Happy Friday friends!
You may have noticed that JTM Writes has a new look! I took an honest look at my site and it really didn’t resonate with me, so I decided to make some changes. When I launched JTM Writes, I made the switch from Wordpress to Squarespace, and I’ve found that making theme/layout changes are so much easier in Squarespace. There’s a learning curve for Squarespace for sure, but once you get the hang of it, it’s easy to figure out how to design things to your liking.
The biggest change I’ve made is the Squarespace theme - I switched to the Five layout. I also turned on the right sidebar to share some additional information. I also took some time in Canva (my favorite program currently) to make a header for the website as well. I think the changes fit my overall aesthetic and outlook for the blog, but let me know what you think in the comments!
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I also updated my professional website as well as my offerings for JTM Consulting. I’m offering a 60min Ace the Interview Prep Session for any job seekers who are looking to practice their interview skills!
Things I read this week:
This Is Kirstjen Nielsen's Legacy (Jezebel)
Invisible Middlemen Are Slowing Down American Health Care (The Atlantic)
These bamboo nursing pads are great for taking off your makeup (Just Good Shit)
6 Things You Didn’t Know About Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” (High Snobiety)
Will Apple Just Kill iTunes Already? (Lifehacker)
Privileged | By Kyle Korver (The Player’s Tribune)
‘The Unthinkable Has Happened’ (Vulture)
The Urgent Quest for Slower, Better News (The New Yorker)
Here Is The First-Ever Image Of A Black Hole (Buzzfeed News)
Are You A Generous Tipper? (Design*Mom)
Why More Couples Are Getting Married by a Friend (The Atlantic)
Things I’m loving this week:
Last week I got my bonus at work and I did something responsible with it - I paid off Sallie Mae! This loan was from my senior year of undergrad and I’m so glad to have at least one burden taken care of. Also, nothing is morning humbling than seeing your original principal balance, and then doing the math on how much you’ve actually paid over the years, and comparing the numbers. But I won’t dwell on that, I’ll just celebrate this milestone and work towards paying off my last two student loans.
I also went a little crazy after my March No Shopping challenge, including getting everything on my Sephora wishlist. I walked out of the store with several new Tatcha products, Nars foundation and concealer, and a few other goodies. I won’t be keeping it all (some products didn’t work for me) but it was fun to go see all the new products in stores.