Author: balston

Professional

Stay Ready: A Guide to Professional Readiness

“When you stay ready, you won’t have to get ready”. But how do you get to that point in the first place? I experienced this first-hand through pageantry that it’s much easier when you have all your ducks in a row. Although this quote, spoken to me so eloquently by my fiancé, was birthed from …

College

7 Tips on Surviving College

So you want to go to college, huh? Well, that’s awesome! But I can guarantee you that it will be different from high school, very different. However, I am here to make that transition a lot easier. Want to know the easiest ways to make it harder for yourself? Not being mentally prepared, and not having …

Professional

Playing Big Brother: Navigating the Workplace Expertly

Big Brother, a summer series aired on CBS annually, is one of my favorite shows. I almost always watch each season in anticipation of the new themes and gameplay twists. Although this is reality TV, there are some uncanny parallels to the real world. Further, there are many lessons to be learned from the players …

Organization

Planning Your Passion: Why You Need a Passion Planner

Have you ever felt your life and all its responsibilities slipping out of your grasp? I know that sounds pretty dramatic but times like that happen! You end up with random scraps of paper and Notes on your phone of things to do but no clear organization. Things started to fall apart for me when …

Professional

Useful Skills for All Careers

No matter the industry, certain skills are universally beneficial for anyone who wants to be successful in their career. Whether you are working at a non-profit, tech startup, or even retail; these skills are sure to help you be more effective, productive, and stressless. People Skills Although often overlooked, people (also known as soft) skills …

Money

Budgeting 101: My Golden Rules

Happy payday (someone’s getting paid today)! Whether you’re paid biweekly, semimonthly, monthly, quarterly, annually, etc. there is a routine that you should adopt in order to keep your finances organized. Each week of payday, I follow a routine that keeps me up to date with my bills, knowledgeable of all my income, and on track …

Professional

Job Hunting Strategies

Looking for a new career these days can be exhausting. One of my graduate studies professors boasted the need to apply to 50 positions in order to hear back from 10…and most of those 10 are interview declinations! However, this process can be a lot less stressful with a bit of organization. In today’s post, …