How To Keep Your Routine Running Smoothly 

I’ve been so busy lately trying to stay healthy, happy, and motivated. I’m constantly on the move or thinking of what I’ll do next; I guess you can say I don’t like being bored. With a mindset like “go, go, go” it’s super important to keep your days organized. I’m guilty of slipping up, don’t get me wrong not everyday is perfect, but I find it’s easiest to navigate life when things are in order and where they need to be. So today, I wanted to focus on ways you can keep your daily routine in check and moving smoothly!

Set Alarms And Timers

I didn’t realize how useful this tool could be until I began using it. Set alarms for important times throughout the day. I use mine to obviously wake up in the morning but also for tracking my water intake, TV shows, and house duties. It makes me aware of how much time I’m actually spending on something or when I should stop/start a new task.

Use Your Phone Calendar

I still use my regular paper planner but also love to include my top priority dates in my IPhone calendar. Making appointments for things has never been easier. I can literally whip out my phone and punch in a time right then and there. My phone works great for “in the moment” situations.

*I also really love the Google Calendar version for IPhone. That might be easier to get around in and can connect with business appointments, flights, etc.*

Don’t Waste Time And Find A Way To Relieve Stress

Stop procrastinating. The top two ideas should help with this. Stay focused on what’s to come, which is accomplishing your daily activities and long term goals. Instead of lounging for an hour or two, try working out. If you’re not into that, read a book or learn a new skill. Time is limited so use it to its fullest potential. Everyday I try to do something I love and something that’s beneficial to my mind or body.

Stay Energized, Stay Looking Ahead

Without my morning coffee, I just can’t function. Find something that gets you out of bed in the morning and going all day long. For me that’s caffeine, but it could be anything from a daily mantra, yoga, or preparing a healthy breakfast each morning. This will propel you to do great things throughout the day and insure you’re making the most of it.

Identify What’s Most Important

This is easiest done through color coding! Grab those highlighters (digitally too if you’d like) and start categorizing what is most important, important, and just needs to be done by the end of the day. Using this method of organization is a good reminder that you’re aware of your needs. Take some time to do this each morning!

Do you have any secret tips to making your routines run smoothly? Do you already do one, or more of these things? How has it changed you? I wanna know in the comments! Let’s start a discussion on what works and maybe what doesn’t!

Necessities + Tips For A 2017 Resume

I’ve been writing resumes since I was 17 looking for my first job my senior year of high school. And the trends for resume building then, are totally different now. But that’s not to say I haven’t evolved as a self proclaimed resume writer. The development of job finders like Careerbuilder, Monster, and LinkedIn have changed the way employers look at candidates. Everything is done with simplicity, style, and professionalism. So today, I’d like to share a few tips and tricks surrounding a 2017 resume and what it should look like. Everything from top to bottom.

“If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it.”

Introduce Yourself

Employers aren’t just looking for someone who can do the job, they’re looking for a real person. Someone with feelings, passion, and drive. Start off your resume with a quick introduction, highlighting who you are and some of your strengths. I’d recommend a professional photo of yourself too. It puts a face to the candidate and could make you seem more personable. Consider this section a “Statement” filled with power verbs. Words like advanced, trained, exceeds, negotiates, and strengthened are perfect starters to include.

Graphs

This is something most may not think about when creating their resume but can act as a lifesaver. We all hate telling employers we are not familiar in a certain category. So, instead of flat out saying yes or no. Try using bar graphs.

Let’s say I’m applying for a web developer position. I’m experienced in many formats but struggle in WordPress a bit. Instead of leaving that off of my resume, I would put it in discretely. I would list my bars accordingly for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and After Effect. But might list WordPress slightly lower than the others.

It’s not necessarily a bad thing to show your weaknesses to employers. Don’t think of it that way. More than likely, the strength vs weakness question will come up in an interview 9/10 times. You now have something to discuss during that time and can still highlight your other skills. The bar graph acts as an illusion and gives some visuals.

Education

This area can either play a huge or very little role in your resume. If you’re more experienced in real world situations and have held several other jobs pertaining to the one you’re applying for, let that be your main focus. However, if you’re a recent college graduate with very little career experience, let schooling be your reputable back up. Quote letters of recommendations from professors and mentors to help boost your chances. Find the value in yourself and put it on paper.

