5 Ways to Succeed at Work in Your 20s

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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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5 Ways You’re Washing Your Face Wrong

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I’m going to be honest—I take my skin care routine very seriously.

I’m the person who can’t even get into bed without taking off her makeup and washing her face. And I’ve been that way for so many years. Growing up with acne problems in middle school and early high school was rough, so now that I have perfected my skincare routine, I appreciate having clear skin.

My friends ask for skincare advice and tips all the time. I thought this would be a great opportunity to share some of my favorite skincare tips with you.

1 | You Wash Your Face Twice A Day

You’re probably thinking…what?! But it’s true. You might be doing more harm than good if you’re washing your face twice a day. You only need to wash your face at night because your skin is exposed to bacteria, which is why I recommend removing your makeup and then washing your skin thoroughly. Washing your skin again in the morning might be causing dryness and irritation to your skin. Skip your morning face wash in the morning. You will notice a difference!

2| You Use The Wrong Products For Your Skin Type

I am a big advocate on educating yourself to learn about your skin type and what products you need to use based on your skin type. If you have dry skin, you shouldn’t be using a regular toner. If you have oily skin, you should make sure your skin products are appropriate for oily skin. I find it amazing how so many people don’t know their skin type, and they don’t realize they’re using products that are causing breakouts, dryness and irritation. It’s important to learn about your skin, so you can treat it properly.

3| You Don’t Moisturize Afterwards

I feel like I shouldn’t be writing this because it’s so straight forward, but so many people don’t use moisturizer. It baffles me maybe because I’ve been so crazy about my skincare routine for so long that it’s second nature to me. Find a moisturizer that’s good for your skin type and use it daily. And don’t skimp out on moisturizer at night! There’s a common misconception that you don’t need to use moisturizer if your skin feels hydrated and healthy, but that’s simply not the case. For other people, it’s comes down to be lazy. Please don’t be that person, and moisturize your skin.

4| You Wash Your Face With Hot Water

Girl, I feel you. The LAST thing you want to do is to wash your skin with freezing cold water at the end of a long day doesn’t sound fun at all. But, if you’re looking for how you can improve your skincare routine, this might be your best bet. Hot water is another way you might be drying out your skin or irritating your skin, which can lead to breakouts and redness over time. Instead, wash your face with cool water (don’t worry, it doesn’t need to be ice cold) at night to better your routine.

5| You Don’t Wash Long Enough

It’s like brushing your teeth, we all don’t brush for the full two minutes. Well, maybe some do, but that’s besides the point. The average person washes their face for about five seconds. Only five seconds! That’s not enough time to remove the makeup, bacteria and dirt from the entire day. You need to take a full 20 seconds to clean your skin thoroughly. Because you’re only washing your skin once a day (see tip 1) you need to ensure you’re getting all the dirt and bacteria out from your skin. Make sure to rinse your skin with cool water and pat dry with a towel.

What skin tip did you learn from this post? What other skin tips do you have? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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10 Things To Learn In Your 20s

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Your twenties are a beautiful time where you’re learning more about yourself each day. Yes, that sounds cheesy, but it’s true! This is a time in your life where you’re constantly growing and evolving into the person you wish to become.

I think it’s important to be aware in your 20s, which is why I’m sharing 10 things you should learn during this period of your life. Make sure to leave a comment below sharing what YOU think I should add to this list!

1| Learn where you came from

Family is everything. I think it’s important to find out where you come from and your family’s history. Are your parents first-generation citizens? What are some stories from your family’s past back in your home country? My dad’s side of the family has created a family tree book where they trace back our family history since the late 1800s in Italy. This was a 10-year project, and it’s something I hold onto dearly. Learning about your family’s culture is so important, so learn about the stories from your grandparents—you won’t regret it!

2| Learn how to master an interview

Point blank: you’re going to have a lot of interviews in your life for jobs, so you need to learn how to handle an interview properly. Learn what questions to ask, and what questions you shouldn’t ask. Learn how to wow your potential boss with answers that will blow him or her away. You want to know how to make a great first impression in an interview? Practice that handshake, and work on that elevator pitch (see 6 below). You will walk out of each interview confident but humble.

3| Learn when to say no

And when to say yes! The problem is that Millennials are having a difficult time saying no. We tend to take on too much, and we aren’t sure of our limits. As important as it is to say yes to golden opportunities, it’s equally important to learn when to say no and how to gracefully decline an opportunity that you simply don’t have time for. Learn that it’s okay to say no because you are only one person, and you can’t do it all. But that’s okay!

4| Learn how to be happy for others

It’s easy to get a [little] jealous of the girl who landed her her dream career in New York City, or the couple who got engaged before you. These moments can have you asking yourself: Am I not where I need to be? Should I be engaged? Should I make a career change? This leads to questioning your self worth, which isn’t necessary. Learn how to be happy for someone regardless of your current situation. Don’t feel the need to compare yourself either. We’re all going through life at our own pace.

