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The Brief: Now These Are Some Influential Ladies

Influential Ladies

The Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People list came out yesterday and before you ask, yes, Taylor Swift made it. But some other very important women are on it, too, including Emma Watson and Elizabeth Holmes. In the past 12 months, Watson has been so much more than just an actress. She’s a passionate activist fighting for women’s rights on a global level. (Related: See 9 moments when Watson inspired us here.) Elizabeth Holmes, in case you didn’t know, became the world’s youngest self-made billionaire after founding Theranos, a revolutionary technology company that dramatically reduces the cost of expensive blood-testing. When TIME reporter Henry Kissinger first met her, he was skeptical. He wrote, ”I told her she had only two prospects: total failure or vast success. There would be no middle ground. Elizabeth accepted only one option: making a difference.” Other notable women that made the list include Reese Witherspoon, Malala Yousafzai, Björk, Ina Garten, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elizabeth Warren, and Hillary Clinton.

From Actress to Author

Make room on your bookshelf: Everyone’s favorite cup-banging, a capella-singing, witty-tweeter Anna Kendrick is penning a book of essays slated for Fall 2016. In a press release, Kendrick joked, “While many of my female inspirations who have become authors are incredibly well-educated and accomplished comedy writers, I’m very, very funny on Twitter, according to BuzzFeed and my mom, so I feel like this is a great idea. Quick question: are run-on sentences still frowned upon? Wait, is ending a sentence with a preposition still frowned upon? I mean, upon frowned? Dammit!” What can’t this girl do? (Related: While you’re waiting, we recommend these 8 books by very funny ladies.)

Meet Your New Caffeine Fix

Those guys over at Starbucks have come up with something great for summer, and no, it’s not a best of Norah Jones album. Their new S’mores Frappuccino will be available starting April 28, but for a limited-time only. According to Starbucks, the Frappuccino features “marshmallow-infused whipped cream and milk chocolate sauce,” “a creamy blend of graham, coffee, milk, and ice,” and then “more marshmallowy whipped cream and a graham cracker crumble.” Because coffee isn’t coffee without a ton of marshmallows and graham crackers. Whip out a guitar and you’re basically at a campfire. (Related: 10 signs you’ve had way too much caffeine.)

Levo Loves…

Swift is one of Time’s Most Influential People, but that doesn’t mean she can’t write about a lady who influenced her. We love her very sweet fan girl post on Ina Garten for the issue. Women supporting other women!

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6 Life Lessons From Lilly Pulitzer

6 Life Lessons from Lilly Pulitzer

I didn’t set out to be unusual or different. I just wanted to do things my way. – Lilly Pulitzer

This weekend, fashion icon Lilly Pulitzer’s Target collection is launching. This titan of business and zany patterns sadly passed away a few years ago and her fans dearly miss her, but her company and spirit still live on (follow Lilly Pulitzer on Instragram for daily inspiration). There are many career lessons we can learn from this amazing woman who was an entrepreneur in literally every sense. You gotta love a girl who can rock the pink and green…and orange, blue, and yellow.

1. Work with what you got.

Pulitzer came up with her first design after spilling orange juice on her dress while living in Florida—a mistake at the time, but one that would lead to a very exciting life and her signature brightly colored designs. She opened a juice stand near her house and started sporting her colorful designs that also hid juice stains. Women took notice and asked where they could get the cute dresses. A new business was born.

2. Fake it ’til you make it.

Pulitzer fully admits she had no idea what she was doing when it came to starting a clothing company. “It was a total change of life for me,” Pulitzer said of starting her line. “I entered it with no business sense… It was just something that I all of a sudden took over.” The line of dresses that bore her name was later expanded to swimsuits, country club attire, children’s clothing, a home collection, and a limited selection of men’s wear.

3. Be a rule breaker.

Pulitzer’s dresses were, at the time, considered a little unconventional. She used bright colors and crazy, fun patterns (for grownups!). When retailers told her she couldn’t do fun, summery patterns for fall and winter, she famously said, “It’s always summer somewhere.” Why can’t you wear pink shrimps sipping cocktails in February? Bring a little light into your day!

