• Career,  Style

    Two Fun Events From This Week

    I’m not gonna lie. It’s Thursday and I’m sooo ready for this week to be over. It has been a long week of events and networking, but honestly I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It’s doing events like I did this week that keep me motivated and make me feel really proud of myself and the community I’m building. What events you ask? On Tuesday I spoke on my first ever professional panel for the Madison chapter of The Rising Tide Society. They do monthly Tuesday’s Together events which aim to help enrich creative small businesses and this month the topic was social media. The other panelists, Kyla and Laura,…

  • Career

    Job Searching Tips From Someone Who Landed Four Jobs in One Year

    As someone who has had five jobs this year, I’ve spent a lot of time job searching. It sucks. Job searching can be soul sucking and self-esteem crushing, so if you’re in the midst of looking for work and you feel awful about it you are not alone. There is no worse feeling than sending resumes out day after day for jobs you’re overqualified for only to get a rejection email a month later or, worse, to never hear anything back. But job searching is a necessary evil, especially if you’re a twenty something. For some context on my career journey, I left my corporate job back in March of…

  • Woman on iPhone
    Career

    How I Got My Best GRE Score Ever

    The GRE general exam is a beast: 4 hours, 7 sections, and over 100 questions long it’s a doozy, especially if you’re not a great test taker like I am. I’ve always done well in school, but when it come’s to standardized tests I’ve never felt confident. On top of that, I really don’t think they’re a great representation of how smart you are and there’s a lot of debate about how fair they are across class, race, and for those who are first generation college students. I could go on for a while about why I’m against standardized testing, but the truth is the GRE is still an unfortunate…

  • Woman smiling at a restaurant
    Career,  Travel

    My Favorite Restaurants to Work From In Madison, WI

    (Coat, Top, and Scarf from Vintage from St. Vinny’s, Earrings from Kendra Scott, Watch from Olivia Burton, Jeans from J Brand, Boots from Vince) In my last job I got the option to work from home a few days a week. At first, I was psyched at the chance to skip my commute to work from the comfort of my own desk. But after a few weeks I was losing my mind alone in my house! Let’s just say this only got worse after I was laid off… I was home every day alone for a month! Honestly, my worst nightmare. So instead of letting myself go totally batshit, I found some…

  • Woman Smiling in Sequin Jacket at Create & Cultivate 2018
    Career,  Featured

    Create & Cultivate Chicago 2018: What I Learned & Would I Go Again?

    On Saturday, I attended one of the most talked about women’s entrepreneurship conferences in the country: Create & Cultivate. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a jam-packed day of panels, networking, and instagram opportunities and boasts high-profile speakers like Shay Mitchell, Alli Webb, and Jennifer Hudson. It’s put on by a company of the same name that hosts events like this around the country and creates content aimed at millennial women looking to start their own businesses. Honestly, I went because everyone goes and, this year, it was hosted in my hometown of Chicago. Yes, tickets are expensive (general admission costs about $350), but I made a promise to…

  • Career,  Featured

    Networking Tips to Help You Make Genuine Connections

    As I’ve mentioned here before, I took about five months off from work this year and spent a big portion of that job searching. It was definitely exhausting, but, ultimately, I learned a lot about what I’m looking for in my career and how to get the kind of job I want. By far the most effective (and most intimidating) tool for career development that I learned? Networking! I used to think networking was scary and fake, but I’ve actually had such a good experience with it recently and I think it’s really about finding people you actually like! Since I feel like there’s a lot of mystery and weirdness…