As a travel blogger a smartphone is absolutely necessary. You can catch a shot, edit it and share it in 60 seconds. Seems simple doesn’t it? I thought so. For the last two years I have been blogging I have used my Iphone on the road with AT&T as a mobile carrier. Recently I partnered with Verizon on their #bettermatters campaign and I am here to tell you do NOT just need a smartphone.
#Bettermatters to me means not settling for average. It means staying connected whenever and wherever I am. Since switching to Verizon I have seen a significant change in my data speeds. This means I spend less time on my phone and more time doing what I do best! As a solo female traveler my parents and family feel comfortable knowing I have service in remote locations. Efficiency and safety matters!
In Thailand I took the most amazing shots but guess what? No one knew because my overseas data package was just too damn expensive for me to afford it. My new Google Pixel and Verizon data plan allows me to share in real time. That means no more uploading 5 pictures trying to share my amazing pictures at one time. Your data should be just as reliable as the phone you are using. Why spend 700+ on a phone to have mediocre data service? Your experience matters. The next time you’re ready to buy a phone remembers #bettermatters. For everyone who is enlightened and ready to switch over Verizon also has a Trade in Device program!
2016 was a hectic year, but now it’s 2017’s turn to shine. Last year was the year the Kardashian look started to lose its edge a little bit, and people began looking for something else. In this article I’m going to run though my top-five beauty tips to get you started – it may be February, but it’s still not too late to make resolutions for the other eleven months of the year!
#5. Switch Up Your Hair With Crazy-Curls and Braids
Last year was all about soft, gentle, Hollywood golden-era curls but that’s already old-hat. Go wild this year, with big blow-dry curls! Also coming back in, in a big way, are braids. Time to dust off your braiding skills that you left off in middle-school, because braiding is officially back in. Hit up the fishtail for a modern look, or go for something a little more playful with braided pigtails.
#4. Re-Vamp the Your Look with coole glasees and jewlery – With This Year’s Vintage Clothing Trends
The vintage-boom shows no sign of slowing down – going by what we’ve seen so far this year we should expect to see a revival in Vivienne Westwood, post-punk aesthetics and contrast denim styles. Hit up your local charity or thrift stores to find bargains or if you’re looking for a curated selection of vintage clothing find a retro-store or flea-market. If you’re willing to spend a little bit more, people are increasingly starting to shop online for the best vintage clothes – a quick google search for ‘vintage clothing online shop’ is your friend here!
3#. Get Out There and Run
It’s probably not news to you, but getting out there and running can not only do wonders for your mood, general health and well-being but also your beauty regime! More and more studies show that by working up a sweat you actually cleanse your pores of harmful oils and toxins, giving your face a radiant – and healthy – glow. Those very same oils and toxins are known to be one of the principal causes of pimples and blackheads! How about that?
#2. Working out? Maybe It’s Time to Switch Anti-Perspirant
Whether you’re out and about, running up a storm or hitting the gym, it’s super important to have a good deodorant in the wings to stay fresh. If you’re still using that dollar-store anti-perspirant maybe it’s time to change it up. I personally use Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant and it’s made all the difference since I’ve switched over – none of those white patches or unsightly sweat stains to speak of! Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant offers 48 hours of odor and wetness protection plus added skincare benefits of Dove ¼ moisturizers and NutriumMoisture for softer, smoother underarms.
#1. Arts and Crafts Nails
We saw this really come into its own all over instagram and elsewhere in 2016, and it’s set to explode this year! Stones, beads – even googly eyes have made appearances. My advice? Get creative with it and try to think of something cute and funny that hasn’t been done yet – hit up that 90’s nostalgia and theme each nail after a Nickelodeon character, or maybe pick up some shells off the beach and play around with it (make sure you give them a good cleaning first!).
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
Our twenties are an adventurous and exciting time in our lives. It is the time to take risks and explore new things, but also it is the time when we transition into adulthood. We already thought we were adults from the time we were eighteen, but now we actually have the responsibilities of adults. Yikes! That can be scary, especially when you are not ready for it. We start to feel lost and unsure because we get to a certain age, and we are not where we wanted to be.
