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Things to Know When Dating a PR Girl

So you found yourself hanging out with this girl who works in public relations, but what does that even mean? She’s organized and outgoing but she can be so demanding sometimes! There are a few things you need to know before dating a girl who works in the competitive PR world. We warned you first. 

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She is determined

Working from her laptop on the weekend or taking conference calls is part of her work. When it comes to her clients she puts in the time to get them the credit they deserve. Expect this to be one of the most challenging but rewarding relationships you will ever have.

Communication is Key

If you mix up you’re and your in texts to her. She will most definitely correct you. The way to over this communication girl is to always be up front and say what you really mean. 

She knows news

Don’t be surprised when she brings up breaking news you haven’t even heard about yet. It's her job to be on top of how her clients can utilize breaking headlines. For example, if a story about texting and driving goes viral she will craft a story for her cellphone client. She may excitedly tell you "x client can write a blog post on how to best stop teens from texting and driving". Her mind is always analyzing what people are talking about. 

She could be a lawyer

Don’t start an argument with this girl unless you have facts to back it up. Be prepared to face a strategic communicator with a sharp memory. If you only started a fight to blow off steam than you're with the wrong gal. 

She thinks about photos & social media more than most people

“Which hashtag should I use on this post?” or “What would be the best time to post this on Instagram?” are typical phrases you will hear. Along with "Can you believe Martha posted that?". If she offers advice for your social media image she's only trying to help. It's nothing personal. Oh, and don’t you DARE touch that calamari appetizer before she snaps a pic of it!

She knows EVERYONE

You could be at the grocery store near midnight on a Tuesday and she will still manage to run into someone she knows. After awhile it will just become the usual. Sorry, everyone knows everyone in the biz.

Expect to Plan Ahead

Last minute plans to visit your grandparents this weekend? Don’t think so. This girl most likely has her planner full of to-dos and meetings for weeks. This doesn’t mean she can’t have fun. But spontaneous trips can be the biggest source of anxiety… or finding out how to kindly cancel.

She finds it hard to relax

A publicist doesn't earn national media coverage for clients by sitting on the couch. Since she works so hard during the week it will probably spill over on the weekend. t’s a type A, communication, perfection obsession thing. Don’t make her explain it. Just understand it’s a thing. 

She expects the best

This girl is going to expect the best from you. In return, you will have the most thoughtful, hardworking and loyal partner. Us PR girls can be a lot to handle but there are a lot of things that make us great girlfriends. At the end of the day, what matters the most to us are relationships. Whether it's regarding our client or significant other that is what fulfills our lives. If you can win her over, that PR girl will give you her best. 

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5 Phrases to Stop Saying at Work

Think of the last conversation with the most negative co-worker. How did you feel after that conversation? Most likely you will be ignoring that person from now on instead of looking for their advice and friendship. How about a coworker you met who was extremely nice but sounded like they had no confidence? That’s probably not someone you trust to be on your team. It’s clear that none of us want to be THAT girl at the office. Here are 5 phrases to stop saying at work so you can sound like the poised, assertive and confident #GIRLBOSS that you already are. 

“Don’t worry about it” 
Not only does this demonstrate that the work you did didn’t require much effort but it also makes that person feel silly for thanking you. Instead, own up to the great work you did and acknowledge them by appreciating it. Also, this phrase is super casual and not quite professional for the office. Better yet, show gratitude by saying “you’re welcome”. You deserve to be valued! 

“I’m not an expert but…” 
By doing this you are listing flaws in your thoughts before you even share them. This is not a good way to start a sentence because it immediately primes others to think “Well, she said she’s no expert…”. This along with other negative introductory phrases disqualify your idea before it’s even acknowledged. It is most likely a sign of modesty or shyness. Definitely not a good idea for future reference.

“I feel like…” 
Guilty! This phrase is typically used to set up a phrase you feel unsure about or could be offensive. Our advice, cut it to stop sounding like a valley girl to the max. Picture telling your boss “I feel like I deserve a promotion.” That doesn’t sound very compelling, does it? The same goes for the phrase “I think…”. Instead, save time by telling people what you really mean.  

“Sorry”
I am not telling you to never apologize because that is definitely wrong. What I am saying is do not be that girl who apologizes for EVERYTHING. When her boss gives her one piece of advice, she replies “Sorry I…” or trips over a trash can and yells “Sorry!” to those around her. This are all mundane/ small situations that do not issue an apology. By constantly saying “sorry” are not only annoying others but also continually putting yourself in the wrong. If you do feel the need to apologize or address a situation please utilize other phrases like “Okay, I know not to do that next time” or “That’s a great idea! I’ll try that next time!”. That way you’re only apologizing when it’s sincere and appropriate. 

