August 24, 2016

How To Establish a Productive Morning Routine for the On-The-Go Girl

Wake up Earlier 
Set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier then what your alarm is set for. Even this little change in your routine can be a huge game changer to having a more productive morning. Who doesn't like to feel more on top of things, even if it just means by 15 minutes.

10 Minutes of Cardio
You probably don't have time for a full blown-out workout, and that's okay. Anything is better than nothing! Just Pinterest search some 30 day exercise challenge, and you'll find some awesome quick workouts.

Stay Hydrated 
While you are doing your makeup and listening to your podcasts, drink a glass of water. It's a great habit to get into, especially before drinking your coffee.

Podcasts + Ted Talks

Often times college girls or even those in their twenties don't have time to read in the morning. But this shouldn't stop you from incorporating something in your routine to get you motivated and set for the day. While I'm getting ready and doing my makeup, I really enjoy listening to a podcast or recently even some TED Talks.
Here are some links of my favorites:
DIY Iced Coffee
I will pick iced coffee over hot coffee any day even in winter. But in those busy mornings who has time to wait for your coffee to get cold! So I will make my Keurig coffee the night before and put it in the fridge overnight. When I wake up all I have to do is to doctor it up with some cream and white chocolate syrup. There you have it, iced coffee and you didn't have to wait in line and pay $4 for it.

Stay Globally Connected & Aware
Millennials don't have any excuse NOT to know what is happening in our world, but often times we don't have time to read a paper or sit and watch the morning news. No worries! There are great resources that consolidate all the recent news that took place while you were sleeping and send it to your inbox! So no more excuses.
Visualize Your Day's Success
Out of everything you could do to create a more productive morning, one of the most important things is visualizing the success you'll encounter and create during the day.

What's your favorite part of the morning? Do you have an A.M. routine?
August 17, 2016

Instagram Photos + Editing 101

Instagram was one of the very first apps I downloaded when I got my first iPhone. 
In fact, I got an iPhone because I wanted to take good quality pictures in college, since I didn't bring my Canon with me. As I started to learn more about aesthetics and themes, I was immediately overwhelmed with all the options. But I have finally narrowed it down and am working on one that represents me and what I like. I eventually want to get it to a white, black, gold, marble filled feed.
This post was actually highly requested, and since this blog is to inspire you, without further ado here are my not so secret editing tips. 

What Do I Shoot My Instagram Photos With? 
 I shoot, edit and upload all of the photos on my iPhone 6S, I use the camera's regular photo mode. Occasionally I might upload a pic from my Canon, but I don't like to get in the habit of doing that because I'm all about trying to keep consistency, and photos often differ from the iPhone and Canon.

What Kind of Photos Do I Post? 
I post a variety of pics, mainly fashion, coffee, and general life shots. I like the bright, clean, and simple style. But I also like posting unique inspiring shots, so I have become more selective in what I post. Of course by doing this, you are no longer just posting photos of what you're doing in your day, but sometimes more posed and scheduled shots. This is the main reason bloggers especially have two accounts, one personal and one for the blog.

What Editing Apps Do I Use?  
I start out by using Facetune to make the photo whiter. Since I'm going for a white clean looking theme, Facetune is AWESOME for getting the background, flooring, or whatever that is in the picture whiter. By using Facetune, you create consistency in your photos if you are wanting a theme. 

Before and after Facetune

How Do I Edit My Instagram Photos On VSCO Cam?
This is the combination I use for pretty much all my pictures, but sometimes you might need to adjust slightly, either the exposure or saturation to again, make all the photos consistent. 

I want to see YOUR feed, so go ahead and follow here if you want to see more pics edited like this.
What are some of your editing tips? 

August 11, 2016

10 Tips To Be A Standout Intern

With the start of August means the end of most internships, especially for college students. I have gotten a lot of questions on my internship experience this summer, and how to make the most of the opportunity.
I went into college knowing I wanted to have 2-3 internships a year, and yes that's a lot but I wanted and still do want to learn as much as possible in my intended field, as well as gain networking experience.
Interning at Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler's district office
First off, congratulations on securing that internship that will help get you one step closer to your dream job! Here are some tips some friends and I have learned along the way on how to be that intern that stands out in the office.

1. Act as if this internship is a paying job.
Most internships are not paid, especially if it's one of your first, but don't let the non-monetization incentive stop you from putting your best foot forward and wanting to show your best work. Often times non-paying internships keep people from really putting forth everything they have because they aren't really getting anything out of it. Excuse me, but you are getting more out of it than you'll ever get out of money, you are getting job experience, networking opportunities, mentorships, connections anywhere and everywhere. Don't let the fact that you aren't getting compensated for your work hinder you from becoming the best intern that company has ever seen. Keep in mind you are doing this for YOUR FUTURE.

2. Ask questions and be an open book. 
Office environments can be intimidating and it's okay to be a little nervous, but remember you are here to learn, to understand your intended field better, and to really figure out if this is the area you want to pursue. That means asking intelligent questions and having an attitude of learning. It also means you are willing to hear new ideas and different ways of doing things. By asking questions you are showing the company and boss that you are serious (even as a college student) and have a desire to learn, and aren't just there to put something on your resume.

3. Take on projects to help you stand out. 
This is so important, especially if you know you aren't the only intern this company is working with. Do something, anything that will make you stand out as a proactive, detail oriented person. Even if it's just creating a filing system, that's a project the the staff members don't have to do now and trust me, they will be SO appreciative. Be creative and don't just do the bare minimum.

4. Say yes to office & social events. 
If you want to make those connections and show your dedication even as an intern, then go to as many office events as possible. From office parties, to campaign dinners, to dinner after work, you'll thank yourself later for saying yes. You'll get to know your colleagues better and even have an opportunity to practice your networking skills. Again, this will show your boss that you are willing to go the extra mile.

5. Get to know the other interns. 
It depends on your internship and whether all the interns come in on the same day. There were four other interns who worked in the same office as I did, but we each came in on separate days, so I really only got to know one intern. We really hit it off and had a great time working with each other. Take this opportunity to really get to know your fellow interns and there stories. Sometimes your best friendships and job connections come from internships. Don't be afraid to initiate that dinner or intern get together after work. Take full advantage of every opportunity internships give you.

6. Don't be afraid to pitch an idea.
Just because you don't have that degree or maybe have only completed one year of college (like I did), doesn't mean you can't think for yourself and contribute to the companies mission. Impress the heck out of your boss and voice that great marketing strategy. Again, don't just try and pass the time, work on gaining credibility.

7. Dress and act appropriately.  
First impressions are everything and this couldn't be more important for college interns to keep in mind. This doesn't mean you need to be shallow and only focus on your appearance, but keep in mind internships often times lead to jobs. You aren't headed out with the girls for a night on the town so don't wear skin tight or short skirts and dresses. Respect yourself and dress for the job you want.

8. Ask for letters of recommendation before you leave. 
If you are already putting forth the work and making an impression, more often than not your boss or fellow colleagues will probably already offer to write up a letter of rec for you. But in the case that they don't, don't be afraid to ask for one! You might even find yourself with more than one!

9. Keep in contact with those you worked with. 
Ask your colleagues, fellow interns, and maybe even your boss (if it's appropriate of course) for their phone numbers or FB request. Not only will this lead to friendships beyond the summer internship, but they might even recommend you for other internships or jobs. Connections my friends, connections.

10. Finally, send those thank you notes!
I think this is so important to leave that extra impression. Bring some thank you notes and cookies to the office on your last day to just say "thanks" for the opportunity and experience you had. Again, this will leave it on a good note for yourself and the company.

Did you have a summer internship? Any tips you want to share?