Thursday, May 16, 2019

Guest Post :: 5 Ways To Take Your Career To The Next Level

It goes with out saying that in today’s world the job market is very competitive. Once you have a new job or your first job out of college or grad school the next question how do I take my career to the next level. Today Peter Minkoff is sharing career advice and his five to take your career to the next level.
Are you that newbie in the office that wants to go far but has no idea how? Do you want to transition from nobody to somebody in the shortest period of time? That’s a great career goal to have, but not an easy one to reach. Here are a few things you can do to take your career to the next level quickly and easily.

Be The Part Of The Solution

No good manager will sacrifice their time and effort on carrying dead wood. So, in order to show your worth, you need to step up and add something valuable to the team. Don’t just wait until someone orders you to act—be proactive and take initiative. Volunteer for the project, bring new ideas on how to impress customers and figure out a new way of doing business that will make your work smarter. Understand the direction of your business, determine what needs to be done and just go and do it. People from management love when workers anticipate tasks and problems and stay one step ahead. Long story short, become a go-to person for important assignments and you’ll certainly get that promotion in no time. 

Invest In Yourself

If you finished college, if you read a book about your industry, if you’ve taken an e-course or a webinar, you’ve invested in your future. This is something no one else can do for you and you have to consciously make a decision to work on your betterment. No matter how good you are at your work, there are always new things you can learn, new skills you can perfect and new projects to start. You need to show 100% effort otherwise you won’t see any results. But, if you do your best, you’re making sure you’re being the best employee you can be and your boss will appreciate that. 

Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Live in your little bubble of safety is comfortable, but true life begins way outside of your comfort zone and so does your career. However, if you always had issues to put yourself out there, it’s more than understandable that you can’t just change your personality completely overnight. If you’re introverted and suffer from anxiety, there are ways you can leave your comfort zone in a safe and controlled way. You can make small efforts to expand your horizons and eventually cross the boundary of your comfort zone. For instance, an expat English teacher might benefit from taking a teaching job at centers like Monkey Tree in Hong Kong where you can get the chance to work with students who are outside of your usual age or knowledge level. Having to overcome language barriers and find new and creative solutions to your problems will do wonders for your self-esteem. Comfort zones are safe, but they are also dead ends when it comes to your career. 

Build Trust
When you commit to something, do you fulfill your tasks? Do you show up to meetings? Do you deliver projects on time and on budget? Do you have a good reputation and can people count on you? The answer to these has to be YES every time! If you’re trustworthy, you’ll get more important projects that will advance your career. 

Make Some Connections

While it’s best to keep your career in your own hands, people are social animals. We rely on other humans to form connections, build new relationships and open ourselves to new opportunities. Honestly, if we didn’t network as a species, our entire civilization would fall apart. So, don’t think you’re putting your future in someone else’s hands—you’re just making your voice heard and your face known. As long as networking is genuine and honest, there’s nothing sleazy about it. Your connections must come from a place of truth and they will last. For instance, if you want to make a connection with someone, try saying something like “Hey, the way you handled X was great” or “I really like your opinion on X” or “I think we’re both interested in X, let’s try to figure it out”. Star from something genuine and soon you’ll have a sizable network of connections that will possibly be very beneficial to your career. 
These five ways will certainly put you on your boss’ map and allow you to advance in your career. As long as you got that fire in you and employ these tips, that promotion will be ready for the taking. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Favorite Summer Hair Products

As vain as this sounds, as long as I am having a reasonable good hair day I can take on pretty much anything. For me summer months are the most challenging when it comes to hair; fact: curly hair + heat + humidity do not always mix well, and I eventually start to long for those cool fall days when frizz has come and gone.  However, over the years I have found some hair products that work great with my hair in the summer!
Evo Liquid Rollers Curl Balm// This right here is my ride or die hair product. If I was on an island and could only have one beauty product with me this would be the one. It helps keep my hair soft and curls flawless!

DryBar Southern Belle Shampoo// I have loved every since shampoo I have purchased from the drybar! Right now the Southern Belle is my current favorite – it seems to help keep my from getting dry and from becoming too frizzy

Caviar Anti-Aging// Okay, I will admit this shampoo doesn’t have a different effect on my hair when you compare it to summer and fall; I just love the fact that there is an anti-aging shampoo out there. 

