Weekly Reads – August 27th

Welcome to the Weekly Reads, where I highlight articles that I found on the web and that are focused on career advice, lifestyle, beauty or anything I think would round-up as useful for the young, modern, working woman. So get yourself comfortable, pour a cup of coffee and enjoy this week’s reads!

This week has been incredibly sweet. The work load has been rather low (finally!) and I have done quite a few things. It turns out that once you leave work at a decent time (6:30 pm) there is a whole lotta’ life out there. By being less busy I fell like I have achieved much more and stayed much more balanced and healthy in the process.

 

Laptop gold-min

 

Desk goals. We spent the whole Saturday wandering around Ikea to find the perfect desks and accessories that would substitute our previous “one desk” setup. This way I will have my own workspace where I can focus on studying (see why below) and creating more content for the blog. The picture above is how it actually looks like so far and I would say it’s been worthwhile to assemble furniture well into the night. Desk is from Ikea and accessories from both Ikea and H&M Home. Let me know what you guys think!

What have I been up to. This week I have finally signed up for a Master’s program which I will be starting this autumn. I am super excited to finally start it as I’ve had this on my to do list for a while. At this point, I personally don’t think a full-time master program would bring me as much value as I am getting from a full-time job, reason for which I have chosen to pursue an online degree so that I can balance both a full-time job and studies. Is there anyone else doing the same? Please let me know in the comments, I would really love to hear about your experience!

Stay true to your story. It’s taken me a long time (and I am not sure I am there yet) to actually understand that professional commitment does not have to be the same as working for unsustainable hours. If you are unhappy in your current situation, but you feel like you need to live up to specific strands you are holding for yourself in your mind, it might be that you need to rethink those standards. At the end of the day it is a matter of changing the narrative and the stories you are choosing to believe.

Money Diaries. I am obsessed with Refinery 29′ Money Diaries series. I know I posted a couple of times about it already but I just can’t help it. I find it so interesting and in a way “educational” that I can’t but recommend it to everyone listening (reading in this case).

Shaping up the youth. Creating equal opportunities for everyone and especially doing that for young people has always been a topic very close to my heart. For me, giving opportunities to young people early on and even before they properly enter the workforce is a must. It is not only beneficial for the teenagers, as it helps build their soft skills and their confidence, but it is also good for companies to get exposed to fresh ideas and interactions and to give back to society. I am always happy to read about initiatives and articles that advocate for that.

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