Finding Your Career Passion

Simple Steps to Get into a Job You Love

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Tomorrow marks the 21st annual Bring Your Daughter (& Son) to Work Day. The program was founded as a way to introduce young girls to the many career opportunities that they could aspire to take on.  By providing exposure to the world the adults lived in, it became a way to get girls to dream big and believe that they could be anything they wanted to be- doctors, lawyers, CEOs you name it!

This yearly American tradition got us to wonder, how many of us end up becoming “what we want to be when we grow up” and how did we ultimately get where we are? Was it by following in the footsteps of our parents? More importantly, if we haven’t yet found our way, how we do get back on track of pursuing our career passion?

Personally, I always wanted to grow up to become a famous actress. I took dance, voice, and acting lessons all in the hopes of growing the talent needed to master this pursuit. What did I ultimately become? A brand manager and marketer. Not exactly the same. While I didn’t follow the career paths of either my mom or dad (nurse and consultant respectively) I did pick up their practicality for a stable and traditional career. What I’ve learned since leaving my job last November is that my desire to become the next Oscar wielding first lady really boils down to a need for a creative outlet. This is where The Single Diaries came into play. By following other bloggers I stumbled upon a new career pursuit and passion.

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Your Next Netflix Binge

Catherine shares favorite series that you can stream from beginning to end on Netflix

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In an era when going to the movies means a nearly $20 per person outing on the weekends, television has made a comeback with great writing and notable cinematography. In an era when DVR is the norm and most of us skip through commercials, when we stay home to watch 10 episodes in a row and not feel bad about it, everyone is looking for their next binge on Netflix. All of us know the uber popular original series House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, but who has the patience to wait for the next season? We want to stream and know how stories end on our schedule. Luckily, Netflix is a black hole of streaming pleasure, but where to begin? No matter how many shows you rate, there will always be ones you forget and won’t show up under “suggestions.” There are the addicting Breaking Bad and Lost, but wait… there’s more! Here are seven canceled shows that deserve a second look.

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Beauty Spotlight | Drugstore Beauty Buys

Sarah Walsh shares eight affordable, accessible cosmetics that rival their high-end counterparts

PHOTO: Woman's Day.

PHOTO: Woman’s Day.

I will admit I am a full-blown beauty junkie. I love trying out all kinds of products and playing with different looks. I’m also very lucky to work in the beauty industry, where playing with and changing up your look is always encouraged! However, no matter how much fun I’m having playing around with my item of the week, I will always return to my must-have products. And guess what? Most of them come from my local CVS or Walgreens! Don’t get me wrong: I love pillaging Sephora like the next gal, but there’s nothing like a great, reliable product that is easily accessible while also being easy on your wallet.
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Welcome the Challenges | Single Girl Life Lessons

How I Learned to Accept Life’s Challenges as Steps to Something Better

By: Rachel Priest

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Have faith and know that even if you are in the midst of a difficult life struggle the hardship will pass and may bring great good if allowed.

Why is it when anything seemingly bad happens in life people tend to cower in fear, anxiety, and depression and ask the age old question of “Why Me? Why did this happen to me?”

Even though it is cliché, a lot of good can come from a “bad” situation or event. So much so that it can make you question, is there really bad and good? Before we go too far down the rabbit hole of philosophy, I want to share my story with you about how a seemingly “bad” event has forever changed me, brought me to my yoga practice, and spurred my new life.

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Boozy Brunch at its Best

Your Guide to Planning a Single Girls’ Boozy Brunch

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Growing up my favorite part about Easter was hands down the all you can eat brunch buffet that was sure to follow the Sunday service.  It was tradition in our family to make our way to a celebratory feast that would break whatever Lenten fast we’d undertaken. It was the greatest meal we’d eat since Christmas and I always anxiously looked forward to it.

Fast forward to 2014 and brunch has been cemented as one of my favorite meals. Our Easter tradition has impressed upon me the notion that brunch is a time to celebrate and indulge in good company and good food. No longer is it reserved for a once a year soiree but instead has taken hold as the fête of choice no matter the celebration.