"Uhmmm" and "Just"
Even though all of us are blameworthy for saying this at one time or another doesn’t mean we can’t erase them now. Speakers who routinely say “um”, “uh” or continually sigh prevent their listeners from grasping their message. We’re all human but eliminating these unnecessary fill words will improve speeches to the nth degree. Another annoying filler you may not notice you use is “just”. It may sounds respectful but it always put you in the inferior end. Erasing this qualifier makes you sound much more confident.  

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How to Get More Work Done (Without Working Harder)

We all wish there were more hours in the day. Sometimes it just seems impossible to finish everything that needs to get done. Luckily, the team here at CultureHype has some tips to share for top level productivity. Read on to become the ultimate #GIRLBOSS who gets work done and has free time for brunch.

Designate optimal work time

When are you most alert? Do you find it easiest to tackle projects right after your morning coffee? Or are you a late riser who can concentrate best in late morning after reading the paper? When you designate this work time is up to you and your internal clock. This is so you can avoid those times in college when you tried to cram a late-night paper with no creativity or effort left in your bones.

Walk away – but come back!

The most productive employees are the ones who take breaks. If you feel your energy depleting grab a snack and water or watch a funny video on YouTube. Doing something you enjoy will energize you for whatever you work on next.

Make a to do list with deadlines

Even with the endless amount of list apps sometimes the best thing is a to-do list on a physical piece of paper. Put this on your desk where you will see it throughout the day. Not only will seeing it make you accountable but checking off that box is oh so fulfilling.

FOCUS

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in everything that needs to get done we don’t fully focus on the task at hand. This is an ugly cycle of being stressed that leads to not finishing tasks and guess what? Being more stressed! To avoid this conundrum, get rid of all distractions and clear your mind before starting a task. This way you will finish it faster and with less pressure. 

Now, go get work done! Be proud of the extra hours you’ve earned to slack off now. 

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3 Ways to Spark Creativity

There are times when trying to finish a project or write an essay but the creativity just isn’t there. You sit and sit at your laptop but the task just seems impossible. We’ve all been there. Here are some simple ways to get those creative juices flowing.

Take a Break

Why is that some of our best ideas come to us in the shower? Or right before we fall asleep? Or even when cleaning the kitchen? If you’re having problems coming up with an idea the best solution is to walk away. No, this doesn’t mean give up on the issue at hand. Rather give yourself some flexibility and time to think on the matter in a different way. When your brain isn’t straining itself to produce results it is able to open up and think calmly. Hence why you find your keys the moment you stop looking for them.

Switch it up

Try facing the situation from a totally different perspective. You can do this by going through the process backward or seeking contradictions. When mentally running through a process backward your brain will think of scenarios not thought of yet. As humans, we all have experience confirmation bias. This leads us to seek out facts and conversations that confirm our beliefs, ideas and opinions. Although this is a key part of our identity it can quickly lead to narrow-minded thinking. So, switch it up! The point is not to get upset or change your beliefs but to generate ideas you have not thought of before.

Give Your Mind a Workout

There are several different ways you can stimulate your creative thinking. A few minutes of alternative uses testing is a great way to do this. For example, take a common item like a paperclip and think of all of the different ways you can use this item. Give yourself two minutes to think of as many alternative uses as you can for said paperclip. It can open key chain rings, hold necklaces or clean under fingernails. Once the two minutes are up your brain is energized and ready to go. This is a great way to quickly energize your mind if you’ve been in a rut.

Now get to typing, running or whatever it is that inspires you! Turn on #GIRLBOSS mode and get to work. 

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What People Don’t Understand About Millennials

Disclaimer: Before you eye roll this is not the typical article about millennials. People love dissecting the millennial generation. Are they entitled? Are they technology obsessed? Are they going to save the planet? This is a realistic view of why some millennials act they way they do and what we can do to address real problems the generation is facing.

A past article from TIME magazine states: “They have trouble making decisions. They would rather hike in the Himalayas than climb a corporate ladder. They have few heroes, no anthems, no style to call their own. They crave entertainment, but their attention span is as short as one zap of a TV dial.”

Contrary to popular belief, this piece was addressing the Baby Boomers’ criticisms of Generation X. The truth is, every generation looks at the one behind them with annoyances.

Cellphone Addiction

Employers regularly complain about the difficulties of keeping millennial employees off their phones long enough to do their job. Although, it should come to no surprise that millennials aren’t the only generation facing a cell phone addiction. Smartphones are so addicting because they trigger the release of serotonin and dopamine or “happy chemicals”. We can all curb this instant gratification by slowly weaning off of our devices. Start slowly with 15 or 30 minute periods of not glancing at your device and increase as necessary to get the job done.

