5 Days of #BlissGifts [Day2]

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Another day means another gift guide to make sure you have a little bliss this #blissmas while you’re shopping for everyone on your list. Today, we’re covering five gifts for the fashionista in your life who loves everything from jewelry to clothes.

1| Watch Set from Francesca’s, $34

I think it’s great to buy a watch gift set like this one because not only can you wear the watch on its own, but you can also pair it with several different bracelets to spice up her look for that particular day. It’s several pieces of jewelry in one gift, so you get your bang for your buck with this pick.

2| Crossbody Bag from DSW, $20

Crossbody bags are something that everyone can use whether they have one already or not. I always try to stick with neutral colors when giving gifts to a fellow Fashionista so that they can easily pair it with several things in their closet.

3| Blanket Scarf from Express, $40

Maybe it’s just me, but there’s no way you can ever go wrong with a big, heavy blanket scarf. Especially during the winter months, everyone can add a scarf or two into their collection to get through the rest of winter even after the holidays.

4| Poncho Sweater from LOFT, $75 (take an extra 40%)

This is a gift that’s perfect for the woman in your life whether they love quirky, festive Christmas sweaters, or they’re interested in a classic, trendy piece like this hybrid between a poncho and a traditional sweater. When in doubt, a sweater is always a good option for a Fashionista.

5| Statement Necklace from Francesca’s, $28

I feel like statement necklaces have been losing their hype over 2016 as we have seen chokers take over the fashion scene. But, I think it’s always good to keep your recipient in mind. If they’re trendy, buy a choker necklace. If they’re classic, buy a neutral, statement necklace.

Which gift was your favorite? What other items would you add to this list? Is there anyone on your list you need a fashion gift for? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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What it’s REALLY Like to Work in Marketing

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For those who haven’t been up to date on my life recently, I began my first job as a Marketing Director for a mall. Over the last two weeks, I’ve learned a ton about the marketing field that I didn’t learn in school, which is why I’m sharing some things I’ve learned about marketing within the first two weeks of my job.

You NEED to work ahead:

3:30 rolls around, and the day is winding down a little bit. You have two choices: relax and after seven hours of work, or begin tomorrow’s work. You always need to work ahead. If something is due on a Friday, I make sure it’s done by Wednesday. Why? You never know what will come up the next day whether it’s a two-hour meeting, or a problem with an event. When you fall behind on work, you’ll feel stressed and overwhelmed. So, when in doubt—work ahead.

70 percent of your day involves emails:

I had no idea how many emails one person could receive in one day. It’s absurd. I think I receive an average of 40 or more emails a day. Whether you’re emailing about a sponsorship, event, advertising request or proposal, emails are a huge part of my day-to-day work life. Although this doesn’t seem like a fun aspect of the job, it’s vital in order to get things done. My tip is to make sure your email folders are hyper organized so you don’t lose track of anything!

Planning and organization is essential:

I’m a huge post-it note/agenda junkie. I thrive off of making to-do lists, and checking things off of my to-do list is arguably my favorite past time. This has helped me a ton with my job because if you’re not on top of your daily tasks, you will fall behind. If you don’t keep your desk and files organized, you will lose important papers, and will regret it later. Make sure everything is labeled and put away after using it, so it doesn’t end up somewhere else!

Check and double check your work:

This is especially important for writing advertising proposals and sponsorship proposals. If you have a mistake in your grammar, or in your financial outlines, NO ONE will take you seriously. It also could cost you money. For example, if you clearly state your client isn’t responsible for printing or providing creative work, you’re costing your company $1,000. You don’t want to be the reason your company pays for your mistakes. Proofread everything at least three times before pressing send.

Don’t just wing it:

Guys, there are a lot of situations where you can just “wing it,” but your marketing job should not be one of them. If you’re not sure of an answer or how to handle something, Google it, or ask someone else. It’s okay not to know the answers. But don’t go into a situation where you’re winging it and hoping everything will turn out well. More often than not—it won’t go over well with you and your corporate office. Plan and prepare for everything just in case.

I hope this helped you all to learn a little more about the marketing field, especially for those who are interested in marketing as a future career path.

What were important lessons you learned at your job within the first few weeks of working? Make sure to share your lessons below!

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Reflections from 2015 & Resolutions for 2016

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Can you believe that another year is over? It’s crazy to think of all the interesting things that have happened in 2015; and that a new year has begun.

Today, I’m reflecting on 2015 and sharing on my resolutions for 2016. I think it’s important to reflect on the current year before looking to the new year ahead. So here are five reflections from 2015 and five resolutions for 2016.

One reflection that has made a big impact on me was buying my domain. I bought my domain in August, and basically had to begin all over again with my blog. You guys gave me the confidence to take my blog to a new level. I’m so thankful for you all! This was a big step for me, and I hope there will be more advancements with my blog in 2016.

I can now say that I’m less than three months away from having a Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications. It has been a challenging year academically, but it will be worth it. To coincide with my academics, I struggled with graduating from college. I left a place I called home for three years to return home, finish school online and work at a new job. It has been a difficult change for me, but I know that change is part of life.

I got to travel to new places this year, and I can only hope I’ll be traveling more in 2016. This year, I went to Pittsburgh, D.C. and Baltimore. It was fun to explore new places with my boyfriend and make memories together.

Another struggle I had in 2015 was learning to understand anxiety. It’s a challenge I deal with everyday, and I hope to write about it more to hopefully inspire others to talk about it, and help others who are afraid to come to terms with their anxiety.