Kathryn Livingston, author of the new biography Lilly, told Town & Country, “Lilly Pulitzer was a rebellious young barefoot boho, a rule breaker who liked to walk around the exclusive, perfectly manicured streets of Palm Beach with a pet monkey on her shoulder at the time she started her fashion business. She was so different from the more formal, bejeweled, grand society leaders of America’s reigning resort of the era, like Mrs. Merriwhether Post or Mary Sanford, who glittered at all the glamorous charity events and ruled all the ball committees.”

4. Connections are important.

Pulitzer really had her breakthrough into culture when her former classmate, a certain new first lady named Jackie Kennedy, wore one of the Lilly prints on the cover of Life Magazine. Bet she was sent a thank you note for that!

5. Support your network.

Pulitzer’s dresses did so well because she designed them for her friends and they supported her. In return, when her friends moved to new cities with their husbands, she would open a shop in those places. Not just to dress them, but to give them work! “Their husbands would be shipped out to some city or town for their jobs, and then what’s the poor girl gonna do? She needs a job! She needs a Lilly shop!” she rationalized.

6. Have passion.

Pulitzer loved every aspect of her company. “I don’t know how to explain what it was like to run my business, the joy of every day,” she told Vanity Fair magazine in a story in 2003. “I got a kick every time I went into the shipping department… I loved seeing [the dresses] going out the door. I loved them selling in the shop. I liked them on the body. Everything. There’s no explaining the fun I had.”

It’s all about “Love, Lilly, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

Photos: Courtesy of Lilly Pulitzer x Target Collection

15 Must-Ask Interview Questions

15 Must-Ask Interview Questions

An interview works two ways. It’s not all about nailing each question that gets thrown your way, it’s your chance to see if the company is the right fit for you. You have to ask the right questions too!

So the next time you get asked “Do you have any questions?” don’t just stare blankly and say, “No, I think you answered all of them” (this is  literally the worst answer ever). Whip out a few of these interview questions and see where the conversation goes.

  1. What is a typical day like in this role?
  2. What are the biggest challenges for this role?
  3. Is this a new role?
  4. Where is the last person who filled this role going?
  5. What is the training and learning curve for this job?
  6. How will performance be evaluated for this role?
  7. What are the company’s current goals for the year ahead?
  8. How big is the team I would be working with?
  9. Who will I report to?
  10. Which other departments would I be working with?
  11. Does the company have team-building or offsite events?
  12. Are you able to show me any typical products I’d be working on?
  13. How has the company changed since you started working here?
  14. What is the company and team culture like?
  15. Is there anything that concerns you about my fit for this role?

This was originally posted on The Politesse.

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Personality Traits of High-Performing Women and How to Get Them

Personality Traits of High-Performing Women and How to Get Them

Women are generally outnumbered by men in leadership roles, but that doesn’t mean we have to be content to take a backseat. You’ve probably noticed how many women are natural-born leaders and seemingly able to perform well in almost any situation. As it turns out, there are several personality traits these women tend to have. Keep reading to learn more about them and how to develop them so they’re more prominent in your life.

1. Assertiveness

Assertive people tend to be those who stand up for themselves and go full speed ahead to seize new opportunities. They also tend to have better communication skills, which may be one reason why assertiveness and high performance go hand in hand.

Passive behavior, on the other hand, is often associated with a lack of confidence. So, if you find yourself hesitating, step back to take stock of your skills. Once you feel strongly about what you’re capable of, you’ll be better able to speak your mind, or put yourself forward as a worthy candidate to get something done.

2. Aggressiveness

Being aggressive doesn’t mean flying off the handle if something doesn’t go your way. Instead, it involves bringing constructive energy to projects so they move forward instead of getting forgotten.

You can sharpen this personality trait by staying determined to see things through to the finish. Remind others of the worth associated with completing a project and stay focused even if others don’t initially share your willingness to put forth the effort required.

3. Energy

If you lack energy, you can hardly expect to get your own to-do list done, let alone inspire others to stay vibrant. Work on your energy level by being aware of the things that drag you down and making conscious efforts to remove yourself from situations when necessary.

It’s also important to give yourself permission to rest and recharge by taking part in healthy activities. Maybe that means playing guitar or reading book. Whatever the case may be, finding what helps you feel restored is the first step toward getting and staying energized.

