One Year Full Time: 10 Things I’ve Learned

Welcome back! Today I’m talking about 10 things I’ve learned since starting work full time over a year ago. I can’t believe the time has gone by this fast, and I definitely have learned a lot-and I can’t wait to share. Whether you’ve been working for years, or are just about to start a new job, these 10 things can help give anyone some new perspective on their work situation.

  • Always have a good attitude

In an office setting, or any type of work setting really, people are going to talk. When you’re new, first impressions can mean a lot, so regardless of how you may feel about the people around you, or your job it’s always best to have a positive, respectful attitude. People who show up to a job acting like they know everything, or that they’re above everyone else or the job, are not going to have a good reputation. If you’re always ready to take on any task, no one will ever have anything negative to say about not only you but your work ethic as well.

  • Be patient

Sometimes it’s hard to be patient when you want to hit the ground running, and try everything under the sun. Something important I’ve learned in the past year is to be patient, and let things happen when they’re meant to. This is not to say you should sit back and not take initiative to do things, but try not to get ahead of yourself and realize that in a lot of work settings, you need to earn the right to move your way up the ladder, and that’s totally normal and fair.

  • Go outside of your comfort zone

Try new things, talk to new people-there’s always a benefit to going outside of your comfort zone. I’ve found some of the best experiences I’ve had professionally in the past year have come from me taking even a little step outside my comfort zone and putting myself out there. Trust me, you won’t be sorry.

  • Always ask questions

You’re going to be confused, and you’re going to make mistakes, but never feel afraid to ask questions or for clarification. Depending on the type of work you do, one mistake could be monumental, so instead of messing up majorly, take the extra step and ask for some clarity. You might feel like you’re bugging the person, but in the long run both you, and them will appreciate you getting the task done right the first time around.

  • Don’t be confined to your job title

Some of the best things I’ve accomplished in the past year have come from taking advantage of opportunities that may not be within my job title, but I still sought out. This can be a careful line to toe, because you don’t want to over step, but you also shouldn’t be afraid to ask for more responsibility or more opportunities if you feel you can handle it.

  • Network-but don’t be obnoxious about it

Everywhere you go, every opportunity you have to meet someone new, use it as a chance to network. You shouldn’t be extra about it, but inquiring about someone’s experience and career path is completely normal, and could be helpful to you to get ideas about your own career. Plus, it’s always great to connect with more people in your field, you never know when you may run into them again!

  • Don’t take things personally

Sometimes when things may not go the way you want them to, it can be hard not to take it personally. I know this from experience-that when opportunities don’t always pan out, or plans fall through, it’s easy to turn on yourself and think it’s because you messed up or you’re not good enough. Truth be told, sometimes things just do not work out. It’s still not a fun situation, but knowing that it may not be your fault can alleviate a lot of stress and inner turmoil you may have about the situation.

  • Know when to talk and when to listen

You do not want to be known as the office gossip, period. It’s easy to get caught up in office drama or other people’s problems, but try not to give into it. Nothing positive can come from getting involved in gossip, and even if you can’t avoid it, just politely listen and then walk away. You don’t need to be rude, but talking about other people behind their back will never end well.

  • You are your own best advocate

This goes into a few of the other points, but if you feel you deserve an opportunity or have accomplished something great, don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself. Again, you don’t want to come off arrogant, but know your worth and value, and do not be afraid advocate for yourself. No one knows yourself and what you capabilities are better than you do.

  • Reflect often

Every few months or so, it’s good to do a progress check with yourself. Some companies or organizations have mandatory check ins every couple of months, but if yours does not, or even if it does, it’s a really helpful practice to get into it. I have to set goals for every quarter at work, and it keeps me on top of what I want to accomplish on a short term, and a long term basis. It’s good to give yourself a check in every now and again, see where you’re at professionally and personally. Evaluate what you can differently, or what you can improve upon.

That’s it! I hope these tips help any of you out there in the working world!

Xo.

