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Creating your travel itinerary from your phone!

Since I started my full-time career in summer ’11 I’ve been able to travel to sooo many places. Places I had never been too and really didn’t know anything about; often traveling alone for work. These are my tried and true steps on finding out the must-see’s at literally no cost, all from your phone.travel itinerary

  1. Google day trips to x.
    Usually you don’t have a lot of time on a work trip to explore, but even if you do, I think its smart to look for what people recommend if you only have a day or 36 hours. They always tell you the high points so you can base your schedule around some of these stops. I follow this blogger on instagram but was so excited to see her post on Kennebunkport!
  2. Yelp restaurants for lunch, restaurants for dinner.
    I can’t tell you how many times I pick a place and find out they don’t open until 5p and I was needing to sneak in a bite between afternoon meetings. Also, so many places are known for their lunch or dinner its fun to pick places based on WHEN you’ll be stopping by, not just an overall rating.
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  3. Ask a local!
    I’ll never forget when I travelled to Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan we asked someone where they recommended and they really stumbled and said The Italian Oven which my co-worker and I were like umm okay..thinking it was olive garden-esque. We were exhausted and decided to go. It was so packed and was actually really amazing. Even though it might not be fancy the locals know where to go, whether for food or another adventure.
  4. Search the city/town on instagram.
    See what other people are seeing. It’s so easy to search by location or hashtag and learn more about where you are going and figure out what you want to see.IMG_9407
  5. Search/ask bloggers who have been there or live nearby.
    I just reached out to Lemon Stripes because she was just¬†in Kennebunkport and I’m dying for her to post her spots. I love following her on snapchat and I can’t wait to see her picks (and pics!) in town.
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  6. Create a list.
    It might be silly but you need everything in one spot to help you when you arrive. a quick glance at your list is a million times better than having to rack your brain and scroll through your browser history to see the name of the best coffee shop! ūüėČ

I’m having so much fun building my Portsmouth, New Hampshire + Kennebunkport lists, send me any reccs if you have them!

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cubicle decor inspiration

It’s partly because I’m a creative but who doesn’t like a little fancy in their cubicle? Although I’m the Director of Marketing I’m out in a cubicle and until the day I have my own office I’m decorating these grey half walls to keep me inspired.

These two shops (here and here) are so cute and affordable for pieces to spruce up your cube!

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But you love them
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A little fashion motivation
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I’m a huge list builder so this would keep me right on track

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Isn’t this mermaid so charming?

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These are sure to keep you motivated throughout the day!


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what i’ve learned from blogging

I’ve been blogging for a couple of years and I’ve learned some things.
what i've learned from blogging, blogging tips, things blogging taught me

Improved my overall tech game. You have to stay up on all things tech if you want your blog to ever be remotely successful (page views, monetization, partnerships, etc). ¬†While I’ve always been pretty tech-savvy, blogging challenges me to be creative and be constantly thinking about “how can I do that” and “what would really make this better is if…”. Whether learning about SEO or twiddling around in photoshop I’ve learned a bunch of things that I actually aid my day job.

Girls are mean. I thought I had an idea, I was sorority president and while my sisters are lovely, sometimes there are mean girls, or groups of mean girls, you have to encounter. Luckily, I haven’t been the focus of the interweb mean girls but some of my favorite bloggers are and it makes me truly reevaluate my blogging. I’ve heard how my friends rant about bloggers and it’s hard to put yourself out there when you really are opening yourself up to a lot of criticism.

Confidence! I can’t even tell you how amazing it is to see those page views tick up and up or to get a response from someone saying how they love your blog and are willing to take a chance on you. It’s the best feeling.

These are just a few of the things that blogging has taught me. Anyone else in the same boat?


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follow along with as GOLD as it gets!

lets be friends

I’ve gotten so many new readers recently (thank you!)¬†so I¬†thought I would just include some of my favorite ways to keep up with all of my favorite blogs and offer these options here.

