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?


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?

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?

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)

So, You’re About to Graduate…

The job search as a college senior is anything but easy. Let’s be real, any job search is difficult. So, tips and suggestions from people who have been there aren’t only helpful, but they’re also uplifting when young professionals are questioning all of the hard work they spent doing for the past four years (Am I right or am I right?). Below are a few sites that I use and swear by as I continue to move forward in my professional career:

Levo League

Levo’s website includes resources that young professionals (specifically, women) can use as they venture into the professional world. The articles on the site range from tips on how to start your job search to suggestions on how to become adjusted to a new workplace. The resources on this site are abundant and useful!

Your Coffee Break (YCB)

When I was starting to prepare for job interviews after graduation, a few articles on Your Coffee Break’s website definitely came in handy. The site serves as a resource for professional women in search of style, lifestyle, career and other tips. Levo also features some of YCB’s articles on its site.

Corals + Cognacs (via Hallie Wilson)

Tips on how to prepare for job interviews and working in a corporate setting are useful, but sometimes a woman just needs to hear from another young woman about style and city living. I’m a frequent reader of Corals + Cognacs, and some of the articles in the “Life” category on the site have been inspirational. Hallie knows just what it feels like to transition from college, to a first job then to the point where you just have to ask yourself: What’s best for me? Don’t just take my word for it; read all about it for yourself here.

Of course, there are tons of other sites that are just as helpful for young professionals as those that I’ve listed above. What are your favorites?

Eat, Pray, Choose Who You Love

It’s finally here: There’s a way to fall in love with anyone. Yes, anyone.

Actually, psychologists have been trying to make people fall in love for a while now. However, a recent blog post on corals + cognacs linked to a particular story about this topic from the New York Times. Basically, the article refers to psychologist Arthur Aron’s success in making two strangers fall in love by answering personal questions and staring into each other’s eyes for four minutes.

The thought of staring into someone’s eyes for nearly five minutes unnerves me (I can barely stand the sight of myself when my camera is suddenly facing me when I open up Snapchat). But, the thought of people actually having some type of control over who they could potentially love interests me.

Romantic comedies, romance novels and even emotional ballads usually include the idea that “the heart wants what it wants,” thus leaving people with little to no choice in deciding who they fall in love with. Overall, the idea of having a definitive choice when it comes to falling in love is questionable but enlightening, nonetheless.

Since some of the questions in the study are pretty personal, I decided to answer a few questions to feed my own curiosity. I might as well learn more about myself before I eventually divulge this information to a future partner, right? Here are a few of my responses:

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
Mindy Kaling, hands down. I recently read her first book, and I’ve fallen even more in love with her.

Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?
Unless it’s a phone call to a friend, I usually do rehearse before making a phone call. If I don’t, I feel uneasy for some odd reason.

When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?
I sang Ella Henderson’s “Ghost” to myself earlier today. That song has recently become one of my favorites. I last sang to a crowd of people at a karaoke bar last Friday. It was my first time, and it was hilarious.

What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?
Graduating from college has been my greatest accomplishment in life so far.

Complete this sentence: “I wish I had someone with whom I could share … “
…a large bag of movie theater popcorn mixed with milk chocolate M&M’s. (Note: If a guy can’t join me in my popcorn and M&M’s addiction, I just don’t know if we’d be compatible.)

I obviously chose to avoid answering more of the personal questions on here, but a list of all thirty-six of the questions from the study can be found here.