The Week of May 8th

Around Boston

It's been six months since the election, and there is more that can be done! 

We've finally caught up to other cities...UberEATS has arrived!  Anyone tried it yet?

One of our favorite brands is in town, limited time only.  Make sure to visit the Cuyana pop-up in the next few weeks!

Check out Patagonia Boston for free weekly yoga classes on Tuesday at 7:30pm

USPS Informed Delivery is rolling out in Boston.  How cool to see what you'll get in the mail before you actually receive it!

More on this below, but grab a ticket to a First-time Homebuyer's social, tomorrow night.

Around LA

Check out Patagonia Santa Monica for free weekly yoga classes on Sundays at 9am

Career & Finance

Now these ladies have given us a(nother) reason for outdoor drinking!

From the creators of Zillow, comes a new site geared toward millennials purchasing property.

Health & Beauty

Eeek...what do we think of these blackhead-removing masks?

How to find time for self-care as an entrepreneur.

Because there can never be enough reminders, how to live healthy in your 30s.

Style & Decor

Spring cleaning time: How to Marie Kondo your office space.

So Cinco de Mayo was last week, but we have Kate's blood orange margarita recipe noted for any occasion!

How to repurpose candle jars as decor and storage... the perfect DIY project.

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#AskJUGS: How do I know if I should start looking for a new job?

This is a pretty common question. While there are definitely some signs that you should start looking for a new job, a better question to ask might be, “How can I be ready to launch a job search?”

You never know when a great opportunity will come along or when sudden changes can leave you feeling desperate in your current job. Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take on a regular basis to ensure that you’re ready to get serious about making a change should the need arise.

3 Ways to be Job Search Ready

1. Take Inventory

Find yourself occasionally wondering, “What’s next?”. Go ahead and try to imagine some of the possibilities. This brainstorm doesn’t have to be practical to be helpful.

Ask yourself what sort of role or projects you’d love to tackle. Make a list of what you do now, what you love and what you’d love to never have to do again. Are there programs or software you’d like to learn? Professional development opportunities you might want to take advantage of?

These notes aren’t just lists - they’re useful data about your evolving interests. If you pay attention, they’re telling you how to move forward, even if the end goal isn’t clear. If you’re not sure how to begin this process, you can start by asking these questions.

2. Ask for Feedback

Asking for feedback on your skills and strengths from your peers can be extremely valuable. Find three or four colleagues that you know, trust and like. These should be people familiar with your work and work style, as well as your values.

If you’re not sure what other career possibilities may be a good match for you, ask them to think about what they can imagine you doing successfully. My guess is that you’ll be surprised by how insightful your friends and colleagues can be!

Bonus: These conversations also provide great content you can potentially use in resumes, cover letters and job interviews!

3. Update Your Resume and LinkedIn Quarterly

While it’s ideal to customize your resume and LinkedIn to the specific type of roles you’re interested in, it’s important to keep track of your professional accomplishments and evolution in real time, too.

Make a date with yourself once a quarter to take stock of new skills, experiences, and responsibilities and update your resume and/or LinkedIn accordingly. That way, should any interesting opportunities come your way, you’ll be ready!

 

Jenn Walker Wall writes a monthly career advice column called #AskJUGs for JustUsGalsBos.com and is the founder of Work Wonders Coaching + Consulting. You can follow her on Twitter: @JennWalkerWall

The Week of May 1

Around Boston

Note: we're taking a month off from Ladies Lounge, so enjoy the month and stay tuned for info. on June's event!

See you tonight! The Nature Conservancy is hosting The Future of Nature: The Energy We Need at the Microsoft NERD Center in Kendall.

Around LA

Hope to see you at the Bossladies Fireside Chat with Sugar Paper.

Speaking of sugar, have you heard of the Museum of Ice Cream? People are absolutely losing their minds over it. 

The Earth Day vibes continue at the Santa Monica Green Business Roundtable: Latest Strategies For a Big Impact.

Lastly, this time of year is crazy, get centered and relaxed at Yoga+Beer every first Sunday at El Segundo Brewing Company. 

Career + Finance

Some tips on how to live like it is Earth Day every day, and save money while you're at it. 

Details matter. Here is how to write a good post-interview thank you note. Hint: e-mail doesn't count. 

Any of you gals heard of Ellevest? We are novices at investing, but this makes it look so chic + (hopefully) easy. 

Health + Beauty

We all have setbacks, here are some great steps for getting your health and wellness back on track after a hard week by A Blonde & A Briefcase. 

