We find so much inspiration through learning about women who are leaving their mark on the world in a profoundly impactful way. From entrepreneurs and non-profit founders to artists and writers and musicians, women are paving the way in so many different fields as they pursue their passions and develop creative ways to make the world a better place.

Read on to learn about some of the women who are inspiring us lately, and leave us a note in the comments section to let us know whose life path has encouraged you.

Here we go — flinging open the closet door to pick out the outfit. I mean, the outfit. The outfit that gives insight to a potential employer, insight to knowing who you are.

Are you meticulous? How about creative? Innovative? Passionate? Perfect for this position? The list of possible impressions goes on and on, and so do your thoughts of all the ways your favorite shirt can be interpreted, and misinterpreted, and interpreted again.

These thoughts are justified, as Mike Bell from Tilson, a human resource solutions company, stresses “the way the person being interviewed presents him or herself is vital to making a great first impression … You only get one chance to make a first impression.”

I attended a small liberal arts college well known for its media communications program. Although more students claimed this major than any other on campus, the talent pool was still quite small. As a result, a student who excelled in one particular area of media production was quickly recognized and highly sought after.

I saw it happen over and over; sometimes a student just wanted more experience, but other times the student would say yes to project after project in order to avoid disappointing his or her friends and peers. By the end of the year they were exhausted, burnt out, and majorly frazzled.

Maybe you have experienced something similar, either as an outside observer or in the same situation as the frazzled student. Wherever you are — working full time, interning, studying, crunching numbers, or taking coffee orders — now is the best time to learn to set limits for yourself.

How timely is this article from the Glitter Guide? Hitting on how so many of us can feel on a Monday morning, they’re sharing a host of inventive solutions for combatting the mid-day spike of stress and tension. Our favorites? Numbers five, ten and twelve. 

You’ve got 320 emails in that inbox, you’re already late for the next meeting and you haven’t even had a cup of coffee! Our lives are consumed by overloaded calendars, and sometimes, it feels like we can never catch a break. The to-do lists keep growing, and stress levels are at an all time high. That’s why when we’re feeling frazzled, it’s important to take a step back. Yes, this requires moving away from the screen!

The good news is that you don’t need to set aside a lot of time to relax and de-stress—just a few minutes throughout the day will do the trick. Below, our contributor Arin Agase of Heart of Chic has rounded up 20 ways to relieve stress in 20 minutes or less, all of which were designed to create a sense of calm during the tough times ahead.

A Note From The Editor: On page 82 of Darling Issue No. 12, we announced a call for submissions that tell your story and spark the creative process through word. Over the next month we plan to feature several of these submissions here online. Today we’re excited to reveal our second selection. We think that it’s a piece that’ll encourage you — wherever you work — while also calling you to stand tall in a wild world.

The conference was packed. Once everyone was seated we seemed to collectively reach into our gift bags. My eyebrows knit together as my head tipped to one side, “Why a lion?”

This small, hard plastic toy was meant to be a prompt. Its fierce teeth, menacing eyes, and ready stance were a reminder. It’s a jungle out there!

During this time of year my Instagram feed is filled with photos of friends relaxing by the pool, barbecuing in the backyard, going on vacation, and brunching in sunny cafes. School is out, and even for those of us no longer living in terms of semesters, summertime can be one of the most difficult seasons in which to stay focused on our work or goals.

I don’t know about you, but seeing everyone else having an amazing summer often leaves me feeling like my life is rather stagnant. I get caught up playing the “If” game. I could go on an awesome vacation IF my boss finally gave me that raise he’s been promising. I could make some progress on this project IF I could just gather up some motivation. I could reach my fitness goal IF I had a gym membership and didn’t have to run in this heat. On and on it goes. My goals and aspirations die a slow, painful death via the big “If.”

Personalizing your workspace is crucial when it comes to maximizing productivity and creativity. One simple Pinterest search brings up a plethora of ideas and inspiration for designing your own space. And while it may at first seem trite, having the freedom to create your own office environment can make your work time much more fulfilling and enjoyable.

Whether you are designing an at-home workspace or looking to put some personal touches on your office cubicle, here are a few tips for building your own unique work haven.

Ah, Mondays. The quintessential day of work that actually plays out to be the most dreaded day of the week. When your brain’s operating on 10%, the last thing you want to be rethinking is your style routine. Wouldn’t it be nice if fairy dust sprinkled your room every morning with a nudge on how to style what, and when to wear those sleek new boots you bought this past weekend?

Us too. That’s why we’re sharing a few hacks that will offer you a few more (coveted) minutes under those warm sheets. Here are five secret weapons for your style so that no one will be the wiser …

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The alarm goes off from my bedside table and I blindly slap at it with my eyes still closed. My husband sleeps peacefully, blissfully. I pry my eyes open but snuggle deeper under the warm covers. I don’t see how it’s possible to get myself up and out the door to exercise before work – not when it’s so cold outside and this bed is so warm and soft. Nope. I just don’t feel like it. But tomorrow! Tomorrow I will leap gracefully out of bed, lace my running shoes up and be out the door with a flourish.

And here is where we find the problem. It’s something we all struggle to find and hold onto. It’s something that is often elusive and tricky to come by. This problem? Motivation. Do we really need it?

I got the travel bug like so many people often do. I remember it clearly. I was in Mrs. Morrison’s second grade class and she shared Steve McCurry’s “Afghan Girl” National Geographic issue. It was the first National Geographic magazine that I had ever seen. I instantly wanted to pick up a camera and go see the world. That same year, Mrs. Morrison also taught us the “Seven Continents” song and I made it a personal goal to see them all before I turned 30.

In college, I traveled around the world on credit cards with all the naivety one is filled with during their younger years. More passion than planning, more whims than wisdom. During this time the words “interest” and “credit limit” were just words I skimmed over before signing my name on the dotted line. (Credit card companies are like vultures, but that’s for another article.) Needless to say, it took years of hard work to get out of debt. I’m now 28, live in Los Angeles, and run my own small business. I’m so thankful that while my debt has disappeared, my travel ambitions have not. I’ve been fortunate enough to see over 40 countries, and in these past two years alone I’ve been able to explore more than 10 countries while freelancing.

So, how do I do it? And how can you, too?

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“So, tell me — why are you looking for a new job?”

If there’s an MVP title for interview questions, this one just might take the prize.

(“Can you share three of your greatest weaknesses?” comes in a close second.)

It’s a fair question, though. Your potential new employer wants to know why you’re leaving a (seemingly) perfectly good job. And, even more importantly, they want to know that — should they hire you — you won’t be leaving them in the lurch shortly thereafter.

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