A Glimpse at My New Apartment

A Glimpse at My New Apartment

If you’ve been following along, you may know that I recently moved! It has been my goal to curate my new apartment into a cozy and functional home. Slowly but surely, I’ve been getting my new space fully furnished, decorated, and put together. Not everything is complete quite yet, but I do feel ready and excited to share a glimpse of what is.

First, let’s begin in my living room. Here, I have one of my favorite pieces which is a signed Tank Girl comic poster. I got lucky at the Green Bay ReStore and found the perfect wooden frame for it. For aesthetic purposes, and because the frame is heavy, I think this artwork may stay simply rested against the wall.

Alongside Tank Girl, I have a dracaena plant. This is my first plant in this apartment, so if all goes well, I may add more!

Also, in my living room, I have a Valley of the Dolls movie poster that I adore. Valley of the Dolls is a slightly obscure movie from the late ’60s, but it’s one of my favorites. I recommend checking it out if you are ever in the mood for a bit of drama.

In my dining area, I also have a couple of different art pieces. On the left is an abstract painting that I did (you can check out my blog post about it here). On the right is a print I got at a comic con years ago. It’s a drawing of the character Eric from True Blood. The blue background on the portrait matched perfectly with my color palette, so I had to put it up. The gold frame was a Goodwill NCW find.

My bedroom might be my favorite room just because of my orange velvet comforter. It really just makes the room feel warm and cozy.

On the wall across from my bed, I created a collage with some Cindy Sherman postcard prints. I love her portraits, but they can be expensive, so this was a nice and accessible way to have some of her art displayed. This same type of collage could be easily recreated in your own home with your favorite art and command strips!

Last but certainly not least, I have to show you the bathroom and another Tank Girl print. As soon as I saw this print, I knew where it had to go. This frame is also from the Green Bay ReStore! If you are in the area, check them out for great deals on home decor and furniture.

I hope you enjoyed a brief glimpse into my new apartment. I’m sure that I will have more updates to share in the months to come, so stay tuned!

What are your best renter-friendly decor tips? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

A Bit About Me & MeganRoshak.com

A Bit About Me & MeganRoshak.com

While I know I do a lot of writing and talking online, it didn’t hit me until I took a look at my metrics. This post marks the big 100 on MeganRoshak.com. Whether you are new to the blog or have been here since the beginning, thank you for following along with me!

In honor of the milestone, I want to introduce or reintroduce you all to me and this online space that I’ve created. In short, a lot has changed since I first started this blog.

About Me

I recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Currently, I live and work in Green Bay, and I adore it. Green Bay is my hometown, so I’m most likely biased, but it has turned out to be a great place to finish my education and begin my career. Also, it’s where I’ve found the cutest apartment to call home.

For work, I primarily do content creation and social media marketing. I also dabble in radio. It’s an interesting mix, but I appreciate everything that I’ve been able to learn and continue to learn in my different roles. For fun, I enjoy writing, reading, listening to records, and checking out community events. I will typically never say no to coffee or live music.

About MeganRoshak.com

I first invested in my domain out of a simple love for writing. I had done a lot of guest blogging, and I wanted to have my own creative space where I could be the publisher. At the core, this is still why I blog. But, I also blog for reasons like community building and networking. I believe writing is best when it’s shared and when it can spark ideas or conversations.

On the blog, you can find content that fits into four different categories: lifestyle, beauty, fashion, and coffee.

I define lifestyle content as the type of content that shares my life, as well as tips and tricks, with you. Beauty content includes reviews and how-tos on the latest beauty trends. The fashion content that I create usually showcases thrifted finds and DIYs. Last but certainly not least, coffee content includes anything and everything coffee related. Typically in coffee blog posts, I’m trying or sharing different and new drinks.

And that just about sums up me and the blog. Cheers to 100 posts, and here’s to many more!

What would you like to see more of on the blog? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Thrifting My Pinterest Board

Thrifting My Pinterest Board

I have found that I do my best thrifting when I know what I want. Obviously, you never know exactly what you will find at your local thrift store, but you can set some intentions.

Pinterest is a great tool to gather style inspiration from as well as create mood boards on. Before my most recent thrift trip, I took some time to add to and review my 2021 style board (you can check it out here). This helped me to develop a general list of “wants.” Based on my pins, I knew that I wanted to add pieces to my wardrobe that were flowy and feminine. I also knew that I wanted to lean into a pastel and neutral color palette.

