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If you told me in the beginning of 2018, that a year later I would agree to working 7 days a week for an entire year...I would've looked at you real strange. I've never heard of anyone in their 20's doing something like that. All I wanted in the beginning of 2018 was my first post-grad job in a nice office with my own desk, enough money to cover my student loans and maybe splurge on something nice...or two (ha, I'm looking at you Dior shoes!). 

In April 2018, I was fortunate enough to finally land my first post-grad job as a social media specialist at a corporate company. It was super close to my home (rare in Dallas!), paid well, and I didn't even have to work in a cubicle #winning. But to be honest, it wasn't my dream job because of the negativity from the one other person that I worked with. I didn't complain, I simply kept to myself, and did whatever I could to earn my money and left at exactly 5pm everyday. Some days even passed by without even saying a word to anyone. I had no passion and the only thing that made me feel good was that I had a steady paycheck every week.

 Then one day last summer, I was told that things were going to change and I was going to have more responsibilities. To my surprise, I was taking over social media...completely. I realized this was my one chance to prove myself and worked harder than I ever did in my life and it finally paid off. I got promoted to Social Media Manager a few weeks before the new year and...also agreed to work 365 days in 2019. I always heard that social media is a 24/7 job but I didn't know it was so literal! Even on the weekends, even on vacations, and even on holidays.

Here's why I did it and why I hope every single one of you will take big chances like this in your careers too!


C A R E E R  - C H A N G E R 

Once in a while you get an opportunity that might change the course of your career forever. For me, the opportunity to work 365 days was one of them. I mean, just imagine how good that looks on a resume! Talk about dedication lol. At first, when I got the offer I was actually afraid that I wouldn't be able to do it. I'm prone to getting burn-out quite quickly and have struggled to find the balance between work and life in the past. What if I quit halfway through? What if I don't make it to a year? It scared me and I didn't feel like I was "ready". Here's the thing: there's no such thing as being "ready". Sometimes you just have to jump into it 


 T W E N T I E S  M O D E 

While being in your twenties is tough, we all have to agree that this is your "selfish years" and the only time in your life where you have tons of energy and don't have to worry about taking care of kids or other major responsibilities (until your late 20's/early 30's...or maybe even later!). That's why I feel the need to take advantage of this opportunity and to work as hard as possible in order to be rewarded in the future. I thought that once college was over, I would "relax" more and my life would slow down since I have a steady job but now I feel like it should be the complete opposite! 


F I G U R I N G  O U T  Y O U R  P A S S I O N  

I was a sophomore in college (studying finance, woah) and only a few months into blogging when I had figured out that I wanted a career in social media. Back then, social media jobs were just emerging and no one really knew what a social media career involved. It's still such a new industry and while I feel like I've found my passion in life and can't imagine doing anything else - I think taking a role like this will help me to figure out if this is something I would want to do for the rest of my life.


T H A T  F E E L I N G  O F  A C C O M P L I S H M E N T 

Ever since I graduated college, moved to Dallas and landed my first post-grad job, I've been looking for a new challenge. I was afraid things were going to get routine and monotonous once I settled into a job and at times, it did feel like that but I feel like this challenge reignited my passion again and made me want to push harder to accomplish more things with my career! The possibilities now seem endless.

Have you ever taken big risks with your career? Comment below and let me know!

Can you believe it's the third day of the new year? Time is just flying by! 2018 was a powerful year for me since I was able to land my first post-grad job and it was my first year living in Dallas. I got to do so many amazing things such as getting more creative with my blog posts, making new blogger friends, exploring beautiful cities and starting my own social media consulting business! Here are the best posts of 2018: 

Best Outfit Posts

Summer is my favorite season and it's when I'm the most inspired so it's no surprise that my best outfit posts were around that time! It was my first time experiencing summer in the south and I remember it was awful taking photos outside but somehow I got through it haha. This was also around the time that I decided to take a chance and change my aesthetic - I moved away from neutral and "all white" backgrounds to adding in more color and warmth to my photos. This was probably one of the best decisions I've made for my brand because it opened up so many more creative possibilities! In 2019, I recommend all bloggers to step out of their comfort zones and try something new with their content. 

I always knew that once I got my first post-grad job, I would reward myself with something special. As a shoe lover, these Dior heels were on the top of my list and even after a year I still love them and wear them often! I'm so glad I went with the classic black and white design which goes with so many outfits and I can even wear them to work! Unfortunately this style is sold out online but they do have the patent leather version here or check out my detailed review before you buy here

Best Beauty Post

I'll admit, the beauty section of my blog has been lacking and that's really because I haven't been purchasing a lot of beauty products lately. I did switch up my look for a few months and started wearing clip-in hair extensions for a fuller look as seen in my "How to Make Hair Extensions Look Natural" and loved the look of them but hated how much time it took to get ready in the mornings. By the end of 2018, I decided to go natural again but maybe it's time for some new changes in 2019? What do you think? 

Best Travel Post

Without a doubt, my favorite place that I traveled to in 2018 was Palm Beach. I always wanted to stay at The Colony hotel and decided to cross it off on my bucket list in February - just in time for my birthday. It's amazing how one trip can inspire you so much and I can't wait to go back! You can check out my travel guide here and my review of The Colony hotel here

Best Lifestyle Post

One of my highlights of 2018 was writing my "What It's Really Like Being a Social Media Specialist" post which got syndicated on! Career posts aren't that common on my blog but it's something that I would love to write more about in 2019 especially since everyone seems to be so interested in careers in the social media industry and how to use your blog to your advantage. 

Overall, I just wanted to say thank you so much for reading this little blog of myn over the years. I'm grateful for each and every one of you and to have this creative outlet that's rewarded me in so many ways! 

Jacket // Top // Jeans // Shoes // Lipstick 

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas Eve! Is anyone else sad that the holiday season is coming to an end? I've always loved this time of year and the anticipation of it. One of the things that I always look forward to the most is exchanging gifts with my friends a few days beforehand and sending/receiving holiday cards from my friends that live far away. This year I've feeling extra fortunate with all the changes in my life right now. As cliche as it sounds, it's really not about the gifts but the time that you spend with your loved ones 

Truthfully, my house has always been quite around Christmas since almost all my family lives in Istanbul and we only get to see them every other year or sometimes every couple of years. I've always envied people with big families that live close by and they can easily visit for the holidays. But this year, I wasn't filled with comparison but with gratitude. Let go of the idea of a "picture-perfect" holiday season and embrace how good things are. Even if you're celebrating with only a few family members, friends or even by yourself (I know many people are but don't want to admit it but it's okay!). There's always something to be grateful for.

As for the outfit, I fell in love with this cranberry red blazer that's perfect for the holidays but also to wear to the office afterwards. I paired it with this lace came that I got from Zara during their Black Friday sale (I also picked it up in white!) and I highly recommend a few lace tops like this that you can wear underneath v-neck sweaters, blazers and cardigans. Of course, I had to pull the entire look together with a Chanel ribbon that makes the look so much more feminine. What are you wearing for Christmas Eve? Something more casual or dressy?

Happy holidays,

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