On My Bookshelf: #GIRLBOSS

Thursday, October 30, 2014

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#GIRLBOSS
, by Nasty Gal CEO Sophia Amoruso, has been on my reading list for quite a while. Inspired by The Glitter Collective book club, I finally found an excuse to pick up a copy. It was also a way to get started on my reading goal for this year. The final verdict? That was the best $12 I've spent in a long time.

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, or any sort of goal whatsoever, Amoruso's book will screw with your mind - in the best way possible. It's the sort of career that any recent grad needs to read. Her writing is witty, personable and relatable. Sure, I didn't start an Ebay store stocked with vintage clothing, but Amoruso's "get to work" philosophy really resonated and inspired. Here are three of my favorite quotes from the book:

  • "If you're bored and hating it, it's a big sign that you're most likely just in the wrong place." It's easy to feel impatient for that "dream job" as a recent grad, but if you hate every moment of your day job, there's a high chance you're in the wrong place.
  • "Focus on the positive things in your life and you'll be shocked at how want more positive things start happening." I really do believe in the power of a positive outlook. 
  • "Treat your savings account like just another bill. It has to be paid every month, or there are consequences." At a certain point in your 20's, putting money away is almost more exciting than a new pair of shoes.

#GIRlBOSS addresses the obstacles of following your biggest passions into self employment. But more importantly, it addresses the challenges of life as a young professional. Somehow, this book inspired me to work even harder. Have you read #GIRLBOSS yet?

What I Wore: Cozy Weekend

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Certain days of the week should be about comfort, and this past Saturday was certainly one of them. I met my friend Hannah in downtown Portland for coffee and outfit photos. An oversized sweater and scarf is a favorite combination now that fall weather is here - casual, comfortable and incredibly cozy. This chunky knit cardigan from Target fit demands for the day perfectly.

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I've been all about the easy, cozy outfit combinations lately. But this time of year is the perfect excuse. What's your favorite outfit combination for cozy autumn days?

Outfit details:

Sweater via Target
Tank via Target
Jeans via American Eagle
Scarf via JC Penny
Flats via Cathy Jean

Work Week Workout Solutions

Sunday, October 19, 2014

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When most of your week is spent at a job, free time becomes a valuable commodity. One of my biggest challenges is just finding the time for a gym visit. Do I hit the elliptical for 45 minutes, or go shopping to replenish my painfully empty fridge? Do I wake up early for a run, or to get a jump start on a client status report? When life gets busy, physical activity ends up on the chopping block.

So how are us working girls suppose to stay active during the week? Here are a few tactics that have been working for me lately:

Add it to your calendar

As silly as it might sound, map out your workouts on your calendar before the week starts. Adding a 30-minute workout to my planner helps me think about it as a meeting, rather than something optional.

During it into a social thing

Turn your next coffee date or happy hour into something physical. It's easy to meet up with a friend at the park for a good walk or jog. Going for a run with my co-worker after work was a great way to pound out the stress of a busy day on the pavement.

Sacrifice a little sleep

You can always start your day a little earlier. Set your alarm 30 minutes before your typical wake-up time. Or force yourself to get up when your alarm goes off. I spent at least 20 minutes laying in bed on my phone after the alarm goes off. That's time I can spend getting up and hitting the gym for a quickie workout session before work.

Take meetings on the road

Weather permitting, turn your next one-on-one meeting into a walking workout. It's great to get out of the office with a co-worker, stretch your legs and chat on the go. Being away from the office is also a great way to refresh your brain and generate new ideas.

Break up your day with walks

Did you know that five minutes of walking each hour can help reserve the health effects of all-day sitting? Whenever possible, I try to get up and move - whether it's pacing while I'm on a phone call or going to chat with a co-worker in person rather than sending an email.

What are your tactics for staying active during the work week? Let me know in a comment! I'd love to hear.