Because I did a bit of homework before hitting the thrift shop, it became less intimidating to go through the racks. I could immediately look at a piece and say “yes, I love this” or “nope, it doesn’t fit my description of flowy, feminine, pastel, or neutral.” When you understand your style and how you want to curate your closet, it makes it easier to find pieces that you will absolutely love.

The first piece that I found on my Pinterest thrifting adventure was this long yellow dress. I completely adore it and can’t wait for an excuse to wear it. It’s made out of relaxed linen material, and it has dainty ties on the sides that cinch the waist.

The next piece I scored was this pink cardigan. As soon as I saw it, I fell in love with the cut and the thick knit stripes. I paired it with a simple tank and some light pink shorts for a monochromatic look. I think it will pair beautifully with jeans in fall.

Lastly, I picked up this v-neck knit sweater. It’s a lighter knit, so I could comfortably wear it in winter, fall, and even spring. The colors are neutral and simple, so the sweater will pair nicely with a variety of pants, shorts, and skirts. This sweater definitely looks like a combination of sweaters and tops that I pinned.

If you’ve ever felt like you don’t know where to start when thrifting, try creating a Pinterest board to thrift from! It’s a great first step in defining your style and aesthetic.

What styles have you been loving lately? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Lessons I’ve Learned from Working in Radio

Lessons I’ve Learned from Working in Radio

Happy National Radio Day! In honor of the holiday, I wanted to share a few lessons that I’ve learned from working in the industry.

For some background, I’ve been working in radio for about two years now! In the summer of 2019, I was an intern at my local radio station. In the fall of 2019, I began working for the station as an on-air announcer. Then in the winter of 2019, I fully transitioned into a producer role.

In each role I’ve had, I’ve been able to sharpen my communication and technical skills. I believe the lessons I’ve learned on-air have helped me grow in my radio job and my day-to-day life.

Here’s what I’ve learned from working in radio:

Forming relationships is key. On the first day of my internship in radio, I was told, “It’s not what you know. It’s who you know.” Getting to know others that worked at the station and learning from them allowed me to get hired. If you want people or a company to invest in you, you have to invest in them.

You must prioritize tasks effectively and efficiently. I learned this lesson when I began producing a live show. As you may imagine, producers handle a lot of moving parts. If tasks are not done correctly or on time during a show, the whole thing could go off the air. This is why prioritization is so vital. You have to understand what’s urgent and what can wait.

Anything can happen. As in life, anything can happen on-air. Technology can be fickle, and so can people. When I’m producing a show, and something goes wrong, I try to simply evaluate and adjust. I have learned to accept the fact that anything can happen (even if it’s a bit disorientating).

There are endless paths to the same result. The way that I run a show and the way that others run a show is different. Yet, to a listener, the on-air product sounds the same. There are various paths to the same result, so do what makes the most sense to you!

How are you celebrating National Radio Day? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

How To Create an Effective Instagram Bio

How To Create an Effective Instagram Bio

150 characters are enough to communicate who you are, what you do, and why people should follow you. You just have to get specific and concise.

Whether you are utilizing Instagram to build a brand, business, or personal community, I hope this post helps you create the best profile and bio for you!

Let’s discuss the different parts of an Instagram profile and what you need:

Have a clear profile picture. People can see what you look like from your feed, but it’s nice to have a casual and clear headshot to keep things cohesive.

Share who you are. This could be as simple as your job title, or you can make it more personal. At the beginning of my bio, I share that I am a content creator based in Wisconsin. It’s short, sweet, and to the point.

Share what you do. This piece of your bio could also be your mission statement. Think: If you could sum up the type of content that you share in a short phrase or sentence, what would that be? For me, it’s “sharing day to day life, thrifted fashion, and endless cups of coffee.” That’s what visitors to my page can expect. If they enjoy that type of content, then they may follow along.

Call to action. Clearly state an action that you want visitors to your page to take. This should also be short, sweet, and to the point.

Include a link. Utilize your link in bio feature! Include just one website link or include multiple links with a service like Linktree. I created a “hidden page” on my website, similar to Linktree, specifically for my Instagram bio. This allows me to share links to not only my most recent blog post but also affiliate links. Bonus: creating your own allows you to benefit from the website traffic.

