Freelancing & Creating Professional Résumés!

What’s up, everyone? So, bit of a different post this morning. Since graduating college, freelancing has always been an option as a Graphic Design major. It wasn’t necessarily something I was interested in since I wanted to work within a company with lots of creative people that I could create cool things with. However, I am now pushing myself to try something completely new and open my mind to some freelance work. With that being said, I had a few friends reach out to me recently wanting their resumes updated and changed. Of course I was happy to do this for them, and they were very happy with their new resumes that they could take to interviews and potential employers.

As a designer, I have access to all of the Adobe Suite programs, including InDesign. I use this to create the resumes in a very professional fashion. With that being said, I wanted to extend this offer to all of you high school students or soon to be college grads. If you’d like a professional resume created by a designer, that is easily printable and perfect for any upcoming job interviews, please feel free to contact me! You can email me at sageoliviablog@gmail.com, leave a comment below with questions, or DM me on Instagram.

The process is extremely simple. Create a Word document with any information you’d like on your resume including but not limited to: contact info, education, work experience, skills, awards, etc. Be sure to send me your information in a document that can be easily copied and pasted into InDesign (most Word Documents or PDF’s allow this). I will create your custom resume and allow one revision, free of charge. I will be accepting payments via Venmo!

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in or what a resume that is guaranteed to make you stand out in an interview, please contact me. Resumes are an extremely important aspect when looking for new work, and you want to come across unique and put together. Below I’ve attached a few examples of what your personal resume could look like! (These are purely examples/templates).

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I hope this can be a service that is very helpful to you guys. All information will be kept confidential of course! I’m excited for this new project and looking forward to hearing from any of you. Talk to you all very soon with a more normal blog post! xx

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The Reality of Post Grad Life: Friendships

Hey everyone! Hope you’re all doing very well. I know some of you over on Instagram are in the high school to college age range, which has made me want to discuss some thoughts about post grad life. I have a similar post here, but there’s something a little more specific I wanted to talk about: friendships. One of the major perks about college (especially when you live in dorms) is the fact that your friends are all in close proximity to you. I loved the years when my friends were right across the hall and I could see them every morning or every night. It was so easy to keep in touch with people when you had similar schedules as well.

However, all of that changes after graduation. Everyone spreads out to their respective locations and start focusing on getting a job or furthering their education. I now have friends all over the United States, which sounds cool but can be a bit hard at times. Going from seeing your peers consistently everyday and going on adventures to having friends spread across the country is a bit shocking. It’s not easy all the time, and it’s not something that is commonly talked about during life after college.

However, it’s not all a bummer! The dynamics of these friendships simply change and patience becomes a factor. Everyone is working full time, which means being intentional with every friendship becomes a must. Schedules become crazy and sometimes seeing your friends is difficult. This is where texting, calling, or FaceTiming comes into play. Pick up that phone whenever you have a free moment and call that friend! While seeing your old friends might not happen as often as before, you still must put in the work to keep in touch. Which by the way, is so fun! I love catching up with friends I’ve had for years and hearing about all the things they have going on. It’s a great escape from work (or school if you’re pursuing grad school).

So here’s a few things you can do to keep in touch with your friends across the country or maybe even across the world!

  • Send a text as often as you can, just checking up on them or seeing how they’re doing.
  • Send an actual letter! I know I personally love receiving letters in the mail, especially because it’s not something that is often done anymore.
  • Schedule times to FaceTime. Every person has access to a phone, so figure out a time with your friend to call or FaceTime, which is much more personal (and fun) than constantly texting
  • Send a small care package. If your friend has just bought their first apartment in a new city, sending them a small care package to let them know you’re thinking of them is so thoughtful and shows you care.

Post grad life can be a big adjustment, but being ready for these changes is everything. I’ll admit a lot of things end up changing, but that simply means you’re growing. Some friends may stay and others will go. For whatever the reason, just know it’s a part of life and you never know the good things coming for you. I hope you guys enjoyed this little post about life after college. I was thinking it could be really beneficial to write a few different versions of these, all about different topics discussing post grad life. So if you guys have any specific questions about what it’s like after graduation, please leave them in the comments below or send me a DM on Instagram! Talk to you all very soon! xx

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New Years Resolutions & Where I’ve Been!

