Father’s day is right around the corner. if your dad is anything like mine, then finding the “right” gift can be more difficult than expected. Hopefully, my father’s day gift guide will provide you with some gift ideas for your dad!
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When initially looking for a job, it may be hard to begin. As a rising junior in college with interests in some pretty random things, just thinking about possible careers is a daunting feat. Luckily (and just in time), my business communication class last semester taught me how to overcome the initial challenge of targeting a field or job. The key: getting to know myself as a professional.
We read important chapters from the classic job-seekers books titled “What Color is Your Parachute?” (pictured below). The book also contains many exercises to help guide you in the job-hunting process. The exercise that I found the most beneficial was the flower exercise (it sounds cheesy, I know). Essentially, your traits and interests in and out of the workplace form the petals of your personal flower and your life mission/mantra/goals form the center.
In case you aren’t able to take a look at the book for yourself, here are the questions you need to answer as you are getting to know yourself:
> Favorite “Knowledges” or Interests
> Favorite Kinds of People to Work With
> What I Can & Love to Do (these are called transferable skills)
> Favorite Working Conditions
> Preferred Level of Responsibility
> My Preferred Places to Live (Sooner or Later)
> and finally, Goal, Purpose and Mission in Life
This exercise will only prove beneficial if you are 100%, completely honest with yourself in your answers. I highly recommend writing down your answers and revisiting them every couple of weeks or if you feel stuck in your search. My flower can be seen below.
It doesn’t matter when in your life you find yourself looking for a job, knowing yourself is arguably the most important step when searching for a job or career.
I first learned of the AdoreMe service through the Influenster program, which allowed me to receive my first box for free. As a firm proponent of high quality, supportive undergarments, I was very intrigued by the styles, quality and comfort providing by their bras. Most of the bras seemed pretty run-of-the-mill as far as styles are concerned, which, as a member of the larger-chested community, was great for me.
However, when I further perused their website I found that there were only two common bra styles that came in very unusual color pairings. There seemed to be an unusually large amount of bras that came in either black with neon piping or neon with neon piping. I would’ve much preferred seeing more bra options that came in black, white, gray or nude.
On a similar note, it was very difficult, if not impossible, to find a bra that wasn’t covered in lace. While I do enjoy lace, especially when tastefully done on undergarments, the lace looked cheap and gaudy on the website, particularly the neon colors.
Each bra comes with a matching panty in the style of your choice. I really appreciated the option to choose the style of panty because I liked being able to tailor my purchase more to my particular needs.
On the other hand, I loved the packaging of the box when I received it. As pictured above, the bra came in this AdoreMe custom box wrapped in shades of pink tissue paper. Also included (but not shown) were their current product catalog and a coupon for $10 off my next box.
I have really been enjoying the bra and panty set I received. The lace of the panty has remained soft after several washings and the bra hasn’t lost its shape. Because of my larger chest, I have had problems in the past with bra straps cutting into my shoulders and not providing enough support. Initially, I didn’t have any issues with the bra straps cutting in or not providing support, however, now that I’ve worn (and washed) the bra a few times, I’ve noticed that the straps are cutting in more after each wear.
All in all, AdoreMe wasn’t for me. I wasn’t satisfied with the bra options provided online and I don’t see the need for purchasing 12 bras a year. While they do have an option to skip a month’s box, you still get charged the $39.95, but you are awarded store credit. If you’re in the market for a new bra or bra and underwear set, I’d suggest heading to a store or to a different online retailer before trying this service.
The weather in Central Illinois this time of year is notorious for being hot and humid. This year, it’s both those things and incredibly rainy. Doesn’t really feel like summer. In lieu of the unfortunate weather, I’ve been satisfying my craving for summer online. Here are my favorites links to create a warm-weathered spirit:
> Fresh salads like this Cucumber and Cilantro Salad from Foodness Gracious.
> Professional clothes make me happy. You know what makes me even happier? Summer professional clothes. All Dressed Up, Everywhere to Go shares some great summer professional clothing picks that also don’t break the bank.
> It’s not summer without sangria, am i right? Lush to Blush shared her favorite (and one of my favorite) summer sangria recipes.
> This adorable and super stylish romper styled on To Be Bright.
> Career Girl Daily shared 6 travel tips for Ibiza. Needless to say, I’m even more sold on taking a trip across the pond.
> A combination of two of my favorite things: margaritas and popsicles from Host the Toast.
> The 4th of July is arguably my favorite holiday. This thrifted and refashioned holiday-inspired outfit by Buttons and Birdcages has me craving the sound of fireworks.
I’ve lived with girls my entire life: at home, camp and now at college. Initially when deciding to move in with my boyfriend for the summer, I didn’t think much would change, and in a way, not a lot has changed. However, I’ve learned a few things that could help you make a smoother transition.
> Figure out where your stuff will go. While this may seem like a no-brainer, it’s critical information. My boyfriend and I both underestimated the amount of stuff I had and adopted “we’ll figure it out when the time comes” attitudes. Bad idea. Before you’ve moved a single thing, go through the space you’ll be sharing and decide who gets prime closet space, space under the bed, shelving space, etc. It’ll save a lot of headache later. Trust me.
> Food: who pays, who cooks. Again, a no-brainer, but decide together how grocery shopping will occur. Decide if you both want to be present, how you will split up the cost (one person pays, split down the middle, alternate), etc. Food is a necessity, but it doesn’t necessarily have to become a headache. Make it easy on yourselves and have this conversation before or immediately after moving in.
> Find Your Personal Space. After you’ve unpacked and both seem to have settled, decide where in the space you can sit/lay down/cook/clean or do whatever helps you unwind. Even though its inevitable to spend copious amounts of time together (you wouldn’t live together if you didn’t expect that to begin with), personal space is healthy. Make sure that both you and your significant other have your own, separate spaces where you can just “do you.”
These are the few things I’ve already learned since moving in with my boyfriend and I’m sure I’ll learn plenty more.