pieces of advice

Traveling is something really special. There is something nostalgic about it. When traveling, you experience culture, indexfood and people. Traveling is about the adventure just as much as it is about finding yourself. With that, I want to introduce you to Amanda. She is one of my sorority sisters who has an awesome job; not only does she encounter new lives an save people she travels. Amanda is a traveling nurse and her life is filled with many new experiences. Below Amanda writes about a few things that resonate with her and I think these things will resonate with any 20-somethings. After reading this blog post, I hope you leave with this: travel much, travel often – make it happen no matter the cost.

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Pass It On

guest blog presented by: Amanda Bentz
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“The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.” – Oscar Wilde

I recently came across an article online titled “100 Pieces of Advice from 100-Year-Olds.” Intrigued, I found myself reading the collection of genuine, honest and somewhat humorous pieces of advice gathered from a collection of people who have lived a century. After reading advice on exercise, diets, marriage, pets, money, jobs and attitude, I paused on one that resonated with me.

 “Travel while you’re young and able. Don’t worry about the money, just make it work. Experience is far more valuable than money will ever be.”

Traveling has always been a desire of mine. I will always appreciate my roots and my small town upbringing, but I can’t help but wonder what else is out there? What am I missing if I pass up an opportunity to travel to a new location? This fueled my dream to become a travel nurse and relocate to a new hospital every three months. However, this form of travel doesn’t require extra money to be spent on my end. It’s the traveling that I want to do while I’m in a new location that costs money. As a 23-year-old with no dependents and a stable income, I feel like I am ‘young and able’ to travel. But shouldn’t I be focusing on paying off my student loans and saving money for my future?

Budgeting money is a stress that many people deal with. It’s a necessity to thrive in today’s economy. Everyone treats it differently, but I think it’s safe to say that it’s always a worry. We spend a lot of our money on tangible things that we use every day that benefit us such as groceries, clothing, gas, transportation, heat, cable, internet, etc. These are things most people consider a necessity. But traveling? That’s something that people can do without. What do you get out of traveling anyways? A week here, an extended weekend there – what’s the purpose?

“Experience is far more valuable than money will ever be.” This is my favorite part of the advice. Experience is one thing that can never be taken away from you. By traveling to new locations, we experience new things. Food, people, culture, climate, lifestyles, history – the list goes on and on. I believe that experiencing these things opens your mind and allows you to grow and develop as a person. That is something money cannot buy. That’s why I think this man is advising us to ‘make it work’. How do you do that? Well, I challenge you to figure it out.

“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.” – Isabelle Eberhardt

millennials on work-life balance

would you agree?

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You have to check-out this article if you are a Millennial! The Idaho State Journal says that Millennials take a new approach to work-life balance, and I couldn’t agree more!

As said in the article, Millennials continue to be at the forefront of achieving work-life balance – utilizing business travel to discover new cities, explore local cultures, taste authentic cuisines and connect with new people across the country and around the globe. Let’s keep this going. If you have to travel for work, why not have fun and reap the benefits while doing it? Who said work can’t be fun?

Here are a few things you can do to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Sure it’s hard to say no, but in order for you to perform at 110% every day on the job, for your boss and for your team you need to implement this work-life balance. Trust me, it will do you wonders.

Schedule downtime

  • This one is key. I use to never do this for myself, and now I do. It’s honestly changed everything. Now that I actually have “me” time and time to relax it’s a beautiful thing. Maybe its 5 minutes of meditation, reading a book, going on that run, or just waking up ten minutes before you would normally

Cut out valueless things

  • Perfect examples for me: Snapchat and trashy magazines. I use to read Cosmo and Entertainment all the time. I was up on my pop-culture, but it was draining my time and in-turn it was draining me. My friends will be the first to tell you that I’m dumber than a sack of rocks when it comes to anyone famous, specifically TV shows and movies. Snapchat, sure it’s fun, but it sucks up all my time.

Negatives

  • Get rid of people who are bogging you down. It is detrimental to your health both physically and mentally. It’s not fair to you, and it’s stressing you out. Giving these people 5 minutes, is sucking up more time than you already know and they are dragging you onto the negative train as well. Sure we all complain, but don’t make it a habit!

Take a minute…for yourself

  • Just like the downtime, you need to give yourself a few minutes at work as well. Get up, move around! Take a walk when it’s nice out, or reward yourself with reading a Thought Catalog article or something on Thrillist. (Well, those would be my choices)

Lighten the load

  • Hello, outsourcing! When you are treading in water because your boss has you doing 900 things at once, think– is there anyone else working on this that can help me out? The answer more likely than not, is yes! Ask for help. Not asking is only hurting you and the product of your work

Stop reinventing the wheel

  • This one is self-explanatory. When you have a project to do, see if it’s something you’ve done before, or something similar– see what you can use from past projects, articles and so on to lessen your load.

Overall these are a few things I started to implement into my life. Of course it’s hard to say no to my boss when she asks me to stay late, but she is also very respectful of the fact that I have a life and she will in turn let me come in late/go home early the next day. If you let your work consume you, you’re wasting the life you have in an office–don’t you want to get out there an explore?

the epitome of a crafternoon

sipping & painting

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Four and a half years ago I made one of the best decisions of my life: rushing a sorority. Upon rushing, I didn’t hold Greeks to a high regard, nor did I understand what being Greek was all about, and worst of all I judged, classified, and stereotyped all of them. Not until my sister invited me down for family weekend with her sorority (Chi Omega) I didn’t get it. I didn’t understand why you would essentially “pay for your friends”. After that picnic and family outing something clicked, soon after I learned that my Orientation Leader in college was Greek and she was a Deepher.

Four and a half years ago, I rushed Delta Phi Epsilon, and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. Since graduating college and being on my own, I was worried that I would lose my DPhiE roots. I made it a priority that I wouldn’t cut those ties. Being Greek isn’t about four years, it’s for life, and frankly it really bothers me when people now will say oh, I was a so-and-so…no, just because you’re not an active doesn’t mean you are not a part of that organization. You most certainly are. I forever and always will be a Deepher.

With all of that being said, yesterday was a perfect day with my DPhiE alumnae sisters. A year and a half ago I co-founded the Delta Phi Epsilon DC Area Alumnae Association, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the outcome so far. Yesterday, was a lovelycrafts afternoon spent doing something new and something old. We put together our DPhiE past with the present. We crafted, we drank, we reminisced and laughed.  Having the opportunity to meet and connect with such awesome women is something I will always be forever grateful for. These women truly brighten my day yesterday and really helped me out when I was in a funk.

Crafting is one of the most enjoyable things, it’s such a great stress reviler, and not to mention it’s a creative outlet! A crafternoon with champagne and wine glasses, was an awesome treat! Sure we don’t get together all the time, but when we do, you better believe we are going to have a great time and not let a moment pass us by!

As it’s been said buniefore: “People ask why I am in a sorority and I try to explain all the things a sorority is that they cannot see. A sorority is more than letters on a sweatshirt, I say. More than traditional songs, a gold pin, rituals, and obligation, or a way of life. A sorority is learning about people, a sorority is giving without expecting a return. A sorority is earning respect from others, as well as for yourself. A sorority will not solve all your problems. But I have made good friends and found confidence there to help me take life one step at a time.” And you know what all of this just goes to show,  you get what you put in– so maybe it’s true, maybe “paying for your friends” gets you those awesome gems and diamonds in the ruff that you wouldn’t have found otherwise.

My heΔrt. My sφul. My lifE. #ΔφΕ