Let’s Talk About Millennials

There are A LOT of millennial stereotypes out there, and many of them are exaggerated or grossly untrue. For some reason, older generations have made assumptions about our characteristics that differ from theirs and have decided they’re bad. Or,  writers are just making outrageous claims like that we hate groceries (I mean what even!?). It’s getting out of hand you guys.

Normally, I let these stereotypes slide because I know my own truth and I think older generations just want to make themselves feel better. It’s normal to hate new things. When the Beatles first came out, older generations didn’t like them. Now if you say you don’t like the Beatles you face life-long ostracization. Anyway, today I cannot hold my tongue. I came across this infographic on LinkedIn that is not just wrong, but dead wrong.

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Aside from what even is “executive presence” and the fact that the baby boomer looks like Colonel Sanders, those millennial cons are harsh. So let’s look at these piece by piece so I can tell you how wrong it is.

Millennials aren’t lazy.

Study after study finds that this is a myth. Not only are 43% of millennials considered “work martyrs” but more millennials forfeit taking vacation time than both baby boomers and Gen X. Millennials can’t afford to be lazy. We have the highest percentage of student debt by huge margins and the salaries of entry-level jobs haven’t risen at the same level as inflation. According to a Pew Research Center survey, “Millennials are the first in the modern era to have higher levels of debt, poverty and unemployment, and lower levels of wealth and personal income than their two immediate predecessor generations had at the same time.” My fellow millennials and I work hard. I would say that 80% of my cohorts have a side hustle, are actively involved in an organization, or regularly volunteer. We aren’t laying on the couch watching Friends reruns (mostly). Continue reading →

Dating Apps: A Guide

As discussed in a recent post, technology is changing the way we do everyday things. Dating is one of those things. Austin is a city whose dating culture is very app-focused. Considering how many people are developing apps here, it’s no wonder.

For those of you not in-the-know of all the latest dating app trends, enjoy this handy-dandy guide explaining them all to you. (Disclaimer: I have not personally used most of these apps, just gathered intel from friends or the internet. Let me know if I got anything wrong).

The first domino: TINDER 🔥

If you’ve read my blog before, you may be familiar with Tinder and its advertising potential. Tinder is the app that really started the whole dating app craze. The app shows you potential dates based on location + preferences you set (age, range, sex). You then swipe left (no) or right (yes). If you both swipe right you are matched + can message each other. It’s pretty simple.

Lady-friendly: BUMBLE 🐝

Bumble is built similarly to Tinder. Before Tinder updated, Bumble was one of the few apps to show you education + job information. You swipe on Bumble just like with Tinder but for this app, the woman has to message first. If she doesn’t message within 24 hours, the match expires + disappears. They also have A VIBee program. Bonus: Bumble is headquartered in Austin. Continue reading →

12 Reasons Austin is Texas (So Stop Telling Me It Isn’t)

Ten months ago, I made the move to Austin, TX. I absolutely love this city. It’s young, it’s casual, but still a great environment for freelancers and entrepreneurs. Austin is consistently voted best in many categories like city for 20-somethings US dining destination, and city for single women. Located in the heart of Texas, Austin is a blue fish in a red ocean, politically. For this reason, and others, many people think of Austin as “not really Texas.”

Texas pride is no joke. People of the Lone Star State take their heritage very serious. They see themselves as very independent and individual with Texas BBQ, Texas style-country music, Texas beer, etc. For this reason, I find it very interesting people would isolate Austin from the rest of the state. It is normally meant to be a compliment, but doesn’t always come off is such. Here are 12 reasons why Austin is totally Texan (because 512 is too many):

  1. It’s the capital. Duh.
  2. Austin has Grade A  BBQ.
  3. While we’re on food, Austin knows tacos.
  4. There are tons of top rated breweries in Austin.
  5. Austin is all about its music scene. Continue reading →

Why It’s Okay to Love Bad TV

We all have them, those shows you would never admit to watching but secretly love. It’s usually a trashy reality show or badly scripted cable show. All-in-all I’m pretty into all of my shows. If I had to point out one as a “guilty pleasure” it would probably be Cougar Town,  Married at First Sight (please come back for season 3), or American Ninja Warrior. I’m also into tiny house shows.

Cougar Town only comes on at 12:30 AM on weekdays after the rerun of Conan. I have to DVR it but I am determined to watch it all the way through. I like to imagine Courtney Cox playing an alternative version of Monica Geller. Married at First Sight is an A&E show on their FYI channel. It’s a show about couples who are matched by experts and don’t meet until their wedding. We then watch their first two months of marriage and see if they decide to stay together. If you don’t know what American Ninja Warrior is…

Photo Cred: TV Over Mind

Photo Cred: TV Over Mind

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Diffences in Dress Definitions

Spring is a time for fashion. White can be worn again, wedding season is here, and color is everywhere. With so many events in the spring season, it is hard to know what you really should wear. You already have your work staples sorted out, but what about outfits for events.

