5 tips for surviving in a new place after quitting your full-time job.

5 tips for surviving in a new place after quitting your full-time job. [Meredith Sell] Six months ago, I was driving across the middle United States with fellow Bright Life Studio blogger, Katy Horst, in the passenger seat of my 2001 Toyota Corolla. It was summer, and we were on our way to colorful Colorado. I’d quit my full-time-with-benefits job and now I was moving to a brand new place far from family and friends […]

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Girl Boss Highlight: Angelina Danae

Girl Boss Highlight: Angelina Danae [Angelina Danae] I’m only about five months into my new creative adventures, and I don’t quite consider myself a girl boss, BUT, I am a girl, so I guess that gets me halfway there! Here’s the honest truth: I started 2017 confused about goals, disappointed with my career, and confronted with thought of “If not now, when?” I had so many different projects that I never started and passions I […]

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What Kyla Thinks (About Lively’s Mesh-Trim No Wire Bra)

What Kyla Thinks (About Lively’s Mesh-Trim No Wire Bra) [Kyla Carniero] Lively is a new online lingerie company with a few special twists. They blew up my Facebook feed until I finally caved, which admittedly did not take long and neither did checking out with three bras in my digital shopping cart. Two of the three bras were on backorder, so I’ll start by reviewing the company itself and the one bra I have received. […]

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Girl Boss Highlight: Coach Amy Snow

Girl Boss Highlight: Coach Amy Snow [Amy Snow] I love coming alongside people in their journey.  That has been true my whole life, through my athletic career and involvement with numerous teams, and especially as I chose careers since completing graduate school. The leap of becoming an entrepreneur was one I never anticipated or dreamt I would take, yet I’m on this adventurous roller coaster ride. My initial jump into the entrepreneurial journey came after […]

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Why I Hate the Word ‘Hustle’ (and how to talk about it)

Why I Hate the Word ‘Hustle’ (and how to talk about it) [Katy Horst] As entrepreneurs of businesses, whether they be blogs or passion projects or practically filling a need, we hear the word ‘hustle’ all the time. Like, all the time. We hustle to get new clients, new sponsorships, to do the accounting, and the marketing, and the IT, and the blah, blah, blah. We do it all. All the plates are spinning and […]

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Girl Boss Highlight: So It’s A Show

Girl Boss Highlight: So It’s A Show [Kyla Carniero] This is a sponsored post. You might not get our show’s name right away, but that’s part of the allure. We’re in the business of explaining references, after all. So it’s a show? is my podcast, which I co-host and produce with Taylor Blake, a writer/marketer from St. Louis. We met in college, but never went past friendly hellos in passing. Fast-forward three years later, I […]

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Women You Should Know: Isabella Graham & Joanna Bethune

Women You Should Know: Isabella Graham & Joanna Bethune [Meredith Sell] If you’re familiar with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, you probably know that Eliza Schuyler Hamilton “established the first private orphanage in New York City.” After Alexander Hamilton’s — *spoiler alert* — death in the musical, the song “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story” tells of Eliza’s next 50 years as a widow laboring to restore her husband’s reputation, preserve his legacy, and lend […]

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Travel Perspectives

Travel Perspectives [Katy Horst] A few weeks ago, my husband surprised me with a trip to Nashville. Like, surprised me. He had made a reservation for our hotel and for the dog kennel. He had installed new shocks on his car and gotten new tires. He did all this and I had no idea what was coming. I will always cherish the cute way I found out. “Katy,” he said, “I don’t know about you, […]

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Girl Boss Highlight: Poppin’ Pallets

Girl Boss Highlight Poppin’ Pallets [Lauryn Miller] For anyone who is attempting to pursue a side business or a full on career – do not take no for an answer! Push to make your dream happen.  I’m Lauryn, one of the co-founders of Poppin’ Pallets, an in-home customized painting company. My business partner Laura and I have been best friends since we were in 8th grade. We’ve done everything together. Between going through our “hard […]

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Women You Should Know: Cecilia Payne Gaposchkin

Women You Should Know: Cecilia Helena Payne Gaposchkin [Meredith Sell] One hundred years ago, astronomers looked at the cosmos quite differently from the way they do today. They had observatories and telescopes and theories, Einstein’s theory of general relativity was still (relatively) new in the science community, and astronomers as usual were trying to figure out the stars. Today, we know hydrogen as the universe’s most common element. But, not then. The scientific community was convinced […]

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Women You Should Know: Alice Guy-Blaché

Women You Should Know Alice Guy-Blaché, forgotten filmmaker [Meredith Sell] Seat yourself in a movie theater. The lights dim. You hear the projector and reel whir to life. A vision floods your eyes. You’ve experienced it before: the close-ups emphasizing characters’ facial expressions; the musical themes introducing characters, melting together or clashing to enhance drama; the special effects applied to accomplish the right visual, whether explosions or never-ending staircases. The movie is new, but the […]

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3 Top Tips For Working From Home

3 Top Tips For Working From Home [Katy Horst] I love working from home. I can create my own schedule, my lunch break consists of switching out a load of laundry or a quick walk around the block. I never thought that I’d be that person who would enjoy being a homebody most of the day, but I have to say it’s one the best decisions I ever made — although I basically made the […]

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Why We Need Journaling

Why We Need Journaling [Meredith Sell] “[T]he unexamined life is not worth living…” ~Socrates, as recorded in Plato’s Apology of Socrates Time slips by when we’re paying the least attention. We get caught in routines of work and/or school, meals, time with friends and family, sleep. Before we know it, another week or month or year has passed and the question arises: Am I wasting my life? I’m a goal-oriented person. At the beginning of […]

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5 Tips For Dressing Confidently

5 Tips For Dressing Confidently [Meredith Sell] Starting my first professional job after college, I had a problem. I’d never enjoyed dressing up, and I had no choice but to do so five days a week. The vast majority of my wardrobe were T-shirts, athletic shorts, and sweatpants — what I’d lived in for most of my college career. And most of what I owned that was appropriate for work I didn’t really like. I […]

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An Open Letter to Women in the Workplace About Their Fear

An Open Letter to Women in the Workplace About Their Fear [Originally Appeared In & Written For Darling Magazine – Katy Horst] Close your eyes and think of a famous CEO. You probably thought of Mark Zuckerburg from Facebook or maybe even Jeff Bezos from Amazon. Both men. And, it’s not that they aren’t great innovators and leaders, but it does raise the question: Why didn’t a woman come to mind first? The answer is that Zuckerberg […]

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