• #30before30,  career

    #30before30: be bold enough to find a new job

    #30before30: be bold enough to find a new job

    I just had my year-end review at my job, and it’s had me thinking a lot about what a wild ride my work life has been over the past couple of years. I left a job I’d had for years for a new role in the same company; gave it six months; absolutely hated it; stepped down to a different role; then three weeks later quit altogether for a new company!

    I went from a role, schedule and company I’d known for nearly a decade, to a completely new schedule, doing a new type of work, at a new company. To say it was a major change is an understatement!

    It sounds like I made some fast moves there, but I really didn’t. I had applied for several jobs in February and March 2018. I just didn’t actually get to put in my notice until nearly mid-April. I’d actually been job-hunting off and on for years. I was fed up with lots of things about the culture at my job and didn’t feel I was being paid enough, but I stayed on, year after year.

    Why? Basically, change terrified me. There was a constant list of what ifs that ran through my head: what if I dislike the work? What if the schedule sucks? What if my boss is a jerk? And before all that, there’s the most frightening of prospects, the dreaded job interview.

    They say you can’t make a move until the discomfort of sticking with something outweighs the discomfort of the change, and that was so true for me. I was unhappy at my job for years before I left. Now I wish I’d made the switch sooner! If I could tell my younger self something about switching jobs, I would say that it doesn’t have to be scary, as long as you follow these tips.

  • #30before30

    #30before30: research your fertility (whether you want a family or just furbabies)

    I’ve been pretty AWOL from the blog lately…I’ve had some personal stuff going on, and if you follow me on Instagram then you’ll know that I lost one of my kitties rather suddenly this week. I’ll be posting more about that later, but in the meantime, I wanted to get my weekly #30before30 post up, since I’ve been struggling with the series all month. (Indeed, with most of the January posts I’d intended to publish!)

    I really wasn’t sure how to title this week’s post. It’s a subject that I think all women find touchy, no matter their age or their personal choice. I’m talking about the delicate choice of whether or not to have kids; if so, when and how; and the myriad other decisions that come with it.

  • #30before30,  lifestyle,  money

    #30before30: get smart about money

    #30before30: get smart about money

    Moola, dough, dinero, mammon—whatever you call it, money is a hot topic. Getting my sh*t together financially is definitely at the top of my list of “adulting” things that I wish I’d put more energy into in my twenties!

    Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t do terrible, but there are a lot of thing I only learned later on that would have been much easier if I had known/practiced them earlier! Some of these things only came up for me once I decided I wanted to buy a house in 2017, and trust me, sitting in a realtor’s office looking at paperwork for your dream home is not the place to first realize you need cash assets and a good credit score to make it all come together.

    In no particular order, here are ten tips to help you get smart about money.

  • #30before30,  health,  self care,  workout

    #30before30: balancing self-love with health and fitness

    #30before30: balancing self-love with health and fitness

    I’ve been thinking a lot over the past two weeks about the thorny balance between self-love and resolutions involving health and fitness. I actually planned to write a big post about this last Wednesday and then I just couldn’t find the right words, hence the very late and rambling post today!

    This is such a personal topic to me because I struggled hard to find this balance throughout my twenties. I went back and forth through various phases of following strict diet and exercise plans and getting super-fit; to feeling defeated by punishing programs and vowing to love myself more and not hate my body; and then right back to square one. Things didn’t really crystallize for me until very recently, when I started to understand how self-love, self-care and personal health are all connected.