Create relevant highlights. Here’s your opportunity to showcase the content that you want people to see when they visit your page! I’d suggest sticking to highlight topics that have to do with your niche or mission.

With highlights, you can even utilize highlight covers to communicate your brand visually. I used a picture of an abstract painting I created for my covers. I feel like this adds a fun and personal touch.

What’s your Instagram handle? Drop it in the comments, and let’s connect! 

My Weekly Habits

My Weekly Habits

While each week brings its own challenges and adventures, I try to keep a few key things consistent. I find that when I maintain a set of weekly habits, I feel like my best and most productive self.

I believe creating about 4 or 5 weekly habits can bring structure to your schedule. Your habits may not be the same as mine, but here’s what I’ve found to be helpful:

Publishing a new blog post each week. If you are reading this, you most likely already know that I do this. I love taking the time to write, edit, and create each week. Blogging really forces me to slow down, relax, and enjoy the process. Since I work creative day jobs, it feels good to have a space that’s just mine.

Working out 4-5 times per week. I’ll be honest; this wasn’t always my favorite habit. But, when I started working out with Obe, I began to have fun with it again. Their cardio boxing and dance HIIT classes always help to wake me up and energize me in the morning.

Organizing my planner to begin the week. This habit helps me to be proactive rather than reactive. At the beginning of each week, on Sunday night or Monday morning, I will view my monthly calendar and jot down to-dos for each day. Once everything is laid out, it’s easier for me to get to work and start checking things off.

Treating myself to food delivery one night each week. I typically try to cook my meals at home, but it feels good to have a lazy night-in once a week. It gives me an evening to catch up on my favorite shows and video podcasts.

What are your weekly habits? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

3 Espresso Drinks You Need to Try

3 Espresso Drinks You Need to Try

If you need a caffeine boost, look no further. These drinks are sure to wake you up (and make your taste buds happy)! Whether you visit a coffee chain or local shop, they will most likely have the ingredients to craft the following drinks:

Dirty Chai. This drink is one of my personal favorites, and I typically enjoy it iced. A dirty chai is just a chai tea latte with espresso shots added. I find that the milk, espresso, and the spice from the chai blend perfectly together. This drink is on the sweeter side, yet it has a lighter feel/taste than your average latte.

Americano. I also love this drink iced, but if it’s cooler out, it’s perfect to enjoy hot! Americanos are simply espresso shots and water mixed together. I like to think of it as a supercharged coffee. If you love strong coffee, this drink is for you. If you typically like something sweeter, I’d suggest adding milk and/or flavoring. I personally love adding oat milk and lavender or raspberry syrup to americanos.

Espresso Con Panna. This Italian title translates to “espresso with cream.” Typically, ordering an espresso con panna means that you will order a single shot or a double shot of espresso that’s topped with whipped cream. Ordering an espresso con panna may also cause you to be classified as a “coffee snob,” but that’s okay because it’s so delicious.

What’s your favorite espresso drink? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

P.S. I took the photos above while visiting one of my favorite local coffee shops, @dailybuzzgb! If you are in the area, I highly recommend checking them out.

How To Succeed in Your Post-Grad Career

How To Succeed in Your Post-Grad Career

Last week I attended Lauren Berger‘s 11th Annual Intern Queen Party, and all I can say is wow! She hosted an amazing panel that featured executives from Dunkin’, Warner Bros, TikTok, and more. The executives discussed what it takes to land jobs at their respective companies as well as general career advice.

I really appreciated their insight, so I wanted to recap a few takeaways from the event with you! I hope that this helps if you are trying to navigate your post-grad career too.

First, let’s chat about what Anh-Dao Kefor from Dunkin’ had to say. When she was asked about resume-worthy experiences, she said that she loves to see applicants who have had front-facing guest experience roles. She explained that working in a restaurant or a drive-thru allows you to develop key communication and problem-solving skills.

I think it is important to note that you should never discount your experiences. Even if a job you worked wasn’t in your preferred field, you were still able to learn something from it!

Anh-Dao also talked about how interns can become employees. She said that if interns truly invest in relationships across the organization, they are more likely to be hired full-time. She also noted that interns that are willing to go outside of their comfort zone to help are more likely to be future employees.

