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Changing Careers In Your Late 20's

Saturday, April 30, 2016

In 2014, when I was 26, I decided I was in the wrong career. 

This was not an easy decision, because I had worked very hard to get where I was and it was all I had ever known. I didn't hate what I was doing, but I didn't think it was for me. I was fortunate to work for some AMAZING companies (which will remain nameless) and had met some really awesome people and mentors who I still talk to today. I am very grateful for everything I learned, and the people that I met. I am fully confident I would not be where I was today without them. 


I made my career change the hard way, it was very scary, and I was not fully prepared for exactly how hard it was going to be. So in an effort to keep you from going through what I went through, I decided to write this blog post. 

Five Things To Start Your Career Change

1. What do you want to do? 
Write down your skills. Not sure what your skills are? A very basic test that is always recommended is the Myers Briggs test- here. Once you have figured out your skills you can gather an idea of what jobs might be best for you. For me personally, I used to be an event planner and I loved it, so I was sure this was what I wanted to do, but didn't know what kind- wedding? Kids parties? Corporate? 
Which leads me to the next step.

2. Research, research, research.
 I cannot stress this enough. You need to research the job fields you are interested in, research other people who are in them, research salary, qualifications, EVERYTHING you may need to know. 

3. Prepare your mind.
In my case, I had to start at the bottom again, just like when I was 21. THAT was a very big piece of humble pie, since I had grown a lot professionally over the last 5 years. If you have no real experience doing what you have now decided you are interested in, you  may have to even take an internship. But most likely you are going to start in an entry level position. Which also means an entry level salary. Get ready. 

4. Save your money.
I would say even though you are ready NOW to make that change, wait 6 months to 1 year to actually do it and SAVE your money. You don't know what's going to happen, if you take an internship you will need to have an income. If you start with an entry level salary you will need some cushioning. 

5. Get a professional resume together and be prepared for the "why are you changing careers?" question! 
This one you may need to consult a professional about to make sure you have enough information. If you don't have experience in the job that you want, you'll need to highlight your past experience in a way that shows your skills, and why you would be good for the job. Also be prepared with a good reason for why you are changing careers. "I really have a passion for ___________" is a great start. 

If you have questions, feel free to comment or shoot me an email. 

Just remember, it's never too late to change things in your life!

Best of luck! 

-Sarah 

Homemade Dairy-Free Vanilla Coconut Mango Smoothie Recipe

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I have been making smoothies every morning for a little energy and vitamin boost while I'm at work.
I usually eat a small amount of granola type cereal like this (while I am aiming for gluten free most of the time for auto-immune reasons, I can handle a little gluten because I don't have an auto-immune disease that doesn't allow me gluten) or my favorite gluten free/ dairy free muffins  that I found on Pinterest recently and then around 10am start drinking my smoothie.
This combo keeps me full until lunch!

A lot of the time, I find that I need to adjust many of the recipes because they aren't tasting exactly right or they so very nicely jam up my Nutri-Ninja. After apologizing profusely to my Ninja on Monday morning, I vowed to make my own adjustments from now on. (The Ninja is fine in case you were concerned).

Here is my Dairy-Free Vanilla Coconut Mango Smoothie Recipe

1 cup Frozen Mango chunks (no sugar added is best!)
1 1/2 cup Coconut Milk (unsweetened)
1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Coconut Water (I prefer Vita Coco but Zico is just as good)
1 scoop Vanilla Aria Protein (soy-free and vegan, no added sugar) *Optional*
Top with un-sweetened coconut shreds *Optional*

First, I used my Nutri Ninja Pro 900W.



Then I gathered the main ingredients...


Grabbed my favorite dairy-free, soy-free vanilla protein powder- you can buy here.

Put it all in the Ninja, make sure to do wet ingredients first, it's easier on the blade.



Lastly I added unsweetened coconut shreds as a topping!



Here is the final product:



I love blender bottles because most importantly they are BPA free, but also they have a metal shaker inside so if I wait a few hours to eat my smoothie, it will mix it all up again!
They are pretty cheap on Amazon.

This makes about 3/4 bottle.


Let me know what you think! 

Enjoy!

-S


The Great Gatsby Affair {Fashion Post}

Monday, April 25, 2016

Hi everyone! 

First, an apology. I promised a blog on Saturday and it just did not go according to plan. I will this week be writing about Career Changes in your late 20's as promised. I was just SO inspired by my friend's "Roaring 20's" party this weekend that I wanted to do a fashion blog post! 

