Channeling Your Inner #GirlBoss

I’ve been at my job now for almost three months. It’s my first real job out of college, so I’ve been making some spectacular screw ups and learning some major life lessons.

As a young woman in a traditional office environment, I’ve had to do some speedy growing up. And over the past few weeks, I’ve learned some things that I thought I’d share with all you lovely people.

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  1. Don’t be afraid of taking up space

You were hired because your employers want you to contribute to the conversation. Don’t be shy to take up space, even as a newbie! Now, that doesn’t mean rattling off B.S. But ask questions and throw some ideas out there. You are the complete equal of everyone else at that table.

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2. If someone does something or says something that makes you uncomfortable, speak up.

To be honest, this is one tip that I personally need to work on. It’s tough, particularly when you’re like me and loathe any form of confrontation. But an office environment can turn sour real fast when transgressions or inappropriate comments are made and no one addresses it. Speak up. Even if it terrifies you. Change starts there. In your actions. Do it for the person next to you. For all the employees to come. No one benefits from silence.

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  1. Keep it organized

When you enter a space where you haven’t completely found your footing and there’s a lot being asked of you, things can get crazy quickly. So my advice to everyone: write it down. Get a notepad and write everything down- from the terms you learn to every single task you are assigned. That way nothing falls through the cracks. I got myself a little moleskin and it has been a godsend. And let’s be honest, any excuse to buy a new notebook is always welcome. #StationaryLoversUnite

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  1. Socialize a little.

I’m not saying shmooz around the office all day, but it can be good to have brief conversations with people that aren’t focused on work. When you develop your relationships with coworkers, things become a little less intimidating and generally more fun.

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  1. Come eager to learn

There is literally nothing worse than someone who comes to work completely apathetic. Show your colleagues that you’re genuinely interested and engaged. Or, at least feign that you’re interested and engaged. 😛 Ask questions on questions on questions. The more you ask the faster you’ll figure things out. (Pro tip: coffee makes this easier)

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  1. Know your worth

Don’t let people trample over you. Just because you’re the new hire, doesn’t mean people can take advantage of you. If your job description doesn’t involve copying other people’s stuff and getting them coffee, then don’t do it. You deserve absolute respect from all your colleagues. Own your value.

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  1. Give yourself time

If you’re anything like me, I hate not knowing what I’m doing and depending on others for directives. But that’s part of having a new job- complete and utter cluelessness. Rule of thumb for most jobs is to give yourself 6-months to get yourself up to speed. So know that the confusion you feel is temporary and you’ll become that indepedent #girlboss soon enough.

Do you guys have any tips for a young woman in the workplace? Let me know!

5 September Staples for all Twentysomething Grandmas

For those of you who don’t know… I’m a twentysomething grandma. And as such, I thrill at the idea of colder weather. Fall means warmer blankets, hot baths, more tea, and all-around general coziness. My kinda weather.

So, as soon as the temperature dropped below 70 degrees F, I threw on my dusty knitwear and went shopping for new autumnal bits and bobs. I thought I’d share with you a few of the items that are making me swoon. I consider them my September staples – must haves for any loud and proud twentysomething grandma.

1. Stationary

A new season? That calls for new stationary!

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Yes. I’m one of those people. I love all things stationary. My heart flutters when I think of purchasing a new pen or planner.

I’ve found that there’s a certain charm that accompanies writing a letter. It feels more intimate and a little more thoughtful than an email or a text. Granted, it’s not the speediest means of communication. But it’s a great way to stay in touch with friends and family. It also gives me a chance to practice my wobbly calligraphy skills.

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These gorgeous watercolor cards are from a local artisan called Studio C in Vermont. Check them out- they’ve got some gorgeous products.

2. An Amazing Smelling Hand Cream

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Nothing says autumn like dry hands! So jump on the hand cream train and start moisturizing before the cold can get to your skin. I was lucky enough to get a little travel version of The White Company Seychelles Hand & Nail Cream, and mamma mia. This stuff is GORGEOUS. I could only describe the scent as what I imagine Kate Middleton smells like. Definitely a good product for when you want to pamper yourself a little bit.

3. Cozy Sweaters

Does this one even need an explanation? Soft. Warm. Cozy. Sweaters are the perfect article of clothing.

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Check out this one from ASOS – it’s lightweight and breathable but so unbelievably soft. Perfect for September.

4. A Book To Lose Yourself In

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I just borrowed The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah from the library and am so excited to read it. I’m a sucker for historical fiction, and I’m particularly interested in stories set during wartime. This novel focuses on two sisters living in Germany-occupied France during WWII. Badass gals during World War II? I’m all in. Will report back once I’m finished!

5. Knitting supplies

About a year or two ago, my oh-so-lovely roommate Molly showed me how to knit and I fell in love. It’s a great way to put anxious hands to use and the accomplishment you feel after finishing a piece is incomparable. Grandmas, picture this: sitting in bed swaddled in your duvet, watching a movie, drinking tea, and knitting. Tell me that doesn’t sound like the dream.

Of course, knitting is something you can do year-round. But I like handling thicker ply wool, which doesn’t feel all too great on the skin when it’s sweltering outside.

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I bought this gorgeous green yarn from my local knitting shop to make a hat. We’ll see if it turns out as a wearable item or as a tangled mess…. Only time will tell!

Are any of you out there of the grandma-persuasion? What are your must-haves for September? Leave me a comment and let me know!