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mid-week round-up

We’ve made it to Wednesday, folks! If you’ve got a long weekend on the horizon you may find it a bit hard to focus these next few days. I hear ya! I’m hoping this weekend provides a lovely summer send-off. As for last weekend, we met our friend Chad in Nashville and attended a film festival. So fun! Do you have any end-of-summer plans coming up? Tell me below! xoxo

Forget sun signs. Your zodiac is whoever won best actress the year you were born.

The ghosts of St. Joseph’s Catholic orphanage.

5 things to do when you feel overwhelmed by your workload.

The distracted state of the union.

From successful criminal defense lawyer to…chocolatier?

Inside a radical experiment to transform the lives of incarcerated women.

Farmworkers are dying from extreme heat.

How Disney’s caricature-esque women came to define “the fairest of them all.”

The airport prank that has people understandably riled.

Related: Travel Tips for Airports

Puerto Rico’s year of fighting for power.

Pictures from an abandoned theater.

Related: Urban Exploration as a Cheap Hobby

Time to stock up on autumnal craft supplies.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — A Pocket Letter Inspired by Children’s Book Illustrations and Gift Ideas for Dudes.

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3 Actions to Take if You’re Falling Out of Love With Your Job

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Does your job keep you up at night because you’re thinking about the horrors the next day will bring? Does the thought of clocking in give you a queasy feeling? If so, you may feel as though you’re trapped, but I’m here to tell you that there is a way out. 

Falling out of love with a job happens. Here are some ways to break free — 

BRAINSTORM your perfect job

A wise person once said if you can find something you care about and mix it with something you love doing …bada bing, bada BOOM… you have found your perfect job. Sadly, not many of us approach our career in this way, and this is often what leads us to get stuck in the first place.

Luckily, there’s still time to work out what your task preferences and passions are in terms of work. This will help narrow down the field. For example, you may feel passionately about educating others and facilitating learning, while the sorts of tasks you enjoy involve visual creativity. If so, then a suitable combination might be an art teacher or a graphic design artist that works in the education sector. In terms of freelance work, you may want to explore creating infographics. 

What this example demonstrates is how identifying your passion and your preferred tasks  will put you in a much better position to brainstorm jobs which combine the two. Making the work meaningful AND rewarding.

FIND your perfect job

Of course, once you have a perfect job to work towards, you need to plan how to get there. This may involve starting a job hunt as you inch towards a completely new career. It could also mean speaking to your superior about taking on tasks at your current job that better fit the bill. 

If seeking further education is necessary to make your perfect job a reality, some great options that allow you to work while you do so. Just a quick google search for options in my own area led me to the online degrees available at https://businessdegrees.uab.edu/ but there are options all across the world.

Another great way to find them besides a google search? Seek out someone employed in your perfect job and ask them the steps they took to get there! Do they recommend a specific school or certification? Most people love talking about themselves so don’t be shy. 

CREATE your perfect job

Finally, if you are falling out of love with your job, starting a side hustle (lots of great ideas suggested here –  https://www.ryrob.com/ or your own business can be a fantastic idea.

In fact, doing so could provide you with the opportunity to see if the combination of your passion and preferred tasks are actually a good fit, as well as giving you the chance to work towards something that has meaning for your life and that you control.

A few years ago, I realized I was passionate about helping small businesses communicate their brand and that I loved writing and creating marketing materials. Unfortunately, I was already employed at a job I wouldn’t describe as perfect. Instead of looking for a different job that would fulfill my passion + preferred task criteria…I just started doing it. I found businesses and people to work with, offering my services until I found a way to make it stick. At the time, this side hustle was a perfect way for me to stay in love with the not-so-perfect job. And now, I KNOW that combination is a good fit! 

So, if you find yourself falling out of love, make the first move. Ask yourself – What do I care about? What do I love doing? The rest will follow if you let it!

Have you ever fallen out of love with a job? What did you do? Are you dealing with this now? Sending you love and motivation! xoxo 

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What’s up, buttercups? How was your Easter weekend? We enjoyed a lovely (lazy) day at home complete with Easter baskets (I even made one for Wink!) and a ham for dinner. But after our recent trip to Louisiana, where I enjoyed ALL the food, and devouring my fair share of Easter candy, I think it might be time to hop back on the Whole 30 train. I’m thinking of starting another round on Monday! Have you ever done one? Hope you enjoy the rest of your week, and here are some links from around the web…

How to succeed in ANY job? Learn these skills.

Related: 4 Career Building Tips for the Newly Hired

Put this in my Amazon wish list immediately after reading this, haha!

I’ve been binge watching The Budgeteers on YouTube. (And now I want to buy their shirt!)

Misty Copeland on trolls, therapy, and the fouettés that went viral.

In L.A.’s first suburb, a feeling of unease in the age of Trump.

What happens when your city becomes bachelorette central?

