2020: Establish.

My word for this year is establish.

I’ve never been a big new year’s resolution or “word” person… but my workplace started doing an exercise challenging each employee to choose their word/mantra to describe their year, and after choosing mine it really spoke to me. So I wanted to share it with you.

Establish (verb) – to set up on a firm or permanent basis

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What We Carry in Our Work Bags

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As you start your career it can be a little intimidating to know what you should bring with you to work since your needs can change depending on your work environment and career path. Since Anthony and I work two very different jobs, today I’m bringing you a look into what we carry in our work bags – for two very different environments and career paths!

Mine: I work in an office – a classic 9-5, cubicle, spending 99% of my day behind a computer or in back to back meetings.

His: Anthony’s job is skilled labor, primarily in theatrical/theme park lighting/stage/technical work.

Since our day-to-day work is so drastically different, is what we carry with us on the job!

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Surviving a Long Commute

Sometimes, a long commute for work or school is unavoidable.

I drive 3 hours roundtrip to work and back everyday. My boyfriend Anthony drives 4+ hours roundtrip to work and back, based on traffic.

That totals up to a LOT of hours in a car per month, for each of us.

After 7 months of these massive commutes we’ve learned some tips and tricks for surviving a long commute that we’d like to share with you if you find yourself needing to commute a long way for work or school!
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5 Things I’ve Learned in 5 Years of Blogging


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Five years. Wow.

When I launched Dani Dearest from my college dorm room, I never thought that I would be sitting here five years later still blogging. This little creative outlet quickly snowballed into a community, a business, and more.

Along the way I’ve learned a lot, both for better and for worse. Here are 5 things I’ve learned in my last 5 years of blogging!
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How to Start Managing Your Finances After Graduation

How to start managing your finances after graduation - a must read for every college student and recent grad! Guide to money in your 20's - money advice for millennials.

As back to school season approaches and school supplies shopping begins… those of us who recently graduated are feeling the pressure of adulthood and managing your finances.

For some, this feeling of needing to “get my life together” comes even while you’re still in college.

No matter if you’ve recently graduated or you’re just looking to get your finances in order, here are 4 easy steps you can take today to truly start to take charge of and make sure you are managing your finances after graduation!
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