in Your Life” look like? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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5 Simple Ways to Treat Your Mind + Body

BB82216_5 Simple Ways to Treat Your Mind + BodyYou’re having a rough day/week/month or year (cue Friends theme song) and you’re looking for an easy way to treat yourself and reset your mind and body to make you feel better. This can be easier said than done because you want to default to watching Netflix and lounging around on the couch. While this is okay is some situations (see tip 1) there are many things you can do to help your mind and body when you’re stressed or overwhelmed.

Leave a comment below telling me how YOU treat/reset your mind and body when you’re stressed.

1| Self-Care Power Hour

I’ve been trying to incorporate self-care into my weekly routine. When I need a break and need to treat myself, I set a timer for an hour and spend time doing things I love that help me to unwind. Most of the time this includes putting on a face mask, reading, writing in my journal, or stretching. Treat yourself to whatever will help you relax, and treat your mind and body.

2| Get Outside

I think my readers are sick of me talking about the benefits of going outside. Hear me out. I’m not even recommending you have to workout when you’re outside! It can be as simple as sitting in the park, or in your backyard. As long as you’re getting a little fresh air, you’re doing wonders for treating your mind and body—especially if you’ve been stressed out.

3| Declutter

I’ve been decluttering my closet hardcore for the past few months. Every few weeks, I’ll go through my clothes/shoes/accessories and pull items that no longer fit my style, or clothes I won’t wear again. I’m hoping to collect three bags to sell before taking a trip up to my local shop. This has done wonders for my mental health. A clean, organized space helps keep your mind in check.

4| More Water, Fruits & Veggies

It has been life-changing to simplify my diet. I only drink one cup of coffee each morning, and the rest of the day is water only. I also keep a simple diet consisting of mostly fruits, vegetables and rice. I’ve been happier and I feel incredibly healthier than before. I’m hoping to continue with a simple, healthy diet because it’s treating my body to be the healthiest it can be.

5| Breathe

When it doubt, breathe. Whenever you truly want to give your mind and body a treat and reset, take several deep breaths. If you can, try to meditate for at least five or 10 minutes a day. I’m not disciplined with this yet, but I’m working on meditating at least once a day to reset my mind, body and soul and give it a treat when I’m feeling stressed out.

How do you treat your mind and body when it needs a rest during a stressful week? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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10 Things to Remove From Your Closet Right Now

BB8816_10 Items to Remove from Your Closet Right Now!2016 has been the year that I have removed anything and everything from my life. I don’t want to say that I have gone full-blown minimalist, but I have been actively trying to remove items from my life every single month. Since the beginning of the year, I have gotten rid of more than half of my closet. If you count clothing, jewelry, accessories, shoes, etc., I have easily donated more than 500 pieces altogether.

This is really says a lot about how badly I needed to make a change in my life; and I couldn’t be happier with the progress I have made this year. That’s why I’m sharing 10 things you can remove from your closet right now, so that you can add a little bliss back to your closet and life!

1| Anything That Doesn’t Bring You Joy

There are several things hanging in your closet right now that you don’t love. These are the first items you need to remove from your closet as soon as possible. Why waste space in your closet on items that you truly don’t love and enjoy wearing? Either donate these pieces to charity or give it to a friend who will use it.

2| Anything That Doesn’t Fit Your Body

I used to have a bag that was essentially for clothes that, “If I lost 15 more pounds this will *maybe* fit.” Yes, I’m serious. I was that convinced that I needed to keep those pieces of clothing because they might fit again some day. The reality is that my body when I was 15 years old is completely different than my body at 22 years old. And that’s okay! Donate or sell the items that don’t fit.

3| Anything That Doesn’t Fit Your Style

I’ve been changing my personal style more and more throughout 2016. I’ve been removing more trendy, bright-colored pieces and focusing more on purchasing neutral colors that can be paired with several outfits. If you’re in the process of changing your style, remove anything that doesn’t fit your current style or the style you hope to have.

4| Anything You Haven’t Worn in a Year

My tip for you is to place all your hangers on your closet rack facing backwards. Every time you wear an item from your closet, flip the hanger around the proper way to show that you’ve worn that item. When a year is up, anything you haven’t worn that year—toss it, donate it or sell it. If you haven’t worn it in a year, you probably won’t wear it again.

5| Anything That’s Damaged

I had a skirt hanging in my closet for well over a year that was ripped at the seam that I never fixed or replaced. It was actually so long that I wore it completely forgetting that it was damaged to begin with. If you know you’re not going to repair the item, you may as well toss it out because you won’t wear it unless it’s fixed.

6| Anything You Wouldn’t Repurchase

This is a question I have asked myself more and more that I’ve been going through my closet every few months. “Would I repurchase this item if I was out shopping today?” I can’t tell you how many dresses and shoes I have donated due to this question. Maybe two years ago, that romper was perfect for your lifestyle and now it’s not. That’s okay! As long as you’re being honest about your answers in the process.

7| Anything That Makes You Feel Bad About Your Appearance

You know the skirt that isn’t flattering or the top that makes you feel uncomfortable if you’re not sitting perfectly? Whatever the case may be, donate, sell or toss any item that doesn’t make you feel your very best when you wear it. It’s important to feel comfortable and confident in the clothes that you wear.

8| Anything You’re Keeping For Sentimental Reasons

I kept a Bridesmaid dress I wore for my sister’s wedding back in 2009. Yes, 2009. I knew very well that I was never going to wear this dress again, but yet I kept it because I felt bad about getting rid of it. “But it was my sister’s wedding!?” Let’s be honest, no one is going to have hard feelings because you donated a dress you wore seven years ago. When it doubt, donate it.

9| Anything That Isn’t Useful

Have you ever kept a box or bag of items that simply don’t serve a purpose in your daily life? For example, I had a pair of heels that simply weren’t useful for pairing with outfits or fitting to my personal style. Yet I kept them because there wasn’t anything wrong with them. If it’s not useful for your style and life, get rid of it.

10| Anything Not Worth Keeping

After you cycle through all of the questions above, ask yourself, “Is this worth keeping?” Meaning: is it in your best interest to keep this item. If not, consider selling or donating it to someone who will find it worthy of keeping in their closet. Don’t feel guilty if you’re getting rid of pieces for this reason. At least you’re being honest with yourself about what you want in your closet.

What would you add to this list? What have you removed from your closet recently? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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