Since I can remember, I've always been told how important it is to network. Whether it's just meeting people at a party, or going to an actual networking event, it's something that everyone can do, and it really can connect great people and lead to opportunities. But before you get out there, make yourself aware of the types of networkers you may encounter, and make sure to be yourself, rather than one of the networking archetypes that we will outline in this blog.
This week is the 4th of July, which of course means it’s time to celebrate! Cookouts, fireworks, and American flags proudly raised signal our appreciation for the United States of America becoming an independent nation on July 4th, 1776.
Good news, everybody! On Friday, June 21 st , it’s summer solstice time! This marks the first day of summer on the Earth’s North Hemisphere. It’s an especially awesome day, because it’s the longest day of the year in terms of sunlight hours.
Question: What should I get my dad for Father’s Day?! I always just get him a gift card, but he’s awesome and hardworking so I want to step it up this year.
Great to hear that you want to get your dad something awesome to show him how much you appreciate him! It can be really tricky to figure out what your dad wants, or what is realistic to get him. Fear not, there are many fantastic options!
When you go to a party, do you ever dream of being the life of that party? Just picture it. A dance circle forms on the dance floor, everyone gathers arounds and claps, and you jump in the middle to impress the whole crowd with your polished, incredible moves.
But, if you’re like most people, that scenario merely exists in the form of a daydream. The reality is, you’re not that coordinated, you have never taken a professional dance class, or you’re just a bad dancer.
Question: I kinda just woke up one day and realized that I have a handful of old friends I haven’t talked to in forever! I wanted to get back in touch, but don’t really know how or what to say. Any thoughts?
Question: I am on my phone wayyy too much. Any tips you recommend for unplugging every now and then?
Feeling like you are glued to your smartphone is a very common thing. I mean, it has any app you could dream of, social media, the internet, an instant connection to friends and family…so there’s a lot you can do on that little thing!
Question: I have a ton of stuff that I want to get rid of. It seems daunting, I don’t even know where to begin! Any advice?
It can be intimidating to try and get rid of clutter, but think beyond the work of sorting through everything, and imagine your house at the end of your big organizational day. Doesn’t it sound nice when you envision a clutter-free home?
Ah, yes, the classic Easter egg hunt. It was just recently Easter, which means families across the country painted eggs and hid them for their kids (and/or fun-loving adults friends) to find, likely with a reward of chocolate as motivation.
While this tradition may leave you wondering, “What does this have to do with Easter?” - it actually dates back thousands of years!
Honest feedback is often times necessary in life, even if the feedback is hard to hear. It could be getting someone’s opinion on your writing, singing, cooking, or really anything. Honest feedback helps people grow and improve, and as long as it’s given in an inoffensive way, it is something that should be seen as positive.
Question: So it was just April Fools’ Day and I got pranked! I never think to do any pranks myself, so I get annoyed when other people prank me, but someone always does. How can I stop this or deal with it better?
I’m sorry to hear that you keep getting pranked! While pranks, especially on April Fools’ Day, are meant to be lighthearted and fun, it can get really old if you are constantly the victim. There are two ways you can handle this.
Question: My question is simple; I love cats and dogs, but have never had one of my own. Should I get a pet?!
Ha, if only the answer were that simple.
Pets offer an incredible joy that everyone should experience in their life. Whether it’s to provide you with company and a new BFF, a family pet, a service animal, as practice for or in lieu of children, or whatever other reason, pets are fantastic!
On March 17th, people around the world dress up in green and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. While there is a big ol’ backstory to the holiday, nowadays it’s all about shamrocks, finding a pot of gold and… let’s be real: beer.
Another great thing about this holiday is what we’re gonna call its “mascot”. And that, my friends, is a leprechaun!
Question: I have a serious problem with switching off from work. I have what should be a pretty standard 9-5 job, but I get emails, calls, and texts in the morning, evening, and on weekends, and I always feel obligated to answer them. How can I go about improving my work/life balance?
This past Monday, February 18th, we celebrated Presidents’ Day. While it’s great that we have a day to honor presidents past and present, there’s one person in all of this who has definitely drawn the short end of the stick.
That person is the first president of the United States of America: George Washington.
Question: The city I live in has ridiculous traffic, and it drives me bananas! How do I stay cool when dealing with so much traffic?
Spending hours on end sitting in slow or even non-moving traffic can be absolutely infuriating. However, no matter how frustrating you find it, you won’t be able to change it. You can throw a fit and get upset on the road, but the traffic will unfortunately remain the same. So there are two things you can do.
Valentine’s Day is this week, and with that comes a lot of heart decorations. When you run into CVS to grab that last minute V-Day card or box of chocolates, half the store is decked out in pink and red hearts. Yes, indeed, hearts are the ultimate symbol of love.
But have you ever seen a picture of an actual human heart? It’s gross!
Question: I have a crush on somebody, but I’m too scared to say how I feel. And it’s almost Valentine’s Day. Help!
It can be incredibly intimidating to put yourself out there and tell somebody how you feel about them! Whether it’s a friend or someone you may not even know all that well yet, you probably have butterflies when you see them, right?
In most of the United States, January and February are absolutely freezing cold months. The dead of winter is upon us, and unfortunately there’s nothing you can do about it. Besides move to Southern California or Florida, of course :)
But for those who can’t migrate like a bird each winter, you have to get clever when it comes to staying warm. Sure you can dress in layers, stay indoors, and put on the heat, however, don’t you want to have a little more fun than that?
Here’s a list of the 5 best life hacks for staying warm this winter!
Question: A lot of times I find myself getting stressed because of societal pressure. Examples include parents constantly asking when I’m getting married and having kids, or feeling like my life should be different based on my friend’s lives, etc. How should I handle this??
For as long as human beings have existed, so have societal pressures.
Question: I saw last week’s Comedy Cabinet post about how nobody starts a New Year’s resolution til the Monday after New Years. I agree with that, but was wondering if you have any advice about how to stick to your resolution long-term?
Question: Every year at Christmas our family gets together, and there is always so much bickering! I know it’s kinda inevitable, but how can I make our big family Christmas less argumentative?
Anytime family gets together, there is always a risk for arguments to arise. Firstly, a big reason that happens is because you are all comfortable enough to speak your mind to each other, which may not feel like a positive at the time of an argument, but can be seen as a small silver lining.