What I Learned from Taking Time Off Post-Grad

Today I am excited to introduce you to my friend Sophia, who is the founder of the new website New Girl at Work. Sophia is here today to share her experiences with taking a gap of time off between graduating school and starting her first post-grad job, and her advice on how it worked out for her!

When I received my job offer, I was given the choice between two start dates. One was a few weeks after graduation while the other was a whole four months later. I called my parents and, once the giddiness of having a job offer – an actual job! that pays money! – wore off, we came to discussing my start date.
My dad and I both agreed that it was an easy decision, but we did not agree on the actual decision. In a laughable moment, at the same time that he suggested the earlier date, I declared that I’d be delaying work for a few months.
Here’s what I’ve learned in my downtime. Read More

Q&A: College 101

Today I have an incredibly exciting new project to share with you! Introducing:

What is it?

Millennial Q&A is a segment (half podcast, half blog post) where my best friend Sara and I answer questions that you submit to us. We’re talking college tips, interview advice, dating scenarios, friend drama, financial troubles, career struggles, and more.

In each episode we’re answering a collection of questions all surrounding a specific topic or theme.

This segment’s theme? College 101. Read More!

Struggling With Post-Grad Self Care

After graduating college I am having a difficult time with learning how to take care of myself. Post-grad self care is different. Despite having a steady job and a great home life, I need to relearn how to relax.

Today’s post is something different, today I am telling you a story. An honest, weird, confusing story. I typically try my hardest to make sure that the posts here on Dani Dearest are helpful, answering some sort of question that you have and inspiring you to step up and succeed in your life and studies.

Today is different: I’m talking, telling, sharing a story of something that I am struggling with right now.

Maybe in a few weeks or months I’ll follow up with the “solution” to this struggle, or maybe you’ll be able to help me find it by sharing what you do in this situation. Maybe you relate, maybe you don’t. Either way, here it is.


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5 Inspiring Women Run Media to Motivate Any 20-Something to Get Their Life Together

5 inspiring women run media (books, pocasts, tv shows) to motivate any 20-something to get their life together!

Being a blogger, I absorb a lot of media from other bloggers, podcasters, and YouTubers. Being the procrastinating overachiever and chronic multi-tasker that I am, I tend to read, listen to, and watch media that I find inspiring, empowering, and entertaining. Something about listening to a TV show or podcast of people talking about their great careers or side hustles makes me really want to kick my butt into gear.

Looking for your kick in the butt, an inspirational push from your virtual big sister?

Here are some of the big inspiring women run media that I am loving right now:


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Writing a Novel for Beginners

Today I am excited to introduce you to Olivia Hersman - blogger and published author!
Olivia is taking the time today to share a guest post she wrote just for us at Dani Dearest sharing her passion: writing.
If you're looking to start a new passion or have considered writing your own book but just don't know where to start, this post is full of great advice!

Looking to start writing books, but don't know where to start! Read this advice from an experienced and published author on writing a novel for beginners!

Renowned author Stephen King once wrote, “The scariest moment is just before you start.” And, if you’ve found yourself here, it means you might be right in the midst of the most terrifying part of the novel-writing process: getting started.

As an experienced writer, allow me to say that this feeling never gets easier.

With every writing project comes unease, comes fear. But it also brings a whole lot of hope, joy, and pride with it. So allow me to detail the beginning of the process for you, in hopes that writing may bring you the same joy it brings me every day. (more…)