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mid-week round-up

What’s new with y’all? We took an impromptu weekend trip to a nearby state park and stayed the night in a lodge there. We swam, watched boats go by, and enjoyed everything about the lodge that felt straight out of the 70’s. (It was built in ’73 and I’m truly obsessed with it’s time-capsule vibe!) It was a great way to recharge and dive headfirst back into work this week. Hope you have a great Wednesday, and here are a few links for your enjoyment…

7 exercises to uncover your purpose, passion, and path.

Why digital cultivation is so enduring.

Latest organizational obsession.

Who holds the power in your relationships? Check your emails.

Liv Tyler’s 25-step skincare routine.

Why are millennials so lonely? Social media mimics community but actually pushes us further apart.

Millions of middle-aged women struggle to care for ailing older relatives, and the crisis is only getting worse.

Can Silicon Valley get you pregnant?

How to get repeat sponsors as an influencer.

Keto diet may offer clues on how nutrition can treat disease.

A freelancer rate calculator.

Tees inspired by Stranger Things.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — One Dozen Super Rad Things I Think You Should Do and Do or Don’t: Out of Office.

How To Use Tech To Advance Your Job Search

Over the last few years, the landscape for job hunting and recruiting has changed massively. The way recruiters look for candidates, the way companies seek out and headhunt potential employees, the way that people look for jobs, the way they apply, and what impresses both parties have all been influenced by advances in technology.

Recently, I found myself chatting with a client who works as a headhunter about this very thing. She said she often found herself marveling about the drastic changes in her industry just over the course of her career. While older generations would advise people to just “go pound the pavement,” it is without question that you need to be using technology to get a job these days. She said, “pounding the pavement may show that you are a well presented, well spoken, smart and ambitious person, but the chances of being able to talk to the right person during a face-to-face cold-call are slim to none.” 

“Applying online is not the only way to utilize the technology we are now so lucky to have access to, there are many more ways to broaden your job search and increase your chances of getting a new job.” Eager to know more, I asked her, “LIKE WHAT?”

Here are a few of her technological tips:

Clear Up Your Social Media

You’re going to Google the person interviewing you aren’t you? So, don’t think they’re not doing the same to you! They are. Today, potential employers will actively search your social media profiles to have a look at you, so make sure you are representing yourself well online. Have your LinkedIn profile up to date, your Twitter, Facebook and Instagram clean  (or at least update your privacy settings).

Apply On Apps

Apps are everything now, so get all the job apps available and make sure your CV is on them and your profile is up to date. That way when you’re on a train or sitting in a bar while your friend has abandoned you for the bathroom (or a cute guy), you can have a quick look, and if your dream jobs pop up you are always ready to apply instantly.

Get Interactive

It’s all about making a good first impression but also about standing out, and you can use technology to do this. Why not make your CV interactive? For example, you could make a video or create an animation. It’s far more effective than a piece of paper and also, as mentioned before, this will show your prospective employer that you are well presented, well spoken, smart and ambitious … just in the form of a video. It also shows that you think outside the box and that you use your initiative.

Network Online

The social networks are out there, so use them. LinkedIn is the obvious one when it comes to business and careers, but Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can work well for connecting with people and networking. If there’s a particular industry you want to work in, then follow people who also work in that industry, connect with them, engage with them. Then, you can eventually suggest meeting for coffee to pick their brain or find out  how you could help each other out in some way.

Any tech savvy folks out there with tips to add?
Are you currently searching for a job? How have you used technology to bolster your approach?
SHARE BELOW! xoxo 

I Have 5 Internal Monologue Responses to Every Social Media Post

Do you ever mindlessly scroll through social media at the end of a long day? It’s a habit I’m desperately trying to break (that’s a post for another day), yet a black hole I fall into far too often.

While I flick my phone upwards on my cell screen, all the posts I pause long enough to really consider seem to illicit one of five responses…

what?

As in, I don’t get it. 

lol whut?

As in, this is ridiculous. 

ok…

As in, why did this need to be put on the internet? 

same

As in, deeply relateable content. 

YAS!!!

As in, this post deserves a round of applause!

I’ve really been considering deleting my Facebook. I never post on that platform anymore and there is just so. much. nonsense. But now I’m thinking maybe I’ll unfollow everybody but the “same” and YAS!!!” posters? (Maybe the lol whut’s can stay too…)

Perhaps this will become my rule of thumb across ALL my social media platforms! 