Have you lost track of your goals? Do you feel lost or sidetracked from the vision you once had for your life.
Life goals can change, and many times they do. You might have had a concrete vision for your live at 18, but college can certainly change that. You go in with one major in mind and graduate with a totally different one. It’s okay to change your mind, but then you need to change your vision,
3 Simple Ways To Get Over Feeling Lost 1. Re-evaluate
Re-evaluate your life goals and write them down. They probably have changed since you were 18, but have you taken the time to write them down or create a vision board? It helps to visualize our goals and hold ourselves accountable of them. Holding ourselves accountable means that we should never settle for mediocrity. If you don’t like where we are in life or in your job, actively try to better the situation or leave it.
Sit down on a Sunday afternoon and really re-evaluate where you are in life and where you would like to be. Make a list of what things will help you get to your goals and what you need to be doing to get there. We can feel lost because we get so overwhelmed and stressed out with our daily lives that we don’t take a moment to re-access. You might be exhausted working day in and day out in jobs that you don’t care for to make ends meet, but in the midst of it all you lose sight on what you truly want to do. It’s okay to temporarily work menial jobs, but set out a time each day to actively work towards something else. It will help you stay in track.
2. Explore New Things
Maybe you feel lost because you just don’t love what you do anymore. You were once passionate about it, but now it doesn’t bring you happiness like it once did. We grow and change as we get older so this is possible, but that doesn’t mean we should settle with doing what does not make us happy. We are still so young and full of possibilities in our twenties, so find something else!
Read- Read print, physical books, and read online. There is so much information out there and it only does us a disservice to not indulge in it. Some of my favorite books are Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki, and I want to read Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes.
Volunteer- A huge part of the beauty of humanity is giving. Most of us are so privileged here in the US because we have a plethora of resources here at our disposal that sometimes we take for granted ( I can only speak for the residents of the US). It’s so important to volunteer, and you might find something that you are deeply passionate about.
Travel- Take risks and explore a new place besides your home town. It’s important to get out of this bubble we live in, and go to different countries, see different cultures and hear different languages. We can get lost because we get caught in the monotony of our environment. Change it up! Seeing life from a different perspective might give you a refreshed vision for your own life.
Blog- Blogging is a great way to meet new people from all over the world. It’s a chance to create an online presence for yourself and express your ideas. Whether you want to make a business out of it or do it for fun it’s a way of expression, which is always important. As a young person it is an amazing creative outlet, and I think it is worth exploring.
Success does not get handed to you in a pretty package. That package is usually tainted with hard work, dedication, commitment, and focus. You have to hustle to make it happen, and trust me the path might be strenuous but the end result will feel magnificent. Do you feel yourself getting lazy or unmotivated? Re-evaluate and get out of that. Mediocrity in my book will not make you successful or set you apart from the rest. You have to be hungry. If you think you are working hard towards your goals then you are on the right track, but if you are in that lazy group then it’s time to hustle.
My solution to get out of feeling lost in your twenties is to allow yourself to reevaluate and redefine your passions in life, so you can indulge in a career that brings you happiness.
Written by Shaina McGregor
Guest Blogger Bio:
I’m Shaina- a city girl studying dance in the Fordham/ Ailey BFA Program. I created a lifestyle blog, The Mindful Rise, to empower young artists, college students, and Millennials that through hard work, a positive mindset, and smart financial habits we can become successful.
More people are living with roommates than ever before. Whether you’re in a dorm for the first time, living in a small space in a big city, or sharing a house, if you have roommates, you can be sure these situations will come into play at some point.
Shared expenses can become an issue. Ideally before you move in, make sure you discuss how the rent and other bills will be paid and by whom. Use a system like Venmo or Splitwise to easily make payments to each other and keep track of bills.
Shared spaces are not always fun. Your delish leftovers? Might not see those again. That pricey shampoo you just splurged on? Your roomie is super excited about it too! Some boundaries are difficult to set, and better to try and avoid arguments from the get go. Get yourself a Shower Locker to keep your personal care products organized and secure.
Not everyone has the same definition about cleanliness. What one person considers tidy, another might find disheveled. Towering trashcans and sinks full of dishes are the stalemate in a classic game of “not my turn.” Again, set rules from the beginning about who will handle what chores and when.
