Category Archives for Advice

December 17th, 2015

24 Things I Learned by 24

24 Things I Learned by 24 | Sara du Jour
For the past two years, I’ve made a series of these posts: 22 Things I Learned by 22 and 23 Things I Learned by 23. I enjoy looking back at these posts and being able to see how my point of view has changed with time, or hasn’t. Today is my birthday, and I turn 24. I thought it was only fitting to reflect on my year, and share some things I know to be true based on my life experiences so far. And what a year it’s been! As always, I’d love it if you added your own bits of wisdom in the comments.

Without any further ado: here are 24 things I learned by 24. (more…)

17. December 2015 by saradujour
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November 15th, 2015

10 Tips to Be an Online Shopping Pro

As you have probably gathered from the abundance of haul posts here on my blog, I kind of like online shopping. In fact, I do so much online shopping, I consider myself a bit of a pro on the subject. Practice makes perfect, right?

Through talking with friends about the subject, I came to realize that some of the online shopping tips I’ve gathered aren’t exactly common knowledge. So why not share them with all of you? (more…)

15. November 2015 by saradujour
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December 29th, 2014

23 Things I Learned by 23

23 Things I Learned by 23 | Sara du Jour
About two weeks ago, I turned 23. Being 22 was wonderful. It was a year of new experiences, great memories, a few unexpected hurdles, and lessons learned. I’m sure 23 will be the same! A while ago I compiled a list called 22 Things I Learned by 22, and I thought I’d try my hand at it again this year. Here are 23 things I know to be true, so far.  (more…)

29. December 2014 by saradujour
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October 22nd, 2014

How to Ace a Job Interview: 15 Tips

How to Ace a Job Interview: 15 Tips | Sara du Jour

Chances are, sooner or later you’re going to go to a job interview. You’re probably going to go to a lot of job interviews in your lifetime, whether it’s straight out of college, or later on in your career. I’ve been to tons of interviews, especially over the last couple of weeks while I was job hunting. So much so that I can practically do it in my sleep now. I’ve been on the other side of things, too – interviewing potential candidates for a job. So if you want to know how to ace a job interview, here are 15 tips for making a great impression and hopefully, getting the job. (more…)

22. October 2014 by saradujour
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September 21st, 2014

10 Tips for Building Self Confidence

10 Tips for Building Self Confidence - Sara du Jour

One of the most common questions I get asked online is about how to build your confidence and feel good about yourself.

In a world that literally functions based on telling people (especially women) that they’re not good enough as they are (yay, capitalism!), having confidence in the face of that onslaught is no easy feat. (more…)

21. September 2014 by saradujour
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August 15th, 2014

I Woke Up Like This, or: #NoFilter

I Woke Up Like This, or #NoFilter - Sara du Jour

I have never been more nervous to put up a blog post before. But it’s late at night – that particular time of night when people get a little more honest, and sometimes, a little more brave.

I’m in bed with my laptop and my cat, and I’ve been hit with a wave of courage to do something I’ve been thinking about doing for a while. So, I’m going to grit my teeth, cross my fingers, and hope I don’t regret this in the morning. (more…)

15. August 2014 by saradujour
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July 11th, 2014

Little Lies to Stop Telling Ourselves

Little Lies to Stop Telling Ourselves - Sara du Jour

In the words of Dr. House, everybody lies. Here are just a few little lies to stop telling ourselves.  (more…)

11. July 2014 by saradujour
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June 27th, 2014

100 Little Things to Be Happy About

Sara du Jour: 100 Little Things to Be Happy About

“Remember the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Brault

Everybody has bad days, and on the days you’re feeling low, it helps to remember the things that bring you joy, no matter how tiny. Here are 100 little things to be happy about, to remember, and to look forward to. (more…)

27. June 2014 by saradujour
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May 30th, 2014

Top 10 Tips for University Success

(Or, Sara’s Declassified School Survival Guide)

Top 10 University Tips

I get a lot of questions from high school students anxious about starting university. I also frequently get asked how to deal with the work load, the stress of exams, and how to find balance in your life. When I asked you all which topics you’d like “advice” posts about, this was a very popular one. So here are my top 10 tips for university. (more…)

30. May 2014 by saradujour
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May 22nd, 2014

22 Things I Learned by 22

  1. When wearing new shoes out for the first time, always pack bandages. No matter how comfortable you think the shoes are.
  2. Take your friends out when they’re feeling glum.
  3. Make frequent plans with anyone you’d regret not seeing more of if they died tomorrow. Your family, your friends – anyone you love.
  4. Always forgive. But don’t be afraid to stop spending time with people who consistently hurt you.
  5. Eat a meal before a night of drinking if you don’t want to become best friends with the toilet the next morning.
  6. Tell people all the nice things you think about them. Too often we forget to say these things out loud.
  7. Pay your bills as soon as you get them. (If at all possible.)
  8. Look at yourself in the mirror and imagine what 80-year-old you would say about how beautiful you look now.
  9. Eat dessert.
  10. Don’t be afraid to be the person who cares more.
  11. Make the grand gesture.
  12. Don’t buy clothes that don’t currently fit you.
  13. If you always feel worse about yourself after spending time with someone, stop spending time with them.
  14. Pay attention to how your friends behave when you achieve success. The real ones will celebrate your successes with you and share in your failures.
  15. Learn how to do handy things, like fix toilets and change lightbulbs by yourself. Being self-sufficient is not gender specific.
  16. Smile at anyone who is serving you, be polite, and tip well.
  17. Do not give any one person the power to destroy you.
  18. Never stop learning.
  19. Read, read, read.
  20. It’s okay to cancel on group plans if you don’t feel like going, but cancelling a one-on-one last minute is inconsiderate.
  21. Don’t wait to wear things when you reach a certain weight. You can wear whatever style you like now. Right now.
  22. Allow yourself to look silly, whether on purpose or by accident. Life isn’t a beauty pageant.

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22. May 2014 by saradujour
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April 25th, 2014

The Great Internet Illusion

The Great Internet Illusion

The internet is a funny thing. Blogging and social media allows us to publicly share details of our lives that were previously known only by those very close to us. However, this illusion of honesty and intimacy actually allows for deception on a grand scale (intentional or not).  (more…)

25. April 2014 by saradujour
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September 16th, 2013

10 Tips For Staying Positive

I often get asked how I stay positive all the time. The truth is: I don’t. While I do make a conscious effort to look on the bright side and see the good in the world, sometimes it just doesn’t work and I feel blue.

Just like everyone else, occasionally I fall into funks. (Funk: (noun) the super-technical term for a period of time you’re feeling down, sad, insecure, or pessimistic about some or every aspect of your life.)

Some of my funks last a day or two, and some can last for months on end. Often it’s related to what’s going on in my life at the moment, but other times, emotions just… happen. (more…)

16. September 2013 by saradujour
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July 5th, 2013

Blogging 101

Blogging-101

Remember when Sara du Jour looked like this?

I frequently get asked for tips on how to go about writing a personal blog. Now, I’m no expert on the matter but here are a few things I’ve picked up along the way. (more…)

05. July 2013 by saradujour
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April 11th, 2013

How To Have A Lovely Day

I’ve decided to have a perfect day. Sure, I have a final exam tomorrow, but I’m off today with absolutely no plans, and I’m going to make the most of it.

It’s currently 9:30 in the morning, and this is what I’ve done so far. I will update this post in real time, as the day progresses!

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1. Wake up bright and early, alarm clock-free. (more…)

11. April 2013 by saradujour
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