How an Instagram post led to an N.F.L. cheerleader’s discrimination case.
“Cheerleaders are told not to dine in the same restaurant as players, or speak to them in any detail. If a Saints cheerleader enters a restaurant and a player is already there, she must leave. If a cheerleader is in a restaurant and a player arrives afterward, she must leave. There are nearly 2,000 players in the N.F.L., and many of them use pseudonyms on social media. Cheerleaders must find a way to block each one, while players have no limits on who can follow them.
The team says its rules are designed to protect cheerleaders from players preying on them. But it puts the onus on the women to fend off the men.”

There’s something funny about Tiffany Haddish.

Life after reality TV.

What happens when you live on 51% of your income.

Related: Ballin’ on a Budget — Ditch the Friends Who Are Always “Makin’ It Rain”

Alcohol delivery service: Because wine is better from your sofa.

The surprising reason that there are so many Thai restaurants in America.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Chicken Pad Thai Salad and Everything You’ll Need for a Wine Tasting Evening.

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Hi folks! Sorry for the radio silence but the past week has been crazy! Last Wednesday, it started to become quite clear that Hurricane Irma was going to make a direct hit on Florida. After the 11 am models came out, showing the possibility of a Miami landfall, we loaded up the car and hit the road. The traffic was insane! And gas and hotel rooms were scarce. (You can read where we ended up spending the night on this Instagram post.) About 28 hours of driving time later, we FINALLY reached our destination. Crazy to think we were part of the largest mass evacuation in U.S. history. The devastation in Florida will be long-lasting and I’m so grateful we had a safe place to go to weather the storm. Now we’re just waiting around to make sure our return trip is as uneventful as possible. (There are lots of reports of road closures due to flooding and gas shortages.) In the mean time, here’s what I’ve been reading…

An Australian snake may have evolved all-black scales to cope with pollution.

On gender specific toys and stereotyping children.

If you’re in the market for a studio apartment in Budapest, this one is ADORABLE.

30 Autumn blog post ideas to curb your bloggin’ writer’s block.

Seven days of heroin. This is what an epidemic looks like.

27 of the best books to read this Fall.

Perfectly imperfect. (Cents of Style sent me this bracelet recently and I love it!)

People are shaming Kate Middleton for her pregnancy and it’s actually so offensive.

If you’re a Southern gal or guy gone vegetarian and have a hankering for comfort food, this cookbook has got you covered.

How to enjoy working on the weekends.

What Dreamers gained from DACA, and what they stand to lose.

To understand rising inequality, consider janitors at two top companies, then and now.

P.S. A couple Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Book Review: The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger and Weekend Uniforms: Dressy, Casual, and In the Middle.

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I hope everyone is having a great week! Did you do anything fun over the weekend? On Saturday, Chet and I went to Arcade Odyssey and Tropical Park! I like the older games at the arcade–pinball, Tapper, Burger Time. We had never been to Tropical Park before, but as with all the parks we’ve encountered in Miami it was well maintained and lots of fun. I hope all the Mamas out there enjoyed their special day on Sunday! Now, let’s talk links! There’s a lot of long-form this week so grab a cup of tea and get comfortable…

I will literally read any article written about Mt. Everest.

A fascinating look at these famous sisters. (I had no idea about most of these details!)

bell hooks on Beyonce’s Lemonade

If you’ve seen the FX drama The Americans then you’ll love this article.

Freezer meals!

My favorite beauty blogger/YouTuber opens up about her 9 to 5.

Star Wars and Civil War medicine.

What to watch on Netflix this month.

Is Britney Spears ready to stand on her own?

A super easy weeknight dinner. (I made them the other night and they were delish!)

Monica Lewinsky turns her dark time into a force for good.

The right and wrong way to load a dishwasher.

5 Tips for Writing Killer Emails

5 tips for writing killer emails

There’s a fair few things I’ve learned over the years out in the rough real world. Nobody seems to have a working knowledge of basic traffic laws the moment they have a license in hand. After a certain age, going without specific foods can be considered a hobby. And, generally speaking, people are really bad at writing emails. Like, painfully bad. Over the years, I’ve witnessed some doozies. From over zealous “Reply All” users to simple task management turning into a tome rivaling Moby Dick. Not to mention the spelling errors, grammatical nightmares, and misinformation. Thinking this would be a fairly easy way to stand out at any job, I took it upon myself a few years back to take email writing seriously. Here’s the method to my madness…

1. Make the subject line work for the reader. I would wager a guess that most email recipients treat their inboxes pretty similarly. After receiving an email you either deal with it’s contents immediately OR you read/skim and let it hang out in your inbox until the stars align and you feel like responding and/or performing the tasks requested therein. I would say most of us treat our incoming messages as a sort of “To Do” list. So, keep this in mind when typing that dreaded subject line. If an email titled Hey there is hanging out in your boss’ inbox, chances are every time they glance over the days messages they won’t associate a response or action with this item. However, a message called Mockups needed for next step will alert them to what you are after AND that it’s time sensitive.