Hello everyone! Well, I thought it was finally time to make another blog post. Ever since my struggle with Blogmas, I’ll be honest it’s been a bit hard for me to sit down and write again. But that’s what I want to talk to you guys about today…what exactly has been going on. So without beating around the bush, I’ll jump straight into it.

Health Takes a Dip

The week before my Christmas break from work, I ended up getting a fairly bad cold. I stayed home from work one day to recuperate and pushed myself to go back probably a bit too soon. However, it was just a cold and things needed to get done. Christmas break was finally here and my health was improving everyday until the sickness was completely gone! My break was spent eating lots of great food and spending time with my family. I had a few days of work to complete but most of it was very relaxing and exactly what I needed. Unfortunately though, with about a week dealing with that cold and the holiday, my time at the gym was starting to diminish and I wasn’t watching what I was eating in the slightest. To summarize: I was falling into old habits and my health was very up and down.

Hit with the Flu…Again

I had some exciting plans for New Years Eve that I was looking forward to. The past couple years I had chosen to stay in for this particular holiday, so I was excited to get myself out again. However, you might be able to guess what happened next…I got hit with one of the worst flus I’ve ever experienced. Yep, worse than the cold I had before. I had the shakes, a high fever for literally days, and so many other symptoms. I ended up staying in bed on New Years Eve, New Years day, and about four days after that. It was a bad one, guys. I ended up going to see a doctor and getting some antibiotics which helped kick this illness out of me. We were concerned it had the potential to turn into pneumonia, which is why I was being so careful. I usually go a very holistic route when I’m sick and avoid anything stronger than Advil. However this time, antibiotics were necessary. While I’m feeling SO much better now, it took a good 9 days to feel functional again.

Backtrack to January 1st, I was given some news that was definitely surprising to me but ultimately is leading me in a much more positive direction. Some could see it as a huge setback, but I’ve chosen to see it as a great opportunity that I’m grateful for. I’m very excited for the future, and that’s all I’ll say about it.

Since I was so knocked down by this second flu, my time at the gym and taking care of my health was basically nonexistent. I still couldn’t tell you the last time I’ve been at the gym. Before I got sick, my health had become such a priority to me and my time at the gym had become so relaxing and something I needed. So to not be able to do that was tough. Now that my health is finally on the upswing, I’ve been going on plenty of beach runs/walks with my sister. Taking in the sun and saltwater has been so healing for me and has been my escape.

Declining Motivation

Now I’d like to address how all of this has affected this blog and my motivation in general. I have to be honest with you guys and say that I’ve never felt this unmotivated to do the things I love. This blog has always been so important to me even though I struggle with consistency. Never before though, have I had 0% motivation to write, take photos, or anything along the lines of being creative. Even on Instagram, I’ve barely posted and not even cared. I’m not really sure how to deal with this since I’ve always been an overachieving person who wants to grow in what I love. Writing this post is definitely a step in the right direction, although I still feel like something’s missing. I had such high hopes for 2019 and still do, but my motivation has never been so low. I think the hardest part about it is that I’m only hurting myself. I’m not growing or doing anything beneficial for myself in this state and it bothers me a ton. If any of you have some tips on how you stay motivated or bounce back from something destructive like illness, let me know in the comments below! 

2019 Resolutions

This part of the post is solely for myself, but feel free to keep reading! I thought making a short list of things I want to accomplish in 2019 will help my motivation a bit, so here is that list.

  • Bounce back from anything negative with the strength to be and do better
  • Be more consistent with anything and everything in my life
  • Meet new people that help me grow creatively, intellectually, and spiritually (expand my circle of friends in general)
  • Find something that will start a career that I’ll be excited about for years to come
  • Stand up for myself and what I know is right. To not be afraid anymore of speaking my mind, even to those above me
  • Build more confidence
  • Look into furthering my education
  • Find ways to be creative in whatever moment I’m in
  • Reach my goal weight/make good health a lifestyle instead of a task
  • Change my mindset into something more productive
  • Rebrand the blog/schedule out posts more often
  • Make more videos/build editing skills with Final Cut Pro
  • Be more intentional with everyone I meet
  • ATTEMPT to eat less sweets/chocolate (this might be the hardest resolution)

I hope you guys found something on this list that you’d like to do yourself or found inspiration in. I’m sorry for my absence but I honestly wasn’t planning it…I think I needed it though. I’m trying to find my motivation again as quick as possible, but I don’t want this blog to feel like a job. I know the more it feels like a hobby and something I’m not forcing, I’ll want to create more content. I appreciate your patience and thank you guys for reading!