4. Empathy

Empathy is a trait that allows you to relate to the situations others are facing and understand why they’re feeling the way they are. One great way to become more empathetic is to simply take time to listen to other people’s perspectives. Sometimes without even realising it, people become very comfortable in their own surroundings, which may keep them shielded from the challenges experienced by others.

Also, keep in mind empathy doesn’t mean you have to offer solutions to problems. It’s often just enough to make it clear you’re there to provide support. Another effective way to develop empathy is to spend time volunteering for a cause that touches your heart. Doing that gets you out of your comfort zone and able to do something that makes a positive difference.

5. Ego-strength

The ego-strength trait is all about how you handle things when life gets hard. This is definitely a trait that you’ll spend time developing throughout your whole life. A helpful way to start is to keep your perspective as clear as possible.

When challenges come our way, the first response is often one of incompetence, fear or being completely overwhelmed. It’s easier to demonstrate resilience when we try to examine the challenge in a way that’s as practical as possible.

That may mean reaching out to someone else for help, or even just reminding yourself all you can do is take things one day at a time. Also, focus on factors of the challenge that are within your control, rather than letting yourself get swamped by things you can’t necessarily change.

6. Ability to Tolerate Stress

This one is tough for everyone at times, especially because life, and the people you interact with, can be so unpredictable. Being aware of your stress triggers is very useful, because it allows you to recognise things that might make you feel anxious and prepare for them in advance.

It’s also crucial to have several therapeutic things you turn to when stress begins to mount. You may find meditation works well for taming your tension, or feel much more at ease after walking your dog. The sooner you can recognize stress and keep it at a manageable level, the better you’ll be able to handle it.

7. Optimism

Productivity can quickly drop if a person’s morale is low. Sometimes the problem can be so severe it spreads from one individual and ends up affecting an entire team. It’s not realistic to have an optimistic attitude all the time, but being grateful goes a long way in cultivating optimism.

Spend a few minutes a day thinking of several things for which you’re grateful. Maybe it’s the sunny weather, or the fact that you got to have a great dinner with a close friend yesterday. Fixating on the good things in life can help you feel uplifted even if some things in life aren’t going as smoothly as you’d like.

Although it’s not possible to become superwoman by displaying all these character traits constantly, or developing them overnight, taking time to improve them could be your ticket to performing better in whatever you pursue.

This was originally posted on Your Coffee Break.

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How to Prepare for Your Next Performance Review

How to Prepare for Your Next Performance Review

You always remember the first time your boss calls you into his office.

I was 17 and had been working in sales part-time for a bottled water company. My boss called me into his office to discuss “how the job was going.” I probably held my breath the whole time and still do whenever a client reviews my work. But, given that performance reviews are a necessary part of professional life, I’m forcing a reboot on the way I think of them. And I think you should too.

What if instead of dreading the review you actually looked forward to it?

For those of you who want to get ahead in your career, this review is a key opportunity to learn how to do just that. Plus, there’s that whole mandatory thing. So shift your perspective on this meeting to start thinking of it as a way to highlight your previous accomplishments and future ambitions. Here are some ways you can prepare for your review and ensure its success:

1. Keep a work journal.

If you do not already have a work journal, now is a great time to start! “Dear work diary, this week I…” Use it to record your achievements and challenges on a weekly basis. This will serve internally as a great basis for your performance review as well externally to help you market yourself. Make sure to read through your journal every month or so to ensure that you’re staying on track with both your short- and long-term career goals.

2. Draft your own review.

Prior to your review with management, draft your own self-assessment. Consider the job description, performance goals, expectations, and any other materials specific to your role. Be honest about your achievements as well as your (much learned from, of course) failures over the course of the review period. Share your assessment with your supervisor in advance of the review so she can compare it to her own.

3. Review previous reviews.

Spend some time going over your evaluations, including expectations and goals, from previous years. See how well your work stacked up against the goals set during the prior year’s performance review. Make sure that you can speak knowledgably about what was expected of you and how you (hopefully) surpassed those standards. If you haven’t met the objectives set for you, then be prepared to acknowledge why and what changes you plan to implement going forward.

4. Solicit feedback.

Start a dialogue with colleagues, direct reports, clients, and others regarding your performance. By creating these lines of communication, you establish yourself as concerned and cooperative. Hearing about your work product from multiple perspectives helps you to understand the gaps better so you can fill them. And, you open the door for someone to come to you before a little problem becomes a big one. Ask for people to put compliments or positive reviews into writing, perhaps even on a LinkedIn recommendation. Also, thank people for any constructive criticism.

