Posts in Life
International Women's Day: How to Better Empower the Women in Our Lives

Before I go any further, let me make one thing clear–yes, I know. Not everyone’s a feminist or an activist. Not everyone reading this might personally feel like they’ve been affected by gender differences or inequality. Why does this all matter for you? I’ve honestly asked myself this question before on more than one occasion.

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Beyond February 14: Turning Valentine's Day Cliches into Traditions

Valentine's Day is a paradox. We hate it because grocery store boxes of chocolate and heart-holding teddy bears aren’t an actual measurement for love. But on the flip side, we love it because date nights are fun, having an excuse to get dressed up is always tempting, and heart shapes somehow make dark chocolate taste that much better (especially when served up with some bubbly).

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5 Tips for Starting to Network (and How I Used Them to Organize my First Meet-up!)

You know the saying. “It’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know.” You’ve probably hear some iteration of this at one point or another. I can recall back in college when I first moved to California and learned the importance of “networking,” and I remember thinking to myself that networking seemed to come so easily to everybody… but me.

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Merry and Bright: Happy Christmas Eve!

Merry Christmas Eve! A year and a half ago, I had all but given up on doing Rachel Off Duty. Blogging is time-consuming, costly, and at times, stressful, especially when you don’t always see the instant gratification of having thousands of readers or subscribers. But the support I’ve received since starting back up again has honestly been so inspiring, and as fun as 2017 has been, I cannot wait to see what 2018 brings.

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Practical Beauty Tips for the Girl Who Can’t be Bothered

If there’s one thing about me I’ve always found kind of funny, it’s that I kind of hate–and am just genuinely confused by–beauty routines. Now, don’t get me wrong. I care about my health and my appearance just as much as the next woman, but most of the time, while I appreciate beauty products, I don’t even really get excited about makeup (except lipstick–that’s a completely different story). But this whole encounter inspired me to share the few practical things I do do to take care of my beauty health despite constantly being on-the-go. For all the girls who are too busy, or just can’t be bothered by beauty routines, read on. This one’s for you.  

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Working Out When You Don't Like Routines

A year is a long time. It’s a longer time when you try to do something–and stick to it–for all 52 weeks. It’s an even longer time when you try to make this “something” a routine, especially when it’s something that’s not necessarily “fun” or “easy.”

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How to Choose the Perfect Furniture for your Space

Okay. So let’s say you bought a house, or signed a lease for a new apartment. Or maybe you’re just over it with your Craigslist–or college–furniture and are thinking that it’s finally time you sold it all (or burned it) and moved on. I found myself in one of these situations a few months ago

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