Well, as an event planner I LOVE theme parties! SO much fun and even better when everyone goes all out for it! The best part was, I had ALL of the accessories and the entire outfit already and didn't pay a single dime for anything (except dry cleaning my old dress). 

First, the outfit. The dress and shoes were purchased about 5-6 years ago for a winter cruise holiday party. I thought it aligned well with the theme and was excited that I was getting more than one use! Plus I just adore Tulle anything.

Dress: White House Black Market- Similar Here
Shoes: White House Black Market- Similar Here
Headband: Charming Charlie- Similar Here


I mean is there anything more fun than playing dress up?? 


Lastly, I wanted to go over my makeup look for the occasion. As stated in my Instagram today, I have a dream of having ALL cruelty-free makeup and products one day. However that overhaul is pricey so I'm doing it piece by piece, animal lovers of the world please bare with me! Below is what I currently have in my makeup collection.


Foundation: Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation 12 hour full coverage in "Ivory"- here
Powder: L'Oreal True Match Powder in "Porcelain"- here
Blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in "Flush (Pink Berry)"- here
Liner: Stila Eye Liner Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner in "Jet Black"- here
Shadow: L'Oreal "Hip Studio" Eyeshadow in "Crystal" (Literally the best eye shadow I've ever used, stays all day) - here
Lips: NUDESTIX Lip + Cheek pencil in "Mystic" courtesy of Ipsy- here
Mascara: SmashBox cosmetics Full Exposure Mascara courtesy of Ipsy in "Black"- here
Brows: IT Cosmetics Brow Power in "Taupe"- here


One of my all-time favorite themes and so much fun! 

Happy Monday!

-S

The #1 Thing to Do After a Breakup!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

I'M BACK!

I had been debating coming back to the blog as soon as I saw my cousin Brittany's blog the other day (you should check it out! http://www.brittanycollier.com/) and I realized I missed my blog. I like fashion, but taking those pictures all of the time is hard when you don't have someone to take them for you OR have a professional camera OR don't have any professional experience. So, in an effort to make it easier on myself, I will talk about fashion, but it probably won't involve photos of me (unless my bestie Jen Padro wants to take photos of me one day).

If you really want to know what I wear, follow me on Instagram at instagram.com/pinkbaltimore where I shamelessly post selfies of me in a full length mirror....or snapchat at missramsey1. I'll also be talking about the huge change that eating healthy -  dairy-free, eating clean, and starting to do gluten free- has made in my life. Life is great now ya'll! I'll probably also talk about Baltimore happenings...and you know a post or two about my dogs will come in somewhere.

But first....

What I wanted to talk about today was:
 "Why you shouldn't eat ice cream and chocolates after a breakup"(the #1 Thing to Do is continue to EAT HEALTHY!)

What you say? You are crazy! Blasphemy! That's the number one rule of breaking up with someone, you take a week to eat crap and yell on the phone with your friends!

Hear me out here.

Ice cream and chocolates actually will make you feel worse. What happens when you overeat? If you are anything like me, you feel gross and lethargic afterwards. Sure, there's like 5 minutes while shoving your face in ice cream that you feel justified, you are taking charge with the help of dairy fats and really showing yourself that you just don't care!

I just went through this myself. I did indulge in some coconut-milk ice cream, but only a tiny bit. Otherwise I kept on schedule with my eating, protein shakes, fruits and veggies, eating clean, the works. And you know what? I woke up this morning seriously feeling better than ever! Like I was ready to take on the world! How much better than feeling sad and lethargic.

The next time you are really upset about something (doesn't have to be a break up), just try eating healthy. I promise, you will feel so much better and instead of 5 minutes of justification, you will wake up ready to be SUCCESSFUL! And what better reaction to have then to be extremely successful and rock in your job. One other tip: don't turn to alcohol. I know, now you think I'm REALLY off my rocker. But same effect- sad and lethargic. Who wants to be hungover and sad? Stay healthy, keep your routine, avoid that shot of Fireball, and kick some butt at work!

I know you've got it in you.

- S

Oh, while you are kicking butt, listen to this new song by Meghan Trainor:
Watch Me Do

The (Other) Dog

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ella and I have come to a mutual agreement that she needs more training. I have, because she acts like a fool, and she has because she isn't getting as much park time as she could be getting.

Back up to last week, Ella and I visit the dog park with my friend Janet. What once was a general curiosity of other dogs on Ella's part has become a full on "I MUST GET TO THAT DOG TO SAY HI" every time we see another dog. If she isn't lunging to greet them, she is laying down like she is about to stalk them as they pass by and THEN lunging to greet them. Sometimes she even likes to throw in a little growl like she makes when she and Sadie play (because a pit bull charging at you at 60 MPH isn't scary enough for some people, let's add a growl).

