Hustle Hard.


You’ve seen it on coffee mugs. You’ve read it on dozens of Pinterest pins. You’ve heard it anytime someone played this 2006 anthem.

Everyday someone is hustlin’.

Specifically, more people are venturing into side hustles, or side jobs/projects. Career-related articles on sites continue to promote the idea of having a side hustle, or two. Whether your everyday job is satisfying or not, having a passion project on the side seems to have more pros than cons.

I even jumped on the side hustle bandwagon and started freelancing recently. (Shameless plug: If you’re looking for some life lessons from one of today’s queens of comedy, head over to Career Contessa’s website and read key takeaways from Amy Poehler’s “Yes Please.”)

If you’re not already convinced that you should pick up a side hustle, reading up on its benefits may interest you. An article on GoGirlFinance’s website lists three specific ways that a side hustle can actually improve your career.

  • “Learning to Optimize Your Time”

Balancing a full/part time job and a side project will take some much-needed time management skills. Whether it’s deciding to only work on your side hustle after work or only on the weekends, understanding how to allocate your time for different tasks will ultimately sharpen your time management skills overall.

  • “Mastering the Art of Multitasking”

Balancing two jobs isn’t easy, but don’t forget to factor in household responsibilities, parental duties, etc. Most of us already have to balance several responsibilities (some more welcome than others). Learning how to juggle your jobs with other responsibilities will have a positive effect on your overall multitasking skills. 

  • “Expanding Your Set of Skills”

Maybe you’re a healthcare professional looking to get into DIY crafts. Or a writer just looking for more writing opportunities (*raises hand*). Either way, a new venture opens up the opportunity to learn more skills (like, networking, content creation, budgeting — the list goes on).

On one hand, a side hustle may not be ideal for everyone. But if there’s something you’re passionate about that could be a side hustle, why not give it a shot?

With that being said, what’s your (or what could be your) side hustle?

According to Amy…

Amy Poehler's

Amy Poehler has a long list of roles on her resume. Comedian. Actress. Director. Producer. Writer.

She can also add ‘mentor’ to that list.

In her best-selling first book, “Yes Please,” Poehler describes her life not only as an award-winning actress, but also as a woman who has gone through her fair share of setbacks. She’s honest and uncensored, adding a high level of transparency to her writing.

Poehler shares her [good and bad] experiences and meaningful advice in a way that makes her seem relatable to anyone. You don’t have to be an Emmy-nominated actress (fingers crossed this year for “Parks and Recreation”) to find relevance in her stories.

Below are ten quotes from her book that prove it.

  1. “I think we should stop asking people in their twenties what they ‘want to do’ and start asking them what they don’t want to do.” (12)

  2. “Decide what your currency is early. Let go of what you will never have. People who do this are happier and sexier.” (21)

  3. “Sleep can change your entire outlook on life. One good night’s sleep can help you realize that you shouldn’t break up with someone, or you are being too hard on your friend, or you actually will win the race or the game or get the job.” (177)

  4. “Too often we are told to visualize what we want, cut out pictures of it and repeat it like a mantra over and over again. Books and magazines tell us to create vision boards. Late night commercials remind us that ‘anything is possible.’ Positive affirmations are written on our tea bags. I’m introducing a new idea. Try to care less. Practice ambivalence. Learn to let go of wanting it. Treat your career like a bad boyfriend.” (222)

  5. “It doesn’t matter how much you get; you are left wanting more. Success is filled with MSG.” (225)

  6. “Change is the only constant. Your ability to navigate and tolerate change and its painful uncomfortableness directly correlates to your happiness and general well-being.” (279)

  7. “Some people hate the word, and I understand how ‘bossy’ can seem like a shitty way to describe a woman with determined point of view, but for me, a bossy woman is someone to search out and celebrate. A bossy woman is someone who cares and commits and is a natural leader.” (304)

  8. “Not enough is made of the fact that being of service makes you feel good. I think nonprofits should guarantee that giving your time and money makes your skin better and your ass smaller.” (306)

  9. “A person’s tragedy does not make up their entire life. A story carves deep grooves into our brains each time we tell it. But we aren’t one story.” (312)

  10. “The only way we will survive is by being kind. The only way we can get by in this world is through the help we receive from others. No one can do it alone, no matter how great the machines are.” (329)

Have you read Poehler’s book yet? What are your favorite quotes?

Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

There’s nothing more detrimental to your anticipation for the weekend than realizing it’s only Monday.

Four more days to go.

Until then, finding the motivation to get through the week can seem like trying to find a good movie in the $5 bin at Walmart. Hopeless.

Below are a few ways you can find motivation to get through any week. Eventually, you might even stop treating Monday like the bane of your work week and more like the opportunity for a fresh start. One can hope, anyway.

Levo League’s #MondayMotivation Quote Challenge

Levo League’s site is a helpful resource for career-minded professionals – young and older. With that being said, the people behind the site know how tough Mondays can be for working professionals. Its weekly #MondayMotivation Quote Challenge pulls together a few quotes (taken from its Pinterest account) and lets users vote on which one is the best. In the end, you can kill two birds with one stone here. 1. Get your weekly dose of motivation and 2. Add to your own Pinterest quote board.

Positive affirmations

Dory from “Finding Nemo” had the right idea. When you find yourself in a tough situation, repeating a positive statement (like, “just keep swimming, just keep swimming”) can help you get through it. Career Contessa lists six affirmations that can help you pull through at work – and in life.

Desk/workspace swag

If you sit in a boring workspace for hours each day, motivation is a necessity. Whether it’s a quote on a coffee mug, planner or notepad, motivation in the form of a tangible item has the potential to brighten your mood throughout the day. The accessories by Ashley Brooke Designs may do the trick. Keep this travel mug nearby as a daily reminder to hustle or drink your [much-needed] coffee from this mug for a small ego boost.

