How To Avoid Buying Clothes You Absolutely Do Not Need

Jessie Rosen - September 3, 2015

On Tuesday I will begin a three month ban on purchases of clothing and accessories for the third time in my life. The first time I did it for an AOL article (that no longer exists). The second time I did it because my husband dared me. This time it’s one part will-power exercise, two-parts I-don’t-need-any-clothes and the rest because I’m working less freelance jobs right now to …

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Ear Charms, Investing Ease, YA Reads & Caitlyn Jenner

Jessie Rosen - September 2, 2015

Back with another foursome of HUMP DAY HELP to get you through this mid-week slump. This time I’m happy to deliver a BONUS fifth piece of happy that comes in the form of a podcast featuring yours truly talking about Beverly Hills 90210. It delivers you a whopping 1.5 hours of procrastination time. You’re welcome. Here’s this week’s round-up 1. Social Butterfly’s Charmed Ear Hook This little piece …

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How To Figure Out Exactly How Much Your Wedding Will Cost

Jessie Rosen - September 1, 2015

Yesterday I came across a Jezebel article from their wedding-themed blog I Thee Dread that left me frustrated. The post titled “Why Is It So Fucking Hard To Figure Out How Much A Wedding Will Cost” isn’t wrong. The wedding industry is notoriously sneaky about posting true costs; you can’t get very basic information on budget without a bunch of phone calls; and costs are always more …

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7 Questions about How To Be a Novelist: with Stephanie Clifford

Jessie Rosen - August 18, 2015

As you may know from the thousand blog posts I’ve written on the topic (see below for links!), my first novel is WRITTEN and coming out very, very soon. Many more details to come on that exciting development, but in the meantime I thought I’d support my colleague the talented Stephanie Clifford on her fantastic debut novel Everybody Rise – a fun and twisty tale of high society …

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7 Self Improvement Tips for 30-Somethings

Jessie Rosen - August 4, 2015

It’s my birthday week, and I’m not sure how I feel about that fact. On the one hand I’m healthy, happy, and further along in most aspects of life than I was one year ago (but to be clear still can’t avoid gorging on a cheese plate). On the other hand I’m constantly striving to do/be/write/life/save/eat better because I am a perfectionist and a borderline yuppie (but …

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7 Tips for Enhancing Your Blog

Jessie Rosen - July 23, 2015

Kudos to Tessa Trainor of the blog You & I for being the first person to e-mail me following my How To Start A Blog in 7 Easy Steps post. She wins the gift of 7 Tips for Enhancing Your Blog – for her specific blog. Sorry Tessa. I know public constructive criticism is a terrible prize, but you’re doing a beautiful public service with this. …

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The Single Best Relationship Litmus Test

Jessie Rosen - July 21, 2015

“I think I figured out the ultimate relationship litmus test,” R said to me as we were walking Louie the other night. He makes these kind of grand statements about dating/relationships/marriage from time to time. I can’t decide if it’s because he’s secretly preparing for his second career as a yenta or if he just wants more blog posts to be about his ideas. Either …

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How (And Why) To Make a Short Film: starring Amy Heidt

Jessie Rosen - July 14, 2015

Today we’re taking a dive into the wonderful/stressful/overwhelming/gratifying world of short film making with a Q&A featuring my friend Amy Heidt – the talented writer/director behind the recent short film THE LAST ONES and upcoming short film THE WAITRESS, which just started its Kick Starter campaign. Confession: I have always wanted to write and direct a short film but am wildly intimidated by the process. I …

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How I (Try To) Achieve a Work/Life Balance

Jessie Rosen - June 30, 2015

A few weeks ago I posted The Balance Project interview of writer Cindy Chupack. Today, thanks to novelest and Balance Project honcho Susie Orman Schnall, I’m publishing my own answers to those same questions of how to achieve a work/life balance – or at least how to start trying. The answer I’m proudest of:  What do you wish you’d known when you were 20? That there is …

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How To Volunteer (And Why)

Jessie Rosen - June 17, 2015

  A few weeks ago I spent an hour talking to some incredible little ones about my life as a writer. I made a little powerpoint, wore a little professional outfit and was a little nervous. They did not seem to notice. It was that greatest thing I’ve done with 60 minutes in a very long time (also I got Dominos pizza and a whole lesson on …

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