If you know me you know I'm about getting rid of the horrible stereotype and misconception that people have about pitbulls. Ella is making this hard on me. Not because she is mean or aggressive by any means (of course not) but because she acts like a total fool at the dog park, totally scaring anyone who might be a little apprehensive and then I have no window of opportunity to show how sweet she can be and talk them out of their stereotype. Not to mention, it's becoming increasingly annoying to have to pull the leash tight every time a dog walks by. I don't have the strength for a 60 pound dog lunging.

So...training. Back at it. To be fair, after my last dog incident last year and the thousands I spent I haven't put as much training into Ella as I should have. Call it being tired from the exhaustion of what happened with the previous dog, but I just didn't have it in me. However, that's not fair to Ella...and it's not fair to the dogs at the park who are now probably scarred for life. Kidding.

But really, Ella has gone to the dogs, literally. It's time for Pitbull Academy.

- S

Hello, there.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Well, folks I'm not going to lie, it's been a while. Sometimes a crazy little thing called LIFE gets in the way of what we are doing and things like blogging have to take a back seat. My weeks have been full of planning 60 luncheons, going to Charleston SC, and trying to sell my house (not to mention taking the GMAT tomorrow! yikes). So I think you can understand where the blogging went....

Now that I've decided to lifestyle blog and not just do fashion (but believe me some spring fashion trends will be hitting the blog as soon as it stops snowing out) I've decided to write about things that happen on a daily basis. I think enough happens in my life that I can do this fairly easily.

To everyone on Twitter who continues to check out the blog, thank you! I'm going to do some more promoting as time goes on....

Look out for the newest post coming soon...

-S

Door Locks {and Phobias}

Monday, January 5, 2015

Kicking off the new direction of the blog with an insight of what happened to me that fateful weekend that I posted on facebook was so crazy (since many of you asked).

Let's get real honest here for a second. I have a security issue, or maybe a phobia. I'm not sure what you would call it. The chances of you getting into my house for a break in are slim to none because I keep it tighter than Fort Knox up in there.

Back in the day (aka a few months ago) when I had the insane idea of getting a roommate I put those door latches on the doors in my bedroom with the chains. You know what I'm talking about, the ones that you see in the movies or more commonly in apartments? I had one when I lived with my roommate Amanda in NoVA. Anyway, I did this because I found my roommate on Craigslist and because I'm a paranoid freak person.

I found out there have been some break in's recently in my area...so I also installed a full security system in my house with motion detectors and recently, glass break (that is my newest addition to Ft. Knox). The alarm system calls the cops AND it's wireless so that no one can cut the wires (yes I think of EVERY possible situation). I also have a little sign in front of my house that says Secured by Front Point Security , next to the sign that says "My Security System is my Pit Bull" which...let's be honest, is a load of crap. However the Front Point Security sign is to be feared.

OK that's the background story. So back up to a few weeks ago now. I had a lot on my mind this particular day (that's my excuse anyway) and was locking up the Fort to go to bed. I had it in my mind to lock up my bathroom door from the outside, where the chain lock is but for some reason my brain just got the memo to lock the bathroom door. So I locked it and shut the door. Did you get that? I locked it from the INSIDE and shut the door. Yes...that's right. I locked myself out of my own bathroom. So I did what any self confident 26 year old would do...I called my mom. In fairness I was exhausted and wasn't thinking right and my brain could only think about what I would do in the morning when I needed to use the bathroom. Never mind the fact that I have another full bathroom downstairs. Not the point.

My mom tells me to call a family friend that lives nearby. The thought of explaining to them what I just did was too humiliating, and I didn't have enough time to think up a better story (the irony being that I'm telling this humiliating story on my blog now but hey, it makes for good writing).

No, the only thing to do was take the door apart. I pumped myself up, telling myself I could totally take apart a door handle and put it back together. No big deal, people do it all of the time. I got the handle off and voila! Oh wait, it was still locked. So now the handle is gone, but the lock is still perfectly in tact. I push around a few things for about 5 minutes and hear a "click!" YES. I'm a genius! In fact, I'm not a genius, because I locked myself out of the bathroom to begin with, but just go with me here.

I'll end this story just by saying, it's a heck of alot easier to take a door apart, then to put it back together. One of the screws is still not fitting correctly but hey, I got in to my bathroom.

And in case you are asking yourself if that really happened...yes. That happened.

There's more stories where that came from. This is only the beginning. I might start calling this "Diary of a Single First Time Homeowner". Catchy right?

Thanks for reading!

-S