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Day 353: Best Advice

I’m usually a pretty high-strung person – just ask anyone in my family. Lately,  the stress of some family issues compounded with our department’s reorg, I’ve been a ball of nerves. Luckily today I worked from home and was able to spend some time reflecting on some of the great advice I’ve been given so far in my professional career to help me start breathing again!

    • Assume everyone comes from a positive place. When I first heard this advice, it revolutionized how I look at every professional interaction. I have to admit: I was the most defensive co-worker ever. I was the youngest in my role by about ten years and I knew it. I felt every plan or suggestion I offer was immediately gunned down. It was frustrating, but after hearing this advice, I realized, everyone just wants to do a good job. They weren’t attacking my ideas, they were trying to make sure that our company was putting its best foot forward. I realized my team saw me as a non-collaborative millennial who didn’t respect other’s experience – in reality, I just didn’t want to get run over! Now, I’ve finally hit a happy balance.
    • When you feel like you can’t do anything else, take care of yourself. As I mentioned, these past few weeks have been tough. The other day, I met with a friend who works in HR to talk about how run-down I feel. She asked me if I’ve been getting 8 hours of sleep or working out? Have I been doing the things I love to do? When I realized I wasn’t, I made a serious effort to eat health and go back to barre every morning. It’s amazing how good self-care seeps into the rest of my life.
    • You have a lot going for you at the workplace, but you have even more going for you at home. I am so incredible determined to be the BEST at my job – I can survive off of pure determination. Sometimes I need to remind myself that the best part of my day is cooking with L or drinking with my friends on the porch. In times when my job life is not going as planned, at least I have the personal part running.
    • “You ain’t gonna believe this, but you used to fit right here. I’d hold you up to say to your mother, ‘This kid’s gonna be the best kid in the world. This kid’s gonna be somebody better than anybody I ever knew.’ And you grew up good and wonderful. It was great just watchin’ you, every day was like a privilege. Then the time come for you to be your own man and take on the world, and you did. But somewhere along the line, you changed. You stopped being you. You let people stick a finger in your face and tell you you’re no good. And when things got hard, you started lookin’ for something to blame, like a big shadow. Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit, it’sabout how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth! But you gotta be willing to take the hits. And not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that! I’m always gonna love you no matter what. No matter what happens. You’re my son and you’re my blood. You’re the best thing in my life. But until you start believing in yourself,you ain’t gonna have a life.” There was one day, I was having a super tough time at work. I reached out to one of my mentors and good friends to complain. In response, he sent me a video from Rocky. I still have the quote on display above my desk at home! It’s reminded me that I’M in control of my future, not my circumstances.

    Sound off: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

    Outfit Details
    Top: LeTote (THREE DOTS Bell Sleeve Top) retails for $60 (similar, similar)
    Shorts: J. Crew Factory purchased four years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
    Shoes: zulily (BCBG) purchased one month ago for $28 (similar, similar)

Day 348: Tarheel Ten Miler

I’m a little further behind on my running training than I’d like to admit – the last double-digit run I did was at my half marathon. Ever since I scraped my hands up, I haven’t run more than once a week. Needless to say, I was a bit nervous going into this Tarheel Ten Miler – especially after L’s horror stories of the hills! When we were lining up for the race bright and early this morning, I legitimately had no expectations (I also forgot my running watch and iPod, but that’s a different story). I was even mentally prepared if I needed to walk from mile 8 onwards. But I ended up running really strong. Around mile 9, I started to feel a little tired, but the idea of finishing outweighed my burning legs, so I went for it!

To be honest, not a lot of thought went into my race outfit – I just picked things that were clean and short for the race!

Sound off: are you training for anything?

Outfit Details
Top: From this road race
Bottoms: Nike stolen from LB (similar, similar)
Shoes: Asics purchased four months ago for $80 (similar, similar)

Day 342: Teen Mom 2

This morning the sun was too bright, so I stayed in the dark with my dog Stormy, catching up on Teen Mom 2 and eating waffles in bed (they were whole wheat, so I think that makes them healthy?). Later on in the day, L came home from visiting his family. It wasn’t until he gave me a nice Easter basket with Swedish Fish that I even realized it was Easter. Times like this certainly make me miss my family (who was drinking mimosas on the beach, so I was extra jealous too). I stopped by LB’s house to pick up a few things I left the day before and ended up chatting with her for almost an hour. I was feeling great – my hungover was subsiding and the weather was perfect with a light breeze. About a half mile from my house, I noticed all the neighborhood kids playing on the playground while their parents grilled in the background. It was a great scene – until I hit the curb and blew out my tire. From here on out, I’m keeping my eyes on the road.

Today was a super mellow day, so I stayed in comfortable clothes all day. It’s actually starting to heat up around here – so I needed this tank!

