Highlighting how local area women can be the best version of themselves through everyday struggles that we face.

EVERYDAY STRUGGLE: I recently lost 25 lbs and am so excited about it! The problem is that now I need a new spring & summer wardrobe. None of my favorite pieces fit anymore. Have any tips on keeping cute within a budget? -Carol L., Sugar Grove

Buying new clothes is an important emotional milestone in the weight-loss process. It makes you feel good about yourself to wear something that fits you well. However, it doesn't have to be expensive, treat yourself to a nice fitting outfit because you are worth it and deserve it!

Don’t be tempted to rush into a pricey department store. To save at name-brand stores, sign up for their e-mail blasts to get coupons and take advantage of seasonal sales. Alternatively, spend some time browsing the racks at discount chains to get more bang for your buck!

If you love to hunt for a good deal, second-hand stores or thrift shops are another excellent option. Lastly, try asking your family and friends if they have any gently-worn items they’d like to donate to your new wardrobe! Another person’s trash is someone else’s treasure.....

EVERYDAY STRUGGLE: I love my job so much! I've been here for 12 years and when I think of leaving I start to feel sick, literally. I have the BEST boss, the BEST co-workers and the BEST location, BUT I am making less than what the average Customer Service Rep makes and it is because I accepted such a low salary when I started not knowing any better since I did not do my research. Now that I know, I am not sure what to do. Asking for such a large raise would be unheard of, but according to the average salary for this role, I know in my heart I am worth way more. Help! -Bethany T., Lisle

Take some time to determine “WHY” you want to make changes in your income. Does it make you feel successful? Does it get you a beach vacation, pay down debt, etc.? Write down your needs now and for the future. Then picture what your future looks like to YOU?!

Then inform your employer that you have been reviewing your finances and personal goals and are ready to make some changes. Present them an opportunity to meet those needs financially in your current department. If they cannot, perhaps its time to explore other positions. Perhaps they have another position at the same company in a different department that might interest you, which might help you along in your decision.

Rest assured...regardless of the outcome, I suspect the personal relationships you have will remain. And remember that your desire to increase your income is about YOU, not your employer. Nothing will change if you don’t try!

ABOUT THE WRITER Joann Pierce is a wellness and fitness enthusiast who is living a lifestyle she never thought was possible. She’s been a stay-at-home Mom for 12 years and started in fitness years ago– from kickboxing to yoga. Continuing her journey in 2011, she completed her 200hr Yoga Certification at Prairie Yoga in Lisle. With over 1000 teaching hours, she completed her associate Life Coach Certification in 2013 and became a Beachbody Coach. Joann Pierce #phase40 Fitness, Empowering you is what we do. Beachbody Coach, Life Coach, RYT 200hr Yogi FB: Joann Pierce



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