6 random things from my week and 7 tips to landing a job you love

Happy Friday, friends! Today I want to share some tips for those who are feeling as lost but also as picky as I was while trying to figure out what in the world I wanted to do for “work”. But first….

6 Random Things From My Week:

1. On Monday I was in the pool to see the sunrise and on the bike to watch the sunset. I don’t remember the last time I was outside to watch both on the same day! Anyone else love the feeling? img_2812

2. After waiting in line for 90 minutes… (but of course with gratitude for the privilege to do so)

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3. Annnnd anyone else avoiding social media after Tuesday?

4. A kale salad a day keeps the doctor away? But really, kale salads are super hot in my life right now. This one included roasted beets, sweet potato, apple, pumpkin seeds, avocado and balsamic glaze (also obsessed with this).  img_0016

5. These leggings. The fact that I can wear leggings to work and it is acceptable (well in my head, I don’t ask for opinions) makes me feel like I am winning.  img_2808

6. This Is Us. Bachelor franchise shows are typically the extent of my TV watching but a friend suggested This Is Us and since the bachelor doesn’t start again until January and it is on Hulu, I figured I would give it a shot. So good! It reminds me a lot of Parenthood which I also loved. They are only 6 episodes thus far so you have plenty of time to get all caught up! this-is-us-tv-series  


3 years out of college (wait, really?!) and 6 months into a job I love, I think it is fair to say that it has been a long and surprising journey. There has been no lack of thought, tears and time put into getting to a place where I am happy, grateful and excited to go to work every day. 

Here are 7 tips to finding (maybe unexpectedly) a job you love: 

1. Accept the truth that there is no “perfect” job. 

When I was in school I had this misconception that I would be able to land a job that was just the right combination of my passions, education and dreams. I believed that an employer would find my education from a good university highly valuable and that my degree would be taken into account when offering me this fantasized job that was made for the exact skill set I had acquired. I was sure that whatever I was doing, I would be able to feel the difference I was making every day!

If you have been out of school for about 5 seconds you can probably find some humor in all of this. While there is no harm in dreaming big and while I do think you can find purpose in any job, there is not a job in the world that is perfect. You probably won’t be doing what you expected to be doing, especially right out of school. If you do end up in the job you expected to have, it probably won’t be what you expected every single day. Every job has hard days. The job you least expected, may be the one you love. 

2. Work on that resume. 

I mean duh, right? But really, make your resume look good. If you are still in school, visit your career center and make an appointment to meet with someone who can help you with this. Make sure you don’t ignore the small things like your address, email address and phone number. Taking the time to perfect your resume may be worth it when an employer is flipping through hundreds. 

3. Follow your heart.

My most cliché point but I had to include it. If I hadn’t followed my heart to Colorado, I wouldn’t have been in the situation to meet the person who encouraged me to apply for the job I now love. 

4. Be social. 

I was encouraged to apply for my now current position, in an industry I knew nothing about, by having a conversation with a Dad of one of my cross-country athletes at a race last fall. It has been easy to notice since then that it really is all about who you know. 

5. Take every interview. 

Not only for the obvious reason that you will get better at interviewing, but after interviewing for positions you aren’t 100% sold on you will get a better idea of what the position entails and the company culture. You may just find that the interview you were going to for experience ends up being the job you want the most. 

6. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t settle.

If you are still browsing job sites, maybe “just looking” incase there is something better, you probably aren’t happy where you are.  Don’t settle! If you happen to apply to one of those jobs and are offered an interview, go! 

The interview process for my current job started in February and at the time I was interviewing with other companies. When I received another job offer in March for a different position, I gladly excepted. I quickly learned however that the job was not for me and when my current company eventually offered me a job just 2 months into this other job, I was torn because this company had just brought me on and there was nothing that was unbearable wrong. In the end I knew I would regret not taking the other offer and now I am SO thankful I didn’t settle but that also brings me to #7….

7. Don’t feel like you owe an employer anything. 

This can be tough – you wan’t to be a loyal employee, that is great trait to have! At the end of the day however most companies are looking out for number one. Ultimately, you have to do the same. 