You will learn all sorts of interesting things about your roommates. You’ll see, hear, and smell the good, the bad, and the ugly from your roomies. As long as they’re not consistently interfering with your happiness, try to use these experiences to remember we’re all perfectly imperfect humans.
At the end of the day, preparation and communication are key! Despite potential differences, living with other people can be a great experience and will create fond memories.
Did you know Millennials make up the largest generation in the labor force ( 33%) yet 48% of the unemployed population are millennials in this country? #MindBlown.
The level of un/underemployed millennials is steadily rising in today’s economy, it can take anywhere from 6 months to 2+ years to find your next job opportunity. So what can millennials do to make the most of this “free” time?!?!
Many millennials are taking control of their destiny and creating their own path (aka entrepreneurship). Let’s use that same work ethic and creativity to embark on these four strategies to ensure your time between jobs is strategic, fulfilling and as epically lit as possible.
Strategy # 1- Learn new Skills -( AKA Invest in yourself)
Every year more and more millennials are getting educated and competition within the current job market is extremely tough, to say the least. In order to combat the side eyes regarding the gap in your employment history, it is of utmost importance you invest in making yourself more marketable. Investing in yourself can come in numerous ways from conferences, podcasts, online courses etc. As someone on a tight budget (man do those unemployment checks dry up fast), I stumbled upon CareerAcademy.com an excellent online resource that allowed me to learn a plethora of new technical and industry specific skills to keep on top of current trends.
If you are considering a career transition, I would suggest checking out internships.com. An internship is great because it works two-fold in getting your foot in the door and impressing recruiters looking for real world experience. The easiest way to find such opportunities is to reach out to people/organizations within your network that aligns with where you see yourself growing professionally. Volunteering is a good option as well because in giving unto others, you learn so much about who you are as a person and what you really want in life. Volunteering keeps you humble enough to continue to walk in your purpose.
As a generation, we often tend to be overly focused on the latest technical skills that we fail to enhance our soft skills as well. Recruiters love to hire people that are multifaceted with various interests. Perhaps you have always wanted to learn how to crochet or make soaps. Invest in yourself and take a class, it could turn into your side hustle or just a way to relax from the stress of job hunting. A surefire way to make yourself stand out as a candidate is to highlight what you have been actively teaching yourself ( insert ABC) skill which will yield (insert XYZ) for the company.
Strategy # 2- Start a Passion Project ( AKA- Focus your passions into a results-driven solution)
I decided to take control of my vision and focus on my passions(the plight of the millennial, writing/speaking and social media). During this down period, I prayed on what I could do to provide a platform for others in my generation of positivity, encouragement, and community, hence AccordingtoGenY was created.
Every day I wake up, eat and sleep AccordingtoGenY because of that my vision has become even clearer. The love and support from the blogging community have actually been my muse for taking AccordingtoGenY from a passion project to a full blown business. I hope to launch the site and monetize down the line to achieve my dream of a location independent lifestyle.
During this uncertain time in your life, lean in on your passion and focus your energy on a project you can immerse yourself with. Your passion project could be creating a blog, podcast or nonprofit organization that is aligned with your interests. Passion projects are awesome for building a portfolio and showing companies you have diverse interests and possess project management skills. Companies love to hire people that are positive and go-getters. So let’s get going on developing your Passion Project!!!
Strategy # 3- Travel – Explore your city like a tourist ( AKA- Go on a Staycation!!)
Due to mounting student loan debt,limited vacation time/funds (only two weeks really?!?!?), staycations are currently trending for young professionals. The minimal planning and low cost are key aspects for why staycations appeal to the millennials desire for adventure.
Staycations are an excellent way to explore your local area. If you are lucky enough to live in a large metropolitan area, you can easily find a plethora of fun low-cost touristy things to do. If you live in a rural area, consider taking a mini road trip to the closest major city for a day. Grab some friends and get on the road..it’s calling your name!!