Shannon Howard from Warner Bros Television also spoke about relationship building and networking, but she took the conversation a step further. She explained the importance of not just networking to network. She believes that forming genuine relationships is a better goal to have in mind.

The idea that every job experience counts is something that Andrew Parkin from Sony Music revisited when he was questioned. He explained the importance of transferable skills (aka the skills you have and can apply to various positions). If you know what you bring to the table and can deliver it professionally, you might just impress Andrew in an interview.

Kayla Dixon from TikTok gave specific resume-building advice. She said that she loves to see statements that explain actions and results. It’s important to not only say what you’ve done but also what happened because of it.

Surprise guest Jess Sims from Peloton really energized me with her closing remarks. She discussed her “arsenal of why’s.” She said that if you know the “why” behind your work, it will help to keep you motivated and fueled (even through the hard days).

In addition, Jess shared that she gained more success when she presented her authentic self. Moral of the story: If you are willing to put yourself out there, you never know what amazing opportunities may come your way!

What’s the best career advice that you’ve ever received? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Book Recommendations: Summer ’21

Book Recommendations: Summer ’21

Reading is a habit that I’ve been trying to create in my day-to-day life. It offers the excuse to relax and unwind (and brew a cuppa). In case you are looking for some books to add to your reading list, I wanted to share a few of my recent favorites:

The Book of Moods by Lauren Martin. In this book, Lauren shares how she “turned her worst emotions into [her] best life.” I found that the book helped to put words to emotions I previously didn’t know how to describe. I enjoyed Lauren’s stories, and I found her relatable. I really liked that Lauren gave tangible tips when it came to practicing self-care.

What I Wish I Knew About Love by Kirstie Taylor. This book was very relatable and honest. In the book, Kirstie shares dating stories and lessons that everyone can take something away from. She defines attachment styles and love languages while also giving advice on forming healthy relationships. I appreciated that the book was really focused on self-love and the relationship that all of us have with ourselves.

The Girls by Emma Cline. If you find cults or the true crime genre interesting, this book is for you. It’s a fictional story based on Manson’s cult, and it follows the story of one of the girls that was involved. Throughout the book, the main character is flashing back between current day and her previous days with the cult. It’s very attention-grabbing and reflective.

Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given. Florence tackles various day-to-day topics with a feminist lens in this book. She shares her experiences and opinions in a very candid way through wonderful writing and gorgeous illustrations. I found this book to be very enjoyable and empowering.

Snotgirl by Bryan Lee O’Malley. Technically this one is a comic, but I adore it too much to not include it. Snotgirl follows a fashion blogger who has allergies (hence the title). The comic provides social commentary on social media culture and high-end lifestyles while also serving a murder mystery plot. It’s perfectly entertaining and engaging with wild card elements.

Also, here are a few books that are on my list to read next:

Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami. I saw a fellow blogger praise this book, so I’d love to give it a read. The story follows three women in Japan and their life journeys. Each of them has to tackle different challenges and anxieties.

Cultish by Amanda Montell. This book dissects cults and explains how they operate in our modern society. It sounds like it’s a well-researched book, but it also has personality and humor.

My Thoughts Exactly by Lily Allen. As a fan of Lily Allen’s music, I’d love to hear more of her personal story. The memoir received a lot of positive reviews for being real and honest.

What books have you loved recently? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

How To Organize Your Desktop with Custom Templates

How To Organize Your Desktop with Custom Templates

We’ve all been to the point where our desktop background is barely visible under the clutter of folders and documents. During academic semesters is when my desktop would be at an all-time low in terms of organization. But, something I saw on Instagram changed the game for me.

@SamDesalvoDesigns posted this Reel where she showed her desktop makeover. In the Reel, she edited together her own background that consisted of photos and labeled blocks. The labeled blocks were able to act as categories for her different folders/documents.

I absolutely loved Sam’s idea, so I was inspired to create my own background in Canva. It has helped a lot in terms of keeping my desktop cute and organized. Whether you have projects for school or your job to keep organized, this is a great visual tool to utilize!

If you would like to use one similar to mine above, I created a few template freebies. You can save these backgrounds directly from this post and upgrade your desktop!

Are there any other freebies that you would love? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!