Find Your Personal Passion Project

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The phrase “Passion Project” is trending among inspirational speakers. With a new generation, it gains new relevance to everyday life. Passion projects are those that you work on outside of work, school or chosen path. They give joy, take focus and feed your soul. At one point or another, everyone needs a creative outlet that excites, encourages and envelops. Here are a few ways to find your personal passion project:

  1. What are your strengths? Make a list of hobbies or activities you enjoy doing on a regular basis. Find out what excites you and go from there.
  2. What are your goals? Write our five solid goals you have for the future. Take on one of those goals today. Make completing it your project.
  3. What is on your bucket list? A bucket list is a little different from goals. This consists of anything slightly out-of-the-box that you have ever dreamed of doing. Skydiving? Make learning the proper form your project.

A passion project doesn’t have to be big. It doesn’t have to consume all of your free time. Let is inspire you. Feed your soul with something that makes your smile brighter.

What is your passion project?

The Power of Friendship: Life Update

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Hi everyone! It’s been awhile since new content was posted here on Lovely Dusk. My life has been swept up into a spiral of change and my priorities had to shift for a bit.

If you’ve been keeping up with my Instagram stories, you know that my apartment flooded three times in the past month. Twice from flooding due to rain and once from a broken water heater. My roommate and I have had a whale of a time dealing with the damages while starting our new jobs.

A few days ago, we received a call from our leasing company saying that we could move to a new apartment the next day. In 24 hours, we signed for a new apartment, packed up our bags and moved to a brand new space in town.

We couldn’t have done any of this without our friends and family.

The outpouring of love and support from family and friends, both old and new, was absolutely astounding. People traveled across the state to come and help us move. We were blessed.

The takeaway from this experience? It’s easy to see the negative news going on globally and not believe in hope. It’s easy to judge your neighbor based on a social media post. It’s easy to see the world as a bland place, but then something like this happens. When people bond together to simply help one another. Where unity and friendship collide to make a beautiful masterpiece.

So hold on to those friends who would help you move. Hold on to family members who drop everything to come to your rescue. Hold on to hope, because God is always watching over you.

That is the power of family and friendship.

 

xx,

Rebecca

 

 

INSPIRE: 5 Tips to Make the Lunch Hour Workout Work For You

Welcome to the next installment of the INSPIRE series. This fitness piece is by the motivational Cory. Enjoy & share!

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If I have learned anything since joining the “adult world” it is that having a traditional 8-5 schedule is great! I love having a routine and thrive when I can plan ahead and set goals and expectations. However, one thing I didn’t realize is just how hard it can be to get everything that needs doing done! Between cleaning and home maintenance, work, friends, my boyfriend, pets, family, personal time, it can feel like a lot to balance. And since I’m not an early bird or a night owl, it leaves me with a pretty small window of time to be productive. That is why a few months ago I started using my lunch hour as my workout hour! I found a spinning studio up the street from my office, and started spinning for 45 minutes twice a week.

I fell in love with the lunch hour workout! At first I was worried about being the sweaty, smelly girl in the office, but with a little learning and a little prep, I was able to master getting in my fitness while increasing my work productivity.

  1. Plan ahead – Know what you are doing! Pack your gym bag the night before and give it a once over in the morning just in case you missed something. Know where your workout is, where you can park, and what you need to do to make it happen. Eat a good breakfast, and always bring your lunch! That way you can ensure it’s healthy and not feel crunched for time. And finally, make sure the studio you choose has the amenities you need, like parking or maybe a shower and locker room.
  2. Find something you can do in 30-45 minutes – Ideally, your workout should be no more than 5 minutes from your workplace. No studio nearby? Find a great running trail or use nearby outdoor space to DIY your own workout with stairs, running, body weight exercises, and a yoga mat!
  3. Pack more than the essentials – Don’t zip up your workout bag once you’ve got the must haves in there. Go beyond the normal ponytails, workout clothes, and running shoes. Why? Because the more comfortable you are, the easier it is to say “YES” when your lunch hour comes around. Extras I like? Body lotion, sunblock, extra underwear, blotting papers, and allergy meds.
  4. Get your desk ready – I purchased a small desktop fan to help cool down after my workout. Stock your drawers with power up snacks for pre and post workouts like fresh fruits and nuts. Keep water at your desk throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated and help you get the most out of your workout. Keep a yoga mat and an extra set of shoes and workout wear so you never have an excuse to miss!
  5. Dress for success – Want in on my #1 secret? Start your day wearing your sports bra under a flowy dress with easy to slip on/off sandals. When the time to workout comes, it will be easy to slip out of your dress and into your workout wear. Then, you can put on a fresh, traditional bra afterwards. This will save you tons of time and mental stress of getting into the lunch hour workout mindset!

I know once I started using my lunch hour to workout, I have found it a lot easier to focus in the afternoon. The afternoon slump is like a distant dream for me. Since I’ve moved offices, I’m no longer near the spin studio, but I now do a boot camp twice a week and go on runs the other 3 days, since I’m training for an upcoming 10k! So instead of scrolling endlessly through your social media tomorrow at noon, or spending lots of money at a restaurant, lace up your sneakers and do something active and make the most of your lunch hour.

 

Cory is a web developer for a marketing company. She is a Louisiana girl at heart, but currently calls the Midwest home. Cory is a passionate vegan and fur mama to 2 cats and 3 dogs. On summer weekends you can find her spending the day on the water or planting flowers in her yard and drinking sweet tea. A life-long procrastinator, she is navigating her way through life trying to find a work/life balance and still get laundry done.

