Thursday, August 17, 2017

5 Ways To Stay Focused

Every afternoon around 3 or 4 o'clock, I start to lose my concentration and just want to take a nap. I've been slowly incorporating little changes into my afternoon to perk myself up [without coffee]. 

1. Chew Gum: Science has proven that chewing gum increases alertness. Also, you have the added benefit of fresh breath after lunch.

2. Take A Walk: Although this may not always be feasible, taking a short walk can really help wake you up. Whether it be outside or a stroll around the office, try to get up at least every couple of hours. 

3. Use Essential Oils: Essentials oil are a great way to stay alert in the afternoon. If you watch my videos, you know that I'm a Simply Earth ambassador. This amazing company puts out monthly recipe boxes with essential oils and suggestions for their usage. They also donate 13% of their profits to organizations that help to prevent domestic trafficking. In their August box, they included a Focus essential oil and supplies to create a Get Focused! roll on. If you're interested in Simply Earth, you can use the code MODERNMOLLIEFREE for 10% off single oils OR a $40 giftcard with a recipe box purchase!

4. Drink Water: Drinking water is just good for you. Water helps energize your muscles and improve performance. I aim to drink 24oz in the morning and 24oz in the afternoon to stay hydrated at work.

5. Listen To Podcasts: Whether I need a distraction or want to focus on a task, I always go for a podcast. My current favorites are Will You Accept This Rose? [hilarious Bachelor podcast hosted by comedians], At Home With, & Ladies Who Lunch.

What helps you stay focused?

Disclaimer: Simply Earth sent me their products for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Two Years in New York City

Today marks two years since I moved to New York City. When I moved to the Upper East Side from Northern California, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. Two years later I can say, with certainty,  this was the best decision I ever made.

When I moved to the city, my life was anything but normal. I was in grad school and had classes at night. I struggled to meet people I connected with. I learned a lot over the first year and had a blast living in the city. 

My second year led to even more growth. I completed my master's, decided to switch career paths, got married and am about to move to Jersey City [don't worry--my blog will still have lots of New York City content!]. I feel a bit more settled even though I know I have more growing and learning to do. I don't have much wisdom to share, unlike in my one year update. I mostly experienced personal growth, rather than just adjusting to living in a big city. Even though I'm technically moving out of the city, I'll still be working in the city and spending most weekends here. My heart is truly in New York City and I wouldn't have it any other way.

I hope you stay along for the journey.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

How To Change Your Name After Getting Married

One of the major pains after getting married is changing your name (if you choose to change it!). When we got our marriage license, I was able to select to change my last name (and middle name, if I had wanted to). Although I chose to change my name, I needed to update all of my official documents  in order to fully use my new last name.

Here are the places you need to update your name:

Social Security: You'll need to get an updated social security card with your new last name. This must be done in person by visiting a social security office. I visited the office in lower Manhattan. I brought my marriage license and identification (my driver's license). It took about a week for my new social security card to arrive in the mail.

Driver's License/Identification Card: I was able to update mine right after visiting the social security office. I went to the DMV Express. I filled out a form, showed them my marriage license, paid $12.50 for the change, and took a new photo [I was not prepared for this so this is your warning!]. They gave me a temporary license and told me it will take 2-3 weeks for my new license to arrive--it took about a week and a half to come in the mail.

Bank Account: You'll need to change your name, order new debit and credit cards, and new checks. I just had to bring my marriage license. I was able to use my old driver's license as identification. It took a few days for my first new debit card to arrive and once it was activated, I was all set. 

Official Accounts: Several accounts will need to be updated once you have your new identification card. Make sure to update your employer/payroll, electric and utilities companies, landlord or mortgage company, insurance companies, voter registration, and airlines (for frequent traveler rewards). Some of these will just need a phone call and others will require your marriage license or new identification card.

Passport: I haven't gotten a chance to change my passport yet. Luckily, this can be done by mail. I'll need to mail in a form, check, my old passport, and a scan of my new license. 

TSA Pre/Global Entry: Once I get my new passport, I'll update my name on my Global Entry. This needs to be done in person but does not require an appointment. If you have either of these, you'll need to make sure the name on your plane ticket, ID or passport, and TSA Pre/Global Entry account name all match for future travels in order to use the service.

Accounts/Memberships/Social Media/Mailing Lists: This is totally optional. You may want to change your name on various online shopping accounts, museum memberships, gym membership, social media, etc. Likely any account that requires a payment will at least need an updated name on the billing statement.

Let me know if there are any other places I missed.

I hope this is helpful to any newlyweds!

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