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Keeping Motivated and Beating the Winter Blues

Winter in Michigan is a magical time... for about four weeks. The time between Thanksgiving and New Years is a beautiful winter wonderland for us Michiganders. It's the time where our mitten shaped state really shines! But then the holiday decorations disappear and the snow turns black. January is a gloomy time (despite of my January birthday). Daylight hours are starting to increase this time of year but in the last month Michigan has seen little to no actual sunshine further pushing us into post-holiday despair. I hard to stay motivated when all you really want to do is cuddle into a blanket with some tea and watch Netflix. But you have to pull yourself up by the fluffy socks and remember to stay focused on your goals and keep moving forward.

5 Must Haves for Working from Home

Last year I started working at from home a day a week to not only save me time in commuting but to also increase my productivity and output. However working from home isn't as easy as you think. Sure I can work in my PJs and get a little more sleep but it takes a lot of discipline. Over the last few months I learned a lot about how to stay focused and how to get the job done when working from home.

New Year, Blank Slate

This new year means you have a new blank slate. It's like writing a book, every chapter is blank until you fill it. Don't like who you are? Change it. Don't like who you're with? Change it. Don't like where you are? CHANGE IT! The possibilities are endless! You are the author of your own story. Now that we have 2016 out of the way, it is time to make room for your best chapter yet—2017. And the best way to to start anew is with a blank slate, both physically and mentally.

A Career Not a Just a Job

This summer I accepted a new position. This "new" position just happened to be my "old" position. Almost two years ago, to the date, I left a company I had been with for four years in search of something more. I loved my role and the company but I wanted to learn more and experience more of the industry—so I left.

6 Self-Care Tips to Keep Your Career on Track

You know what to do and you know you need to put your best foot forward. But how can you do that if you're not feeling your absolute best?! I think the one thing that was so often forget (it's so easy, yet so obvious), is taking care of ourselves. Anything worth having in your life, such as your dream career, is worth working for and along with that is probably a certain level of responsibilities and stress. 

The Trick to More LinkedIn Profile Views is Easier Than You Think

If you ask any recruiter, they'll tell you that your application/resume has to "sell them" within the first minute. And, surprise surprise, their attention spans don't increase when they're sourcing candidates on LinkedIn either. In fact, most recruiters will only spend about 10 seconds on each profile. Crazy! So how can you grab their attention and hold it long enough to really make a positive impression?

5 Ways to Be Social Media Savvy

A lot of small businesses are still shying away from taking a deep dive into social media and unfortunately, at this point, it's either "do or die" when it comes to marketing. You either join in on the fun or risk fading away in obscurity. I tell all of them the same thing: You need to be there. You need to stop making excuses. You need to stop putting it off. It is time to embrace social media... for your business's sake.

It's OK to Say No

In 2014 I was awarded One Person Wonder by the Michigan Business and Professionals Association—for my work for my work/life balance between my full-time career in public relations, part-time freelance gigs, owning and designing jewelry for Urban Solstice, and my volunteer and community work including a Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan Troop Leader—and from that time on, I have consistently had to answer the question "How do you get everything done?!" And my answer had always been, "I have no idea! I just do!" But the reality of the situation is that I was (and still am) struggling to say "No."