 

Lastly, don’t be afraid to start over or do something that wasn’t in your 5 year plan. I know I invested a lot of time into certain areas only to realize those things weren’t for me. It would have been a shame if I had kept heading in one direction simply because I had already spent so much time going down that path. It is never too late to start something new. 

 

Healthy Regards,

Hayley

 


 

Let’s chat!

1. What is one random thing from your week?

2. Kale salads, yay or nay? Favorite toppings/add ins?

3. What is the best piece of career advice you have been given? What is some advice you could give from your experiences?

 

 

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3 ways to cope with stress… from a stress case

Hello, friends! 

I know I have been m.i.a. since the beginning of this year but honestly blogging has been the last thing on my mind. The start to this year has been streeeessssssfull.

I should preface this whole post by saying that I tend to stress a wee bit more than some people. I wish I could tell you why or where that stems from but I honestly think it is just a genetic disposition. I love control, consistency, security and basically just knowing all things. Sooooo when I start to think that these things that bring me comfort are missing from my life, I get a little stressed. 

Being on vacation for 10 days over the holidays allowed me a ton of time to think. I started to think about all the above things and sure enough that led to a full-blown crisis once I returned to the real world. 

I definitely doubt the path that I am on more often than I would like to. My career path has not been normal and my everyday looks much different from your typical 9-5 job. My days are all over the place which allows me to do some other awesome things but it also tends to stress me out sometimes. I definitely crave more in many areas of my life but I also lack certainty on what exactly that “more” is. This unknowing drives me crazy. Pair that with stress about finances, relationships and health to name a few, and I can get real weird (a.k.a super stressed, awake all night, a few an embarrassing amount of episodes that involved tears and really, just crazy). 

Buuuuuut without getting into too much detail about my own issues lets chat about a few ways to productively deal with your own stress. 

Whether it is finances, work, relationships or health, here are a three tips for coping with stress: 

1. Trust that this path is leading you somewhere better than you could ever imagine. 

I have been reading and constantly reminding myself of Romans 5:3-5 over the past few weeks. I am a control freak and while I can say all day that I trust that there is a greater plan for my life, that God is doing something in the midst of my suffering, I still worry and stress A LOT, and stress = not trusting. This verse however has given me a few well needed moments of peace.  coping with stress

Take rest in the fact that these dark moments will not only will pass but that on the other side of your pain, hurt and suffering, is always a better person

2. Use your stress to fuel you. 

If you are stressing about something it means you care about it which is a good sign in itself, right? And if you care so much about something that you are stressing about it, it is the perfect time to get busy making a change. Use this stress to catapult you to your next great thing, away from a bad situation, to a new level of health, out of debt or into a great relationship.

What can you do to make the desolate places in your life brighter? Make a plan and stick to it until you achieve what you set out to.  

3. Keep doing the things that bring you happiness. 

While I have been stressing about getting my life together, it has been easy to feel bad about taking time to run, ride my bike, go swim or just relaxing and hanging out friends. I have even been lacking my usual desire to do any of those things. When I am stressed all I want to do is put all my energy into getting out of whichever stressful situation I am in. In reality however, if I were to actually push aside all the usual activities that bring me happiness, I would be more stressed and less productive.

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Finding time to relax, exercise and do those activities that bring you joy, even if right now it feels forced, is crucial during stressful times. 


Last but certainly not least, try to remember that this is just a moment in your life and that everyone deals with different stressors. Trust, keep pushing forward, get scrappy and don’t forget to keep doing the fun things that fuel you to do all that other life stuff. 

Guys, I already feel 10x less stressed after writing this! It could also be all the coffee I have consumed this morning, either way, I hope these things help you through your own stressful times! 

 

Healthy Regards,

Hayley

 

What are some ways that you actively cope with stress?

Is your life on the path that you expected? If not, does it stress you out? Do you doubt the path that you are on? 

