Surviving the Fairy Tale

By Cassie Jung


As little girls, our fairy tales consisted of being whisked away by Prince Charming and living happily ever after. As women, our dreams become more grandiose. The simple fairy tale is no longer enough. We want the fabulous high power job, the great house/condo, babies, an exciting social life, and of course, our Prince Charming. Simply put, we want it all.

Many women live their fairy tales these days, but unfortunately, they come with a price. High levels of stress, guilt, burnout… Ringing a bell? I know I certainly experience of all these, too. The issue here is not how to have it all, but rather how to manage everything, make it look effortless, and not burnout.

Every blog and article I’ve ever read on this very topic told me that the key is balance. Sure, balance is important, that’s obvious. But, like most things in life, it’s never just one thing that we need to worry about. It’s usually a complex soup of things that we need to work on to achieve what we want…  So how do we have it all and not burnout? I’m still trying to figure that out, but I’ve learned a few things along the way that help me feel a little less stressed out and keep my sanity a bit more in check.

You Have Nothing to Prove: You’ve had your fairy tale come true already, so what are you trying to prove? Perfect example: I would put in a long day at the office and then rush home, clean up the house, and prepare a hot dinner for my husband. Very old school, very traditional wife role, I know… Until one day I just couldn’t do it anymore. Once I had to stay late for work and came home to find that my husband had cooked dinner and was waiting for me. He didn’t even think twice about it. For him, it was no big deal. He wasn’t expecting that of me every day. I was the one putting this expectation onto myself to prove that I could have the big career and be the perfect wife….every….single…day. It was ridiculous…Read More

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How to Make the Most of Your Weekend


I know we all feel like there aren’t enough hours in a day, especially on weekdays. The work week is a crazy mad dash to get everything done, while the weekends fly by without much accomplished. Before you know it, you are back at work and counting down the days until Friday. This is why we all need to make the most of the precious two days of freedom that we have.

Here are some ideas on how you can make your weekend more enjoyable and relaxing, so you can be better prepared to tackle on a new week.

Become Friends with Breakfast:

Describe breakfast on a regular weekday.
(a) A nice, home-cooked breakfast
(b) Something quick and simple
(c) Nothing (skipping breakfast altogether for 5 more minutes of sleep)

I’m guessing most people don’t fall into category (a). If you don’t eat anything at all during the week then anything semi-nutritious would be an improvement. If you eat a quick and pathetic breakfast during your work week, go out to brunch with friends or make yourself that French Toast recipe you’ve been eyeing on Pinterest…Read More

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Reflections of a New Grad

By Carly Clydesdale


It’s a strange thing, being a new grad. September is approaching and I would be obsessively organizing my things and packing my life into my car to head back to college for another year. But something isn’t the same here… Suddenly I’m not itching to get away from home and back to my friends, because I’m staying here… FOREVER.

Alright, that was a bit ominous. However, there is truth to be found here. My life—and the lives of many of my friends—are now headed towards a completely different path. Gone are the days of late night studying (and not studying), walks down the street to see good friends, and gorgeous ivy covered buildings (never gets old). Now, I’m in the city and working a big-girl job, which is the natural next step. While my younger sister gears up to head back to school, it would be easy for me to be sad and mopey: curl up on the couch, candles lit, pictures in hand, mourning the loss of my youth. Dramatic.

BUT. I am here to comment on why being a grown-up ISN’T THE END, but just the beginning! Yes, frosh week is approaching and it royally sucks to not be invited. We, the new-grads, are officially the reject friends who don’t get invited anywhere. However, now we have our own cool new party that is even more exclusive and fun.

Let’s review a few reasons why being a functional adult is better than being a student:

1. You can FINALLY start paying off those loans. You’ve (hopefully) got a job and can finally get your parents off your back and start saving. I mean, it isn’t the MOST exciting, but come on, having your own income is obscenely refreshing.

2. Or, alternatively, you can ignore debt all together and TRAVEL! This is the only time in your life when you can pick up your life for 3 months and move it across the world. Responsible? Absolutely not! But at least you’ll have some fun stories to tell 20 years down the road, when you’ve (again, hopefully) gained a job and pulled your life together…Read More

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Can Your Inner Child Come Out and Play?

By Kelly Evanko


In order to grow as adults, we need to slow down and embrace the children we once were. Our inner child has answers to questions that nobody can answer and, sometimes, we need to let our hair down and behave like a child.

Children tend to live life to the fullest without a care in the world. They laugh often, use their never-ending imagination, chase their dreams, and let go of the weight of the world. As adults, we tend to lose sight of the small wonders and we worry too much about life; our finances, jobs, kids, families, etc. We need to take a step back and listen to our inner child’s voice, encourage it to come out and play even for a couple of hours.

Try and talk to your inner child once in awhile. I know it sounds kind of out there for some of us, but who better to listen to you, than you? Partner up with your inner child when making a big decision. Ask her what he or she thinks about a situation you might be unsure of. When faced with a problem, ask your inner child to come up with solutions. Make your inner child your counselor. No one knows you better than you do. He/she can help you focus on the bigger picture

Play more and worry less. We need to take time to stop and smell the roses… literally relax and enjoy the little things in life. Go outside and play. Sing in the rain, jump in a puddle, have a water fight, play hopscotch. These little things can make you become more in tune with yourself…Read More
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Readers’ Choice: Top 5


A quick CgCDaily recap of our readers’ favorite articles this week! We love to hear from our readers, so please nominate your favorite articles down in the comments section below.