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My Winter Makeup Routine 2018!

Hello everyone! It’s been a little bit. For so long now I’ve been wanting to get another video up on my YouTube channel. Making a video takes a lot more time than getting a blog post up, but I’m so excited I got another one done! I’ve specifically been wanting to create a makeup routine, and with the holidays coming up, it seemed like the perfect time to finally make it. Being in the middle of winter, I prefer not to wear too much heavy makeup. For example a full coverage foundation or tons of eyeshadow. I’ve also been having some difficulties with my skin again, so I’ve been trying to wear as minimal makeup as possible. In this video is a simple routine that is very easy to follow. I like my brows natural and my wings subtle. With that being said, here is the video!

With each new video I’ve made, editing has becoming an easier and quicker process. It’s been awesome to see my skills improve each time, so I really hope you guys have been enjoying! I believe that even with bad skin, you can still have fun with makeup and I hope that’s apparent in my video. While most of my issues deal with scarring which can easily be covered up by concealer, I’ve always enjoyed experimenting with makeup and finding new ways to get creative. Especially with Christmas coming up tomorrow and the new year just days away, it’s the perfect time to try something new. Let me know what you thought of the video below in the comments. Maybe drop a like and subscribe if this is the first time you’re seeing my videos!

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Why I Haven’t Been Posting For Blogmas

Hey guys. So more of an honest post for you today. The last post I had for Blogmas was day 11…which has been very disappointing for me. As I’ve said before, last year I posted every single day and although it was hard, I made it happen. I knew this year would be even more of a challenge since I’ve been working full time and life has just become much more complicated. I scheduled out posts as much as a could but eventually it caught up with me. Long story short, it probably wasn’t smart of me to try and commit to something this extensive knowing my work has become my life.

I think something that naturally comes with Blogmas is the rushed posts. Except for the people that somehow plan out posts weeks in advance, mine tend to be a bit shorter so I can keep up with posting everyday. I’ve mentioned this before and touch upon it in one of my videos but this year I really wanted to focus on making quality content that I would truly want to read compared to making mediocre content more often. With Blogmas, I felt my content wasn’t at the place I wanted it to be and it wasn’t up to my own standards. I want to make things I’m proud of and when it came to Blogmas, that just wasn’t the case. I’ve also been very inactive on Instagram compared to my usual time spent on there. This has really bummed me out because I’ve come to love the creativity and community that is Instagram.

However, I still of course have more Christmasy things to share with you guys. I still have plenty of ideas of posts I want to make and will be proud of. Although it won’t come every single day, I’m looking forward to bringing the Christmas vibes back to this blog. Another side note, I feel a sickness coming on and I’m trying to avoid that as much as possible. So please, be patient and know I’m doing as much as I possibly can. I know this post was brief but I just wanted to touch base with you guys and let you know I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth. Hope you are all doing well and are gearing up for Christmas! Talk to you soon xx

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How I Make the Perfect Cup of Hot Chocolate (Blogmas Day 11)

Hey everyone! Happy Tuesday, I hope you’re all doing well. I’ll be honest life has been super busy lately and I’ve been quite tired. Waking up at 5:30 every morning has been an adjustment but come with lots of perks as well. For today’s Blogmas, we’re going through the exact ingredients you need to make a bomb cup of hot cocoa! Hot chocolate is one of my favorite beverages since as you guys know, I can’t control myself around sweets. I usually only drink it during the holidays, so it’s definitely something special.