We spy some familiar brands on NY Mag's list of natural beauty recommendations. 

Style + Decor

Give your apartment a spring refresh with these 10 droolworthy DIY ideas from Design Fixation.

Love this interview with the founder of La Fille Colette (ecofashion!) on Boston Day Book. 

Who's That Gal: Gabi Valladares of By Gabriella

Name: Gabi Valladares

Occupation: Director of Social Media

Hometown: Danbury, Connecticut

Current ‘hood: Jamaica Plain

Age: 26

Currently Reading: Today Will be Different by Maria Semple

Favorite Boston-based brand: Eek there are SO many! Two of my favorites are Jugos and George Howell


What do you think are the pillars of presence on social media?

  1. Authenticity: Be you. Be real. Having a tough day? It’s okay to share that. It doesn’t always have to be rainbows and smiles on social. Be transparent with your community, as much as you’re comfortable being.

  2. Be present: Proactively connect with others. Yes, sharing content is essential, but actively look for new people to follow - people who are sharing content you truly enjoy. Then, engage. Engage with the photos they’re sharing, connect with the captions they’ve thoughtfully included, and don’t be afraid to reach out directly to establish a connection.


How did steps you have taken lead you to your current career?

Networking has led me to where I am, 100%. All three of my full-time jobs were offered and secured because of my network and presence on social media. Build a community; this is especially where quality over quantity rings true. Grab coffee with your potential and existing community members, put yourself out there, and remember - the worst they can say is no, right?

 

In reflecting on your growth across social media platforms, what stands out the most as an “a-ha” moment in how powerful these channels are in the worlds of blogging and communication?

My a-ha moment came when my friends and community members told me that they either made one of my recipes, tried out a DIY project I created, or visited a spot I recommended in one of my city guides. It was so exhilarating! It was the validation that we say we don’t need, but still need just a bit. It meant that the content I was creating had an effect on others. It convinced them to take an action, no matter how big or small.

 

Who were your influences when you were starting your lifestyle blog?  Where do you find inspiration present-day?

Brit + Co. was the first blog I really started following along with. I read their website religiously - Brit is a genius! I still find inspiration there, as well as from Sugar & Cloth, Cocorrina (she’s a doll!), and How Sweet It Is (my first-ever favorite food blog, and still my favorite food blog to date!).

 

Your instagram account is ever so p e r f e c t.  How did you establish a styling script for your posts?

Thank you! What a compliment! It feels like it took FOREVER to get my feed to a place where I really did love it. For me, it’s all about finding a common thread and creating a consistent feed. My common thread is a pop of color. Every photo has some sort of color featured - whether that be from a (strategically placed) napkin to a cocktail full to the brim with flora, every photo has a pop of color in it.


You are a huge supporter of small businesses.  What are your three Boston favorites and why?

  1. Olives & Grace: This spot is like a little oasis in our fair city. Walking in is somehow so exciting and also so relaxing at the same time. Sofi’s ability to curate a cohesive, yet diverse collection of handmade goods, locally sourced products, and small batch items is simply exquisite.

  2. Blackbird Doughnuts: These doughnuts are the BEST. If you’ve yet to experience Blackbird Doughnuts, please go immediately and get the Everything Bagel Doughnut. It sells out fast and you’ll see why as soon as you give it a try.

  3. Jugos: Jugos is where it’s at. Ron knows how to run a business like no other - his menu is divine and the vibe is on point, always. Go, go, go!

 

We have been following (and attending) BOS Lady Project events for years, and you have built such an amazing network of engagement in multiple communities!  Tell us about the evolution and future direction both here and for our neighbors in Providence, where it all started.

First and foremost, thank you for your support! We’ve been so lucky to have the opportunity to collaborate with Just Us Gals on multiple occasions and it’s been a dream.

The Lady Project is expanding, and quickly. Boston was the third chapter just over three years ago, and now we’re in nearly twenty cities! How incredible is that!? Essentially we want to build communities for women that are comfortable, accessible, and affordable. Also - FUN! We’re putting much more of an emphasis on fostering that community, as well as supporting our members. We’ve got lots of fun events planned, and some new initiatives coming later this year. Stay tuned, y’all!

 

What’s next for ByGabriella?

A big move! I can barely believe it, but I’m packing up and heading south, at least for a bit. I’ll be relocating to Atlanta. Don’t fret, though! I’ll be focusing on much of the same content - with added travel content (more fun news on that, shortly!) and finally some grilling recipes! Yay for finally having a grill!