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Hannah Becker

Career Advice/ Workplace

My First Month with a Standing Desk

White desk with computer and coffee cup

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Standing desks are all the rage, at least that’s what my fellow-techie running group tells me:

Sitting is the new smoking.

Office work leads to an office bod.

Studies show that running an hour a day doesn’t counteract eight spent at a desk, plus a long sedentary commute.

Then my physical therapist started in:

Your back pain is probably exacerbated by your work environment.

Sitting for extended periods of time can aggravate old injuries, like yours.

We think your joint pain could be due to lifestyle extremes – running long distances followed by extended periods of office work.

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Give Back/ Technology

5 Ways to Use Coding Skills for Good

HTML code on laptop screen

Coding is a powerful skill.

It lets you create web pages, develop new sites, and even build apps.

Knowing how to write code in HTML/CSS, Python, Javascript, etc. is often hailed as one of the most in-demand skills of the 21st century. Whatever industry or career stage you’re in, the ability to code can catapult your professional path into a totally amazing dream work orbit.

So learning to code can give you the hook-up on amazing, Recession-proof job opportunities, increased income potential, and legit entrepreneurial opportunities that have the potential to land you the coveted titled of tech’s Next Big Thing.

But, know what else coding offers? The opportunity to give back.

Regardless of your coding skill level – super beginner to programming pro – there are multiple ways to give back through your coding experience, paving the way for new tech talent and opening doors for mission-focused organizations.

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Millennials/ Money Matters

A Millennial’s Take on the Great Recession

Abandoned house

My grandmother was born in 1932, right in the middle of the Great Depression.

Her father died when she was four or five years old, leaving a young and vulnerable family with no resources. My grandmother, along with her siblings were sent to live with relatives and neighbors. The only memories my grandmother has shared regarding this particularly challenging time in her early life are a few anecdotes regarding working on the host farms in which she lived.

As our country surged through World War II and the economy began to recover, my grandmother’s life improved considerably. She became a beautician, opened her own beauty salon, traveled to NYC and Hawaii, and eventually, married a  veterinarian. All the material comforts and basics securities she missed out on as a Depression era baby, she realized through the remaining 70 years of her adult life.

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Travel Notes

Holiday Fun in St. Louis

Budweiser Brewery Holiday Carriage St. Louis

The Cardinals and the Gateway Arch.

Those are the only two things I knew about St. Louis, Missouri before last weekend.

Considered by many to be just another Midwestern flyover city, St. Louis has been a drive-thru destination for me for the past few years, always a good place to take a quick fifteen leg stretch on a long road trip. But this year, things were different. St. Louis no longer a pit stop, but a holiday destination. We were heading to the Gateway of the West, and we were ready to have some good ol’ fashioned Midwestern fun.

Time to get my TripAdvisor on.

Here’s a few of the St. Louis highlights we hit on our holiday travels:

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Give Back/ Ranch Living

Spread some Llama Love on Giving Tuesday

Hannah Becker holding a llama for Heifer INnternational Giving Tuesday

Forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday – let’s talk Giving Tuesday.

A relatively new campaign, Giving Tuesday was introduced by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to holiday themes of non-stop consumerism.

By shifting the focus from buying stuff to  helping others, Giving Tuesday provides an awesome opportunity for people just like you and me to donate resources (time, money, food) to organizations dedicated to making our world a better place.

I’ve sworn off the post-Thanksgiving shopping activities for the past five years. Instead of standing in line for more stuff, I’ve made it a priority to support at least one organization on Giving Tuesday.

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Entrepreneurship/ Gender Equality

3 Reasons Entrepreneurship is Awesome for Women

woman entrepreneur walking on street

November 19th is officially proclaimed as Global Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (Yay!).

It’s a pretty big deal here in the United States, along with 143 other countries. If you are, by chance, in NYC this weekend, consider swinging by the United Nations or Athleta Union Square for some Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (#ChooseWomen) celebrations!

As a female entrepreneur, I’m pretty stoked about Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, as my entrepreneurial experience has been quite empowering. Not only did starting my own business help me achieve class mobility and higher education, but it also provided more freedom and resources for my family’s future.

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Career Advice/ Workplace

3 Tips for Working from Home

Working from Home

Working from the comforts of a home office may sounds like a dream come true to most commute-weary professionals – virtual conference calls snuggled up to your pup, no more office-sponsored political coups, and enjoying all that extra time that doesn’t get eaten up by burning rubber back and forth, back, and forth, back and forth.

Ahhhh, heaven.

Transitioning to the ever-growing status of a work from home (WFH) professional can be incredibly liberating; however, like most work transitions, it can require a unique strategy to maximize productivity and keep you from feeling like you live in the office.

Here are three tips to help turn your WFH situation into am empowering career move:

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Technology

The Daily Blogging Challenge

daily blogging

For the past few weeks, I’ve been blogging every day.

Sometimes I catch a quick early thirty with my laptop first thing in the morning (before my cows are even up); other times, I try to hammer out some quick thoughts before bed (after the cows are fed).

Not everything I write ends up on the blog. Sometimes, my daily scribbles become more of a journal entry than a structure blog post. I’m becoming more and more okay with that.

Throughout the majority of 2017, I’ve been wanting to make The Motivated Millennial blog and social following more of a priority as 1) I absolutely LOVE connecting with y’all and 2) did I mention that I absolutely LOVE connecting with y’all?

My adulthood journey to-date has been rather isolating – war,  living out of military and VA hospitals, followed by a move to the middle-of-nowhere (courtesy of Uncle Sam) has a way of making one feel, well, cut-off from the rest of the world. While there’s no networking group or yoga class I can routinely take advantage of from way out here, I am able to chat and share with members of my digital communities on a regular basis. Isn’t technology awesome?

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Higher Education/ Technology

Yes, You Can Learn to Code

Learn to Code

Technology dominates our lives.

Almost every job involves staring at a screen of some type – whether you’re planting a field of corn from a John Deere tractor or processing patient intakes at an area hospital, we’re all spending a considerable amount of our day on some technological device.

Despite our culture’s increasing reliance on tech-based innovations, the average user knows little to nothing of how such programs are run and are unable to describe even the basic of computer-driven functions.

The job outlook within the technology sector continues to increase (no surprise there), with many of these positions requiring little more than an online certificate and some project experience. For those with industry experience, like Front End Developers, opportunities routinely compensate six figures, with many of these offering remote working environments.

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Career Advice/ Networking

3 Tips for Networking Like a Boss

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Starting my own business in my early twenties with a laptop, communal Wi-Fi, and student loans, I quickly learned that it’s not what you know, it’s who you know (and I didn’t know anybody).

With limited funds and even less finesse, I struggled to connect with other professionals in my industry. I felt subconscious about my company’s early stage status and was almost convinced no one would ever hire me to market their brand. I knew networking was really important (I mean, it’s in all the business books), but armed with just with a well-worn Target suit, a couple dozen self-printed business cards, and an almost maxed out credit card, I wasn’t exactly positioned to network with the pros, or so I thought.

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