The Importance of Celebrating Others

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It was weeks before graduation day and my social media was filled with my classmates accepting jobs that I had also applied for. What?! Jealousy began to fill along with feelings of self-doubt. What do they have that I lack? These thoughts took over, and I began to resent those who landed positions that I only dreamed of having.

Has this ever happened to you? You’ve worked hard to achieve something only to see others cross the finish line before you.

Don’t make the mistake of resenting them and feeling sorry for yourself. Be patient as your time will come.

What I learned from my disappointment was that celebrating others success only sped up the process of my own success. Let me repeat that: Celebrating other’s success speeds up your own.

Instead of holding grudges against people who have what you want, see them as inspiration that what you want is possible to achieve.

For me, changing my attitude and congratulating people on their success as well as seeking advice from them has made a world of a difference. Asking questions like: What kinds of activities where you involved with that helped you? What did you include in your cover letter/ resume? What questions did they ask in the interview? People will be more than excited to help you and if anything they will feel flattered that you asked.

One of two things will happen when you have this positive attitude: you will either land the position you’ve been asking the universe for or you will land something so much better.

Thanks for reading,

Coco

Running Out of Things to Blog About?

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It is so easy to write when you start your blog.

I remember the first two months of starting my blog, I was writing virtually every single day and sometimes even twice a day. I remember reading other bloggers posts saying things like “sorry I haven’t posted in a while, my new goal is to post once a week” I was like what! How could you not find things to write about?!

Then it happened- I got writer’s block. And the everyday struggle was thinking “What should I write about?”

Last week, I met with a freelance writer. She’s written for MSNBC, Refinery 29, and other very well-known publications.

When we got to chatting, I told her my problem:

“It was so easy writing when I started! But now I feel like writing less and less. I don’t even know what to talk about.”

Can you relate?

Well here’s the advice she gave me-

“Some of my favorite bloggers don’t even write everyday. They pick certain days to post. It’s about the consistency. Find the same day every week to post and find something unique to post about so people will be looking for your posts on that specific day every week.”

She showed me a blogger who literally just creates posts with links to her favorite articles every Tuesday. Like what?! I could do something like this. It sounds doable.

Find something that makes your blog unique and make it a weekly post.

I love this advice.

What do you do to ensure you have things to write about and don’t go MIA for months?

Let me know!

Thanks for reading.

Why I Use One Notebook for Everything

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Do you ever look at your half-filled notebooks and just decide you need a new one? Either because you want a different aesthetic or you don’t like what you already have written in it.

I have been there. I still have like 50 unfilled notebooks that I can’t get myself to get rid of, but that I know I will never use again. So wasteful!

Last year, I was financially unstable- or broke as many like to call it. Lol. So, getting ready for the school year, I only got one notebook. It was cute, don’t get my wrong, and in hindsight for the price I got this notebook for I could’ve bought 5 cheaper notebooks with. That’s besides the point- I loved the look of this notebook and because I knew it was my only one, I took care of it. I organized each page with dates and subject headings.

This system worked so well for me that I decided to do it again this year. Being a neat freak and enjoying having systems, I have decided to add a few new thing this year as well like:

A weekly to do list

Every Sunday I dedicate a page to writing down everything I need to accomplish that week and also events that I will be attending. This has excited for the week and has lead me to become calmer about what I have to get done. Seeing it all laid out on one page helps me remember exactly what I need to do and when. It’s also fun decorating this page and making it look cute. It makes it easier to look back at.

Marking pages with color coordinated post-it notes

I mark the pages in my notebook. So, after I create my weekly to do list, I mark it with a green post it. This way I can easily find it. I mark pages purple that I need to look back at, and I mark my last page I’ve used blue so that I don’t have to flip through my entire notebook to find the next blank page.

Why Does it work for me?

Well, the main reason it works for me is because I dread blank pages and hate having unused notebooks. I am bad at using a planner because of this. I will forget to write for a week and then decide to just throw it away all together. I like having a scheduled time to write what I have to do. This way I know I will always get it done.

ALSO I don’t lose or bring the wrong notebook to class- it’s all in there.

Why should you try it?

  • You will waste less paper- you will fill out an entire notebook and trust me it feels like a great accomplishment
  • You will take better care of your notebook
  • It can help you stay organized
  • It’s fun and adds color to your notebook
  • All your stuff is in there – now you just have one thing to keep track of

What do you guys think? What are your favorite organizational tools? And do you think you might try this?

Thanks for reading! Happy organizing 🙂

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3 Girl Power Podcasts You Should Listen To

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As promised,

here are my favorite (mostly) for women podcasts. I have many favorites, but here are the ones I’ve listened to most recently.

Some of these have been suggested by friends and other bloggers, so thank you!