5| Learn 10 solid dinner recipes

Because who isn’t searching “easy chicken recipes” on Pinterest every night? Don’t be the graduate who eats cereal and take-out for dinner every night. Learn a handful of recipes you can make quickly and easily while staying on a budget. I was always worried about making meals for myself, but I learned 10 or 12 recipes I love and I stick to those when I need to make dinner in a pinch. You’re taking care of yourself now, and it’s important you’re not eating PB&J every day. Follow the recipe, and learn from your mistakes if you don’t get it right the first time.

6| Learn your elevator pitch

“So tell me about yourself?” Ugh. It’s that dreaded question you hear at a networking event or an interview. It’s an opportunity where you can fall flat on your face if you don’t know about your goals and passions. An elevator pitch is a 30-second bit about you, your work, your passions, future aspirations, etc. What words you would use to describe who you are and what you’re passionate about? Find those words, recite them, and use that pitch when you meet someone professionally.

7| Learn how to be alone

I find that there are so many people who don’t know how to be alone with themselves. If they were told they couldn’t leave the house for two days, most people wouldn’t be able to handle it because they need to be around others. While I agree you shouldn’t cast off all your friends and family, it’s still beneficial to be content with your own company and to not be defined by other people. You learn so much about yourself when you spend time alone, so make the time to read, treat yourself to lunch, etc.

8| Learn how to take care of yourself

I feel like there are so many #adulting questions and problems that arise the minute you graduate. How do you change your license or address when you change states? How often do you need an oil change? And what can you bleach/not bleach in the wash? But really, there needs to be a Life 101 class prior to graduation about taxes, laundry, self care and everything in between. When in doubt, Google it, buy a book, or ask your mom and dad. I can’t tell you how often I’ve been calling my mom for cooking help. (Thanks, mom!)

9| Learn your passions

I know some many people can feel lost post-graduation, but all you need to do is ask yourself: What brings you joy? What makes you want to get up each morning? P.S. it’s okay if you have more than one passion! Write down all the things you love and make sure they are part of your routine and life. If you’re working at a job you hate, leave and find a job you love. If you love your job, you’ll never work a day in your life. If you love traveling, take time off to go see the world! If you want to become a author, start writing every single day. Find your bliss, and let your passion bloom in your 20s.

10| Learn about your relationship with yourself

I can’t stress this enough. Learn about yourself, and learn how to have a relationship with yourself. Your relationship with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have. If you’re hateful and negative toward yourself, that same energy will come from other relationships in your life. Learn to love yourself, and learn how to have a happy, positive relationship with yourself. If you don’t like something, accept where you are today and take the steps to change it tomorrow!

What tip is your favorite? What other tips would you add to this list? Make sure to share them in the comments below!

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Rejuvenating June: Series Post 4

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In my previous Rejuvenating June post, I talked about juice and tea cleanses and the benefits of cleansing your body. Detoxing isn’t only about what you nourish your body with. It’s all about balance with your mind, body and soul. Here are 10 ways you can detox aside from cleanses.

Revamp your fitness routine:

You don’t need to jog for 30 minutes everyday. If you hate your fitness routine, try different options like kickboxing, Pilates, step class, weight-resistance training or cycling. The more variety, the better. This will help you lose weight quickly and keep your mind on top of its game.

Drink detox water:

Why have plain water when you can mix in up with different fruits and vegetables? Try adding lemons, berries and cucumbers to your water for a clarifying mix that will taste better than a sugary drink. This will help you reach the intake of water for the day without even thinking about it.

Meditate:

Are you always thinking about something? You have so many thoughts, ideas and can’t stop your mind? Meditation helps calm your mind and helps you to focus on breathing and being present in the moment. First meditate for 2 minutes, then 5, 10, etc. You’ll see how much you’ve progressed.

Get outside:

Did you know spending time in nature makes you more happy? Instead of walking on the treadmill or using the elliptical, take your workout outdoors. Hike in the woods, kayak with friends on the lake or bike on a trail. You’ll help your mind and body equally.

Keep a journal:

Detoxing the mind is also important. We have a lot of thoughts in one day, and sometimes we might have problems, stresses and other challenges we are battling. Keep a journal and record down the good, bad, ugly—basically whatever you want. It’ll help clear your mind frequently.

Write five things you’re thankful for everyday:

Expressing gratitude is something we all need to work on. Regardless of out life situations, we all have something to be thankful for. Every morning, write down five different things you’re thankful for, repeat everyday, and watch your happiness grow with ease.

Stretch when you wake up and before bed:

If you haven’t picked up yoga, try some simple poses for 15 minutes every morning and evening. This will get your body ready to take on the day, or prepare you for a night of rest. Either way, you’ll stretch you body and release toxins.

Practice breathing:

This isn’t something we do often. We need to appreciate breathing by taking full, deep breaths. You can practice this at night before bed (it will help you fall asleep faster) and during the day. With proper oxygen, you’ll body can release the bad from your system.

Create a vision board:

What inspires you to be healthy? Find your favorite fitness quotes, photos of healthy recipes and workout ideas and make a collage on a cork board. Keep it in a place where you’ll see it every day like your office space. You’ll be reminded why detoxing is necessary for healthy living.

Surround yourself with positive people:

You’re a product of your environment. When you surround yourself with positive people, you will naturally become more positive. If you have negative people, they will bring you down. You need to actively seek happiness through positive energy and optimism.

How do you detox your mind, body and soul? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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