5. Anticipate negative feedback.

Speaking of that negative feedback, you might as well expect it. While it may sting initially, hearing about your specific areas for improvement can be incredibly helpful for your career growth. Remember to take deep breaths and avoid a defensive stance. Should you believe the feedback to be false or unfounded, give yourself some time before you respond to it. Use the feedback to your advantage and demonstrate your willingness to learn from past mistakes.

6. Ask questions.

During the review, be sure to directly engage in the meeting. Don’t just “yes” your way through it. Think of this meeting as being as much for you as for your manager. Ask your manager these key questions:

  • What are the expectations for coming year?
  • Where would you like to see improvement in my performance?
  • How can I advance at this company?

Showing your commitment to your employer and your own career growth is beneficial in your evaluation and beyond.

7. Collaborate on goals.

Work with management to come up with challenging yet realistic objectives for the coming year. Make sure to incorporate that prime assignment, training, or schedule change that you’ve been coveting. Create a strict timeline for the execution of these goals so that you have regular status checks before your next performance review. After the meeting send a copy of these goals to your supervisor so that you can start the next review period on the same page.

This was originally published on GoGirl Finance.

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10 Signs You've Had WAY Too Much Caffeine

10 Signs You’ve Had WAY Too Much Caffeine

1. You you are talking faster than Six on Blossom. 

You talk pretty fast normally, but now it’s like your mouth has been supercharged. Also, everyone else seems to be talking excruciatingly slow.

2. You are really hot…then cold…then hot again.

Yep, you are now your grandmother.

3. You have to pee like it’s your job.

This isn’t that far off from how you normally feel, but there is definitely more urgency.

4. Jitters.

This is not just the tapping-of-your-foot kind. This is like the filming of The Blair Witch Project is taking place at your desk.

5. Your heart beats so fast and loud, you can actually hear it.

It’s like you’re permanently in all the drumming scenes from Whiplash. And it is so not your tempo.

6. You rattle and ramble. You go to a meeting. You speak a lot. You’re not sure if what you’re saying is even coherent, but everyone seems to be smiling at you (though maybe you’re imagining that).

7. Your anxiety is on a rocketship that’s stuck in your head.

You’re fairly Type-A, but now you’re just freaking out about everything.

8. And then there are the over-animated reactions to things.

Someone calls your name quietly, and you jump 16 feet out of your chair. If there had been cheerleading auditions in the office today, not only would you have secured a spot on the team, but you would be on top of the pyramid.

9. You’re SO THIRSTY.

It’s like you’re in the middle of the desert.

10. And then you finally crash.

So very hard. You probably could’ve slept right on your desk, but that would have been awkward for everyone. #Drool.

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My Power Outfit: Emily Motayed and Lee Mayer, Cofounders of Havenly

My Power Outfit: Emily Motayed and Lee Mayer, Cofounders of Havenly

Name: Emily Motayed and Lee Mayer

Job/Company: Havenly Cofounders

Brief description of what you do in your role:

EM: As a cofounder of a fairly lean startup, that includes everything from overseeing customer acquisition methods and optimizing operations to buying enough wine for our Thursday afternoon happy hours.

LM: Everything! Running the team, helping with graphics and UI, setting overarching strategy. Anything you can think of, I’ve probably done it during our time building the company.

What are you wearing?

EM: Venable Dress, Helmut Lang blazer, Baublebar necklace, Pour La Victoire shoes

LM: Theory dress, Louboutin shoes

My Power Outfit: Emily Motayed and Lee Mayer, Cofounders of Havenly

Why does it make you feel powerful? 

EM: I’m always a fan of a strong, structured blazer, as this one, which makes any outfit feel powerful and instantaneously professional. The higher square shoulders of this blazer add a punch to a simple black dress. I’m also a fan of big accessories to keep an outfit interesting, as well as high heels. As someone who’s relatively short, I prefer heels that are comfortable— makes it easier to run around the city, and Pour La Victoire makes the best of them!

