Self

Self

It took me a minute to figure out what to call this category because it encompasses SO much, but I kept coming back to the ideas of all things “SELF” and how to become a better version of yourself. And I don’t mean changing or becoming something different, but instead honing in on your natural talents and become the best version of who you already are! Find articles about self-improvement, self-love, self-care, adulting, tips for success, motivation, productivity, and more!

Self

10 Habits of Confident Women + How to Learn From Them

Y’all know I’m a pretty big self-improvement nerd and am always looking for ways to grow and learn. Well, today that means sharing 10 habits of confident women. Before we dive in, I just want to say that these are not what defines a confident woman, just some of the habits she might practice on a daily basis. And with it being the start of a new year, I thought…

Motivation

5 Easy Tricks to Keep You Focused While Working

I know we’ve talked about productivity and the like on BTD before – and y’all seem to love the subject as much as me. When I’m truly working on my focus/productivity and am prioritizing it, it’s pretty amazing how better my life can be. From self care, to work, to development, to chores and so on, having a focused mindset really can go far! But today I want to talk…

Self

How to “Find Balance” When You’re Busy

Balance is one of those unicorn words in my opinion. Do y’all know what I mean? As in, I don’t know if I totally believe in it (hence the quotations around “find balance” in the headline of this article). And the funny thing is, once I realized that it’s kind of impossible to feel balanced 24/7, I almost felt better about things. Because here’s the thing – we all have…

Success

11 Ways to Single Task + Why It’s Important

“The power of multitasking is a myth. Human beings are, essentially, single-core processors. We can’t effectively check our email, listen to someone asking up for feedback on a project, and take notes simultaneously. We can do it, sure, but everything suffers.”

Lifestyle

What My Fall Morning Routine Looks Like (+ Ideas for Yours!)

Morning routines seem to be one of those things that EVERYONE likes to talk about – including me. Y’all responded really well to this post on morning routines (which I’m still pretty proud of TBH, so if you haven’t read it yet, please do). And it’s a topic that I see everywhere – from talking with people in my life to articles I read, etc. Everyone is so interested in…

Self

8 Things You Can Do Every Day to Be More Confident

One of the things I’m most thankful for in life is that my parents worked to raise us as confident people. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still something I struggle with EVERY SINGLE DAY, but it’s always been instilled in me. That I’m good enough. That I’m loved. And even though I know that in the back of my head, it doesn’t mean I don’t question decisions and feel like…

Self

7 Signs You Need a Social Media Detox

Something I’ve been toying with lately is a social media detox. I’ve actually been doing them on accident on the weekends pretty often, and it wouldn’t be an understatement to say it’s been life-changing. It started with taking a trip with #mysteryboy and naturally I was off my phone because we were running around Austin and enjoyin’ life. It didn’t even occur to me until Sunday evening that I hadn’t…

Motivation

8 Things To Do at the Beginning of Every Month

I kinda love the idea of having a monthly checklist, and when I started hearing about this idea on the interwebs, I knew I wanted to write my own – and start my own. I sometimes feel like time just blurs together and if you’re not conscious about it, goals and life does, too. So I’m VERY much into the idea of doing certain things at the start of each…

Self

How to Prioritize When Everything Is Important

So many successful people talk about the importance of prioritizing and how it’s such a necessary skill in being able to get things done. But I’m over here, nodding my head, like yes yes yes. Okay totally. I agree, but the question is: HOW? How do I actually prioritize when literally everything feels (and seems) important? I clearly can’t do it all at once. Even though I still struggle with this, I’ve learned a lot along the way. So here is exactly what I do when I need to figure out how to prioritize my overwhelming list of things to do, step-by-step.

#BrightonBrain

4 Books I Just Finished

After sharing the books I’m currently reading (about to read, just finished, etc) on my stories, a few of y’all asked that I put together a blog post listing them out. So that’s what I’m doing. Y’all know I love to learn and reading is by far one of my absolute favorite ways to absorb new information, challenge myself, and think through the world around me. Here’s what I’m currently…

Motivation

Why You Should Do The Hardest Thing First

Fact of life: Some tasks are just much harder than others. Whether it’s because a task is out of your comfort zone from a technical perspective or because it brings up ALL THE FEARS or because it’s going to require a difficult phone call or something like that, it’s challenging to motivate yourself to do it first up in the morning. I get that y’all – it’s hard for me,…

Self

How to Improve Your Personal Idea of Wealth

If y’all have been following along for a while, especially on Stories, then you know that one of my goals for 2018 was to get better at finances. Honestly, as someone in my late twenties, I’m somewhat embarrassed that it’s taken me this long. On the flip side, though, it’s made me realize I’m not alone. Which is why I’m super excited to work with Charles Schwab to bring you…

Self

How To Be Better At Making Decisions

Over the years of BTD, it is a pretty well-documented fact that making decisions is NOT my strong suit. I don’t know if it’s the fear of missing out or playing too many ‘what if’ scenarios in my head, but whatever the case may be, when it comes to “efficient” decision-making: I cringe. The net result of this cringe-induced paralysis? I don’t make a decision at all. Instead, I end…

Self

How To Set Short-Term and Long-Term Goals

Y’all might be thinking it’s a weird time for me to be writing about how to set goals – especially since I just told you I’ve been pretty much failing to do it! But you also know I just like sharing what I learn and I’ve never pretended to be an expert with everything over here. Since I’ve been feeling pretty aimless I decided I’d research how to set goals…

Self

How to Get Better at Not Caring What Others Think

This is actually an article I’ve been wanting to write for a long time – probably years actually. It’s a topic I’ve thought about since middle school, and something I’ve wanted to conquer since forever. I kept pushing off writing it because I didn’t think I was *there* yet, or always felt like I still cared a little bit. and I mean, I do. I think we’d all be lying…

Self

Getting The Right Things Done: Important vs. Urgent

Prioritizing your to-do list (and life) is obviously a personal process, but that doesn’t mean you should start from scratch. There’s a lot to learn from smart people who did great things and got a lot of *ish* done. I basically stalk successful people. Just kidding, but what I mean is that I love learning how they think and how they get things done. It helps me to see the world differently, improve my own processes, and think outside the box.

Motivation

How To Overcome The Pressure To Be Perfect

Y’all already know I’m a Type A perfectionist so writing a blog post about how to deal with perfectionism and the pressure to be perfect is kinda ironic. But then again, I’ve had to learn A LOT so that I can still get stuff done and keep moving forward even though I sometimes feel like things aren’t good enough. So I guess I do actually have a lot to share.…

Beauty

The Power of Learning to Accept a Compliment

Like most women reading this post, I haven’t always been comfortable (slash GOOD) at taking a compliment. I don’t know if it’s part of being female, or if it’s a personality thing, but I suck at accepting nice words face-to-face. Just the other day when leaving an industry event, the sweetest woman came up to me to shed some compliments. She was a reader of BTD (which BTW, is always…