After the holidays and along with new year resolutions, a common theme to focus on is financial wellness. As young professionals making our way in our careers and becoming established on our own, it is very common to go through periods when we struggle to keep a healthy work-life balance. Whether it is from a… Continue reading Work-Life Balance: Having a Social Life on a Budget
Happy Fall y'all! With the leaves changing and the crisp autumn air upon us, I know many of you will be off to the vineyards for wine tastings! For those of us (including me!) who are not wine connoisseurs, ordering wine can be intimidating if you are not knowledgeable of the different types or what… Continue reading Take a Tour, A Wine Tour!
In honor of Labor Day (aka figuring out how to not work for our whole lives), I am taking a slight departure from my usual Positively Proper posts to share a new passion project, a venture with seven of my friends... United Babes & Co.! We are eight lucky ladies who were brought together by… Continue reading United Babes & Co.
Hey y'all! Welcome to Positively Proper! I am Alexandra and I am beyond excited to be sharing this adventure in the world of Protocol and Etiquette with you. I first had this idea in 2014 and over the last five years, I have worked on it "here and there" while I focused on other parts of my… Continue reading Welcome to Positively Proper!
I was recently inspired by the quote above. It got me thinking about how our manners should be a thoughtful reflection of our overall character. While we all of course experience our "off days," we should not let these affect our overall attitude toward others and our manners. Whether it is a coworker, loved one,… Continue reading Mood and Manners
This article is not related to protocol or etiquette; however, I found this experience so special, I knew I had to share it. This Holiday Season, I had the privilege of being the Program Manager, or "Head Elf" as some affectionately referred to me, for USO-Metro's Project Elf. Project USO Elf supports military children of junior… Continue reading My Experience as a USO Elf
As a Program Specialist for a nonprofit organization, I rely heavily on my volunteers to ensure my programs run smoothly and to help me engage with our public. From preparation activities to program day, volunteers make my programs possible! So, what makes a great volunteer? Here are my thoughts on the characteristics of a volunteer… Continue reading The Characteristics of a Great Volunteer
As part of Week 2 of The DC Ladies Blogtober, today's writing prompt is your "Favorite Back to School Memory." My mind immediately went to picking out my first day of school outfit, prepping my Lilly Pulitzer agenda, organizing all my school supplies, and anxiously reading through my syllabi. Those are certainly a few of my favorite… Continue reading How to Be a Good Roommate
This week, I am taking a bit of writer's liberty and going an indirect route to get to my usual subject (etiquette and protocol), much like the one I took to find this career path. As part of The DC Ladies Blogtober, I am accepting today's challenge and sharing "One Piece of Advice I Would Give My Younger Self." What… Continue reading One Piece of Advice for My Younger Self
Every year, the summer seems to be a time of transition. From moving to preparing for new jobs or school programs, people often use the summertime as a jumping off point for "turning a new leaf" in the Fall. Transitioning to a new norm or starting an entirely new adventure can certainly be a trying… Continue reading Summer Transitions