What are some ways that you motivate yourself during the week?

Comin’ for ya, Charlotte!

The travel bug has bitten me recently. Hard.

Charlotte, NC

Luckily, my best friend Jasmine moved to Charlotte last year, so I have a reason to visit North Carolina for the first time. I plan on visiting in early August, so I’ve already begun adding things to my to-do list for my short stay. Below are a few places/events that have come up in my research:

  • The EpiCentre
    The EpiCentre is a one-stop shop for food, drinks, shopping and entertainment. Day or night, visitors can choose between watching a movie, bowling, enjoying a meal/drinks with friends or splurging during some retail therapy (which is definitely on my to-do list).

  • Food Tours
    I’m always hungry. Always. Luckily, Jasmine shares my love for food (which is why we’re best friends, obviously), so I know we’ll be on the lookout for good eats while I’m there. I stumbled across Feast Food Tours’ website while doing some research, and I think I’m sold on going on a walking food tour.

  • South End
    I love the idea of visiting areas of a city that are lively, entertaining and full of history. North Carolina’s South End seems to have all of that–and more. There’s a gallery crawl in the area on the Friday of my trip, and I think we’d enjoy wandering around a few fine art galleries that night. Food Truck Friday is that same night, so that’s also a plus.

I don’t want to necessarily plan my entire trip (since sometimes no plan is the best plan, right?). So I’m only adding a few things to my to-do list, for now. What are your recommendations for a brief stay in Charlotte?

photo credit: Charlotte Skyline via photopin (license)

The List of Lists

To-Do Lists

The ladies behind the House of Marbury blog have the right idea: Making to-do lists for use outside of work/school.

A blog post on the site from last month features five lists that you (and I) should consider making. It’s always necessary to make to-do lists for obligations concerning work, school and other responsibilities. Yet, it’s also important to prioritize parts of our personal lives, too (let’s not forget that we still have those!). The post includes five lists to use outside of our normal obligations and responsibilities:

  • A travel list

  • A reading list

  • A shopping list

  • A “bucket list” (of course)

  • A goals list

I have sticky notes and notepads full of lists for work and other responsibilities, but I’m all for making the above lists, too. Below is my own reading to-do list, which I hope to get through this summer (with a glass of wine nearby, of course).

Reading To-Do List

  • “The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.” by Adelle Waldman
    I read in an online article that actress Kate Hudson was reading this book. After reading a few reviews, I knew I had to add it to my list.

  • “The Knockoff” by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza
    I first learned about this book on the blog Pink Champagne Problems. I loved “The Devil Wears Prada,” so I think I’ll enjoy this one, too.

  • “Modern Romance” by Aziz Ansari
    It’s written by Aziz. Enough said. (It comes out next week!)

  • “Why Not Me” by Mindy Kaling
    Mindy’s first book is one of my favorites, so I might just have to preorder this one as I impatiently await the return of her show.

So, what’s on your to-do lists?

New Read: Leave Your Mark


If you’re looking for insider tips on how to make it in your career (especially, the fashion and/or PR industry), Aliza Licht has nearly 300 pages worth of them for you.

Licht, senior vice president of Donna Karan International and DKNY PR Girl, released her book “Leave Your Mark” last month, which includes professional advice that she’s learned while advancing in her own (obviously successful) career.

The book is divided into the following four sections:

  • Landing Your Dream Job

  • Killing It in Your Career

  • Rocking Social Media

  • Creating the Brand of You

In each section, Licht shares stories of her own professional journey while also providing useful “insider tips” to readers. Some of her stories include those “WTF” moments we all have had (and/or dread) at work. Co-workers who are almost unbearable to work with or simply be around? Yep, she’s dealt with that, too.

Some of my favorite insider tips include:

  • Insider Tip: “You don’t get a promotion for doing your job; you get a promotion for going above and beyond your job.”

  • Insider Tip: “Act one level above the job you currently have.”

  • Insider Tip: “Your boss wants to know that you are passionate about the success of the business, whether it’s in your job description or not.”

The best part about Licht’s tips is that they aren’t reserved for fashion PR hopefuls. All career-minded readers can take them and run with them (hopefully towards the careers they truly want).

You can read more about Licht and her success here.

Managing Stress, One Stretch at a Time

Me practicing yoga

Today, interested yoga beginners have a range of venues and classes they can look into. There’s vinyasa, bikram, yin–and then, there’s fat yoga.

A recent article from The New York Times features a studio called Fat Yoga, and other similar studios, that openly invite fuller (despite how they feel about it, I’d rather not use the word “fat”) students to join their classes. At these studios, fuller people are given a free space to practice yoga without any shame, criticism or general unease.

With April being National Stress Awareness Month, yoga may be a nice option for people–no matter what size–to unwind and manage stress. As I continue my own weight-loss journey, I’m becoming more and more interested in adding yoga to my routine (if it’s good enough for Robert Downey Jr. and Emily Blunt, then it must be worth a try, right?). Luckily, my own local yoga studio, Breathe Yoga, has a New-to-Yoga program for beginners that eases newbies into the practice.

Plus, Shape Magazine lists several benefits of practicing yoga, ranging from having a time out from the chaos that consumes our day-to-day lives to increased flexibility.

The efforts of studios like Fat Yoga to reach out to fuller students only strengthens the idea that yoga may be a great way for people of all sizes to enjoy all of the benefits that yoga has to offer. This upcoming Sunday, I’m excited to see for myself!

Photo Cred: Musu falls asleep just by thinking about Yoga via photopin (license)