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Day 360: How to Find a Professional Mentor

The number one piece of advice I always share with new hires is find a mentor! I’ve been super fortunately to be blessed with several formal and informal professional mentors. Most recently, these mentors have helped me navigate the turmoil after our team reorg – and I don’t know where I’d be without them! For those of you who are looking for a mentor, I have a few tips and tricks below:

  1. Keep in mind, your mentor doesn’t have to be in your industry, on your team, or part of your company! Look at people who you admire, whether it’s their organizational skills, their leadership skills, or their knowledge in your field/industry. You can learn from anyone. One of my mentors is in HR, while another is in production for a television network. Both have given awesome advice, especially since they’re removed from the situation.
  2. Don’t be afraid to ask, but remember people are busy. There has to be something in it for them! I’ve reached out to folks in other departments with the intent of promoting synergies in our large company – and gaining an awesome mentor for me! Think about what you can offer your mentor, whether it’s a unique perspective or an opportunity to tap into a different demographic.
  3. Join different organizations! When I first moved to Atlanta, I joined WICT (Women in Cable Telecommunications). Through the WICT organization, I’ve met so many people. As an added bonus for some of you more shy folks – lots of organizations host different events that help you network! What’s better than that?

While some of these may be a little self-explanatory, I hope they helped. I don’t know where I’d be without my amazing mentors!

Outfit Details
Dress: Gili purchased two years ago for $46 (similar, similar)
Shoes: zulily (BCBG) purchased recently for $20 (similar, similar)

Day 357: Sushi and Too Much Work

Today was a really tough day. I originally had signed up for a free TRX class at a new studio (side note: does anyone actually know what TRX even means) but ended up working too late to go. Did I mention the class was at 7:30pm at night? On top of being overworked, things at work have been super stressful and tough on a personal level. Thank goodness for L – he was waiting with a nice big glass of white wine and sushi already ordered. I genuinely don’t know what I’d do without him.

I originally picked this outfit because I didn’t want to wear pants. I pulled out one of my most flowy and comfortable skirts and worked my way up from there!

Outfit Details
Top: ThredUp (J. Crew Factory) purchased two years ago for $14 (similar, similar)
Cardigan: ThredUp (J. Crew) purchased two years ago for $10 (similar, similar)
Skirts: ThredUp (Banana Republic) purchased eleven months ago for $18 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (Abound) purchased ten months ago for $30 (similar, similar)

Day 351: Flying to Denver

Travel day! I’m so excited – I’ve never been to Denver, Colorado and today I’m headed there! This is for our quarterly team meeting and it’s one of my favorite summits. I take a lot of pride in what I do and I love the opportunity to share. Plus it’s always nice to sleep in a hotel and grab a beer with some of my favorite colleagues who work in other cities!

I originally purchased for a business conference when I was in high school! It’s still one of my favorite skirts in my closet because it’s so comfortable and stretchy. I pair it with this loose fit, black top. Whenever I travel, I try to take the fewest amount of clothes as possible!

Sound off: where’s your favorite place you’ve traveled for work?

Outfit Details
Top: LeTote (1 STATE Grommet Top) retails for $49 (similar, similar)
Skirt: Nordstrom Rack (Halogen) purchased eight years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (Franco Sarto) purchased one year ago for $50 (similar, similar)

Day 344: New Tires and Fake Optimism

I wanted to get into work a little early – which would have been pretty tough without a car. Thank goodness I have the best fiancé in the world who let me borrow his car and drop him off super early at work. He even picked up my car on his way home! Anyways, today we had an all-hands team meeting to review the new structure. Overall, the day was long and frustrating. Any change and uncertainty can be uncomfortable, but I’m still extremely concerned about the personalities. We’ll just have to see how this goes.

I once read an article (that I can no longer find) that the concept of “peacocking” is a real thing. Wearing distinguishable accessories or bright or bold colors can help people notice and remember you. Today I was very worried my voice would get lost in the shuffle, so I wore my brightest dress! Not sure if it actually worked, but at least I felt good!

Outfit Details
Dress: LeTote (Anne Klein) purchased one year ago for $70 (similar, similar)
Shoes: zulily (BCBG) purchased recently for $20 (similar, similar)

Day 338: Company Reorg

Today started out like any other work day: buzzing through emails, analyzing campaign trends, spending too much time thinking about lunch. That is until my boss put a last minute team meeting on our calendars at noon. Twenty minutes later, I was crushed. We were reorging our team. Change is always scary and uncomfortable, but that’s not the part that’s bothering me. As part of the new structure, I’ll be giving up some of my favorite parts of my job, including the high visibility from senior leadership that I enjoyed. Worst of all, my manager changed. I will now report into the lady I mentioned yesterday who genuinely believes millennials have nothing to offer.

I’m currently frustrated and devastated, but I’m so lucky I have the best friends (and that I still have a job). After I told L and LB, they were waiting (along with PJ) when I got home with good wine and a home-cooked meal. We sat on our porch for a long time, laughing, talking, and listening to music.

Sound off: any career advice?

Outfit Details
Dress: LeTote (NOIR Split Neck Dress) retails for $33 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Vince Camuto purchased one year ago for $50 (similar, similar)

Day 337: Business Dinner

This morning was a whirlwind – plus I completely forgot that our corporate partners were coming down from Philly for afternoon meetings! I scrambled to put together the guest list and reservation for our dinner. Although our headquarters friends are always a lot of fun, some of my own counterparts at the division can be quite frustrating. There’s one lady in particular who thinks that millennials are the root of all evil. She never misses an opportunity to talk about how lazy, entitled, dim my generation is – it drives me crazy! She was actually part of the inspiration behind the post I wrote about millennials! At least the wine will be plentiful and the food will be good at tonight’s dinner!

These pants are basically professional yoga pants, so they were perfect to ease back into my work week!

Sound off: any generational bias that you deal with at work?

Outfit Details
Top: ThredUp (Banana Republic) purchased one year ago for $18 (similar, similar)
Pants: Stitch Fix (Margaret M) purchased second-hand for $60 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (Abound) purchased ten months ago for $30 (similar, similar)

Day 330: Less Than Ideal

Ugh, work has not been fun lately. Lots of different things have been frustrating me, and it’s been compounding for months. I think everyone goes through the whole “you win some, you lose some” but lately work has been really hard and unrewarding. Plus the women I work with have been on their A-game in the being catty and rude department. I think I need a vacation, but with this wedding in the fall, L and I are being super stingy with our time!

Although my outfit feels vaguely “on point,” my little boxing gloves on my hands do look a little ridiculous! I’ve actually worn this dress a few times, but this bright cardigan revitalizes it!

Sound off: any tips for staying motivated at work?

Outfit Details
Cardigan: J. Crew Factory purchased four years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Dress: Banana Republic Outlet purchased three years ago for $60 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Sam Edelman purchased second-hand for $30 (similar, similar)