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Graduating? There’s Life After College

1 Comment 25 April 2011

By Jodi Murphy

Jenny Blake is a mentor for modern times! She’s been working at Google as an internal coach, helping her fellow Google-ites focus on their personal growth and career development. Interested in helping others, she’s been blogging about Life After College with great tips and templates for finding your way in the real world (and she openly shares insights into her own personal life’s journey, including all the bumps and scary stuff she feels along the way).

I discovered Jenny by happy accident while trolling the self-help aisle at Barnes and Noble. She recently finished a book, “Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want,” and took a leave from Google (on her own dime) to tour and promote its release. Now that’s a leap of faith! Though many years out of college myself, I had to buy it and take a closer look.

“I wanted to write a book that was punchy and easy-to-read, yet also informative and inspiring. There are tons of books for college graduates already, but most are focused on the basic nuts and bolts (things that people can now easily Google)—or they are limited to just one area, like Career. The format is what makes it unique. It’s a book written in a format that I (and I think many other 20-something Gen Y’ers) would want to read. It’s not a narrative, but rather a compilation of tips, quotes and exercises trimmed to the essence, divided into chapters to optimize every major life area. Chapter categories include life (values, goals), work, money, organization, home, friends & family, dating & relationships, health, fun & relaxation, and personal growth. Just like my blog helps people focus on the BIG picture, the book does the same but in a Twitter-esque style.”

Since we’re all about nesting here, I adored her chapter on HOME. She has some great stuff on navigating life with roommates, making the most of your living space, and quick tips for cleaning without too much hassle. Here’s a preview of the chapter:

Post college or at any stage in your life’s journey, this book is full of gems. It’s meant to be dog-eared, doodled in, highlighted, referred to, and explored.

Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want website
Jenny Blake’s Life After College blog

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For The Nest

Room Refresh Hint: New Sheets!

1 Comment 18 April 2011

Feeling blue because your bedroom needs some TLC but there isn’t room in the budget for a big makeover? Sometimes little changes will have a major impact on your mood! Keep your blanket, quilt or comforter very neutral, and bring in pattern and color in your sheets. Go crazy, be bold, or be more subtle…whatever you fancy at this moment!

Here are some sheet sets from the new Diane von Furstenberg Home collection. Known in the fashion world for her signature bold colors and patterns, we’re happy to see that she’s offering all of us her same fearless fashion sense for our homes.

Island Clover in Indigo and Flame

Batik Dot in Bahama Blue and Deep Lavanda

Rattan (textured stripe) in Fawn Light and Indigo

Available through Bloomingdales.com.
Find our more about the Diane von Furstenberg Home Collection for tabletop and bedding at dvf.com.

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