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    Feeling Lost? The Simple Quiz That Will Help You Figure Out “What You Want to do with Your Life”

    Feeling stuck in your career? Take this quiz and find your passion | NatalieWasHere.com

    What would you tell your 21-year-old self? I’d tell her to wear sunscreen, drink more water before she goes out for the night and spend less money on clothes. And while there are other life lessons I’m sure she’d benefit from, one of the biggest pieces of wisdom I’ve learned is this — it’s okay to not have everything figured out on graduation day, or even four years later. It’s okay to feel like your next big adventure has yet to be discovered.

    I’m creative by nature. I’m disorganized and visual and always conjuring up big ideas in my head. Sitting at a desk all day never felt right, and some days, I know I’m meant to do so much more. But, what is it? What am I supposed to be doing? How can I find my passion and make a career out of it?

    If you’ve had any these thoughts, you’re certainly not alone.

    A dear friend of mine (hi, Sarah!) recently introduced me to Clarity on Fire, a blog written by career coaches, Rachel East and Kristen Walker. The dynamic duo writes for millenials who “know what they don’t want, but have no idea what they’d rather be doing.” Sounds familiar, right?

    Their blog content is designed to help you find your passion. Because let’s be honest, we all want our careers to bring us joy, fulfillment and ignite our creativity. But, it’s nearly impossible to get there without truly knowing yourself first.


    SO, LET’S TALK ABOUT THIS QUIZ

    Clarity on Fire’s Passion Profile quiz will help you identify your natural strengths, characteristics and challenges.

    There are four possible outcomes, and depending on your results, you could fall into one of the following categories: Firestarter, Tribe Member, Side Hustler, or Thriver.

    I’m a Firestarter, which according to Clarity on Fire, means I am “driven by an internal fire, a deep craving to create, transform and shake things up.”

    I’m attracted to flexibility, rebellion, independence, leadership and freedom. I don’t like to follow the rules (who said rules were fun, anyway?) and I can’t help but challenge the way things are.

    And while I learned about my key strengths, the quiz also helped me identify some challenges. For example, I learned I’m often distracted, impatient, not easily satisfied and overwhelmed by the amount of ideas I have (ha, truth).

    This Passion Profile quiz has been called “scarily accurate” and for good reason. If you are struggling with identifying where your passions lie, take a few minutes out of your day and answer 11 questions. Remember to be honest! Don’t pick an answer because it’s the “cooler” one. Go with your gut for the best results. I promise you won’t regret it.

    Which Passion Profile are you?

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    Navy Shirt Dress and Lace Up Heels

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    Hi, there. How’s your week going?

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    My aunt and uncle, cousin and his boyfriend and my cousin and her adorable baby boy flew to Cincinnati from Florida and the whole gang is staying at my parents’ house. I can’t wait (like, times 100) to join everyone tonight and play tour guide for the weekend. I haven’t been home in awhile, and with everything new going on in Cincy (the streetcar, Oktoberfest, this amazing new restaurant), I know it will be a nice little visit.

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    Alright, let’s talk about this outfit…

    There’s just something about lace up heels. And whatever that “something” is, I can’t get enough of it. I was hunting for a pair for what felt like forever, and when I spotted these (and their 75% off discount I got as a new customer), it was a no-brainer.

    My office errs on the traditional side in terms of dress code, so while I wouldn’t wear these to work, I would definitely swap out my classic pumps for these babies after hours. Happy hour is the best hour, so why not have fun shoes to match? Every girl needs a pair(s) of shoes that make her feel like a million bucks.

    I styled my new favorite shoes with a classic shirt dress. And let me just say, if you are looking to add something to your closet, go for the shirt dress. It’s a staple that can be dressed up, dressed down, or styled to fit your mood.

    Want to go preppy? Add a printed blazer and some wedges. Edgy? Grab a leather jacket and black booties. Sporty? Slide on some sneakers and put on your favorite baseball cap. Sexy? Keep the accessories simple and grab your favorite sleek pumps or lace up heels (of course).

    SHIRT DRESSES UNDER $100


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    Dress: Forever 21 (similar) | Heels: JustFab | Bag: Express (similar) | Necklace: Emma Jane Designs c/o

    Photography by Erika Gene Clark

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    ’70s Style: The Denim Jumpsuit

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    Jumpsuit: Old Navy (under $50!) | Headband: Anthropologie (love this one) | Bag: Coach | Sandals: Topshop | Necklace and Earrings: Emma Jane Designs c/o

    Never in a million years did I think I’d be waltzing around town in a denim jumpsuit. I tried the overalls trend once, but when I looked in the mirror, I got flashbacks to the time I dressed up as a farmer’s daughter for Halloween (it wasn’t a good look). Some people can really rock them, but I just didn’t feel like myself.

    But when I spotted this denim jumpsuit at Old Navy, I grabbed it and made a b-line for the dressing room. Farmer’s daughter in this thing? No way.

    I fell in love, instantly. It hugs my curves in all the right places, is super comfortable to wear and is unlike anything else I own. Bingo. Into the cart it went.
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    I kept the look casual with a messy ponytail (complete with a pretty headband, of course), dainty accessories, my trusty sandals and a crossbody bag.

    And while this look was perfect for the weekend, this jumpsuit is so versatile. I’m already planning on how I can wear it to the office. I think this blouse would look perfect underneath.