LM: A good pair of comfortable, stylish, shoes really makes me feel more complete, and truly ties an outfit together. I’m also a bigger fan of strong silhouettes and dresses—this dress, in particular, is form fitting, comfortable, and professional, which is what I look for in my power outfits.

Any advice for working with family or close friends?

EM: It’s hard to turn “off” when you’re working with someone you’re close to. Holidays can get to be a bit hectic because when it’s your startup, it’s hard to separate work and life. Be aware of that and how easily your conversations will turn to the company, especially when around other family members, who just want to spend time with you versus talk about your operational problems. Set aside time to just catch up on everything else that’s going on in your lives.

LM: Make sure you know what you’re getting in to! Your life, when starting a business, will completely change. For the first time, for most of us, you’ll be our own boss and you’ll start putting in longer hours and becoming obsessed with what you’re doing. It certainly requires a lot of passion, and all of your successes become even sweeter when you have family to share it with.

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The Brief: Your Thursday Boredom Buster

The Brief: Things Are Looking Good for the Class of 2015

You’re Hired!

Good news, Class of 2015: Employers plan to hire 9.6 percent more new graduates than they did last year, according to a recent survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers. And with an estimated 1.8 million undergraduate students turning the tassel this year, that’s nice to hear (tell your mom right now). About 72 percent of companies say they want to hire engineering majors, 68 percent are eyeing business majors, and 58 percent want computer science majors. Go, women in STEM, go. As for specific skills? Play up your critical thinking, ability to work on a team successfully, and professionalism/work ethic, which were all rated the highest. (Related: 6 networking tips for new grads.)

Picture Not-So-Perfect

Need a photo of a female CEO? Good luck. Women are still majorly underrepresented in Google Image search results, according to researchers at the University of Washington. They analyzed the top 100 Google Image search results across 45 professions, including CEOs, doctors, welders, and bartenders, to try to determine whether gender stereotyping in search image results shifts people’s perceptions. “And, in fact, it does — at least in the short term,” said co-author Sean Munson, UW assistant professor of human centered design and engineering. There’s also definitely a “sexy construction-worker problem,” i.e. you can only find over-sexualized, Halloween-costume versions of women in this profession. Not cool! (Related: This is what working women look like according to stock photography.)

A New Kind of Hair Protection?

We’ve always said twirling your hair when talking isn’t the best use of body language, but a female entrepreneur may have us re-thinking our opinion. Katia Vega, founder of Beauty Technology, has developed a way for women to control a smartphone by playing with their hair, called Hairware. Using a special hair extension that sends a signal to a Bluetooth, the user can stroke her hair to send a text message, or twirl strands around their finger to take a selfie. It may sound silly, but if you think about it, it could actually serve as a great tool for women if they’re feeling unsafe.

In other tech news, a new fitness tracker from Jawbone called the Up4 may have just solved that whole “where to put your money when you go on a run” dilemma (fannie packs will only be trendy for so long). The new device tracks calories, steps taken, sleep, and stores your credit card info. This is definitely a positive in case you get lost or stranded, but also increases the chances of you buying a churro in the middle of your run. (Related: Here are 6 apps to help you stay healthy at work.)

Interesting Things (In a Sentence or Two)

10 Success Secrets from Shark Tank Winners (Inc.com)

Is This the Only Way to Stop Catcalling? (Bustle.com)

7 Ways to Invest Your Tax Refund Back into Yourself (Self)

Levo Loves…

H&M’s new Conscious Commerce, its latest eco-friendly collection, which launches in stores this week. Olivia Wilde, who modeled for the campaign, told InStyle, “H&M doesn’t have to do what they’re doing. They’re doing just fine without investing heavily in sustainability. But they’re making it the ethos of their company, and I’m incredibly inspired by that.”

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5 Tips for Breaking Your Tech Addiction

5 Ways to Not Be So Addicted to Your Phone

“In today’s world, a misplaced or forgotten cell phone is enough to evoke a panic attack,” says clinical psychologist Lisa Strohman, founder of the Technology Wellness Center in Scottsdale, AZ. Beyond just emotional stress, Strohman says our tech dependency can also impact us behaviorally, physically, and interpersonally. So, what’s the best way to find a healthy balance? She shares four ideas: 

1. No tech allowed in the bedroom  

Otherwise, “You’re not really allowing your body to shut down,” says Strohman. And if you use your phone as your alarm clock? No excuses. “If you can go retro, your life will be simpler in so many ways,” she says.