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So to kick it off here are the few ingredients you’ll need:

• Trader Joe’s Organic Hot Cocoa mix
• Mini marshmallows
• Whipped cream
• Mini gingerbread men
• Candy canes (normal size or minis)
Optional: Candy canes & cinnamon

One of the easiest ways to make hot chocolate is to buy packages of the mix. It’s definitely not the healthiest, but the quickest! Not to mention, I recently found this organic mix from Trader Joe’s and it’s some of the best I’ve ever tasted. Sometimes the mix packets can end up too watered down or not flavorful. However, this is my new favorite product and tastes absolutely amazing and so sweet! Pour this in a cup and add hot water to start off.

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Once you have your full cup of hot chocolate in your favorite mug, take your whipped cream and pile that stuff on top! This is Christmas people, don’t hold back! Plus, the more whipped cream, the prettier the cup. Next, take your mini marshmallows and add a few to the whipped cream. These will add much more texture and look great in photos! Now for a little twist I decided to add in this year: top with a mini gingerbread man. Who doesn’t love some cookies with hot cocoa or tea??

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Another couple things I will add to my hot chocolate every year is a candy cane or cinnamon. Unfortunately, I had no candy canes available to me while taking these photos, but they add the perfect amount of peppermint to any cup. If you have mini candy canes, toss those right into the hot chocolate and let them sit. If you have a normal sized one, let it sit beautifully out the side of the cup. The minty taste will always remind you of the Christmas season and is so refreshing! Cinnamon of course is the perfect touch to any holiday beverage, even cider!

I love adding all these Christmasy ingredients to my hot chocolate, especially when I’m sitting down for a movie in front of the fireplace. We don’t get snowy nights here in California, but it’s fun to imagine that we do! What do you guys top your hot chocolate with?? Let me know down in the comments! xx

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The Only Christmas Candle You’ll Ever Need! (Blogmas Day 10)

Hello everyone! Happy Monday!! The start to a new week, so let’s make it a good one! Starting a new week is always a bit difficult for me, so I hope this post makes your day just a bit better! Firstly, I’d like to thank you guys for all the positive feedback on Blogmas this year. You guys seem to be enjoying the posts so far and that makes me SO happy!! So let’s get started with today’s post. Yesterday I did a whole Christmas grocery haul specifically from Trader Joe’s. I’m going to bounce off that today and introduce you guys to the best candle I’ve ever owned.

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I’d like to mention that I’m someone who has a really hard time with candles. I absolutely adore the vibe they give. They’re so calming and the flickering of the fire is always beautiful. However, I tend to get headaches pretty easily when they’re lit, which has been a huge bummer. I get headaches pretty easily in general, but it’s always guaranteed if a candle is lit. I’ve found that soy candles tend to not have this effect, but it’s still risky. Recently though, I was introduced to this Cedar Balsam candle from Trader Joe’s from my wonderful coworkers. We’ve been burning it since before Thanksgiving because we all love it so much. It hasn’t given me a headache and I can finally enjoy the scent of Christmas!

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The best way I can describe this candle is: Christmas in a little tin. At first, I thought it smelled exactly like a pine tree. Which has been so nice because I grew up with a fake tree my whole life. Our tree always looks beautiful and full but our house never really smells like a fresh tree. With this candle though, you 100% get that holiday vibe. Even though the scent is technically Cedar Balsam, it still reminds me of a lovely pine tree.

They had a couple large barrels of this same candle at the store, so I stocked up! Just in case they ever decide to discontinue it. Apparently, they also have a gingerbread scented candle that is even more popular! Let me know if you guys have ever heard of that candle or can vouch for how amazing it is. These candles are about $4 each, which I think is a really amazing price for a candle considering the amount of wax inside the tin. Of course, being the designer I am, I have to bring up the packaging. What else would you expect from me?? Firstly, I LOVE that it comes in an adorable silver tin. It just feels so Christmasy and appropriate for the holidays. I also love the simplicity, color, and fonts used on the label. Sometimes, it’s nice not to have the expected red or green patterns.

I hope you guys enjoyed this short little post about this awesome candle! It really is one of the best and you don’t have to deal with the crowds that are usually in places like Bath and Body Works. Let me know in the comments if you know about this candle or if you’ve tried it. See you all soon!! xx

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