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Corporate Black Girl



Hey Corporate Black Girls ✨

It’s the time of the year where we are surrounded by loved ones for the holidays.

Except you, unfortunately you’re left with the decision choosing between family and friends or working. 😒.

I’m just here to remind you to ALWAYS choose your loved ones here’s why...

Your family is irreplaceable! Sure you may miss that holiday pay but time with your family is priceless (cliche I know, but it’s 100% true). If you’re worried about missing the pay, plan ahead for it or use PTO. We work 40 plus hours for these companies, we can spare some time to create memories with ones we love. Usually there's tumbleweeds rolling trough the office during holidays anyway. So don’t feel bad for taking time you deserve.

Which leads to the next thing....

Your job doesn’t care about you! So stop being a ride or die for these people! If you died today they’ll post your job before sending condolences to your family. Besides, the same people they expect you to send those ”super important” reports to will have on their “out of office” not worried about you. Most of these companies want to paint the image of caring about you and your well being but only when it‘s beneficial to them. Yes, some may care about you and your career with the company but your well-being? Not so much. You consistently go above and beyond, so don’t feel guilty for choosing not to work during holidays.

Wayment, I’m not saying “f” that job completely...

I’m just saying, spend time...money always comes back around. Yes, as CBGs we are climbing the corporate ladder but we are NOT puppets. (haha no correlation to the Elmo gif) When you say jump, I will NOT ask how high. There‘s a way to succeed in this corporate world and not be a push over. So take those 8, 16 or 24 hours off and you enjoy yourself. Anything else can wait until after you’ve had your morning coffee the day you return. ✨

P.S. Don't forget to turn on your "out of office" sis. ✨

& that's why every time you see me, I got something else to do.

Hey Corporate Black Girl! ✨ It’s been a while. As I’m sure you can relate, work life balance has been a little hectic. Between working a 9-5, blogging, running another side business, and doing volunteer work, your girl is exhausted. So this blog is about "the reset" and how to recenter after a stressful period of time.

Identify your headspace

The first step is taking a breathe and reflect on where you are in this moment of time. Yes, in this very moment what's going on around you? Are you at your desk, taking an internet break from work and ended up reading this blog? If you are, why are you needing this internet break? Is work stressful? Are you over being at work today? What has caused you to need to mentally step away from your surroundings? Whatever it is, you have to find the root in order to get this chaos back in order. Basically, a little "come to Jesus meeting" with yourself.

Treat yourself

Now that we've established why we feel the way we do, what steps do we take to make ourselves feel better? Checking yourself can be a little hard at times so a ”pick me up” is a good way to cope. I personally love a good spa day, or sometimes I have a "bitch you deserve" moment and buy myself a new bag. 🥴 Compile a list of things that you do for yourself that makes you smile. Now, out of the list what haven't you done for yourself in a while? Whatever you do for your "me time" DO IT! So, make that lash appointment, nail appointment or whatever because it's time to get back to you!

Find your foundation

After you've treated yourself, it's time to reset yourself so you can be at peace. Take a second to reflect on moments where you felt like you had your life together. What are some things you were doing during those times that kept you together? For me I feel most together when I don't have to worry about the following day. So the weeks where I grocery shop and meal prep, I know the week is going to be amazing. After that, I'm back on my daily routine so I'm returning to the gym after that unintentional leave of absence. 😅 Although I love to workout; when life feels like it's in shambles, the gym is the last place I'm going even though it should be the first. When I prepare myself for the the week and I’m consistently working out my mind stays clear. Because if all else fails for the day, guess what? I started with a great workout and also don't have to ask my lunch buddy "What's for lunch?" at 10am.

Hit the ground running

Now apply it all! Not feeling too worky today? Stop, breathe and make sure you're okay before you get too far down the road and end up hating it here. Then make sure you're consistently treating yourself without going overboard. So make a standing nail appointment and don't let those lashes get pass 50% full cause now we have to get a full set sis. DON'T ABANDON YOUR SELF-CARE ROUTINE! And make sure whatever you do to keep your mind clear, keep doing it no matter if nothing else makes sense...it's your foundation.

Until next time CBG, keep spreading that Black Girl Magic through your office. ✨

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Hey Corporate Black Girl! ✨ What are some of your office essentials? Cute mug, desk decor, wrist pillow? Here's a few things you may not have known that you needed....

1. Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Yes, even if you have "perfect" vision, you need these glasses to protect your eyes Sis. These glasses are pretty cool because they look normal but when you spend long hours staring at the computer they are also protecting your eyes. They can help prevent those irritating headaches you get when your eyes are fatigue. These are a great preventive measure for us CBGs who plan to spend quite a bit of our careers behind a desk. (because that's where all the magic happens anyway 😉)

Click the Amazon picture of the pair that I grabbed. They have plenty of different styles and colors and they're really reasonable too!

2. Wrist Pillows

Yes, I know these look so corny but these will help in the long run. Idk about you, but I have an honest fear of developing carpal tunnel. Carpal tunnel can happen to anyone, young, old, newbie or an office vet. So let's not put ourselves in danger. They have many different types for your mouse and keyboard: gel filled, memory foam, leather, you name it. You can even get one that has a mouse pad already attached, or add one to your favorite mouse pad. So go ahead and grab one for your keyboard and your mouse!

3. Essential Oil Diffuser/Humidifier

Boujee? haha. Maybe so, but it adds a pleasant aroma to your space. Using an essential oil diffuser can add a little personality to your space while serving many different purposes. I personally use mine for relaxation, that lavender hits different when you're stressed, I swear. I have a small one that can be plugged into a USB. It's perfect for my cubicle, if you have an office I'd suggest a larger one. I bought mine from Marshall's but of course Amazon has everything. This is the one that I have, click the picture to take you to the Amazon link. If you want to add a diffuser/humidifier to your space, be sure to buy the type of oil diffuser/humidifier that requires water, the others don't seem as effective.

4. Snuggie

I know I know, super childish right? But most offices do not allow you to have a heater and sometimes that office sweater is not enough. I've seen others keep a blanket to cover their legs or to throw over their shoulders but why not use a Snuggie? It's literally perfect for this. I remember when Snuggies first debuted with those corny ass commercials but obviously they were on to something. A blanket with sleeves? Problem solved, I can now work without rearranging a blanket to ensure I'm warm. Get you one, it'll change your life. 🤷🏽‍♀️

5. Cup Warmer

Are you a die hard coffee drinker? Welp, you def need to check this one out. I am a sucker for getting my morning coffee/tea, sitting it down at my desk and forgetting about it. Why? Because I'm caught up with my work best friend getting the morning scoop. But this way, I'm getting hot office tea while my tea remains hot. It's definitely a must have.

I hope you found at least one thing you need to add to your office life! In the comments, let us know your favorite office essential(s).

Until next time CBG, keep spreading that Black Girl Magic through your office. ✨