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Top 10 Blog Posts We Love


With everything that goes on in our crazy, day to day lives, who has time to keep up with all the different blogs? Well, we decided to make it a little easier on you. The CgC team went ahead and picked out 10 of our favorite blog posts from the past week!

Here you go, ladies! Our top blog posts picks from the past week that will keep you up to date and in the loop. Enjoy!!

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Adding Power to Your Brow

By Katie Morse

The Power Brow

Have you ever thought about dying your eyebrows? Or do you pencil them in? Maybe you’ve dyed them already. Well, for the first time ever, I was pulled into a Benefit store and was convinced by a friend that I should dye my eyebrows. I must confess, I’ve never actually gotten an eyebrow wax before either. I’m blonde, what can I say?

I was pretty nervous going in, but I trusted my friend the girl doing my brows.

It was kind of drastic at first, because I was so used to pretty much not having eyebrows, but the reactions were amazing. People thought it added more dimension to my face and I started to think, wow, maybe it’s worth it.

Would you consider dying your eyebrows? Have you dyed them before? Which way do you prefer?

Here’s a comparison of me side by side. All I can say is that you should try it. Don’t worry if you don’t like it, it fades away with time…Read More

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Everything is eh’

By Jamie Uyeshiro

 You are a creative genius. Every morning you wake up with rainbows flying out of your armpits. Every project you touch turns to gold. Life is super duper.

Cue music: Everything is awesome!

Then suddenly, without warning, everything is not awesome. Everything is ‘eh’, at least on the creative front, so you put into play your first plan of action: drink enough caffeine to believe in yourself, sit down at your computer, and struggle one word at a time…

HOURS LATER: *blinking cursor*

“That’s ok. It’s just today,” your internal optimist thinks. But then, one day turns into two, weeks pass, even months, and now you are officially starting to panic. I feel ya, we’ve all been there. It’s called creative burnout.

Lucky for us we can always turn to the Internet. I don’t think we give appropriate awe to the fact that it’s a pretty kick-ass time to be alive. As far as knowledge and entertainment go, our generation wants for nothing. Have thirty seconds to kill? Perfect. Just enough time to heart some pictures on Instagram. Agree to disagree? I think not, back me up here Wiki.

There have been so many evenings I’ve found myself elbow deep in my laptop, using my expertly honed Google skills to try and find whatever inspiration might help to kick my butt back into the writer’s seat. But, the longer I spent entangled in the world wide web, the more I realized I was building up tolerance. The brilliantly written articles, thought provoking quotes, and gorgeous images that had once moved me to write, no longer did it for me. By over saturating myself, I had slowly, without realizing it, become completely desensitized, pushing myself further from actual inspiration and closer to ‘eh’…Read More

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Rise and Shine

By Paula Huett


With laptops becoming the norm and phones enabling 24/7 email access, the lines between corporate and personal life are becoming more and more blurred. Work-life balance no longer exists. Rather, a new term, “work-life fit” lets you know that it’s ok to make a personal call at work or go to the gym during lunch time, but you need to be available for that 8pm teleconference with your colleagues on the other side of the world.

So, how do you fit everything, all the work, into one day? One option is to wake up early. Many studies have shown that more often than not, successful people get up early in the morning (and by early we aren’t talking 7am… Think more along the lines of 5am…) Experts also say that earlier risers sleep better, are happier and more productive.

According to the Guardian, Anna Wintour, the Editor of Vogue, gets up at 5:30am to play a game of tennis before getting her daily blow dry.

Gwyneth Paltrow wakes up at 4:30am 6 days a week to fit in a yoga session, stating that, although she doesn’t consider herself a morning person, it makes her feel fitter and healthier…Read More

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8 Ways to Spark Your Creativity

By Grace Beekman


Finding ways to ignite my creativity is sometimes quite difficult — especially when I’m mining  through a long list of to-dos, deadlines, and appointments. As much as I love my daily patterns and routines, the constant monotony can be such a creative-buzz killer.

I used to think that creativity was some kind of gift only bestowed upon a particular group of people by the “creative muses,” but I’ve discovered that it is less of a divine, “parting of the clouds” and more of a persistent, conscious decision to experiment with the world around me. Although creative expression differs from one person to another, here are a few ways that helped me in my quest to become original and more innovative!


1. Adopt a “Why Not?” Mentality: While some limitations help direct our thinking, others might stifle rather than encourage our thoughts. Don’t build barriers when you’re brainstorming for creative ideas! Keeping an open mind and embracing the strange will help you think in ways you might  have thought were impossible.

2. Read: Making time to read fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or biographies is a great way to broaden your horizon of understanding. Exploring different fields, subject areas, or genres through reading may take your mind down a new creative path.

3. Draw, Paint, Doodle, or Handwrite Your Ideas: Try visualizing your ideas in a new way! Step away from your laptop and try writing your ideas by hand. Doodle while you brainstorm. Paint or draw your thoughts on a separate sheet of paper. Escape from the sound of the keyboard and try combining your task with an artistic activity. It may just help spark a new idea…Read More

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