All posts filed under: Wellness

How to cultivate work/life balance

Let’s face it. We spend more time at work than with our families. As much as we try to separate our career from our personal life, it is not always easy to find balance. The new normal in the workforce is busyness. We may not have time for everything but we do have time for what we choose to make it for. I urge you to make time to manage your stress in a healthy way.  You deserve to spend your time wisely which is why the aspects of your work do not belong in your personal life. Many of us are not even aware of the impact of being consumed by the everyday stress. Working full-time and trying to have a personal life seems impossible. Balancing your professional life with your personal life can become exhausting. Eventually the lines blur due to the demands of everyday life. The free time you get following work must be planned, prioritized, and flexible.  This method allows you to refresh your mind and reset for the next day.  Work stress can disrupt that process over time. …

20 things you should do in your 20’s…

Welcome to the prime-time of your life! Want to make the most of it? If so, start with these 20 things you must do in your twenties.  Make them memorable. Make it your credo to learn, live, and laugh. Here is my list of twenty things you should do: 1. Eat at an exotic restaurant. 2. Pay down debt. Your future self will be grateful. Make sacrifices and get it paid down now. 3. Travel to another country. The days of traveling abroad being only for the rich are long gone. Brands like  Travel Noire make travelling alone and on a budget feasible. 4. Learn to say no. Nicely. You are coming into your own so there’s no need to people please. We would all love to have more time to do everything. However if you want to be a success and remain You know who you are and what you want. Deny anything that stands in the way of that. Starve your distractions, feed your focus. However don’t be an ass. Politely state your reason …

The impact fear has on success

When you’re having a tough time in life it can be hard to see the good in any situation. At least if you’re feeling how I did a few weeks ago when I project I had been working on, spending money and countless hours, persistently for months fell through because of reasons beyond my control.  You start to believe that nothing can change and you begin to feel ‘stuck.’ Maybe things didn’t work out the way you expected. The right opportunities never came along. It doesn’t matter the reason, what matters is that it is holding you back. Failure leads to multiple learning opportunities to become who you are meant to be. Feeling ‘stuck’ comes from a place of fear and limits. You begin to fear failure and avoid situations where it is a possibility. No one wants to ever say aloud, “I fear success,” because it seems awkward to say. Everyone wants to be successful. We all work to have things that we want and to live an independent life. However, there are many …

How to stand out at career fairs

Whether you’re seeking your first position or an experienced professional in search of a new opportunity, attending fairs is one way to network and find career leads. Career fairs allow you to meet hiring managers or recruiters from various companies across multiple industries. Many people think that all networking is done online now.  Don’t make the mistake of dismissing career fairs. Experts say that recruiters value career fairs because it gives them an opportunity to build a connection to the resume. It is impossible to build a personal connection over the internet. Speaking with a recruiter in person gives you an opportunity to make a great first impression. Especially if you have little to no job experience. You can show them in person how determined and ready you are to enter the work force. While there are clear advantages of attending a one-stop shop for job hunting. There are many things that you want to be mindful of during the fair. The major disadvantage is there is direct competition. Communication is 55% non-verbal. How you act …

Emotional intelligence unlocks potential

Outside of your typical diva moments, I am usually able to keep my composure. Especially while I work. I try extremely hard to manage my emotions in a positive way but that’s not always possible. Anger is a powerful emotion that reveals our truest feelings. Some choose to express it constructively and others destructively. Our cultural belief often leads us to think that every problem has a solution. When the reality is sometimes life just sucks and it’s okay to get angry about it. Sometimes anger and frustration are the results of very real and inescapable problems in our lives. Anger can be a healthy, natural response to these difficulties. However, it’s when you let the anger get out of control that it goes from being a natural, healthy emotion, to wreaking havoc in your work and life. According to the American Psychological Association: “When it gets out of control and turns destructive, it can lead to problems—problems at work, in your personal relationships, and in the overall quality of your life. ” Anger is …

How to still pursue professional success when life gets tough

Today starts mental health awareness month. Research recently conducted by the Skimm revealed that millennial women are reporting higher numbers in mental illness. Mental illness can be crippling and damaging to your career. I am included in that group as I have just recently overcome my own bout with depression. It lasted 6 years and almost ruined my life. Life’s challenges can grow overwhelming and a lack of self-care only serves to make it worse. Image provided via the Skimms Instagram feed. So what do we do about this growing epidemic and help women grow forward? Well, we can start by recognizing the stigma that prevents the 1 in 5 women struggling with it. By, understanding that mental illness is not taboo. It deserves attention and healing. Support is the keyword. Let’s support each other emotionally as we learn more about depression and other mental illnesses. A force that has no counterforce cannot remain a force. In other words, when you accept the circumstances of your life and when you accept that there is a …

Burned out? Try this to keep your momentum

Life can start to get monotonous.  Work, sleep, repeat.  It can start to feel like life is dragging you through the week versus you feeling in control.  There is a better way to move through life, meet expectations, and still succeed.  You don’t have to allow time to pass you by this way. You can be engaged in your life the way it is now. However, don’t give in and choose to just go with the flow of accepting life’s worst. No, it won’t be easy. Self-motivation is needed to continue to make your goals happen. Whether your goal is to become CEO or own your own business self-motivation is the most important tool. Keep up your momentum.  Be encouraged and stick with your plan no matter what. Stay motivated to see your goals through.It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. Failure is not the end it is the beginning. Giving up is the end. Which one will you choose? Failure sucks and it hurts that when you’ve lost. But the real reason it …

Simple ways to slow down and stop rushing through life

“The faster we go, the more we’ll get done.” Heard this before? Contradictory to our modern world’s view, everything cannot be rushed. There is power is slowing down our rush to success and wealth. There is no such thing as an overnight success. Trying to cram everything in every minute is unrealistic and unproductive. If you have too many tasks piled on your shoulders and not enough time in your day to get them done that can be overwhelming. If you’re ready to slow down and take some of your life back then this post is for you. We can all benefit from rushing less through our days and settling into the ‘moments’. Life is always better when we are present. Life can only be enjoyed if it is savored. When we are truly savoring the moment we are completely focused on the opportunities ahead. The moment I realized that every day had become a mad dash to get it all done, I decided to take a year to ‘unplug.’ I was trying to start my …