Professional and Personal

Like I said above, it’s very important to show that you’re human. After all, you’re going to be working with these people. Think of a few words that will show you’re humble but also ready to put in work. Professional ideas could be budget and planning, team leadership, or client support. While personal could include creative spirit, motivated, and fast learner.

“Better is not something you wish, it’s something you become.”

Timelines

This is a modern way to organize your work history. A resume should only be one to two pages long so rally up your three most recent jobs. Each blurb should remind the reader of what your objectives were and day-to-day tasks. Keep this area short and sweet but detailed.

The biggest tip of advice I could give to you all is to just be yourself. As cliche as that sounds, we want to be somewhat transparent when looking for a job. And remember, the career searching process is not just about the employer. Make sure you’re finding what you want and what will benefit you as an individual. It’s your own responsibility to grow into the position you dream of.

Women Who Are Killing It: #GirlBoss Style

There’s nothing that gets me more motivated than seeing others succeed. Watching people work hard for what they want, struggle, and yet still end up accomplishing their goals is so inspiring. What I’ve learned over the years, is that finding someone to look up to, a mentor perhaps, can without a doubt help shape the way you grow. With this idea in mind, I wanted to share with you all today who my favorite influencers are and how they’ve impacted my life!

“I think women are scared of feeling powerful and strong and brave sometimes. There’s nothing wrong with being afraid. It’s not the absence of fear. It’s overcoming it. And sometimes you just have to blast through and have faith”

For me, a role model is someone who is fearless and does things without necessarily letting the views of others effect their next move. They are individuals who choose to enjoy the ride even with some rough spots. A role model doesn’t always have the answers but chooses to listen, ask questions, and learn.

Lori Greiner

If any of you are familiar with the show “Shark Tank“, then I’m sure you know of the ultimate boss lady herself. Lori is an inventor, business woman, and now television personality who not only is determined to lead but carries herself with class and integrity. This girl seems to have it all from her “Queen of QVC” title to her fashion sense and willingness to work. She puts passion into every project she gets herself into and makes everything she does seem so effortless.

Sophia Amoruso

I’ve spoken a little about Sophia in some past blog posts but thought I’d expand on why I love her so much just one more time (sorry not sorry)! The #GirlBoss herself has coined the term and was able to create something amazing out of nothing.

At 23, she started her online Ebay store “Nasty Gal“. But since beginning, things haven’t been easy. If you’ve read her book or have seen the show on Netflix, you know she’s persevered through some pretty tough shit. Nonetheless, she pushed through hardships and turned her small business into a multi-million dollar brand. Despite having the odds against her, she has proven everyone wrong from her past employers, father, and even her cheating ex-boyfriend. I admire the way Sophia overcame these things to make a better life for herself. Such a girl power story!

Aspyn Ovard

Talk about a girl on fire. Aspyn has really made a name for herself in the YouTube community. Since finding her audience, she has branched out from the internet game and has turned herself into a full blown business owner. Her and husband, Parker, are on a serious grind with their freshly launched business Luca and Grae. The online boutique features a mixture of bohemian, modern, and casual clothing all at reasonable price. Aspyn has used her YouTube platform and social media experience as a catapult for her future business endeavors. She has taken what she loves to do and made it her very own. The commitment she has to her work radiates which makes her one of my top favorite idols for this list.

“If you truly pour your heart into what you believe in. Even if it makes you vulnerable. Amazing things can and will happen”

Emma Watson

We all know Emma for her leading roles in movies like Harry Potter and Beauty and the Beast. What we sometimes forget about is her loyalty to equal rights. She has become an activist for gender equality as well as a respected feminist. I honor her level of professionalism and praise her for stepping out of her comfort zone to speak about issues that are important to not only her but many others. Emma has created a voice and has used her fame to start vital conversations that some are not brave enough to acknowledge. P.S the quotes on this post are from Emma herself! 

So who’s your biggest influence or role model? Let me know in the comments or on my other socials! Can’t wait to start a conversation with you