While the basics of brunch have remained tried and true (eggs, bacon, pancakes, …) there is of course one big difference between the mid-day meals of my youth and my twenties - the booze. If you ask me, no brunch is complete without a steady flow of sparkling cocktails and fruity concoctions.

With one week between us and Easter it’s time to get your own brunch affairs in order. Going out is great but we propose using the occasion as the perfect excuse to host a Single Girls’ boozy brunch of your own. Wondering what it takes to make it memorable? Look no further, we’ve got the tips you need to keep the drinks flowing and the guests happy.

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6 Sites that Will Score You Some Serious Cash

Turn to these Websites for Great Ways to Earn Extra Income

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Every now and then we all find ourselves thinking that we could use a little extra padding in our wallets. It could be that you’re scrapping up dollars to make it to all of the bachelorette and wedding festivities your friends have added to your calendar. Maybe you’re saving up to buy that first house. Or perhaps, you’re simply looking to increase the number in your savings account.  If you’re like me you’re just trying to add any income you can because you’ve quit your job and gone the route of rouge entrepreneur (but that’s another story).

Luckily, there are a lot of sources for Single Girls in our situations. Many websites have made it easier than ever to find freelance work and easy side jobs that can help you rake in a significant amount of cash. Next time you find yourself wishing you had a few extra Benjamins, try checking out one of these 6 sites to score yourself some serious cash.

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Beauty Spotlight | Skincare on a Budget

Sarah Walsh shares five drugstore products that work wonders for the girl on a budget

Perfect skin. Everyone wants it. Celebrities seem to have it nailed, but let’s be real: single girls like us don’t necessarily have the money to blow at a dermatologist’s office every month, or even on high-end skincare lines! As a pre-teen and teenager, I battled acne while having super dry and sensitive skin. I’ve burned through it all: Proactiv, antibiotics, birth control pills, fancy moisturizers, and almost every drugstore brand. After a lot of TLC, trial and error, multiple prescriptions (sorry, Mom!), and doctor’s visits, here are a few of my favorite budget-friendly and easy-to-find products to get you on your way to flawless, glowing skin!

 

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Thoughtful Single Girl | How to Be a Gracious Houseguest

Catherine spills the secrets on how to be everyone’s favorite houseguest

I daydream about the day I can stay at four-star hotels, sharing a king bed with only one other person. At this point in our lives, the majority of us packs Vegas hotel rooms to the brim and crashes on our friends’ couches when we visit new cities. We all know how tiring it can be to live in a popular city and entertain out-of-town visitors. Regardless, it can be easy to forget our manners when the tables are turned. Here are some easy ways to be a gracious houseguest and guarantee an invitation to return.

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Spring Awakening | Morning Yoga

Yoga Teacher Megan D’Amico presents six yoga poses to awaken your body, begin your day, and welcome spring

Change your morning routine, and you will change your life. Just because you’re not like your “gym-rat” co-worker who is on mile five while you’re pressing snooze for the third time doesn’t mean you should give up an active morning routine altogether. Even adding something as simple as three minutes of conscious breathing can make a world of difference.

When we sleep, our muscles are in rest and recovery mode. They go cold because they are not being used, which explains why most of us wake up stiff and sore. Getting up like this and continuing on your day would be like microwaving a frozen Hot Pocket for 30 seconds… all kinds of wrong.

Instead, we should be actively waking up our bodies by doing postures that stretch and activate the muscles, circulate our blood and pump oxygen to our brains. By accelerating the natural wake-up process, you kick those morning blues to the curb and allow yourself to function at full capacity at the very start of your day.

When you first awaken, resist the urge to hit the snooze button. This simple decision sets the tone for the rest of your day. Take 3 huge inhales through the nose, exhaling through the mouth. Reach your hands above your head and stretch as far as you can, pulling your lower body and upper body away from each other, and begin your morning routine.

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How to Pick the Perfect Wedding Present

Style The Aisle Helps Us Pick Out the Perfect Wedding Present

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Spring marks the start of wedding season, and in between all the excitement, fun events and invitations, you start to wonder how to give the perfect wedding gift.  There are so many options and buying a gift for a co-worker is going to feel completely different from buying a gift for your best friend since age 5.  While there is no right way to give a gift, there are definitely some tips that can help make wedding gift giving a bit easier.

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