Thanks to my little sister, I just spent the last two hours of my life YouTubing my favorite computer games I played with I was little. It all started with the Barbie Magic Hair Styler video. I remember playing this when I was little – our only family computer was kept down in the basement, a dingy room that my dad used as his office space for his excavation company.
We would play this game for HOURS even though there isn’t really a purpose or an end game. Not to mention the irony – my sister and I would both run screaming if my mom came near us with a hair brush. After watching the YouTube video above, I quickly spiraled into video tutorials of all of my favorite childhood games: Mary King’s Riding Star, Equestriad, Barbie Riding Academy, Barbie Pet Rescue, KidPix….. as you can see it devolved rather quickly.
Today I wore this awesome t-shirt dress. It’s hard to tell in these pictures, but it actually has a feather pattern. I matched my white flats to the white feathers and loved the final result. As an added bonus, it was actually quite comfortable too!
Sound off: what’s your favorite childhood computer game?
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?
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?
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)
Here’s to #carpool life. Thank goodness I have a co-worker who lives not too far away who is willing to let me crash her morning commute. Unfortunately for me, she needed to work late today, so I’m stuck hanging out at the office working on a few random things. At least I have the best fiancé in the world who not only helped coordinate getting my car towed but also went to the tire dealership to pick out tires for me. He totally has a lobster roll in his future!
Today I actually left home a little later than usual, so I had a little more time to try with my outfit. I love this color blue – it’s the brightest neutral I own!
Sound off: who in your life are you grateful for today?
Blazer: LeTote (CECE SPORTSWEAR Sapphire Jacket) retails for $85 (similar, similar)
Shirt: J. Crew Factory purchased four years ago for $28 (similar, similar)
Pants: J. Crew Factory purchased second-hand three years ago for $20 (similar, similar)
Shoes: J. Crew Factory purchased two years ago for $50 (similar, similar)
L has been itching to do an escape room forever, so we jumped at the chance to play with one of PJ’s friends. We headed a touch outside the city to an office park to participate. While waiting for the whole group to arrive, we found out that our room has a 30% success rate! Once everyone showed up, we headed to the room. It was lots of fun – even though we barely missed getting out by a few minutes. L’s still beating himself up!
Today was my beloved casual Friday! I matched these comfortable colored jeans with a fun printed top. I’m not going to lie, when we headed over to the escape room, I swapped the pants out for a pair of shorts in the same color!
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.
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.