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types of remote jobs that let you work from home

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Working from home has been growing in popularity – whether it’s owning your own business, freelancing, or contracting for a larger company, there are many ways you can start working from home. No more commute, no freezing office, and no annoying cubicle neighbors – sounds awesome, right? While it is really great, it’s not always as easy as it sounds, and these kinds of jobs are competitive. Today I’m sharing some ideas of jobs you can get to work from home.

Even a lot of traditional companies are hiring remote employees now. Businesses are going virtual for a lot of reasons: a smaller team means lower overhead cost for space, and eliminating the commute can also lead to higher employee happiness. Workers are using it as negotiating tools as well when landing a new job: sometimes they’re willing to accept lower pay for a full- or part-time telecommute schedule.

There are a lot of businesses you can start yourself to work from home, but there’s a difference between working for a company and being your own boss. Running your own business has tax implications, requires organization and responsibility that not everyone is inclined toward, not to mention benefits can be lacking vs. a traditional job. Since owning my own business is not my area of expertise, I’m instead focusing (primarily) on types of jobs for companies that hire remote workers.

Web Design/Development:  One of the most popular remote jobs, developers and designers have been working remotely for many years. It takes some training, but with dev bootcamp schools (many available virtually, so you can even learn from home) offering certifications in a few months, it’s not like going back to school for four years to walk away with a new degree. Start now and you could be looking for a remote dev job by the end of summer!

Music Industry Jobs: Many members of road crews might live in Nashville, but it’s not a requirement since there’s no office to check into every day. Crew members like guitar techs, sound engineers, tour managers, merch sellers, and accountants tend to meet up a few days before heading out on the road, meaning they can keep their home bases wherever they’d like. These jobs obviously require extensive travel, but if that’s not your speed, there are other music options – if you have an outgoing personality, a booking agent or promotions position would be great for you. Every performing rights organization hires remote employees as well for jobs ranging from research to licensing sales.

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April 7, 2017
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treat yo’ self with bloomsybox!

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There are all kinds of subscription boxes out there: beauty, style, coffee, wine, books – you name it, there’s a subscription box for it. Now that it’s spring, I found the perfect treat yo’ self box. Every month (or week, if you want), BloomsyBox will send a fresh hand-tied bouquet to brighten up your house! There’s something about having flowers in my house that makes me feel really fancy, and I love the way they freshen the sometimes stale air in our apartment.

BloomsyBox handpicks their flowers and bouquets, curated based on the season. They work with sustainable farms to pick their flowers fresh and ship them quickly – this also helps ensure that you get the maximum enjoyment out of your blooms. Direct shipping also means that you’ll get higher quality flowers at a much lower cost than in a floral shop or grocery store! Single-varietal deliveries also mean that there’s no filler, creating a sleeker look in your vase (which I love.) They’re so passionate about your satisfaction that they offer a 100% money back guarantee, and I saw many examples on Instagram of happy subscribers who had certain shipments replaced for whatever reason.

The flowers are secured solidly in the box and hand tied, which is a nice extra touch of luxury. Included in the box are instructions on how to care for the flowers to ensure they last as long as possible. BloomsyBox sent me a beautiful bouquet of white roses, which I excitedly began arranging. In addition to the flower care tips, they include the flower food sachet as well.

I love to have flowers on my nightstand or at the foot of my bed – there’s just something about waking up and laying your eyes on the colorful blooms and breathing in the soft scent that starts your day off right. There are so many ways to use flowers to brighten up your home, though!

Somewhere I’ve never really considered putting them is in my bathroom. I have a window with a nice ledge there, and it may be one of the only spots in the house that gets any direct light. The vase is nicely framed there – plus the roses giving off such a pretty smell in the bathroom doesn’t hurt either!

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They also look really great as part of our gallery wall – flowers can be artwork too!

You could even think outside the box and use the flowers for craftier projects, like flower wreaths or dried bouquets. BloomsyBox would make a great monthly gift for yourself, or for anyone else in your life who could use a little sunshine this spring (or all year long)!

Are you a flower addict like me? What’s your favorite flower?

I was provided a complimentary product from BloomsyBox to review, but all opinions are my own, and no compensation was received.
April 5, 2017
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cute clothes for tall girls | long tall sally review

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I was provided a complimentary product from Long Tall Sally to review, but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

cute clothes for tall girls

I’m a tall girl – 5’11”, and I’ve always had the biggest trouble finding cute clothes for tall girls. I’m lucky in that I’m pretty well proportioned – my legs aren’t too much longer than straight sizes, but I’ve always tended toward tall sizes at places like Old Navy or the Gap. And t-shirts are always a little short on me – I pick tunics out of comfort. I recently discovered Long Tall Sally, and I could not have been more excited. An entire website of clothes (CUTE clothes) for girls that are tall. In the weeks since finding them, I’ve maybe made two orders. Luckily I was able to partner with them as well to review a few of their new and popular pieces!

Jackets are a particularly tough spot – at least winter coats are pretty long, but lightweight jackets are always cut too short. Enter the Point Zero Packable Lightweight Jacket. It sounds over the top, but I wanted to cry when I put it on! Long, comfortable, and not snug across any part of my body. Being packable is also a great attribute – the jacket comes with a pouch it can fold itself into, and it compacts small enough to fit into a purse. The light puff makes it a great weight as it starts to warm up, and the floral print is great for both spring and fall.


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March 31, 2017
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how to keep your new year’s resolutions going with quarterly reviews

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How is it already almost April? It feels like yesterday that the year was turning over and we were making the move to Chicago. Around this time of year, I like to check in with myself regarding my yearly goals: am I on track to hit them? Do I need to reevaluate some plans, or has my focus and what I want to accomplish changed? I do this by conducting quarterly reviews every three months!

It can sound like extra work or a report you don’t want to deal with, but it’s important to set aside time to check in with yourself. You’ll be able to see what’s working well and what isn’t – plus, it’s a great opportunity to review great memories over the past three months.

This year I’ve been using a Passion Planner as my monthly agenda – it has built-in reflection tools at the end of the month, so I’ve actually been doing it even more than ever. If reviewing every month feels like too much, quarterly reviews allow for more time between reflections.

Quarterly reviews have two parts: reflection and preparation. This is the process I go through when conducting my quarterly review! Read more…

March 22, 2017
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using your bullet journal for mental health

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Bullet journalling has been a hot buzzword in the planning community for a couple of years now – I first started doing it last year, and love the flexibility to not only build weekly and daily spreads that fit my needs, but also to keep all my ideas in one place. With the popularity, more examples and creative ways to use the journal have popped up everywhere – including ideas on how to use it to help manage mental health. Whether it’s tracking your habits like daily meditation, checking off planned workouts, or jotting down notes for therapy, there are so many ways to use a bujo to help you stay on focus. Today I’m giving you a peek into my journal and sharing some other posts and layouts that look like they could bring some helpful skills into your planner.

I recently discovered the No More Zero Days Reddit and love the concept of not having a “zero” day. It basically means that every day, you make some kind of progress toward your goals rather than giving in to the depression or anxiety that might make it feel otherwise impossible. A regular daily spread could work great for tracking your progress, but I also like having a dedicated page to write this down.

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February 24, 2017
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