Self-Centered

In a world of Instagram selfies, Twitter rants and Snapchat pictures that disappear in 10 seconds millennials are used to intangible and instant moments. This is why so many young adults admit issues when trying to form lasting bonds offline. A good way to combat this feeling of being "disconnected" in the real world is scheduling coffee dates with friends. By making time for face to face conversation you can fill the void of loneliness you may experience while scrolling online.     

Instant Gratification

Millennials grew up in an environment where everyone received a trophy just for running the race. This can be a hard mindset to break when starting to climb the corporate ladder. “By being deceived in this way, many millennials have been deprived of the most valuable growth experience in all of life—learning from our failures", said Dr. Sherri Sami. A rude awakening comes when we realize that if we aren’t experiencing failure we aren’t growing. A way millennials can overcome this false sense of instant gratification is by withholding requests for pay raises and promotions. Look to the more experienced professionals in the office or profession and study how long they worked before climbing up.

By being deceived in this way, many millennials have been deprived of the most valuable growth experience in all of life—learning from our failures
— Dr. Sherri Sami

 

To anyone who is anxious about what the world will become when millennials take over, just recall what was once said about you and the competence of your generation. Try to see yourselves in these young adults and you might be alarmed at the resemblances you discover. It is not the job of corporate America to step in and “fix” this generation. Personal responsibility for one’s own actions is the answer to fulfillment. It’s important to remember that several of the hurdles millennials face are not of their own creation. Societal changes are accumulated over generations of change. Most importantly, millennials are no less qualified than any generation before them to find their place in the world. 

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5 Ways to Make Rejection Hurt Less

Rejection sucks. There are no two ways about it. We've all been there. It can be as small as getting a negative comment at the office or getting dumped after the first date. Or as serious as not landing your dream internship or receiving nagative feedback from a project a work. But like anything in life, rejection is what you make of it. Here are some thoughts to keep in mind for when you receive an e-mail with less than joyful news. 

Realize Rejection Happens to Everyone

Rejection is bound to happen. No one is perfect at everything all the time. This is not the time for comparison games. Even though all your fellow #GIRLBOSSES lives look perfect online realize that you’re playing the same facade. We all hide our insecurites, but know you're not alone in receiving a "no". 

Try not to take rejection personally 

Focus on the helpful advice you receive and apply it strategically to your work. However, do NOT apply it to yourself personally. Steer clear of negative thoughts like “I’m a failure”, “they don’t like me” or “I’ll never succeed at this”. Believe it or not, this could be feedback that can make all the difference down the road. 

If you’re not facing rejection, you’re not shooting high enough

If you’re not receiving any rejection are you really trying hard enough? The wise Amy Poehler once said “Quiet our voice because we are worried it is not perfect? I believe great people do things before they are ready.” Per usual, our girl Amy is spot on. Some of the best opportunities in my life have come from jumping the gun, but so have some of my worst rejections. You may not be experienced enough to speak at x conference, handle x project or lead x team but you never know until you ask! 

Rejection will make you stronger (really) 

If you’re ready to try again even after receiving negative feedback then that means you are passionate about your goal. This is the kind of mentality that will guide you through any hardship. Give yourself a mental break after the difficult news, but try to find the perserverance to try again tomorrow. After all, diamonds require pressure. 

You will succeed again 

Rejection will hurt, but don’t doubt your abilities! You are a beautiful, hardworking #GIRLBOSS (we’re all about lifting women up here at CultureHype). Don’t let the fear of rejection stop you from doing what you love. 

I hope this advice will help you face rejection head on and shoot for the stars! Now go seize the day ladies. 

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20 Best Blogs for Women in their Twenties

Twentysomethings don't have it easy. This is the time to explore different interests whether it's fashion, careers or travel (or a mix of all three). It's okay to not know where you're going to end up & hopefully, these bloggers can help you figure it out along the way. We've compiled a list of twenty blogs you need to bookmark now. 

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Photo courtesy of mylola.com 

1. Levo

Professionally, Levo is where it's at. You can find everything from weekly articles to videos from top professionals in the field. You can even find an e-mentor online through their services.

2. Brooke Saward of World of Wanderlust

Brooke is major travel goals after traveling to dozens of countries and making a living off of her journeys. This is a must read for any twenty-something wanting to be a jet setter (& envy- worthy photos). 