How do you find your brain engages with social media? Does your internal response to certain posts govern how you choose to interact with certain platforms or accounts? Have you deleted social media and lived to tell the tale? What about a massive social media decluttering? I’d love to hear!

mid-week round-up

What’s everyone up to? Last week was my grandma’s funeral in Ohio. While the occasion was certainly not a happy one, it was nice to spend some time with my family for a few days. As soon as I arrived back in Alabama, Chet had to leave for a work conference. Now we’re settling back in to routines after a hectic stretch of days, and welcoming the little glimpses of Spring. The sun has finally returned after what felt like weeks of rain (seriously, our yard looked like a little lake!) and Mardi Gras is right around the corner. Have a great Wednesday, and for your reading pleasure, a dozen links…

Beautiful bohemian interiors that are perfect inspo for a spring home decor refresh.

How a recipe goes viral on Instagram.

Students are going on strike to demand action on climate change, in a movement led almost entirely by teenage girls.

This llama tote makes me smile.

The Art of Leaving sounds like an amazing memoir.

Show them what crazy dreams can do.

Great advice: no more zero days.

How people spent sudden financial windfalls.

Living and working in 350 square feet. Love how light and feminine this space is!

Raffi is singing new songs and fighting new fascists. (Remember ‘Baby Beluga’?!)

Have you tried the 20/20/20?

How an internet obsession resurrected a long-lost Sesame Street cartoon.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Five Great Graphic Novels and 6 Reasons You Should Be Sleeping More.

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mid-week round-up

What are you up to this week? We kicked off Monday night with a documentary screening about the opioid crisis and heard from the director a drug rehabilitation program in nearby Decatur. It was an enlightening evening. The weather has been very cold and rainy so I think I’ll just hibernate until we hit the road for our Thanksgiving festivities! If you’d like to click around on some links I’ve been enjoying, go right ahead…

The 10 most popular beer brands in the world.

A roller skating girl gang? Sign me up.

Doctors respond to NRA with gruesome photos of treating shooting victims.

Turkey and stuffing meatballs sounds way more delish than plain ol’ turkey for T-giving.

Genius travel hack.

How a woman becomes a lake.

Meet the Progressive Liberal, who’s body-slamming his way through Trump country.

The 2018 midterms were huge for women candidates. Here’s how they could change policies.

The name of this podcast made me LOL.

A Harvest Punch cocktail for November.

Follow me on Instagram.

Follow my podcast on Instagram.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — 10 Easy Ways to Personalize Your Wedding and A Birthday Trip to the Tennessee Aquarium.

mid-week round-up

What are you up to this week? I’m headed to Bowling Green on Friday, and I can’t wait to be wowed by the WKU Forensics Team. The weather has been cooling in these parts and the sun has that magical autumn sparkle. I’m loving any excuse to take a brisk walk, and we’ve been making lots of fall-weather foods – like Cincinnati chili, gumbo, and Girl Scout stew. And thank you to everyone who has taken the time to check out my podcast! It has been a blast making it and I can’t wait for you to hear all the upcoming episodes. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and enjoy these links from ’round the world wide web…

How to make a Beyonce at Coachella Halloween costume.

The FBI of the National Park Services handles the complex crimes committed on NPS land.

Who does “Southern femininity” really belong to?

Related: Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon

The power and legacy of Amererica’s female spirtualists.

Social media is turning an art form into an industry.

The $11 drugstore item Queen Elizabeth uses to fall asleep.

Cool timelapse. (…but very triggering if you ever had braces, lol.)

West Virginia’s small-town revival.

Isolated nomads are under siege in the Amazon jungle.

How to eat your way through Nashville in one day.

The perfect morning workout.

Related: A 12 Day Workout Challenge 

A woman’s paycheck is influenced by her hometown — even if she doesn’t live there anymore.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — How to Spend Your Time Helping Others and A Random Read.

Breaking a Habit

Did you know that most Americans check their phones on average between 80 and 300 (!) times a day? In fact, a study in 2017 found we only go about 12 minutes between putting our phone down and picking it back up again.

Yikes!

Because I work with multiple clients – and sometimes with multiple accounts for each client – I’m constantly getting emails, notifications, or checking up on things online. Sometimes I do this from my phone and sometimes at my computer. So, even if I check my phone MORE than 300 times in a day, I don’t necessarily mind.

