Now that summer’s here and in full swing, outdoor get togethers keep popping up on our calendars. The Silver Linings Society ladies collected and tested some awesome recipes that would be crowd pleasers at any barbecue / potluck / event!
Job hunting is a beast, and if you’re a little rusty and haven’t updated your resumé in a while—or don’t have a solid resumé at all—it can also be extremely stressful and time consuming. Taking the time to thoroughly create or polish your resumé can give you the confidence and representation that you need to land a job interview. It will also show a potential employer that you mean business and are fully capable of taking on the position!
We wrote a post a few months ago about some resumé basics but now it’s time to get into the nitty gritty! Here are nine tips on how to make a killer resumé and get that job!
On July 5, 2016, we published our first post to the Silver Linings Society blog! What started as a random dinner meeting about an idea that Taylor had for a new project, has turned into an (almost) bi-weekly ritual, reminding other millennials and ourselves that we are not alone!
This year has been filled with photoshoots, cupcakes, brainstorming and a new sense of community and open conversation.
Here is what all of us have to say about how this last year of blogging has impacted us!
What to Read.
1. Bad Feminist - Roxane Gay (Book)
Roxane Gay’s New York Time’s best seller Bad Feminist has been out for a few years now, but I finally bought it a few months ago. As a collection of autobiographical essays exploring Gay’s relationships and life experiences as a black woman and a feminist in our country, you’d think the book would be pretty heavy. But Gay weaves in just enough humor and pop culture to keep you from getting too much more depressed in this very depressive era of society.
“What makes Bad Feminist such a good read isn’t only Gay’s ability to deftly weave razor-sharp pop cultural analysis and criticism with a voice that is both intimate and relatable...Despite embracing the ‘bad feminist’ label, Gay isn’t a bad feminist at all. In fact, she’s one of the best.” ~ San Francisco Chronicle
(P.S. I’ve also heard that her more recent books Hunger & Difficult Women are both awesome!)
It’s finally Summer! The days are longer and it’s prime time for hanging out with friends, having barbeques, and enjoying the outdoors—so what better time is there to challenge yourself to step away from the screens and limit the time that you spend staring at your phone and computer?!
By Jessica Wright
Most of us are introduced to the credit process when we’re graduating seniors in high school, applying for financial aid. We are given promissory notes to sign and payment terms to acknowledge without ever really understanding what we’re getting ourselves into. And for the unlucky few of us who aren’t able to finish our degrees, or even some who do graduate, it’s easy to overlook those loans we signed up for and adopt a “deal with it later” attitude. We let bills pile up and pay them when we can – or not at all. Unfortunately, this is a big mistake that leads to an avalanche of credit problems in the future.
When I was 19, I made the difficult decision to leave my dream school because I couldn’t afford it. Financial aid covered about half, but my parents couldn’t foot the remaining tuition bills and I couldn’t work enough hours in between classes to make up the difference. When I made this decision, I didn’t account for the fact that my loans would become due that year instead of my planned graduation year, as most student loans are structured. So when that first (hefty) bill arrived, I ignored it. I ignored the next few as well, and when I moved to Boston, permanently, I didn’t update my address with my creditors. My bills went unopened and unpaid for two years – until I got a wage garnishment notice from the IRS. They were going to take money out of my paycheck, and thus notify my employer of my poor payment habits, if I didn’t start paying immediately.
That was enough of a wakeup call for me to completely make over my credit profile. It wasn’t easy and it took a while, but now I enjoy the opportunities that come with having a good credit score: low interest rates, instant approvals, higher credit card limits, easier access to loans and even increased likelihoods of promotions or job offers. If you find yourself in a situation like mine or you just want to improve your score for a better shot at a mortgage or new car, try these tips.
Adulthood can either wreak havoc on a friendship or make it so strong that it starts to grow roots. As a millennial who is navigating their own path, creating new experiences, cultivating relationships and becoming the person who they will ultimately end up to be, it can be difficult to maintain many of the friendships that they’ve had over years!
We wrote a post on how to make friends after college, but what about the friends that you already have? When do you decide that it’s time to let go or it’s something that’s worth tending to? It’s not so easy to figure out what the best thing to do is when friendships can fall between the cracks of life but here are a few things to consider when deciding whether to “break up” with your friend or work things out.
by Taylor Downs
I’m officially at the stage in my life when I can expect to attend at least 2-3 weddings a year for the foreseeable future. A few things new things on my mind are:
The thing about wedding season is there tend to be multiple weddings per year, and if you’re anything like me, you probably don’t have a plethora of wedding-appropriate attire to choose from for these upcoming nuptials. Meaning, you’re going to have to get something - and hopefully something that will work for multiple weddings this season.
Trying to buy for multiple events has its challenges though, as you need to remain aware of the dress code (more on that later), the time of the ceremony (daytime events tend to be a little more casual - and hot - than evening affairs), and the location (are you going to need to worry about heels sinking into grass or sand?).
When it comes down to it, always respect the intended formality and vibe of the event - even if you have to buy (or rent!) multiple dresses.
My family has had pets for almost all of my life—at least one cat at any time. So when I searched for my first apartment after college and found a place that allowed cats, I jumped on the first flyer I saw for a cat in need of a new home.
When I met Lulu at her previous owner’s home, she rubbed up against my leg, enthusiastically welcomed my presence and affection, and rolled around on the floor, showing me her belly—I knew I had to take her home with me. In the 7 years since then, we’ve been through a lot together, including a number of things I didn’t expect from having my own pet. If you’re considering bringing a new pet into your home (now or in the future), I hope I can help prepare you for the journey ahead! Here are a few things to consider:
As I’ve mentioned in other recent posts—quite proudly, I may add—my boyfriend and I just bought our first house! We started the process over six months ago (and it was a doozy) but we came out with a beautiful home, a huge yard, and a view of the mountains to write home about.
Throughout this process, we almost gave up a few times because purchasing a house is more expensive, time consuming, disappointing, and complicated than I ever thought that it would be. While it’s definitely worth it in the end, I’ve come up with a list of some things that I wish I’d known before I started the home buying process...