I had a good friend visit me in Atlanta (aka the dopest city in America) from Abu Dabi and we decided to ride bikes on the beltline. It was a great way to explore all of the various eclectic communities around the city. Not to mention as a health nut and blogger it was pretty cool to have good company, be active and even indulge in an impromptu photo shoot. If you live in an area with great weather, take advantage of that. Being active outside of your normal routine, allows you to reap the benefits of endorphins and vitamin D which give you the mental clarity to keep moving forward during the job search. When you push yourself outside of your comfort zone that increases your confidence which is crucial for landing your next job opportunity.
4. Meet new People ( AKA-Date and Network Often)
I am going to let you in on a little secret about myself…wait for it…ok, I am a classic Extroverted Introvert. This has been one of the most challenging strategies to consistently implement. When I am in a room with people I know networking, I can totally be in my element. However, in unfamiliar situations where I have to meet new people from a purely social perspective I clam up. I am currently, slowly building and nurturing my small group of friends into the positive, inspirational and flat out dope squad I know we can be for each other.
I would highly suggest signing up for meetup.com to find other like-minded people who share a common interest. Social media (Instagram/Twitter) is a great resource as well for finding local young professional events in your area. These are excellent events to network with others and spread the word about your passion project. Also during this downtime invest in your dating life. There is nothing that takes your mind off the job hunt more than getting dolled up to meet someone you have a mutual interest in. So dust off your Tinder/POF profiles and put yourself out there!!!
The goal of any downtime between employment is to be able to tell a story of how you turned a negative into a positive and made yourself more marketable to better serve the company.
There is no reason why your downtime between jobs should be any kind of pity party. Let that negative ish go!!, what is done is done and trust me you will be better for it. This time should be lit! it should be a time for renewed focus, stretching yourself outside of your comfort zone and enjoying connecting with others along the way.
I hope these strategies keep your spirits up while you search for the next job opportunity and above all don’t settle for average when you know you deserve greatness. Keep pushing and never give up on yourself.
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Be Blessed, Stay Woke, Love Life
Porscha Johnson is a conscious creative, foodie and music lover who currently resides in Atlanta, GA. She is the founder of AccordingtoGenY.com a labor of love “coming soon” which will focus on Gen Y professional women who want to thrive within health, career and travel. These are the three areas of life that have consistently inspired, encouraged and challenged her during the Glo Up. Porscha holds a BA in International Affairs from The University of Georgia. You can learn more about the face behind the brand, connect via social media and sign up to receive your #FREE One on One Guide at http://www.porschajohnson.com/.
I quit my job and moved to Spain last month. I was working for a marketing company in Atlanta for a little over a year and I just wasn’t satisfied; so, I took an opportunity to move to here and teach English. I don’t speak Spanish. I’m making half of what I was making in Atlanta and I have no interest in teaching long term. Will I be able to get another job in marketing when I return or will fresh graduates be more appealing? Would it be wiser to just stay and get the experience that higher paying companies look for in prospective candidates? I didn’t think about that before making my decision to leave and I still don’t. That lack of concern is one of many things millennials are criticized for.
Millennials, a term that defines a group of individuals born between 1977 and 1995, has somehow morphed into a term used to cast judgement and express discontent with the way we choose to live. The aforementioned years encompass individuals between the ages of 21 and 39, so I’ll be clear and say I’m speaking for us ‘twentysomethings’. We hop from job to job rather than finding a decent job with decent benefits and sticking with it. We’re spoiled by the convenience of technology; why can’t we grab a newspaper or book instead of downloading an app? Do we even watch the news? How can we possibly know what’s going on in the world when we don’t flip on the news station at dinner time? We were given a clear set of instructions from our parents and grandparents on how to live our lives, all we had to do was follow them. Graduate high school, go to college at 18 knowing exactly what it is you want to do for the rest of your life, graduate college in four years, get a job, start a family and live happily ever after.
I graduated from high school and immediately set off to college where I double majored in business marketing and communication, and minored in public relations. I’d be in law school right now if it weren’t so expensive and my undergraduate loan debt wasn’t so high. So instead I wasted a year working an entry level marketing job only to figure out that it wasn’t what fulfills me. So, in total I spent five years living out the dreams of my 18 year old self, trying to make it fit. It’s a lot of pressure for an 18 year old to have to decide what to do for the rest of his or her life, and then you can’t even have a well-deserved drink to cope with this pressure. Shitty, right? It was in 2014 while I was studying in France for a semester that realized I wanted to go down an entire different path. I was able to see a different way of life; I was around people who weren’t rushing to graduate and start a mundane life. But in my eyes, it was too late to change my mind. I had one semester left and there was no way I was going to disappoint everyone that was cheering for me.