Beginner’s Guide to: Budgeting and Finances

Beginner’s Guide to: Budgeting and Finances

Welcome back to another beginner’s guide! This week we’re talking all about budgeting and finances-a topic that can be overwhelming and complicated to deal with. I’ve laid out a few steps below that can help anyone set up an easy, maintainable budget!

Step 1: Write out all of your expenses for a monthly basis

I like to look at my budget on a monthly basis, that way I don’t get too overwhelmed. I like to break my expenses down into essentials, subscriptions, and personal expenses. Essentials I consider to be non negotiables that I have to spend every month. This can vary for everyone, but for me it includes rent, utilities, cable & wifi, groceries, and gas.

Next, I make a list of all the subscriptions that I have to pay every month. This could include things like Hulu, Netflix, Spotify or even a gym membership. These are not necessarily essentials, but are still reoccurring expenses every month that you are responsible for.

Lastly, there’s the personal expenses category, and this can include any extraneous expenses you may have. For me it mostly consists of my dining out budget, and whatever else I may want to buy that month that would not be considered a necessity.

Once you figure out these three categories, it gives you a better idea of how much your spending every month.

☆Step 2: Figure out a rough estimate of your monthly income

For some people like myself, you pretty much have a fixed income every month that doesn’t change. This makes it easy to calculate a budget because you always know how much is coming in. If you’re self employed, or get paid hourly, you may not have a set amount you make every month, but try to come up with a rough estimate, even if you keep it on the lower end.

Step 3: Decide what amount you want to save every month

The general rule of advice is to save about 20%-30% of your income. Depending on how much you can afford to save, I’d obviously recommend saving as much as you can, especially if you’re saving up for a big purchase. (More to come on How to Save post coming soon)

Come to a reasonable limit on your spending

Now that you have a clearer picture of what your financial situation is, you can set a reasonable budget that you think you can maintain. Budgets are meant to be changed and you should feel like you have to keep it the same for every month-some months your expenses may fluctuate, and your income may as well. Try to keep an open mind with it, and know that you can always adjust! However, don’t use that as a reason to continuously over spend-there’s a reason you have a budget after all.

I hope these tips can help any of you who may be struggling to set a budget or find a maintainable one!

Xo.

Summer Recipe: Pizza Squash and Roasted Vegetables

Summer Recipe: Pizza Squash and Roasted Vegetables

Welcome back! If you’re looking for something new to try for summer, check out my recipe below on pizza squash and vegetables!

Ingredients:

  • Squash
  • Tomato sauce of choice
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Vegetables
  • Olive oil

☆ Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.

☆ Cut squash in half and take out seeds

☆ Place squash on baking sheet

☆ Add 1/4 cup of your preferred tomato/pizza sauce onto each side of the squash

☆ Add 3 oz of mozzarella cheese to the squash

☆ Drizzle olive oil, salt and pepper on top

☆ Cut and dice choice of vegetable (I used brussel sprouts, carrots, and green peppers), season with cuban seasoning and olive oil.

☆ Cook for 25 minutes

Enjoy!

Vegetable Slaw & Egg Toast

Vegetable Slaw & Egg Toast

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing with you one of my favorite breakfast recipes. Super quick and simple, it’s filling and delicious! Check out the recipe below:

Ingredients:

  • Bread of choice (I usually use whole grain or whole wheat)
  • 2-3 eggs (depending on how much you want)
  • Slaw of choice (I usually use a broccoli or mixed slaw)
  • 1/4 of a yellow onion
  • 1/2 of a bell pepper

Step 1: Saute the onions, slaw mixture, and red pepper in a frying pan until the onions are translucent. Season to your preference. When done, set aside. While doing this, put bread in the toaster.

Step 2: Scramble eggs in a bowl and add the eggs to pan, and cook.

Step 3: Cut toast in half, spread slaw mixture over bread and then add eggs

And that’s it! Super simple and easy to make, nothing complicated.

I hope you guys liked this recipe, and let me know if you want to see more like this!

xo.