Finally, I learned about self love and being kind to myself. Although there are days where I stress about the way I look or feel like I’m not enough, I remind myself that I am enough and that it’s important to love myself no matter what season of life I’m in.

And now, here are five resolutions for 2016:

Be present and spontaneous:

There have been examples throughout the year where I was so caught up thinking about what’s going to come next instead of enjoying what was happening in the present moment. Also, I struggle with being spontaneous because I’m always thinking about the future. For example, “But I’ll be spending x amount of money so I’d better not go on a road trip.” My goal is to be present, spontaneous and enjoy life.

Travel more:

I was lucky to travel this year, and I’m hoping to travel even more in 2016. I love visiting new places, even if it’s in a different state. I think traveling is something every 20-something should do. It’s life-enriching, and it’s an amazing way to make memories that will last a lifetime.

Put my health first:

I did go through some interesting health situations in 2015. That’s why I plan to put my health first in all aspects whether it’s my diet, exercise routine, my happiness, or just my overall physical health. I noticed that my health went on the back burner in 2015 because I was so focused on school and work, but I plan to change that in the coming year.

Embrace change:

There will be many changes in 2016. I’ll be done with my Master’s degree, and I’ll be leaving my student days behind. I’ll begin my career (maybe in a new state). It might also mean moving in with my boyfriend. These are all big changes, but I hope to accept them gracefully.

Learn everyday:

My goal is to never stop learning whether it’s in or out of my field. Some easy ways I can stay on top of learning is by watching documentaries, reading more pieces outside of my comfort zone (philosophy, science, etc.) or travel to learn about cultures. There are many ways to continue learning everyday, and I hope to make this a priority in 2016.

What are your goals for 2016? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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What I’m Thankful For | 2015 Edition

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In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I thought I’d share my 2015 edition of what I’m thankful for. I think it’s so important to express gratitude in life, and to remember how fortunate we are. I encourage you to leave a comment below, or write a post saying what you’re thankful for this year, too!

My Loved Ones:

My boyfriend, family and friends are all incredible. They are my biggest supporters, and they’re always there for me whenever I need them. I’ve learned in 2015 who my true friends are, and that if someone wants you in your life, they will make an effort to keep you there.

Clean Water:

We don’t realize how lucky we are to have access to clean, abundant water. Many people have to drink dirty water, which can lead to diseases. We never realize how significant this blessing is. It is something I know I take for granted, but I am truly thankful for.

My Education:

As much as I complain about all the work involved with my Master’s degree, I am incredibly thankful I live in a country where I can have an education. I’ve read so much this year about girls who would do anything for an education, but can’t. I am so grateful for the opportunity to learn.

My Blog:

Blissfully Brunette has grown so much over the last year. Although I took a leap of faith (and bought my domain) I’m happy to say it’s my best decision I made this year. I can’t wait to see where blogging will take me in the new year.

My Job:

For those who don’t know, I got a new job this summer. This meant I had to begin a new job working twice as many hours as my old job while juggling grad school, blogging and other commitments. These last few months have taught me organization and prioritizing my to-do lists.

My Dog:

I am a huge dog lover, and this year I realized how important having a dog is. Myia is my best friend, walking companion, cuddle buddy and so much more. I love spending time with her and playing in the park whenever we have a spare 30 minutes. I am so thankful for her.

My Heath:

As a person who grew up with many health problems, I’m happy to say that 2015 has been one of my better experiences with my health. Although there have been a few bumps in the road over summer, I’ve happy to say that I am (for the most part) healthy!

Shelter:

In the U.S., more than 3.5 million people experience homelessness each year. This statistic brings me to tears. We are fortunate we are to be able to call a place “home.” Whenever there’s a storm I think: How many people are on the streets? It reminds me of the important things in life.

 

What are you thankful for this year? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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A Mindful Mentality: Openness

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“The doors will be opened to those who are brave enough to knock.”

Openness is a concept I think we all secretly struggle with. Openness is all about accepting every moment in life—good or bad—with open arms because every moment in life is a learning experience. It’s also about seeking personal acceptance, which is similar to the ideas presented in authenticity.

One thing I’ve learned about mindfulness is that the components of this idea are all connected in some form. For example, I personally connect authenticity and openness together because they both can relate to accepting yourself and being honest about who you are. There are some differences, however, in essence, these ideas are all very connected.

If you haven’t read my two previous posts on mindfulness, make sure to check out last week’s post on grace and the previous week’s post on authenticity.

Openness, for me, is very much synonymous with acceptance. In life, we are handed good and bad cards. But it’s not about the cards you receive, it’s how you play the cards you are dealt. You can have a winning outcome even with bad cards. This is how I view openness: it’s about accepting what you have and using it as a way to learn and grow as an individual.

I truly believe that we grow and learn every single day. Many people don’t agree with me, but I think it’s true. When we deal with life’s struggles, we don’t think very positively about them. Openness is the ability to see each difficult moment as a blessing because it’s an opportunity to learn and grow as a person. This makes you more mindful about your daily life and how you can help others in their daily lives.

If you notice you’re in a funk about a rough week, take a step back and look at the big picture. What can you learn from this week? How you can use this week’s events to grow? These are the questions that help us become more mindful and aware of our lives and how we decide to live it.

Next time you are in the midst of a good day or bad day, I encourage you to think of how you can utilize the event for a personal gain. How can you use this bad day as a way to grow as a person? How can you help someone else who is having a bad day grow as a person?

How do you practice openness in your everyday life? Make sure to leave a comment sharing your thoughts below!

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