It’s now two years later and I’ve finally mustered up the courage to see what’s on the other side of the wall I’ve built and told myself I couldn’t climb. For those of you who can’t find contentment in your current place, I know the anxiety of switching it up can very intimidating. But you can do it and you should! If I could retrace the steps that got me here and write a manual to guide you I would. I’ll actually work on that but meanwhile, I challenge you to figure out what you would be in life if it weren’t for fear and assess the risk versus the reward of going for it.
The fall has a lot going for it and no I don’t mean Football season! People are finally starting to get over the scorching heat hell we call summer yet It’s still not so cold that you can avoid yard work like leaves. Thanksgiving can be hectic and tiring but the rewards of family gatherings are more than worth the effort.
Most fall activities happen outdoors. The idea is to have a cup that keeps your hot beverage warm and has a lid so you do not spill and get burned. My favorite on the go cup is Dixie® To Go -The Official Cup For Crushing It. The more important idea is to have a hot drink that warms you and gets you into a mood to celebrate fall and fall activities.
These five Holiday inspired hot beverages can help you get through the fall because they are warm and can be enlivening or soothing. You can always find coffee or tea in my Dixie® To Go cup because the leak-resistant lid & insulated layer gives me the confidence while traveling.
This one is really easy. Just fill the Dixie To-Go Cup with each person’s favorite coffee. Slap a turkey sticker on the cup or the lid. This idea is great for football game drives as well. All you need is a sticker for your cup that is from your favorite team. This idea beats paying a small fortune for a team cup that you inevitably lose. You tell the folk you love how much you care by doing the decoration yourself.
Nothing warms and soothes like hot chocolate. The possible exception to the soothing may be a dash of flavor. This is easy to do. Make your favorite hot chocolate or buy it. Add a slug of each person’s favorite spice or flavor to the hot chocolate before you put the lid on.
This is a traditional holiday favorite. You need to make this before an event and store it in a thermos or hot drink container if you are taking it on the road. The idea is to make enough so that each person gets a dose of the spice. All you do is warm your favorite red wine with cloves, cinnamon, lemon, and sugar. Warm does not mean boiling or you lose the alcohol in the wine. Shake thoroughly before serving into cups that can hold warm drinks and keep them warm.
This is a bit complicated to make. The idea came from celebrating the harvest in ancient times. Core apples and put brown sugar in the hole where the core was. Cook at 350 degrees for one hour and add one cup of water for four apples. Toast cinnamon sticks, cloves, and allspice berries for two minutes. Add orange peels, nutmeg, dry hard cider, ginger ale, Madeira, and unsweetened cider to the mixture. Boil for 2 minutes. Simmer for one hour. Add the apples and cook for 10 minutes. The alcohol is cooked off so this one can be enjoyed anywhere.
The is an apple falvoring that comes from France called calvados. You use a half and half mixture of cinnamon and sugar to garnish the rim of the cup. The drink is 95 percent apple cider that is heated. Garnish with a cinnamon stick. This drink is unique and has an autumn taste.
Whats your favorite holiday inspired beverage?
I was selected for this paid opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
Zillow ,the home and apartment search engine, asked me to reach out to share this new data on the Top 10 Cities Where Millennials Are Living Alone.
Across the United States, almost 9 percent of millennials live alone. While this number has been declining since 2005, likely due to unaffordable rents and rising home prices, there are, however, places throughout the U.S. where millennials are living independently. In cities like Austin, and Richmond, year-over-year employment growth is up by nearly 4 and 5 percent, presenting a strong labor market, making it a desirable destination for millennials. And, in New Orleans, nearly 16 percent of homes are available for millennials making a median income of $40,000.
With the percentage of 23- to 34-year-olds living with family members increasing 46 percent between 2000 and 2013, you’re probably curious where millennials can afford to live alone.