There are seven common dress categories: casual, semi-casual, business, semi-formal, formal, cocktail, and black tie. Some of these categories are easy to understand while other blur the lines with one another. You definitely never want to be under-dressed or so over-dressed that you stand out, especially at someone else’s event (wedding).

Casual

This is the most basic dress category there is. If an event is “casual” it means anything goes. This could be jeans, shorts, sandals, t-shirts, and other every day wear. Most weddings will not be casual dress but many BBQs, birthday parties, and other outings may be. casual Continue reading →

Fruit by the Season

If you’re like me, you love fruit. My local grocery store seems to have fruit all year round. I always wonder though if the fruit I am buying is actually fresh or just shipped in from some tropical place. I’ve done a little research into which season is prime for many of my favorite fruits and vegetables, here is what I found.

Photo cred: Fruision

Photo cred: Fruision

SPRING                                  

  • Apricots
  • Asparagus
  • Brocoli
  • Corn
  • Green beans
  • Honeydew
  • Limes
  • Mango
  • Oranges
  • Peas
  • Pineapple
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries

Summer

  • Apricots
  • Bell peppers
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplants
  • Figs
  • French beans
  • Garlic
  • Grapefruit
  • Green beans
  • Honeydew
  • Jalapeno peppers
  • Key limes
  • Lima beans
  • Limes
  • Nectarines
  • Okra
  • Peaches
  • Peas
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon

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Stuff About Sports: Basketball

As any of you basketball fans may know, yesterday was Selection Sunday for March Madness. On St. Patrick’s day we will see the match up of the NCAA college basketball tournament. Others of you may not have known it was selection Sunday. This post is for you. Like my baseball, soccer, and football posts, I’m going to explain the basics of basketball to you so you don’t look like a fool eating at Buffalo Wild Wings.

There are many different levels to basketball: kids leagues, high school, college, and of course the NBA. They all have slightly different rules. This post is going to speak to college since we are so close to the NCAA tournament. Most terminology will be in the same at every level.

The Court and players

Each team is typically made up of 12-15 players. Each team can have 5 players on the court at a time. The typical positions are two guards, two forwards, and one point guard OR  center. It depends if you are on defense or offense as to your set up.

Photo cred: GoTigersGo

Photo cred: GoTigersGo

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Things to Thank the Irish For

My Irish Adventures

My Irish Adventures

Ireland is the homeland of many great people and innovations. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day next week, I would like to celebrate all the wonderful things Ireland has given us.

  • The people: Colin Farrell, Liam Neeson, Jennifer Connolly, Conan O’Brien, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Bono, Pierce Brosnan, Jamie Dornan, Denis Leary, Hozier, Pat Monahan, C.S. Lewis, Robert Boyle, Jonathan Swift, Rory McIlroy, Oscar Wilde, Michael Gambon, Maureen O’Hara, Sinead O’Connor, and The Kennedys.
  • The eats (and drinks): Jameson, Guinness, Bailey’s, chocolate milk, soda water, corned beef and cabbage, and of course, potatoes. Continue reading →

Philanthropy Spotlight: Buy A Lady A Drink

Women around the world walk a combined 200 million hours a day to get access to safe water for their families, many times making multiple trips.

Water.org is an organization trying to help the  1 in 9 people without access to clean, safe water. Having safe water doesn’t just help with disease and nutrition, it also has positive benefits on health, education, sanitation, and socioeconomic opportunities.

Stella Artois, a Belgium brewing company with roots going back as far as the fourteenth century, has teamed up with Water.org to help the 750 million people without proper access to water. Their pledge of $1.2 million is contingent of public support.

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Stuff About Sports: Football

American Football is one of the most popular sports in the US. From community leagues to college to professional, millions of boys (and a few awesome girls-like her) played the game. In fact, it is approximated that 73% of Americans have played football in some capacity and 41.5 million people played fantasy football in 2014.

Though football has a lot of rules, as long as you understand the basics, you will be just fine.

The Field and players

The field is split into two sides, each 50 yards in descending order. At both ends of the field there is an end zone and a goal post.

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At any given time each team has 11 players on the field. The offensive team includes the quarterback, wide receivers, running backs, a center, tight ends, a half back, full back, offensive guard, offensive tackles and occasionally the kicker. The make up of each team depends on the play. The defensive team is made up of safeties, linebackers, defensive tackles, cornerbacks and defensive ends. Their objective is to stop the offensive team from moving forward by tackling the player with the ball or intercepting the pass. Continue reading →