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    Photography by my girl, Erika Gene Clark

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    Career Chat: 6 Tips to Help You Network Like a Boss

    Networking Tips | NatalieWasHere.com

    Alright, friend. Let’s talk about networking for a second. Does the word bring on sudden waves of anxiety? Does the thought of shaking hands with random strangers make you want to crawl into a hole instead (believe me, I’ve been there)?

    The whole process can be really intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be.

    With the right attitude and approach, even the most introverted people can excel at building and maintaining strong professional relationships. And an added bonus? Some connections might even blossom into friendships.

    Today, I’m sharing six tips for networking success on GenTwenty, a site that provides twenty-somethings with support and reassurance through all aspects of life (I’m a contributor now, so be sure to follow along!). Pop on over to read the full list.

    I’ll see you there :)


    What are some of your tried and true networking tips?

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    Long Live Summer: White Floral Dress

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    Whew, it’s been a whirlwind, guys. My day job (I’m a senior account executive at a Columbus-based PR firm) has been absolutely insane lately. And don’t get me wrong, being busy at work is a good thing. I’ve been slow before and it didn’t end well.

    How are things for you? I feel like it’s been awhile since I’ve checked in with you last.

    It’s a bit surreal to think September starts tomorrow. This is so cliche to say, but summer seriously flew by. As it always does. It’s funny how winter seems to last forever, though. Especially if you live in the Midwest. But, we’ll worry about that beast of a season when the time comes. I’m definitely not reaching for the blanket scarves and sweaters just yet. In the meantime, I’ve still got summer on the brain.

    And summer means sundresses. This floral dress is comfortable, affordable and just plain fun to wear. It’s sweet and a little bit sexy — I absolutely love the cut out and the tie front.

    I paired it with a fedora, my trusty Topshop sandals (I’ve literally worn these almost every day this summer) and olive green bucket bag, which compliments the green leaves on the dress.

    Summer, I hope you stay forever. Xo

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    Here to Disrupt LLC: The Group That’s Disrupting the Culinary Scene (In The Best Way)

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    This past Sunday, I had the opportunity, along with eight other bloggers and social media influencers, to attend the most insane rooftop brunch of all time, co-hosted by Here to Disrupt and Kaufman Development. We gathered around a Pinterest-worthy table and enjoyed boozy drinks, sweet treats and savory dishes. It was an experience I will remember for a very long time. Seriously, I didn’t feel cool enough. I still don’t. But, I do have the photos to prove I was there, so maybe that will up my blog cred by a few points.

    If you haven’t heard of Here to Disrupt, I can guarantee you’ll be seeing a lot from them in the near future. They are a group of passionate, creative individuals who are changing the culinary scene in Columbus, one pop-up event at a time. The events are held at restaurants and nontraditional locations and venues, with the goal to showcase sous chefs from across Ohio. And let me tell you, these people are talented.

    Here to Disrupt 4This particular event celebrated the pastry, and as a girl who loves her sweets, I was fully on board. Dishes were prepared by pastry chefs, Aaron Clouse (pastry chef for LBRANDS/owner of Cakes by Aaron), Andrew Worth (owner of WORTH) and Amanda Erckert (owner of Tablspoon). The sweet treats ranged from a German berlinger filled with lingonberry jam, to sweet corn fritters and Greek loukoumades with toasted walnuts and honey. The savory menu option was a quiche stuffed with shitake mushrooms and emmental cheese, with a side of asparagus.

    And to top everything off, we had the opportunity to try a more savory dessert, Bloody Mary sorbet with orange sponge cake, vodka soda and grilled shrimp. The flavors were so unexpected, but worked so well together. The way I think about dessert forever changed the moment I took a bite of that salty and savory sorbet. It was UNREAL.

    HTDHere to Disrupt 2Derek Reno of The Reno Reserve kept the drinks coming. Because everyone knows a good brunch usually involves alcohol. Extra props to the bartender when your glasses look like this.

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    I was so honored to be a part of this event. The food was sweet, and the company was sweeter. I can’t wait to see what these guys do next.

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    The Summer Drink You Need to Make ASAP

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    Fall might be right around the corner, but for now, the heat index and my lifeless hair say otherwise. On days when it’s hotter than hot, all I can think about is getting my hands on something cool and refreshing. You, too? Well then, you’re in luck! Happy hour is starting early and today’s special is the Ginger Mint Pineapple Margarita. It’s sweet and spicy and so good, you’ll wonder how you ever did Taco Tuesday without it. Now, the important question: salt on the rim or sugar?

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    My friend Max introduced me recently to Karate Cowboy, a white whiskey infused with sake. I realize this sounds like an interesting combination, and that’s because it is. But it works. Instead of the traditional margarita made with tequila, the Ginger Mint Pineapple margarita is made with Karate Cowboy’s Ginger Mint flavor — a refreshing combination of crisp ginger and cooling mint. The ginger, mint, lime and pineapple juices blend effortlessly together like one big happy boozy family. The flavor explosion is so good, I’d like to see you try to stop at one.

    Here’s how to make this delicious summer drink at home:

    Ginger Mint Pineapple Margarita

    • 2 oz Ginger Mint Karate Cowboy
    • 1/2 oz key lime juice
    • Top with pineapple juice
    • Serve over ice
    • Coat rim with sugar or salt (optional)

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    Karate Cowboy is the brain child of Columbus, Ohio-based Revolution Experiment. It’s basically brand new to the spirits market, and I have a feeling it’s going to be Fireball huge. If you live in Ohio, you can find Karate Cowboy at various bars and liquor stores across the state. Visit their website to find a location near you.

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