Networking Attempts from a Millennial

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We’ve all been in those awkward situations. Don’t lie. You’re standing in an event venue, overpriced mediocre drink in hand and name-tag attached to your boob, and you have absolutely nothing to say to anyone. It could be that, like me, you’re simply just bad at it. But more often than not in this day and age, it may be because you’re a Millennial.

Now, many people may have different opinions so please keep in mind friends that this is simply that; my opinion. But I speak from experience. I am a Millennial. I was born in 1991 and I joined the corporate workforce in 2013. Therefore, I’m a measly 6 years into my professional career. The more I mature in the workforce and corporate world, the more I’m interested in networking; getting to know others in my field, learning about their career journeys, and expanding my contacts. I have gone out of my way to attend networking events and even attempt to educate myself on HOW to network. But I would still consider myself to have ZERO experience.

Why is that? What’s the problem? Is it me?

As I left another unsuccessful networking event last week I mulled this over on my way home. Why is it that I’m not finding success in networking? Why is it that I have nothing to talk about and discuss with other business people?  I thought back to a question and answer period that occurred that night and suddenly….I got it.

The question had to do with sexism and ageism in the workplace. And the answer provided was so incredibly sexist and age-ist itself, that I think the answer did more damage than good. I used to think that maybe the older generations in the workforce simply didn’t want to talk to Millennials, but I realized that I don’t want to talk to them!! For the most part, older generations don’t understand the way things are today; the way in which technology plays such an important part in job seeking, the fact that although we may be under 25 we’re probably more highly educated than you,  the fact that we don’t have the “experience” but your unable to get an entry level position without 5+ years of experience. How are we supposed to get ahead with these boundaries set against us?

The suggestion came about that Millennials get out and network more. But who has time for that when you’re working 70+ hours a week and also being told to have a work/life balance? Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my job. But I work for an extremely innovative company where I don’t feel a gap between the ages. But the more I start to understand the business environment, the more I realize how far it has to go. It’s 2019 people. If I hear one more time about a company or industry referred to as an “old boys club”, I’m taking up arms.

Women in the workforce needs their voices heard and diverse cultures need their voices heard – we’re not there yet but I see some progress. Now listen to Millennials too!

Spring Cleaning in the Blog World

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Hi friends! It’s finally starting to feel like spring here in Toronto. A bit too late for my liking, but winter held on tight this year. As my spring cleaning kicks into high gear, I’ve decided to take some time to refresh this space of mine; something that is a long time coming.

As I have grown up in the blogging world, as well as in the real world, my purpose and desires have changed. My life got busier and my love of makeup got sidetracked, so I therefore put the blog aside. I have new passions, but my love of writing and sharing is still prevalent, and I regret not evolving the blog along with me on the way. But fret no more my friends, I’m here to shake things up again.

Now, I know many follow these musings because of your love of beauty reviews, lookbooks and wishlists, so I know you may move on to other blogs to get your fix. I still have a love of a good lipstick and will share my thoughts when they arise, but what I want to share with you is everything else I do. My DIY obsessions. My knitting, calligraphy, cricut projects, embroidery, and everything else I’m itching to learn! I hope you all stick around!

Love,

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3 Steps To Reduce Your Risk Of Cancer

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Here’s the terrifying thing about cancer. It’s unpredictable, and any one of us could fall prey to the disease in one form or another. Chances are, you may have already experienced cancer on a personal level, perhaps in yourself or through a friend or family member. However, it is preventable. While we can never rule the risk of cancer out entirely, there are steps you can take to both reduce your cancer risk and beat the disease.

Step #1: Go for your cancer screenings

Your doctor might remind you to go for your screenings in advance, but if not, you should still book an appointment. Examples of screening tests include mammography for breast cancer, pap smears for cervical cancer, and a colonoscopy for colon cancer. You should especially make the effort to talk to your doctor about a cancer screening if you experience any of these common symptoms. Even if you don’t have the disease, having the relevant screenings will give you the peace of mind that you’re okay.

However, if the unthinkable happens, and you do have cancer, by getting screened, the cancer may have been detected early enough for it to be managed. While the disease can’t be fully cured, there are drugs available that can send it into remission. Topotecan, Inspire tells us, is one such drug that can control or kill cancer cells.

So, if you haven’t been for your cancer screenings recently, arrange an appointment with your doctor. When it comes to reducing your risk of cancer or minimizing the effects of the disease, this is your best course of action. Don’t delay!

Step #2: Live a healthy lifestyle

If you needed to change your approach to health this year, let it be this one. The better habits you create, the lower your risk of developing cancer.

Regular exercise can lower the risk of certain types of cancer, including colon, prostate and breast cancers. Experts suggest a minimum of 30 minutes a day, so find ways to be active, be that spending more time walking instead of using the car, and/or by taking part in some kind of fitness activity, such as running, cycling, or working out at home.

You should also commit to a healthier diet. Certain foods can lower your risk of cancer, and as stated in this article by Healthline, these include citrus fruits, fatty fish, and (love it or hate it) broccoli! Make an effort to incorporate them into your diet then; as while you might not love every item in the linked article, you will be doing your long-term health a lot of good if you partake in a few. Hint: create a soup or a smoothie with those cancer-beating foods that you might not enjoy eating whole.

Step #3: Cut out your bad habits

As part of the previous step, you should also cut out anything that will increase the risk of cancer. Unsurprisingly, this includes smoking tobacco, which according to cancer charities is still the leading cause of cancer. An excessive intake of alcohol can also increase the risk of certain types of cancer, including throat, colon, and breast cancers. And certain foods you eat can also increase your risk of the disease. Check out this article to find out more.

While we know it isn’t easy to give up certain bad habits, you should make the effort for the sake of your health. Speak to your doctor for professional advice if you need help in quitting your worst vices.

Finally

Statistics tell us that 1 in 2 of us will develop cancer in our lifetimes, and 1 in 4 will die of the disease. This is frightening, we know, but you don’t have to be part of those statistics. Follow our suggestions then, and improve your chances of a longer, and healthier life.

Take care, and thanks for reading.