Photography by Lauren Mazzotta
Being a millennial in the workplace isn’t the easiest thing in the world! Sometimes we can find ourselves being underestimated, OVERestimated or fall under the radar. Proving that you are a valuable employee is one thing, but what do you do if you find yourself at work feeling like you aren’t being challenged, utilized or recognized for your skill-set?
With the recent intense weather, a lot of us have been in full hibernation mode indoors. If you’re looking for recommendations for things to read, watch, and listen to, here’s what we’ve been interested in lately!
Last January, we talked about how to actually keep your New Year’s Resolutions. But how did we make out with our own?
See how we did below the break!
By Morgan Spurr
It’s no secret—everyone has a different comfort level when it comes to sharing feelings or expressing thoughts. For some of us, it’s woven into everyday life, while for others it’s more of a challenge to open up.
Are you looking to borrow some money and/or build your credit? It can be difficult to choose which avenue is best for you, especially considering everyone has their own individual needs and spending habits, but we’re here to help.
If you’re intimidated by the idea of credit cards and loans, check out some of the basics below!
(Note: I’m not an expert—please consult with your bank or a financial advisor if you have questions about borrowing money and/or your specific circumstances!)
As some of you may (or may not) have noticed, the Silver Linings Society girls and I took a few month break and didn’t really explain why… so here we go!
After meeting and speaking about the break, we decided that we really love the transparency that we’ve tried to have so far—being able to speak our minds and let you know the “real story” about things! Whether that’s disclosing in a “What to Check Out” post that one of us didn’t actually read anything that month or discussing times when it’s okay to show a little bit of weakness or let yourself sit back and breathe.
For a little over a year we posted about twice a week, and all was going well but sometimes, as ALL of you know, life can get in the way.
Taylor had a career change and did some refocusing, my dad passed away unexpectedly and Lauren was a bit overwhelmed with her freelance workload, so we all were feeling a little disconnected from this whole thing.
After not being able to meet as often and having a hard time finding inspiration, we talked about our thoughts on everything and Taylor ended up deciding to part ways with the blog. She’s been teaching yoga at two local studios and started a new website, Yoga with Taylor where you can learn more about her approach, classes and events. We’d highly recommend checking out her classes and workshops if you live in the Burlington or Richmond areas!
Agreeing that the blog couldn’t be a priority at the time, Lauren and I decided to take a little break! What started as a month turned into two and I had a chance to really think about what I wanted to see the blog turn into. We spoke about what we thought worked and what didn’t and decided to make some changes that we are really excited about.
While this blog is still pretty small (and I’m not quite sure how many people are going to be reading this), I felt strange not explaining why we were MIA for a little bit. And in the theme of transparency, we decided that it was a good time to talk about it.
Making the decision to take a step back from a project you’re working on, a friend or even a job, is a very difficult thing to do and can be a blow to your pride since there are such negative connotations around “giving up.” But sometimes it takes time for you to separate yourself from something to figure out if it’s right for you, and what you can do to make it more engaging, enjoyable, productive or successful. It takes courage to allow yourself to hit pause when you may feel like others are expecting things of you. But if you don’t, it can harbor resentment and make things a lot worse.
So in all of this, I want you to know that it’s okay to take a break or even quit if what you’re putting your time and effort into just isn’t working or feeling right! This is NOT to say that we are quitting the blog, we have actually regrouped and made some strategies and plans for next year that we can’t wait to share with you!
Lauren and I will be looking for guest writers and topic suggestions so if anyone has anything that they’d like to contribute, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We know that we aren’t the only millennials in the world with experiences and perspectives to share, so we’d appreciate some input from others! That way, we can make sure that we are covering subjects that are relevant to all of us as a whole. So keep on commenting, let us know what you want to read and thank you so much for your support!
