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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10 Ways to Achieve Work-Life Balance

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It’s important to give 100 percent in your career, especially if you’re in love with your job. But, it can do you more harm than good if you’re constantly focused on work, and not giving yourself time to rest and rejuvenate once you leave the office. Here are 10 tips to help you achieve the proper work-life balance.

1| Create Your Perfect Morning Routine

Don’t give yourself 10 minutes to get ready and race out the door. Not only are you beginning the day off on a negative note, but yourself not giving yourself time to prepare for the work day ahead. Instead, set your alarm 15 minutes earlier than you normally would, and give yourself time to get ready without rushing. You’ll feel prepared to take on your day positively.

2| Make Your Work Day Productive

When you have a productive day at work, you feel better about giving yourself time to relax after work. So don’t procrastinate on any big projects, manage your time effectively, and get stuff done during your eight hours of work. When 5 p.m. rolls around, you’re going to feel good about shutting down your computer, and leaving work for the day without wondering if you did enough that day.

3| Take Small Breaks

If you’re feeling overwhelmed at work, take small, five-10 minute breaks a few times throughout the day to take your eyes off the computer and take a breather. Don’t feel guilty if you’re stressed out and need to take small breaks. Not taking breaks makes you less productive because the stress of work will make you not want to do anything for the rest of the day. If you struggle with taking breaks, schedule one like a meeting and set a timer on your phone for five minutes.

4| Make Your Lunch Break Worth It

I know many people who prefer to take “working lunches.” The problem with this is that you’re not really setting aside time for your mind to not think about work. If you struggle with this—physically leave your office for part of your lunch and take a walk outside for 10 minutes. That way, you won’t be tempted to answer emails, phone calls, etc. You’ll return from lunch ready to finish out the day.

5| No Emails After 5

This is so difficult to abide by especially when emails are at our fingertips. I desperately try to not look at emails or respond to emails once I leave the office. If there’s an emergency, someone will call or text you about it if it can’t wait until the next day. You need to enjoy the short time you have after work to unwind and do things you truly enjoy. Whatever email you receive can wait until tomorrow, I promise.

6| Say No

Is your workload too much? Have you been taking on too much at work recently? Speak up, be honest, and learn to say no in the future. I cannot stress the importance of this tip because if you’re always saying yes, you’re taking away from your free time and work more before or after work. Ask for help when necessary, and make sure to say no if you know it will be too much for you to handle alone.

7| Plan Time Off Accordingly

I learned that many people in marketing let their vacation days go to waste, which is not good at all for achieving work-life balance. You need to make sure you’re setting aside time for personal days, a long-weekend vacation, etc. If you don’t take time off to recharge, you’re going to burn yourself out and you’re going to decrease productivity in your life and in your career altogether. Schedule your time off and budget for some emergency days/sick day as well.

8| Put Mental/Physical/Emotional Health First

The most important tip on here is to make sure you put your physical/mental/emotional health before ANYTHING work related. If you’re overwhelmed or not feeling 100 percent, talk to someone, go for a run, eat healthy, and go to all doctor appointments. It’s so important to take care of yourself in all areas of your life. When you’re all-around healthy, you’re happier and go to work with your best foot forward.

9| Work On Your Social Life

There was a period of time where I felt like I had no social life whatsoever with graduate school, working, interning and blogging all at once. While it’s great to work/intern and accomplish all your #GirlBoss goals, it’s all important to make time for friends, family and alone time as well. Text your friend and get a drink after work. Make time for Sunday breakfast with your family. Time with your loved ones is so important.

10| Take Advantage of Weekends

Make a list of everything you want to do over the weekend. Yes, I’m asking you to make a to-do list for the weekend—even if it’s “read a book,” “go for a hike,” “do laundry,” etc. The goal is to make the most of your weekends and do everything you can’t do and treat yourself to during the week. Instead of spending an entire day binge-watching Netflix, you can do several things you love and also enjoy some Netflix as well!

How do you achieve work-life balance? What tips would you add to this list? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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Life Lately: Job, Moving to PA + My First Place!

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The last three weeks have been a little crazy for me. I’m less than a month away from finishing my Master’s degree and celebrating my 22nd birthday, which is insane to think about. However, as you can tell from the title, there is more exciting news of what’s happening in my life.

First (Real) Job:

If you would have told me that I would have a secured job before graduation, I would have laughed because I know many graduates who interview for months before they land their first job.

What’s crazy about this job is that it all fell into place in the matter of two weeks. In two weeks, I sent in my resume, went through two interviews, received an offer and accepted to complete the process. I am a big believer that everything happens for a reason, so it’s no doubt that this was meant to be.

I’m incredibly blessed to have found an amazing job in my field. I will be a Marketing Director for a mall in Pennsylvania, which brings me to my next piece of exciting news.

New State:

Yes, I will be moving out of my home state of New York and move down to Pennsylvania. For those who don’t know, Josh is originally from Pa., and he has had a great job there that he loves. We thought it would be best for me to try and find a job there instead of us both searching for a job in New York. Thankfully, he has family there, and my family won’t be too far away either in case we need anything.

First Place:

Josh and I found a beautiful place, within 10 minutes of both of our offices, and has perfect location to everything we need. Of course, the price was also right for us. What’s crazy about the townhouse is that the process went smooth as well. It just felt like all of this was meant to work out this way, and I couldn’t feel more blessed about the entire situation.

So, what now?

I’m nervous to begin this new chapter of my life because it’s my first real job out of college, and I’ll be in a new place that I’ll call home. But I’m equally excited because I truly feel like the job is a great fit for me and my skills, and I couldn’t be happier about where we will be living.

However, there will be some weeks in April where I post less content here on my blog. Between finishing my degree and moving, there will be a lot going on for the upcoming month. I will be sure to at least post once a week to keep you guys updated on anything beauty, fashion, or life related.

I want to thank you all in advanced for being patient while I’m ending one chapter of my life and beginning a new one. I’m couldn’t ask for a better blogging community to be part of, and I can’t wait to begin this new journey of my life.

What has been going on in your life lately? Do you have any tips for me about my first job, first place or moving out of state? Please send links to your blog posts or leave your tips in the comments below!

 

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Mini Emergency Kit

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If you’re going back to school, or beginning a new new job or internship, there are a few essentials you will need. Whether you need to fix your makeup during the day, or need some products to freshen up, it’s important to carry the necessities. I decided to create a list of my top 5 essentials I carry in my work bag or backpack for school.

Makeup remover wipes:

Sometimes, you need to touch up your makeup mid day and you end up smearing your makeup. Have a clean slate by using a makeup wipe!

Dry shampoo:

I don’t know about you, but I’m lazy about washing my hair. I also love dry shampoo to add texture and volume to my hair on second and third day washes.

Deodorant:

If you’re running across campus or if you walk to work, you might need to freshen up once you’re there. Keep a travel-sized deodorant in your emergency kit.

Oil blotting sheets:

Nothing is worse than having your makeup running off your face because your skin is oily. I live off of oil blotting sheets so keep my makeup last throughout the day.

Lip balm:

We all need to moisturize our lips, especially as we transition from summer to fall. I always keep an EOS lip balm where ever I go including my emergency kit!

What are some other essentials you carry in your bag or backpack? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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