 

 

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Let’s catch up

Hi, friends!
Thanks for following along with Healthy Regards, Hayley. Blogging has been an interesting road for me. I started following many blogs about 4 years ago. I fell in love with reading blogs and thought of starting my own for quite some time before I finally took the leap. My first couple months of blogging I posted almost every day! I was so into it and just like any new skill, I felt a sense of accomplishment with every post. My favorite part about blogging was how my blog connected me with people from all over.

As time went on and 2014 became my hardest year to date, I moved away from the blog. I didn’t feel as though I had anything beneficial to share and was not feeling inspired in any area. It took some time but I finally started to post again as I felt more stable in my own life. I decided to not put any expectations on the consistency of blogging and to truly treat it as another hobby. As I give myself to other areas of my life I find myself lacking the energy and creativity that it takes to maintain a blog. I still truly love when I do have the chance to create a recipe or take time to create a post on health, fitness or general well-being but right now, those chances are rare and I am ok with that. However, I am enjoying a new newsletter format as a way to keep my followers up to date on general life stuff. It is an easy way to share in a less formal way for those people who are interested! 

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Healthy Regards,

Hayley 

 

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Lessons from my early twenties

Happy Sunday, friends!

Today I officially enter my mid twenties, it is my 24th birthday!  

The past 4 years have been full of growth, joy, disappointment, risk, challenge and achievement to name a few. When I look back on my teens I barely recognize myself! (random side story: a few days ago I got a “like” on one of my Facebook pictures from when I was 19. I was so embarrassed! I didn’t realize I still had some pictures up and never expected that people were going through them! I quickly went through some old albums and deleted a bunch of pictures. Some of my teenage year pictures, that I thought were appropriate back then, should not be available for all to see.) Anyways… 4 years ago I would have never imagined that I would be doing the things I am now. Coaching, personal training, blogging, pursuing sport and living in Colorado were not teenager Hayley ideas. I honestly grew up a whole lot as a 20-year-old and continued to find things that made me, me for the next 4 years. While most days I still question what I am doing with my life I am proud of where I am and excited for where I am going. 

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(this is my second birthday. Hopefully I have grown out of picking my nose for pictures. Also, I am not sure what is up with my haircut, I obviously was not worried about my image back then.)

Here are a few things I have learned in my early twenties: 

  • Things take time – I seemed to believe that after graduation everything would come together right away. I thought that I would have the perfect job, live in the perfect place and everything would be perfect! Sorry to break it to any college students who are approaching graduation soon but life post-graduation is a whole lot of unknown. Things don’t just come together nice and neat
  • And really don’t expect everything to be perfect – I promise I am not trying to be a Debbie downer but these are somethings I have actually had to learn! Sometimes you are going to have to make a long commute, or sacrifice on the living situation, or do jobs that you really don’t want to do. As long as in some way these things are moving you closer to where you want to be in the future, you can find value in your imperfect situations. 
  • Our passions aren’t mistakes – When something fills all of your thoughts all of the time it is probably something you should keep pursuing. I want to be a professional athlete. Sometimes it is all I can think about. It is scary for me to even say that because it is such a big, seemingly far off dream. So scary that when I graduated from college I “decided” I no longer wanted that. I spent the next year and a half trying to find something else to be passionate about. I found nothing. Things that other people loved and got excited about, I dreaded. Even though my passions can seem crazy to me sometimes, I have come to terms that there is a reason I am so in love with sport. Whether I end up an athlete, a coach, a sports psychologists or whatever, I know that I have to keep following the things that make me feel alive. 
  • Community and relationships are crucial to happiness – I am a total homebody and I tend to recharge by being alone BUT I have had times in the past 4 years where I have taken that too far. Happiness and deep relationships go hand in hand. Building a community takes effort, especially post-college where community was naturally built into every waking moment, but it is important to make the effort. 
  • Align your daily actions with what you believe – No brainer? It wasn’t always for me. I have wasted a lot of time in life doing things that don’t actually align with who I am at my core. If it doesn’t feel right, you probably shouldn’t do it. I am definitely my happiest self when I am selfishly doing the things every day that are authentic to me. 

Hope you all are having a fantastic weekend!

 

Healthy Regards,

Hayley 

 

 

 

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