INSPIRE: A Day in the Life of a Marketing Intern

Welcome to the next installment of the INSPIRE series. This day in the life piece is written by yours truly. I hope you enjoy, share and spread the love. 

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Awhile ago I applied to be a Marketing/Public Relations intern on Nestlé Purina’s website. After a phone interview and a 4 hour in-person interview, I was hoping and praying that the job would be mine. A few weeks later I received a phone call from my (now) boss offering me the position! I was ecstatic and have been at the company for a 1.5 years (#purinaemp).

Since I was still in school, I was able to create my own schedule. I work around 25 hours a week and enjoy learning about the business. I’m the only intern in the department, so I’m treated like another member of the team. In a month I will be leaving this wonderful place to move to a new city for a new full-time job. To commemorate my time there, here’s a day in the life of a marketing/public relations intern.

7:45 am – I wake up after hitting my old friend the snooze button a few times. Rolling out of bed, I throw on running tights and a tank top and head out the door. I like to run a few times a week when it’s nice outside. Back at the house, I get in a few squats before stretching and call it a workout.

8:40 am – I stand outside my closet debating what I should wear. After a few outfit changes, I settle on my go – to: a pair of black trousers, a peach button down and wedges. I grab my sunglasses, lunch, work ID and backpack and head out the door.

9:00 am – I try to get coffee only a few times a week, and today is one of those times. I swing by Starbucks for an iced caramel macchiato and pay with the app (that app is handy!).

9:40 am – Traffic was light today so I get into the office twenty minutes early. Since I get to create my own schedule, I work three days a week from 10 am- 5 pm. Settling in, I turn on my computer, fan and Spotify playlist.

10 am – I check my calendar for the day, set up some meetings and make my to-do list. Summer is a slow time in the Public Relations world, so I’m mainly working on research projects for upcoming events. My boss pokes his head into my office to say good morning and to confirm our meeting for later.

11 am – The team I work with sends me a calendar invite for my own farewell lunch. I can’t believe I’m leaving in a few weeks! I send out the daily coverage update for the team and scratch it off my to-do list.

12 pm – I head into a meeting with my boss. We go over a few project details and talk about his recent interview for television.

12:45 pm – It’s absolutely gorgeous outside! I go for a quick walk in the company garden before heating up my lunch from home.

2 pm – I visit one of my close friends at her office. She just got back from a white water rafting vacation and I want to hear all about it. Her one regret is being severely sunburned. Wear sunscreen people.

3 pm – My boss sends me a long list of influencers that need to be vetted. These are celebrities and social media accounts that Purina could potentially work with. I scour the internet and do a basic background check to see if they fit with the brand. This project takes me until the end of the day.

5:15 pm – I send out my daily tasks to the team and shut down my computer.

6:30 pm – Getting home, I heat up a few leftovers and play hoops with my super athletic mother.

7:30 – I settle in to work on a few upcoming blog posts (there’s some good ones coming!). I grab a mug of green tea, my laptop and planner. There’s nothing like being organized. While typing a few emails, I turn on America’s Got Talent. That show is hilarious.

9:15 pm – I leave my house to go catch the new Pirates movie with a friend. It’s $5 movie night and I never pass up an Orlando Bloom film.

12:00 am – I finally get back home and am ready to catch some zzz’s.

 

I hope you enjoyed this tiny peek into my day-to-day life. Let me know in the comments below.

xx,

Rebecca

 

 

6 Habits of a Boss Babe

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Girl Boss. Boss Babe. We all know that one woman that seems like her life is perfectly put together. I’ll let you in on a little secret. No one has their life perfectly together. Every woman struggles with something whether it’s body confidence, time management, finances, mental health or any number of other topics.

Being a Boss Babe is not about being perfect. Being a Girl Boss isn’t about making more money. Being a Strong Woman is about doing what you love, working hard and balancing life’s ups and downs to the best of your ability.

With that said, here are the top 6 habits of a Girl Boss.

  1. Stop comparing. Everybody’s hustle is different. Don’t compare your journey to someone else’s. Strong women come in every shape, size, and color. Learn from others, but don’t compare your beginning to their end.
  2. Stand Up. Life isn’t perfect. You will struggle. You will face hard times. Strength of character is revealed in how you dust off those shoulders and face life again.
  3. Encourage. Encourage. Encourage. Life is not a competition. Let me repeat this. Life is not a competition. There is no award at this end of this life for “Best Dressed” or “Best Life”. Encourage others. Be there for your fellow women. Girls tease. Women encourage.
  4. Confidence is key. Every woman is beautiful. Every woman is made by God. Every woman is a masterful creation. You are worth it. Don’t ever tell yourself that you are not. If you need a boost of confidence, roll those shoulders back, hold that head high and strut like a cheetah girl. It works every time.
  5. Be on time. Be on time to business meetings. Be on time to lunch dates. Be on time or early for everything. Time management is key to accomplishing more.
  6. Don’t take it personally. This is a big one. Separate business from your personal life. Do not let decisions made in the workplace affect your self-worth. Be diplomatic and stay away from petty drama.

Girl Bosses and Boss Babes are compassionate, giving, encouraging, hard working dreamers. Don’t be afraid to put a little muscle into life. Put in some effort. Respect yourself and respect those around you. Eat, Pray & Hustle.

If you want to join a community of real #BossBabes today, check out Style Collective. Style Collective is an online community that provides education, resources and community support for female fashion & lifestyle bloggers who want to be successful business women. Click here to sign up!

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xx,

Rebecca

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