Below is a list of the top 10 places for millennials to live independently.
Virginia Beach, VA
Kansas City, MO
I recently visited New Orleans and I had an amazing time.Several times while I was traveling I pictured myself living there.What city shocked you the most?
Millennials are changing the way the world travels by opting to choose cheaper destinations and skip the frills for luxury accommodation. Traveling on a budget is essential for some debt ridden millennials that are looking to explore the world while struggling to stay financial savvy. Being economically efficient is great but it is essential that you do not compromise when it comes to safety.
20 Safety Tips for the Financially Savvy Millennial Traveler
1) When taking taxis from an airport to your hotel, travel in the more expensive airport taxis and ensure that the drivers have official identification. Never take a taxi waiting outside the airport grounds.
To bypass this security concern sign up for a Uber account with the code daniellew736 and get $20 of your first ride!
2) When traveling from your hotel to the airport, go with a taxi recommended by the hotel.
3) Try not to arrive in a new city or town late at night.
This can just go wrong in a number of ways. It is much easier getting checked in during the day time and security at night in certain areas is just horrendous.
4) Travel in a group if possible.
Since when is traveling in numbers not a good idea?
5) Learn the basics in the local language before you arrive. Don’t expect that people will speak English.
English is becoming more widely spoken these days, but you want to be sure. You should always check on these things before your arrival.
6) Keep your valuables hidden.
A money belt is great if it is an option that you willing to look into. There are many different styles of money belts. One of the most popular is an “over the shoulder” style wallet on a strap that you were underneath your top. This makes it very difficult for a thief to make off with your valuables.
7) Avoid going on your own to remote areas/ruins where tourist would be expected to go.
Seek local advice or take a guide.
8) Read the guide books and talk with other tourists to find out which areas are best avoided.
9) When leaving bars/party’s late at night take a taxi home no matter how close your hostel is.
Outside most bars you’ll find a policeman or bouncers. Usually these people know all the taxi drivers and can recommend a safe one.
10) When arriving in a new town, keep to your original plan and stay in the hostel that you have decided on.
Don’t let the taxi driver persuade you that your hostel is fully booked and that he knows a cheaper and better one. He’ll be working on commission and the hostel probably won’t be in a safe part of town.
11) Even better, when arriving lane/train in a new city, try to reserve your hotel in advance, preferably with a hotel that has an airport/station collection service.
12) Don’t wear expensive looking jewelry.
13) On public transport have your day pack close to you at all times, preferably with the straps around your legs or padlocked to the luggage rack.
On buses your backpack will normally go outside, either on top of the roof or in the external luggage compartments. On long distance buses ask for a receipt for your bags. On short rides just keep a careful eye out each time the bus stops to off-load bags. In the event of having your bags stolen, stay with the bus – you will probably require a declaration from the bus company accepting responsibility for the loss in order to claim any money from your insurance company.
14) Leave your valuables in your hotel safe when making day trips or longer tours.
Obtain a receipt not just for your money belt/wallet etc. but for its contents, with each item listed.
15) If you have to leave your passport and credits cards together, place the credit card in a sealed envelope and sign your name across the flap.
This way when you return you will know that nothing has been tampered with.
16) If planning on going to market areas, crowded streets, fiestas etc. don’t go with all your valuables. Leave them in the hotel.
If you’re planning on buying something expensive keep your money safely in a money belt. Try to be discreet when opening it! To protect small change in your pockets you can stuff a handkerchief in after.
17) If the pavements are really crowded, especially in market areas, walk in the road.
18) If you suspect someone is following you, stop and stare them in the eye until they go.
If you really get a bad feeling about a place, go with your first instincts and leave. Bag slashing is rare nowadays but for added safety you can wear your day pack on your chest.
19) If your book bag in on your back try to walk without stopping.
If you need to stop, sway your pack gently from side to side so that you can feel if anyone is tampering with it.
20) When putting your bag down on the floor, to take a photo or just to sit in a café, remember to put your foot through the strap.
Not only will it be impossible to snatch, you also won’t forget it! This is the most common type of theft – tourists forgetting bags in cafes and on returning to ask if anyone has seen it, you’ve guessed it, it’s gone.
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