3. Career Girl Daily

This lifestyle blog screams #GIRLBOSS. This is a go-to resource for every situation from being confident in the office to what questions to ask after an interview. It's a professional bible of sorts. 

4. Confused Millennial

Your twenties are hard. This blog will help you get through this thing called adulting. Rachel is relatable when explaining what has worked for her. 

5. Lauren Conrad

What kind of compilation of blogs would this be without mentioning Lauren Conrad? In the slim chance that you haven't checked her blog out yet you're in for a treat. There is also a book club, which is always great for reading inspiration. 

6. Carly of The College Prepster

She may not be in college anymore but Carly's blog is just fun. She started her blog as a freshman in college and it has evolved with her lifestyle through the years. 

7. The Everygirl

Who is this blog for? Every girl! 14 women who give great life advice run the site. The Career Profiles are worth the read because successful women really dive into what got them where they are today.  

8. GenTwenty

"What is compound interest?" and "How do I check my credit score?" All of the questions you're embarrassed to ask your parents & too scared to ask your co-workers are explained in the simplest terms. GenTwenty is basically your genius girlfriend that answers your questions 24/7. 

9. Amanda Holstein of Advice from a Twentysomething

Amanda has been sharing her wisdom since 2012 so there is tons of helpful content on her blog. She's down to earth & likely going through the same struggles you are.  

10. Girlboss

The name speaks for itself. This is the Holy Grail for independent women. Complete with a podcast, foundation & rally this is a sisterhood to keep your eye on. 

11. Lauren Berger of The Intern Queen

 Lauren Berger is the queen of internships. She has written two books & built an empire off of helping students land & succeed as interns. 

12. Smart Twenties

A neat aspect of Smart Twenties is the community on Facebook where followers of the blog can post questions & receive answers from other savvy women. This is a blog that provides in-depth advice to all of your burning questions. 

13. Lisa Tufano of Think Like A Boss Lady

Lisa Tufano documents her fashion & lifestyle in Los Angeles, CA. It's obvious she truly wants to help her readers with all of the chaos of entering the real world. 

14. Lauryn Evarts of The Skinny Confidential

Upon discovering this blog it's hard not to scroll & click through for an endless amount of time. There is just so much content. An added bonus is The Skinny Confidential Him & Her podcast, which is a refreshing take on Q&A advice.

15. Gen Y Girl

Gen Y Girl is a millennial lifestyle & career blog written by Kayla Buell who works as a social media manager. She runs a YouTube channel & has even written a book for millennials entering the workforce. 

16. Elena Lyn Gross

On first glance, this blog is just dazzling. Elena has been featured in TIME, Forbes, Fortune, The Huffington Post, Refinery 29 and more. So you know you're getting advice from the best of the best. 

17. Endlessly Exploring

Kelly is a travel blogger from Australia that posts practical travel advice as well as dreamy photos of her adventures. Reading this blog will make you want to jump on the next departing flight to paradise.

18. Wonderlass

This is a resource for those who want to become bloggers or improve their current blog. Wonderlass is a basically a community of creative entrepreneurs. There are free & paid resources which are sure to spark your creativity. 

19. Simply + fiercely

Jennifer is a minimalist who loves inspiring other women. She posts monthly intentional plans & tries to make the most of life. Simply + fiercely is a refreshing spin on lifestyle blogs.

20. Create & Cultivate

This blog encourages women to group together to reach their wildest dreams. After all, we are stronger together! Collaboration is one word to describe Create & Cultivate.

 

 

photo courtesy of solopreneursidekick.com

photo courtesy of solopreneursidekick.com

#MUSICMONDAY feat. This New Band
10 song playlists are too short for me. I wanted to feature artists who are seeing huge growth right now, plus a few personal favorites.

Today's #MUSICMONDAY playlist is ON FLEEK! Here to share with you his favorite up-and-coming bands is Harley Barnes, Music Supervisor + Editor at ThisNewBand. Focused on taking carefully-curated growing indie bands & plugging them into their highly engaged audience of thousands of young women, who are hungry to find their next favorite band to fall in love with, ThisNewBand is the next big thing in the music blogging stratosphere. 

"Fangirl Favs" is appropriately named. Harley found his niche in the blogosphere by identifying a key tastemaker group: the teenage girl. By using music data to discover new on-the-brink artists, ThisNewBand has caught artists like BORNSSaint Motel & Jacob Whitesides before everyone caught on.

Bloggers are king in today's ever-changing media word (or should we say KWEEN?). Harley's definitely onto something! Check out the blog here & revel in all of its glory - it's chock full of great video content, a personal approach to connecting to bands & don't forget to follow them where they're most active: social media @ThisNewBand.