2. Go outside—sans your smartphone  

Take a walk, ride a bike, enjoy a coffee at an outdoor café. “Just set the phone down and actually engage in life,” says Strohman. Sure, you’ll be tempted to Instagram this beautiful park and that gorgeous flower shop, but that’s the point—your head is up and you’re actually seeing the world around you. “Don’t be afraid to trust your mind to hold that memory for you,” says Strohman.

[Related: Why Unplugging from Technology Can Help Us Enjoy the Moment]

3. Connect with people offline 

Better yet, turn it into a challenge for yourself—maybe it’s, “I’m going to make three people smile today,” or “I’m going to say hello to two people.” It can even be as simple as making eye contact with another person, Strohman says. Just do it, and watch your mood go up and up and up.

[Related: 7 Real-Life Truths About Unplugging From Technology]

4. Create “tech-pectations” 

Give your friends and family permission to disconnect by designating an area in your place where they can unload their phones and tablets. You can also declare an entire day tech-free. At Strohman’s house, she says they practice “tech-free Tuesdays.” “It shows my kids by example that it’s OK to be offline,” she says.

5. Balance out your day 

Try to maintain a 1:1 ratio of tech time versus real-life time in your day. If you just sat in front of your laptop for three hours, take three hours of leisure time (read, cook, go on a run) in return. Strohman also suggests reviewing your cellphone statements to monitor data usage. “Looking at your bill can help you put things into perspective,” she says.

Lisa Strohman is the author of the upcoming book, Unplugged: What Every Parent Needs to Know About Raising a Child in the Digital World. 

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15 Things Only Your Work BFF Can Understand

15 Things Only Your Work BFF Can Understand

1. How super-weird it feels to actually e-mail each other from your work accounts.

You’re so used to constantly texting, g-chatting, and consuming red and white beverages with each other that exchanging work e-mails feels oddly formal.

2. When there is free food in the office, the need to tell each other first is paramount.

This is the cardinal rule of work BFF-ery. And if your work BFF is not currently within a .5-mile radius, you will take an extra slice of cake for her regardless of coworker side-eye. Bring it. Your work BFF is a sweet, amazing goddess and deserves a piece of cake.

3. The intense mystery of the office A/C.

Why is it always blasting sub-zero wind chills over your head? Really, it’s like there is a SoulCycle class going on in the ceiling and it’s filled with sweaty polar bears. But your work BFF’s orange pashmina is always there for you, and your giant fleece blanket is always there to double up in her time of need.

4. Just how necessary the forwarding of inter-office e-mails can be.

Especially when Greg in marketing is being ridiculous. Which is all of the time. You don’t even have to comment on anything. You just forward it to your work BFF, and she understands.

5. The wearing of headphones when you’re not listening to any music.

Sometimes a #GIRLBOSS just needs to focus.

6. That avoiding your hyper-needy colleague is a team effort.

*Let us now wear our headphones in unison*

7. How totally OK it is to cry at work.

As long as it’s in your designated secret crying spot. (You’ll text each other when it’s time to meet.)

8. That sometimes, you just have to take one for the team and join your Work BFF at her vanilla client dinner.

Free appetizers can fix anything.

9. MORNING-AFTER SCANDAL RECAPS.

Please do not disturb.

10. The Signal. I.e. the alert that your work BFF’s boss is about to walk by, so she should probably stop working on her resume.

ABORT MISSION. ABORT.

11. The need to body roll in your desk chair to this song when it’s late and no one else is around.

Or this one. Or this one. Without your headphones on.

12. Sometimes happy hour is invite only.

And the only two people who got invitations are you and your work BFF.

13. Your thing for the cute guy in Sales.

You never actually want to date him. You honestly don’t even want to know his name (it might ruin everything). You just enjoy looking at his face. Especially on days when he is wearing his glasses.

14. Broccoli in your teeth / a mark on your white power blazer / pit stains are always quietly brought to one another’s attention.

Always. Who doesn’t tell you when you have broccoli in your teeth? I mean, really?

15. That as much as you vent and complain and whine about your jobs, you’re grateful for where you work because it’s allowed you to find a new best friend in life who understands you better than anyone else in the world right now.

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