The first: Earn Your Happy (the one I’m currently listening to)

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The second: Goal Digger

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The third: Girls Gone Boss

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Honestly, these three podcasts have pretty similar themes. They are guides to success and happiness. Each podcast is an interview with someone who followed their dreams and they talk about what their journey was like to get there. They offer great advice and insight. Super motivational and empowering. HIGHLY SUGGEST YOU LISTEN!

If you’re wondering when’s a good time to listen to a podcast here’s when I listen:

– during my commute to school

– on my daily walks (it makes them go by so quickly!)

– while working on projects

– when I need a boost of motivation

If you have any podcast suggestions, please send them my way.

I need new ones to listen to always.

Thank you for reading. Have an inspired day 🙂

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Let’s Empower Other Women

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This is something that has been so incredibly prominent in my daily life now more than ever.

So much so that I have joined a Women in Business Club, joined a couple of Girl Boss Blogging Groups, etc.

It’s easy, as women, to see other women as a threat or competition, but in reality we should be working together.

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As I am becoming a young professional, I’m beginning to realize that we need to encourage each other more and more. Joining new groups has opened my eyes to how much potential we have for change.

Today, in the Women In Business meeting I attended, the topic of conversation was:

“Let’s Be Real- About Our Fears”

In this conversation, we discussed our big picture goals and the fears that come with striving for them.

For me, I have always been concerned with the “work/life balance”. Being in this group, it was comforting to know I was not alone in this worry. Many other women voiced the stress that comes with thinking about having a family while striving to become a successful career woman. Other women talked about their choice not to have children and the negative comments that they have received from voicing this. Sadly, these are things many women worry about.

So, being in a group with ambitious women and being able to have open conversations with each other about our dreams and fears is huge. We all have fears and knowing that you have an amazing support group who mutually encourages each other makes working through them much easier.

I want to end this blog post with a Ted Talk that was introduced at the beginning of the meeting. Just some food for thought and advice from the chief operating officer of Facebook and founder of Leanin.org. Definitely check it out!

 

Tomorrow I will post about Podcasts that are based around empowering women- I have been obsessed lately!

Thanks for reading. Let’s inspire and encourage each other today.

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Heather Stillufsen for the Young Professional

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I’ve been on Pinterest for years, and I don’t know if others are like this, but I usually create several boards and then decide I want to get rid of them all to start fresh.

So this time instead of making new boards, I made a new account:

It is – YoungCoco check it out! 🙂

I created this account last week, and have noticed similar posts circulating around the site. However, this morning I got on for a dose of motivation- highly recommended- and saw something I have never seen before.

 

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Heather Stillufsen’s Art– Here’s a link to her twitter.

I’m sure her art posts are not new- because there are so many of them! People have boards dedicated to her artwork. I just love the idea behind her pieces.

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How cute? I adore how her work appeals to young professionals and young woman in general. This is exactly what I needed to see this morning.

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I’m actually obsessed- so here’s more hehe

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Find more on Pinterest! I hope you enjoyed as much as I do 🙂

 

 

Interview with a Yoga Teacher

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Have you ever gone to a yoga class or thought of attending one? I went to my first ever yoga class a couple of years ago and was totally shocked to find out that there was more than one form of yoga. Being curious to learn more outside of the classroom, I decided to interview a yoga instructor that I know. Enjoy!

What made you decide to start yoga?

“I always enjoyed yoga but never took a full yoga class until this past January. I started at core power, and I ended up getting a yoga scholarship because I was working there as a part of their work for trade program. ”

What parts of yoga do you enjoy most?

“I like what I learn in yoga. The skills that you learn on the mat can transfer off the mat like self confidence, resilience, and working through challenges.”

So why teach instead of just attending class?

“I wanted to deepen my practice and I know you learn more about yoga philosophy and alignment through becoming a teacher. I wasn’t sure at first about teaching. I was a bit hesitant. But I’m glad I did because now having gone through the training, I know its something I really enjoy doing.”

What was the training program like?

“I did the 200 hour training. We met for 8 weeks 3 times a week in the evenings. On top of that, we had to take 60 yoga classes as part of the certification.”

What was the biggest challenge you faced?

“Public speaking! Learning to speak in front of a room full of strangers for a full hour.”

What advice would you give someone who is going to their first yoga class?

“Know that no one else is looking at you and that any amount of the pose that you’re doing is still the pose. Even if you don’t look like the person next to you, you’re still doing it. Know that everything is optional. As long as you’re breathing, you’re doing it right. Take a break when you need to and listen to your body!”

….advice to someone who wants to become a teacher?

“DO IT! TAKE THE TRAINING! It’s fun- it’s a financial investment so make sure it’s a hobby you want to invest in and know you probably won’t pay off the amount you paid for the training from teaching alone.”

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Yes, this new yoga teacher is my sister lol.. I’m so proud of her! If you’re interested in joining a yoga class join hers at the YWCA 8am on Tuesdays 🙂