These more specific subject lines will also come in handy if the reader sorts their messages into folders after responding/completing. They will be super easy to locate after the fact!

There may be instances where you need to send a cold email. Subject lines are still important for these first impression correspondences! Here are a few possibilities I’ve found successful…

a. Question concerning [name of their company/business/blog/etc]

b. Trying to connect

c. Quick request

d. Introduction: [Your Name and Company]

2. Keep the message organized, concise, and free from errors. One of the first things we learn about writing is that any good piece should have a beginning, middle, and end. So, why does this go out the window when we log in to Gmail? There are certainly instances where it’s appropriate to shoot off a quick sentence but the majority of the time, your emails should consist of three parts…

BeginningThis is where you provide a greeting and offer some pleasantries. I know you may think this step is a waste of your time but offering a quick “It was so good to see you at the softball game last weekend,” is a great reminder to your reader that you’re a human and not just an annoying pop-up that’s going to add a bullet to their “To do” list. We’re way more likely to extend favors gladly to a friendly, ACTUAL person. This is also where you can set up the nature of your email and provide some context.

MiddleThe real point to your message comes here. Make sure, no matter the nature, that you’re providing your recipient with all the information they are going to need to respond, carry out a task, or follow through with a favor. If the message is just a decision provide ample reasoning, if it’s informational provide plenty of context.

End Here’s where you can clarify next steps and any action items. Provide any important dates or deadlines. Finish everything off with a bit of thanks and, of course, a signature.

Now, don’t get it twisted. Just because your email has three parts doesn’t mean it needs to be super long. As with subject lines, put yourself in the reader’s shoes. Have you ever opened a particularly lengthy email and felt immediately annoyed, even before you started reading? Don’t be that guy. Just get to the point. And then, before you hit send, for the love of GOD read what you’ve written. It will only take a few seconds and you’ll save yourself the embarrassment of any errors.

3. Be conspicuous. Beating around the bush is annoying. Don’t leave it to the person opening up your email to figure out what it is you want or why you need their help. If you’re sending a cold email because you want to pick the brain’s of someone successful in your dream field, tell them why you admire them! Don’t be shy with flattery. They won’t know why the meeting is important to you unless you tell them!! If you’re sending a request for a favor or asking for anything at ALL….just come right out and ask for it. Of course there are times when asking for someone’s help (or money or expertise) can be nerve wracking. But the VERY worst that can happen is they’ll say no. (And then you can move on. And ask the next person.)

britney emails

4. Include a clear timeline. Dates, times, deadlines, and time-frames are important pieces of info. Your hope is that they’ll get added to the reader’s diary, planner or Google calendar. Double check for accuracy and set them apart where need be. Safeguard yourself against email skimmers and BOLD if you feel it necessary. There’s no shame in the bold game, my friends. We’re visual people. And it’s definitely no more obnoxious than your co-worker who includes smiley emojis after every sentence.

5. Know when to respond. Finally, for the sanity of all you work with, think twice before responding. If you find yourself in the midst of a mass email which turns into an email THREAD, ask yourself who needs to actually READ your response. Let’s turn to an example. If you, and your entire company, receive an email from a co-worker about an upcoming meeting, and you want to respond–

“Thanks for organizing this meeting!”

Only the original sender needs to read that message. If you want to respond–

“I’ll be administering a short survey at this meeting so please come prepared to answer a few questions on staff communication practices.”

Go ahead…you can hit REPLY ALL! BUT if you want to write the following to your beloved work bestie–

“These meetings are the literal worst!!!! What a waste of time!!!! I HATE THIS JOB!”

You better TRIPLE check that “Send To” box.

Now, enjoy this hilarious video about what our workplace emails would look like if they were, in fact, real life. Let’s try to do better, shall we?

What tips do YOU have for professional emails? What irks you the most? Would you be more likely to respond to or help a person who followed the guidelines above? Let me know in the comments below!

mid-week round-up

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What are you guys up to this week? With a new position (and new hours), I’ve been attempting to flip my schedule. While, in the end, I think it will be a fantastic change of pace, the past week has been trial-and-error in terms of finding effective sleep, eat, and work-out times. I consider myself a roll with the punches, flexible gal but in the end routines just make things so much easier. I am absolutely loving my new gig, though! What about y’all? Any big, new changes for you this season? I’d love to hear! Anywho, thanks so much for dropping by Finding Delight this week, and here are some posts I’ve recently taken a shine to…

Speaking of routines and jobs

Radio silence in the social media age.

This would jazz up any long car trips you may have planned.

Hero to former pre-teen girls everywhere.

Oh how things have changed–Dining Out Edition.

Would you book tiny accommodations for your next trip?

This list has me amped for Fall! I wanna tick all the boxes.

Uuuugh tabloids are the worst.

Haha, BEEN. THERE. 

Thinking ahead for those nights you don’t feel like cooking.

A beautifully written piece on the music and myth of Bob Dylan.

There are definitely days when I miss my flip phone.