Xoxo Silver Linings Society (Samantha & Lauren)
The holiday season is upon us! A season of giving and gratefulness—joy and STRESS! The pressure to find and give the perfect gift to your loved ones is hard enough but what about the people in your life who you may not know so well or that seem to already have everything? How do you find a gift that doesn’t feel like a waste of money or something you give just so you can say that you did?
If you have a few people on your list that you’re struggling to find ideas for useful, thoughtful or meaningful gifts then perhaps the following guide and advice will provide you with some inspiration!
By Samantha Armstrong
Growing up, we all have our own holiday traditions—the way that we have celebrated the holidays almost every year for as long as we remember—but what happens when we get to a point where those holiday traditions change and we have to create a new way to celebrate?
We're back! After a much-needed break, we're starting to write again.
We'll be talking about what we've been up to, but for now, here are some things we've been reading, watching, and listening to:
What to Read.
Is It A Boy? Girl? Time To Stop Asking? The Gender Reveal Party Reconsidered by Chelsea Conaboy (Article)
Prior to reading this article, I hadn’t given much thought to the idea of the “gender reveal” party—where expecting parents creatively tell their friends and family the sex of their child. While conversations around sex vs. gender and breaking gender stereotypes are becoming more common (thankfully), the author points out how these parties can facilitate the idea that gender is what matters most about the baby.
The 36 Questions that Lead to Love (Article)
I recently watched a video on Facebook by the New York times that had couples who had been together for many years ask each other a set of questions. The questions were used originally as part of a physiological study to see whether intimacy could be created between two strangers by asking them a certain number of questions.
Watching the video and then reading the list of questions made me think about how even though you could be with your partner for years (for me, it's been almost 7) there are still some things that you may know about them! I plan to print out these questions and put them in a jar to ask my partner every once in a while to see if we can still learn a bit from each other.
Note: The video is very sweet and you should totally watch it, as well.
What to Watch.
For fans of mysteries and sci-fi. Dark takes place in both the past and present, and explores a strange connection between the two. When a young boy goes missing in a small German town, almost everyone asks: where is he? But the viewers are shown a more relevant question: “when” is he?
Note: the show is filmed in German, and it seems the default setting on Netflix is a version that’s dubbed with English—if you prefer, you can set it to German with English subtitles.
Schitt’s Creek (Series)
Schitt's Creek is a comedy series that stars Eugene Levy (American Pie), Catherine O'Hara (Home Alone) and that guy from Scary Movie with the small hand who stirs the mashed potatoes (you know who I'm talking about—oof!) It follows a super rich family who loses everything and is left with only one asset—a town called Schitt's Creek that the father (Eugene Levy) purchased as a gift for his son (real life son, Daniel Levy) as a joke. They are forced to move to a motel in this run-down town and start a new life.
If you like dry comedy and something that's easy to binge watch—there are three seasons on Netflix and another season coming to television in January on the network 'Pop.'
What to Listen to.
This Time by Land of Talk (Song)
Recently, I’ve mostly been listening to daily/weekly mixes curated by Spotify (super convenient, but not too exciting, I know). This single from Land of Talk’s most recent album pops up frequently, and I’m so glad when it does! It’s a genuinely hopeful, catchy rock song about starting fresh—which feels especially relevant as we head towards the new year.
The Louvre by Lorde (Song)
While Lorde's second album, Melodrama, is an amazing album overall, this song is my favorite one. Even though she's so young, she makes music that is a little bit darker than the typical pop album but is also fun to dance to in your car (alone so no one sees.) I listen to this song on repeat during my 35 minute commute home and if you're looking for something catchy to get stuck in your head, I highly suggest it.
By Samantha Armstrong
Although it doesn’t really feel like Fall, we are SO ready for some comfort food! I’m sure you’re aware that cauliflower is a super versatile veggie that can be made into breadsticks, pizza crust, a mashed potato swap and even “rice.” We decided that this would be the perfect ingredient for this month’s “Seasonal Cooking” post and created some yummy, go-to recipes that will get you into the mood for fall. Even if you’ll be sweating in your kitchen while making them.