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…)

Boosting Confidence at Work

Going from college to career can be intimidating - how do you tackle it with confidence? These 5 tips will help anyone boost confidence at work and improve your workplace vibe. #Career #Collegetocareer

Jumping from college to career can be intimidating.

From the dress code and the email etiquette to responsibilities and schedule maintenance, there is a lot to learn when jumping into your first “big girl job” that they don’t teach you in school. The most important? Being confident at work.

Maybe you’re juggling these new expectations, or maybe you’re a corporate veteran who has it down pat but still finds herself holding her ideas back in meetings. What can you do to boost your confidence at work and take a step forward for your career? Read More!

The Young Adult’s Guide to Starting a Budget

The young adult's guide to starting a budget - great for college students looking to begin budgeting or recent graduates wanting to get their finances together.

During college my conversations with my friend surrounded around clubs, classes, and internships. Since graduation our conversations have drastically shifted to student loans, finances, saving to move out on our own, and careers.

There is so much pressure to “get your life together” after graduating. Figuring out your finances, taxes, career plans, and a dozen other things that you feel you should know by now but you never actually learned in college. (What were all those years for anyway?)

No matter if you’re still in school or if you graduated years ago, it’s never too early or too late to get started on a budget. But, how do you do it?

One of the first things I did after graduating was analyze my income and create a budget and savings plan.

I’m not a financial advisor, I don’t have any professional training in this.. but I have done a lot of research and a lot of math, and I have found what works best for my future goals and plans. I’ve been able to calculate, through the steps below, what I need to do with the money I am currently making to pay all of my expenses and save for my future.

Here are 5 simple ways you can begin to get your life together financially by starting a budget!

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