Bloglovin: I love that everything can be compiled in one place without annoying emails telling me theres a new post. It’s super user friendly and if you want to see a certain blog or jump to a post you can find the blog you are looking for in a sidebar even if you follow an unruly amount of blogs (like I do!)

as GOLD as it gets is on bloglovin Рclick the glitter gold heart on the side bar or simply click here and then select follow!

Facebook Fan page: I also just started a Facebook fan page which I have to be honest required a little vulnerability! I obviously don’t want to have a fan page of 10 people – although I’m sure they would be the most brilliant and beautiful 10 people – but you know what I mean!¬†It’s up and running and posts will also be shared there so please like it so you can stay up to date.

Of course there is other ways like following on wordpress if you are also a wordpress blogger! But I love following blogs on Bloglovin and Facebook and I hope you’ll follow along with as GOLD as it gets there too!

What’s your favorite way to keep up with your favorite bloggers?


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making career moves

 

making career movesHow do you know when to leave your job? It’s one of the most difficult decisions and can really weigh on you. I have a lot of friends that are changing jobs/thinking about changing jobs/looking for jobs and there are so many things to consider. I changed jobs just over 7 months ago and I couldn’t be happier with my decision – but that doesn’t mean that I don’t miss things (read: people) about past jobs.

Some things to consider:

Is your job fulfilling in the way it once was? We grow out of clothes, friendships, and… jobs. It’s okay to admit your job¬†isn’t what it once was (or what you were¬†told it would be).

Are you waiting for a promotion that’s not going to happen? Money and titles are a big deal. It’s okay to have dreams bigger than your current salary and leave to pursue them.

Do you no longer see eye to eye with your boss, co-workers or your company’s vision? These things can change -and when they do – they can drastically change your work life. You can avoid a co-worker or two, but a good boss is indispensable. We choose our friends and partners carefully and we should choose to work who¬†bosses are accomplished, good managers and willing to work for a common goal. Bosses are absolutely a make it or break it sort of deal!

Making the move:

Assess what you really enjoy about your job and determine your¬†non-negotiables. ¬†Do you like working independently? Do you enjoy big products v. small daily tasks? Do you prefer an open work environment? These are all things that can help you land your dream job. By simply identifying these attributes about yourself,¬†you can find jobs that are in¬†alignment with your work style. You’ll be much happier even if it’s not your ultimate dream job.

Be confident in your decision. You are the only one that can make this decision for yourself so be honest with yourself in the search process. I was really nervous to tell my last boss I was leaving, but I was confident this opportunity was too good to pass up – when I told her she was genuinely happy for me and even gave me a high-five! Know that changing jobs doesn’t have to burn bridges, bosses know they won’t have you forever, this is the natural cycle for¬†business.

Give your new job a chance. Changing jobs is HARD. Having to learn a new office culture, what feels like a thousand new people/names/what they do, and everything there is to know about your position… it’s a job in itself. It can take a few months to settle in and feel like your job is your new home, and that’s totally normal!

Have you recently made a career move? Was it what you thought it would be? I’d love to hear!


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desk necessities

desk necessities

I spend a lot of time outside my cubicle, but there is a lot of time stuck under within these grey walls so I’m always looking for ways to spruce it up – but with 2 full size computers AND a laptop – it gets a little crowded in here! I’m currently debating some prints for my cube walls, but its hard to pick one that¬†is inspiring and¬†still appropriate. Something that says “more issues than vogue” or “you have just as many hours in a day as Beyonce” might not scream professional.

In the meantime, I’m loving a few desk regulars : stress relief lotion (my co-workers often tell me, its time for some eucalyptus!), pictures, a trusty Kate Spade notebook and my FAVE monogrammed business card holder (from Surcee Monogram Shop,¬†her prices are super affordable!)

Do you have any desk necessities or must-have’s that help you through the day? I’d love to hear!