Outfit Details
Top: Gap purchased one year ago for $12 (similar, similar)
Shorts: Krass & Co purchased two years ago for $30 (similarsimilar)
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (Birkenstock) purchased two years ago for $55 (similarsimilar)

Day 339: Building a Table

Thank goodness I’m working from home today – I’m still reeling from yesterday’s news. I still feel like everything’s falling at once, and I’m just struggling to keep up. I’m trying to stay positive, but I am still in the utter shock phase, trying to figure out my next steps. With the new structure, a lot of what I was working on was taken off my plate, so today is a surprisingly light day. I needed to feel productive and worthwhile, so I built a table today. It was one of those accomplishments I needed. Plus if I figured out those stick figure directions, I have faith that I can figure anything out.

Since I didn’t need to leave the house, I stay in comfortable clothes all day. Plus I have to admit, building the table was actually super strenuous. Who would have thought?!

Outfit Details
Top: Purchased at Fenway six years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Shorts: Stolen from LB (similar, similar)
Shoes: Mizuno Wave Riders purchased four years ago for $60 (similar, similar)

Day 335: Why This 5k Mattered

Months ago, I signed up for a 5k with my oldest sister and her husband. Now, I’d consider myself a decent runner, but the two of them will probably be done for five to ten minutes before I cross the finish line. Plus, I haven’t even run since I skinned up my hands. Armed with awkward band-aids on my hand, I toed the starting line with no expectations, just a desire to be done with the whole thing. As the gun went off, I settled into a comfortable pace. It wasn’t until we made it to the first mile that I realized I was running mid-eight minute pace. I ended up finishing the race less than a minute off of my latest personal best.

I think everyone has a superhuman moment. There are moms who can pull cars off their kids and then there’s the rest of us who manage to go about our daily lives despite all the pandemonium. This 5k was aggressively average, but my good time was the reassurance I needed. We will all make it through.

I’m certainly not winning any fashion awards with this outfit, but I stand by my earlier statement – I can’t pack. It was a surprisingly less day, but I still needed a jacket for pre and post race. This lovely green jacket was the only one without horse hair and hay on it. Oh, the joys of farm life!

Sound off: tell me about a time you surprised yourself!

Outfit Details
Top: Received from a 5k in Atlanta a month ago (similar, similar)
Jacket: Stolen from my mom (similar, similar)
Shorts: Nike purchased six years ago for $40 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Asics purchased six months ago for $110 (similar, similar)

Day 334: College Roomie’s Birthday

It’s crazy how emotional and mental anguish can be more exhaustive than running a marathon. I didn’t realize how badly I needed sleep until I woke up this morning at 11am – which is incredibly late for me! As much as my body needed the sleep, my mind was still reeling. There was no better distraction than to celebrate one of my best friend’s birthdays! My former roommate (the one who I went to Ithaca to see graduate) currently lives in Boston. I headed into the city to a rooftop bar, which was cold by Atlanta standards, but practically summer weather according to New England. We had lots of beer, some sushi, and lots of laughs. It was the perfect release and I’m so incredibly grateful for her friendship.

This was the only long sleeve shirt I packed – and I didn’t even realize it was in the bottom of my backpack! While I didn’t get any pictures of my bottom half, I’m still rocking the leggings I bought earlier this week because they’re the most comfortable with my knee scab. I know, I live a glamorous life.

Outfit Details
Top: LeTote (SUMMER & SAGE Lake Pullover) retails for $19 (similar, similar)
Leggings: Old Navy purchased yesterday for $4.98 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Adidas purchased two months ago for $60 (similar, similar)

Day 333: Where I Need to Be

Before our family emergency, I was planning to head home this weekend to visit my family. I was super torn – do I stay with L’s family and potentially make them feel bad for the missed trip or do I just head home? At L’s aggressive prodding, I ended up sitting at a bar in the Charlotte airport, crying and conflicted. After boarding the plane, I ended up next to a woman named Tina around my age who was heading home to visit family too. After talking for a little bit, Tina confided that she was headed home for the one year anniversary of her dad’s death. She was struggling with how to process and move onwards – something I understood all too well. I still can’t grasp that this June marks ten years since my dad lost his fight to cancer. For me, time has a funny way of playing both extremes: sometimes I feel like it was just yesterday that my dad was teasing me, while other days he seems so far away. The internal turmoil, the anger, and the fear of living in a world without my dad have been a daily struggle every single day for the past ten years. As our plane ride to Boston continued, Tina and I cried and laughed and shared lots of stories about our fathers. Although earlier in the day, I was worried about making the wrong choice, it became apparent that this was what Tina and I both needed at this time. I was right where I needed to be.

As I mentioned yesterday, I needed to shop so that I could actually have something to wear! Today everything I wore was new – from the black leggings to the shirt to my cardigan. Thank goodness I stopped to grab these essentials or else I’d be in shorts and a t-shirt!

Outfit Details
Top: Old Navy purchased yesterday for $11.99 (similar, similar, similar)
Cardigan: Old Navy purchased yesterday for $4.98 (similar, similar)
Leggings: Old Navy purchased yesterday for $4.98 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Adidas purchased two months ago for $60 (similar, similar)