Double Standard// This is such an easy product to use! Sometimes, when my hair isn’t that in need of a wash and I just want to freshen it up this is the only thing I use. It is a mouse, but act as a 2-in-1 conditioner. It is such an amazing product! My hair always feels super clean and tamable after I use this product.

Sparkling Soda// I warned you all that I am a fan of the drybar! Sometimes during the warmer months my hair loses its shine and this product always helps to lock it back in!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Top 3 Bedroom Space Saving Ideas

Organizing the bedroom space is an important factor, especially if you have a smaller room. The way you organize your space will determine the overall look of your interiors. When planning your bedroom decor, think about the essentials. You must make up your mind on the important aspects and determine which ones are not. Since space is an issue, it is advisable to remain simple. Make sure you have all the essentials around and try being creative. In some instances, instead of buying something, you can re-use what you already have or repurpose a piece that is occupying space. Here are the top 3 bedroom space saving ideas to help you utilize space in the bedroom.
Use Multipurpose Furniture
One of the best ways to utilize bedroom space is by using multipurpose furniture. No matter how small the room may be, with multipurpose furniture you can have extra space for other necessities. There are different types of multipurpose furniture. For instance, you can use a convertible bed which can be turned into a couch during the day. However, this may not be necessary if you have enough room for a bed. There are other ideas for convertible furniture. You can use a wall shelve that converts into a study table. You can also use a multipurpose table. Use a table that doubles up as a stand with a mirror to save some space. There are many multipurpose furniture ideas in the market you can use to utilize your bedroom space.

Utilize Floating Furniture
If there is limited space on the floor, try creating some in the air. There are several furniture ideas that you can use to utilize your bedroom space. Use a hanging shelve to reduce the amount of space needed for a self. You can also utilize the small corners behind the doors. Simply hang a small shelve that fits well behind the door space. However, you should ensure that the shelve or whatever you place behind the door does not block it from closing and opening. If you are interested in getting some floating shelves installed but are not sure on how to do it why not get in touch with a <a href=”https://www.myjobquote.co.uk/handyman”>local handyman</a>. They will be able to put some up for you at a small cost.

Create Some Extra Space Beneath Your Bed
Most beds do not have a storage compartment. If you realize that your room is low on space, you can request to have custom drawers around the bed. This will help utilize the space beneath the bed as storage. The use of the bed for storage creates room for other accessories. If you do not have a shoe rack or a wardrobe, use the underneath drawers for storage instead. 

Conclusion 
The need to create extras space for your bedroom calls for innovation. There are many ways you can declutter your bedroom and create an impressively looking atmosphere. The most important factor to keep in mind is that you should only buy what you need. If you realize that there is no space for some important bedroom essentials, use your creativity. Some of the ideas above will help you not only create extra space but also improve the overall look of your bedroom. By implementing these ideas, you will create room for the free flow of air.  You can talk to your interior designer about the best multi-purpose furniture. If you want to use floating furniture, you can also look at the available options online. Most importantly, always ensure that the space below the bed is utilized.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Happy Hour Time

Well…hello there Friday, fancy meeting you here. It’s so nice to see you have come around again. I haven’t posted in a while because I was out of town and decided to take a much-needed break from emails and such and just do a little R&R! It almost seems a little weird that the Kentucky Derby is this weekend – I feel like this year is going by so fast. It’s time to raise your mint julep, watch a little horse racing, and enjoy the weekend. Cheers!

“Do on thing every day that makes you happy.”

Drink Special! 
Raspberry Diamond Fizz
2 ounces gin
1 tablespoon raspberry liqueur
Juice from ½lemon
1 egg white
8 fresh raspberries quartered
Crushed ice
Champagne
Shake all ingredients minus Champagne, strain into a champagne glass, and top with champagne 

Around Town!
Nashville, TN: Sevier Park Fest at Sevier Par, Saturday, May 4, 10:00am
Louisville, KY: The Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Saturday, May 4
Memphis, TN: 2019 Beale Street Music Festival at Tom Lee Park, Friday, May 3, 11:30pm
Savannah, GA: Annual Rose Festival at Savannah Botanical Gardens, Saturday, May 4
Charleston, NC: 14thAnnual Charleston Cinco de Mayo Festival, Saturday, May 4, 7:00pm