But what I DO mind is when picking it up leads me down the rabbit hole of looking through a bunch of different things…clicking here and clicking there…scrolling, scrolling…and THEN putting the phone down. (I’m also guilty of this habit on the computer–I’ll just click around and not really read or take anything in!)

It’s such a time suck and I know there are a million and one things I’d rather be doing with those precious minutes. So, I need a plan.

Here’s what I’m thinking —

a) Focused mornings.  For the first few hours of my work day I’ll leave my phone in the other room and stay off distracting websites.
b) Implement one unplugged day a week. Try to keep all phone and internet usage to a minimum every Saturday. (Full disclosure: I tried kicking this off already and it was a bit of a fail…WORK IN PROGRESS!)
c) Do my research. I’ve heard this book is really good.

What am I missing?

Do you have a habit you want to break? What are you doing to make it happen? Have you successfully broken the habit of mindless scrolling?! TELL ME EVERYTHING!

The Totally Random Instagram Accounts I Follow

So it’s been over a month since my last round-up of Instagram accounts you should “totally follow” but I promised you one more post and one more post you shall receive. I present to you: The TOTALLY RANDOM folks I personally follow. Whatta ya say? Wanna see who fills my feed (& my heart!)?

[Besides the FOODIES and the CELEBS and the BLOGGERS!]

Let’s Scroll —

eriqlasalle … because the OG cast of ER is life.

bustle … for the relatable memes.

marachok … for my obsession with all things Russian ballet.

usweekly … following has drastically reduced my urge to buy trash magazines (+ they have “Who Wore it Better” polls in their IG stories and I can’t resist that).

ownitbabe … sometimes even the most curated of social media feeds needs a shot of body positivity!

femalecollective … girl power!

todaypuppy … this is an obvious one, right?

90sanxiety … oh those nostalgia feels are strong.

cheapoldhouses … because I like to pretend I’m someone who could flip a house.

miamidadepubliclibrary … i’m a sucker for their book stack posts.

westelm … home decor #goals.

natgeo … because the magazine is my fave!

and way, WAY too many more!

Leave one random Instagram account you follow in the comments below. (And you can follow yours truly at BBerg1012!)

The YouTuber Instagram Accounts You Should Totally Follow

Much like BLOGGERS, folks who share on YouTube are already offering us a glimpse into their worlds. Whether their channel showcases travel, food, style, or minimalist living…we get a backstage pass. All from the comfort of our homes!

[For more accounts to follow, check out these FOODIES and these CELEBS!]

And because YouTubers are already masterful video creators, following them on IG is EVEN MORE fun thanks to the advent of Instagram Stories. (Admittedly, one of the biggest time sucks in my day — whoops!) So, let’s take a look at a few of my favorite vloggers!

You Should Totally Follow —

kittenxlady … check out her channel HERE.

thebudgeteers … check out their channel HERE. (I can’t wait for Season 3 to drop!!)

simpleliving13 … check out her channel HERE. (Brittany shared her favorite mantra with Finding Delight readers in this post.)

badyogiofficial … check out her channel HERE. (Erin also shared a favorite mantra. Check it out!)

mrsvitale … check out her channel HERE.

demicouturestylist … check out her channel HERE.

I have one more crop of Instagram accounts I’d like to share with y’all before I close out this series and that’s the TOTALLY RANDOM ones. I think I have a fair few of those (as I’m sure you do too!). If you’d like to follow me, I’m at @BBerg1012 and I’d love to connect! Leave your handles below!! 

The Blogger Instagram Accounts You Should Totally Follow

Bloggers already offer a great window into their world. They share insights and offer a peek at their lives in the form of blog posts, which often include beautifully crafted prose and top-notch photography. But sometimes you wanna see what’s going on in their lives in between these posts.

Enter Instagram. A great way for bloggers to share on the fly and show off their photo styling skills!

I’ve shared my favorite FOODIE and CELEB follows but today let me hit you with some Instagram accounts that are near and dear to my heart — BLOGGERS!

You Should Totally Follow —

carrotquinn … who blogs HERE.

taralynnmcnitt … who blogs HERE.

hannahcozens … who blogs HERE.

jjjasuuu … who blogs HERE.

latonyayvette … who blogs HERE.

and stella.blackmon … who contributes to THIS BLOG.

Oh and perhaps you’ll consider following yours truly at BBerg1012 … I blog right here! But I guess you already knew that. 😉 Don’t forget to leave YOUR handles in the comment section, sweet internet friends!! xoxo