Travel Diaries: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach is easily one of the most popular vacation spots in the United States, and for good reason! Beautiful beaches, tons of activities for every age, it’s hard to get bored when you’re there. I’ve been to Myrtle Beach more than a dozen or so times, with it being my family’s go to vacation spot every summer, twice a summer, since I was 6. I have the most amazing memories there, and every time I go back as an adult I’m reminded of all the beautiful times I’ve had with my family.

Check out below for a list of my favorite places in Myrtle Beach to check out!

Broadway at the Beach– this place is awesome. It’s basically an outdoor mall, but so much better than a regular mall. There’s a bunch of stores, a lake, restaurants, a mini golf course, an aquarium, Margaritaville and a movie theater! This was one of my all time favorite places as a kid, and one of the biggest attractions in MB.

Market Commons– This is almost like a smaller version of Broadway at the Beach. It’s a cute, quiet little town with lots of shopping options. They also have a movie theater, as well tons of cool restaurants no matter what you’re in the mood for. It’s a nice alternative when you don’t want to large crowds of going to Broadway at the Beach, but still want a good variety.

Murrell’s Inlet– if you want seafood, and I mean really good seafood, you have to go to Murrell’s Inlet. It’s directly south of MB and not a far drive at all. They have so many restaurants to choose from, but if you decide to go definitely make a reservation because it can get pretty busy during peak seasons. I highly recommend Russel’s Seafood Grill, they have the best food and a cozy feel.

Damon’s Oceanfront Grill– When I was a kid this was my favorite restaurant to go to, mostly because it was right next to our hotel and it was nice to be able to walk over. But besides the proximity, the view is to die for (it’s right on the beach) and they have great food. They’re known for their ribs, and every time I go I can’t resist getting them.

Me circa 2005, on the Pier by our hotel. You can actually see Damon’s in the background on the right next to the three hotel towers!

I hope you guys liked this latest travel diary post! See you next time, as always, keep it klassy, xo.

Travel Makeup Tips

When it comes packing makeup for a trip, it can easily become an overwhelming where you end up over packing products that you won’t actually use. When it comes down to it, if you’re going on a beach vacation for example, you may not need three eyeshadow palettes and 4 different eyeliners, so check out my tips below to minimize and streamline your travel makeup!

Prioritize your favorites/essentials

No matter your destination, it’s important to prioritize the products you know you cannot live without. For me, I cannot go anywhere without packing eyebrow gel, because I feel like even on my most natural days, it really pulls my look together. For some of you, it may be mascara, or lipstick. Whatever it may be, figure out what your can’t live without products and focus on packing just those.

Avoid Breakable Products

If you’re traveling by car, you shouldn’t have to worry about products breaking, but if you’re traveling by plane or any type of transportation where someone else is handling your luggage, you may want to be more aware of the types of packaging your products come in. You may not want to pack a super soft, delicate eye shadow palette, only to have it shattered upon your arrival. Pack products that you know are durable and can stand up to rigorous travel.

Find Multi-use Products

If you’re limited on space, you probably don’t want to have to bring a product for every step in your makeup routine, but don’t want to skimp on them either. My tip for this would be to find products that you can use for multiple things. For example, bronzer and highlighter can be used as eyeshadow, cream blush can be used as lipstick, and dark eyeshadow can be used as eyeliner. Get creative! There are always tons of ways you can use products for multiple different things.

My go-to travel makeup for a beach vacation:

With summer approaching fast, here’s a list of my travel makeup essentials for a beach vacation!

  • A cream highlighter-this can be used on the face and on the body for an all over glow.
  • Mascara- nothing too crazy, just something natural.
  • Eyebrow gel- I cannot live without this, it makes any natural face look even better
  • Lightweight concealer- I don’t want anything heavy, but I may still want to cover up some unevenness, so I like to have some kind of concealer.
  • Lip balm/tinted lip balm- since I’ll probably be spending all day in the, I don’t want a super intense lip stick, so I tend to stick to a lip balm or tinted lip balm if I want a little bit of color

And that’s it! I hope these tips/recommendations can help any of you out there! Xo.