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12 super simple but effective tips to survive your new job

tips for starting a new job

Heeeey! I’m back. I took a few days off from blogging to spend on some me-time. To enjoy the sun and think about absolutely nothing. The past few weeks have been hectic and I deserved a few days of rest. I’m still not someone who writes ahead, so I had nothing planned on the blog. Normally I would go loco over that, but this time I just didn’t want to get stressed about it. So I ignored my blogging responsibilities. Professional? No. Needed? YUP. Anyway, I’m back and ready to move forward 100%. Starting with something light, because it’s an easy way to get the Monday started anyway. Today a couple of simple, smart and super logical tips to survive your very first day(s) at your new job.

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Lifestyle, Personal

5 handy and fun apps to make adulting a little less hard

Adulting apps

I’ve been hooked on apps for as long as I have an iPhone. I remember well when I got my first in 2012. Poof bam. Bye social life, hello games. And I played really stupid games, just because I suddenly could (before that, I had an HTC…a lot more limited). Now I am of course much more mature and my app use is slightly more extensive. You know, I use planners, discount apps, language apps, and Dropbox. Verrrry responsible. And secretly one game: Homescapes. Candy Crush, but different. Now, I thought that it would be nice to use the theme of my blog (something with adulting and everything around it, very niche * cough *) to share with you a couple of very cool adulting apps that I have on my iPhone 8. Right?

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6 light and easy books to read this spring

Spring reading

Oh, I really thought mother earth was about to skip spring this year. Thank god she didn’t! Here in The Netherlands at least. I don’t know what the weather’s like where you’re at? Anyway, this week it’s going to be hot! Good hot, that is! To me, that means: sitting in my garden with a good book. And with a good book, I mean a light book. Not too heavy, because I can’t focus on heavy stuff when it’s hot. So instead I read chick lit, young adult, and other fluff. Just because it fits this weather (although, I love those genres either way). Today on the blog a small list of light, fluffy (and mostly new(ish)) books you can read while the sun’s out.

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A Pinch of Jo is 1 year old today! || 7 lessons I learned during my first year of blogging

WINACTIE

Wheooeeheeoowwhwhpeoeoeoew. Excuse me. I’m a little happy. Because you guys, I made it. I have been blogging for a whole year. Never before have I been able to keep a private project up for as long as I’m doing now with A Pinch of Jo. How great is that? To me, that’s pretty damn great. To celebrate I made an awesome price package, but unfortunately, it’s only for my Dutch followers. But if you’re curious what the piece the resistance is: The Grown-Ass Women’s Club (see pic). It’s so fun. #GIRLPOWER. Also, I wrote about the seven lessons I learned during my first year of blogging. Here goes!

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One year of blogging || All the things I said I would do, but didn’t do

Collage

A Pinch of Jo will be one in a couple of days! Almost time to PAR-TAY! During my first year of blogging I wrote a lot about things I wanted to do, was planning to do or wanted to change in my life. Did any of this even happen? Did my blog make me a better person? WELLLL. I don’t know about that, haha. Today a little overview of all the things I said I would do, but didn’t. With a healthy dose of humor. Because that’s just who I am.

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Lifestyle, Personal

Dream big – My 5 biggest professional dreams

Professional dreams

I’m a dreamer. When I was younger and we all sat at the dining table, my youngest brother had to snap me out of my daydreams on an almost daily basis. It’s my thing. Dreams shouldn’t just stay dreams, though. They should come true. By DOING! I have lots of personal dreams and some professional ones. Dreams that have some overlap with what I’m doing now and dreams that don’t. Some of them may not be ‘within the box’, but they’re all mine.

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This is what I learned after getting fired 5 years ago

Getting fired

‘You are fired.’ No, I’m not pretending to be president Trump, former Mr. Apprentice. You. Are. Fired. Three words no one ever likes to hear but a lot of us do at least once in our lifetime. Maybe you weren’t fit for the job. Maybe you just sucked. OR there was no more money to keep you on. All good reasons to fire you. Most of the firings go quite amicably and you have plenty of time to get used to the idea and find a new job. Maybe you can laugh about it now, but getting fired is no fun when you first hear the words. You feel ashamed, wonder what you could’ve done differently, why this happened to you, and how will you ever tell this at home? Honestly? Getting fired isn’t that bad. In the long run. I really believe that when this happens to you, it’s for a good reason. That you will find something better. And you’re not alone. We all have a chance to get fired during our professional lifetime. It already happened to me. Today on the blog my getting fired experience and why I’m very grateful that it happened.

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10 things that made my month even better | March

March

I was pretty much prepared to say a friendly goodbye to march. I still am, but the last couple of days haven’t been the best days ever. Long story short: I cried, my car is broken, my back hurts, BUT I avoided driving into a moving truck. Now our question is: how do we survive without cars again? I forgot how to do groceries by bike. Anyway, despite this big flaw in an otherwise okay march (poor Fiat), I had some pretty good moments. (Y)

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A beginners guide to Pinterest for lifestyle bloggers (+ big group board list)

Pinterest 101

Pinterest is booming. That’s what ‘they’ say, at least. And I  believe them. Bloggers should hop on the bandwagon because Pinterest will become a more and more important tool to attract readers. Why? Because Pinterest is one of the blogging world’s most important search engines. In the Netherlands, we’re still a bit behind, possibly because we underestimate the effect Pinterest can have on our blogging success. In the US, bloggers know how to utilize Pinterest though. Are you one of those bloggers who hasn’t hopped on the bandwagon yet? I made a long list of lifestyle group boards you can join, and I’ll explain to you what the use of group boards is, what you have to do to be found on Pinterest and what you need for that. Shall we?

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Why bloggers have a newsletter (+ my intentions)

Nieuwsbrief

I receive newsletters in my A Pinch of Jo inbox on a daily basis. I signed up for those newsletters because I’m eager to learn. A lot of those are about blogging, Pinterest and affiliate marketing. Some of them are about adulting, living a positive life and life itself. Bloggers who send newsletters do it because they want to educate their reader and at the same time gain traffic. They’ll send you info, product reviews or tips, and advice. Ever since I started my own blog (blogaversary is around the corner!) I have been thinking about making my own newsletter. My question to you is: what do you like to see in a newsletter? Or when do you sign up for one? read more