After yesterday’s heavy topic, I had to go light, bright, and fun for today! Lately I feel like I’ve been doing really well at work, but it comes at a price: I’m super stressed out and super busy all the time. I’ve mentioned it before, being busy makes me feel purposeful (whether that’s right or wrong is up for debate) and I desperately want to be successful, so I’m not complaining – for now… Anyways, here’s my list of ways to make your boss LOVE you!
- Always say yes. Even when your calendar is booked out from 9am until 5pm and you don’t know when you’re going to get it done. Even if you have no idea what you’re doing. Even if it’s totally outside your domain. Just say yes.
- Learn how to say things in fewer words. If you can’t do your elevator pitch of your idea, analysis, results, etc. in one breath, it’s too long. I know it hurts to leave out the hard work that makes the dream work, but bosses LOVE briefly. PSA: significant others typically don’t.
- Follow through, without needed a follow-up. At meeting (or via an email exchange), be sure to outline your action items so you know exactly what’s expected from you. Attach achievable deadlines before you leave the meeting, so you have a road map of when to get this done. Bonus points if you use sparkly pens to outline your monthly to-dos.
- Don’t bring problems, bring solutions. When I’m having issues at work (typically with other people), I try to always bring what’s going on, as well as a solution to fix it. Sometimes my solution is a request from my boss to step in and help out. Sometimes I’ll suggest that I meet for lunch outside the office for some one-on-one time. Bottom line, if you have a desire and plan to fix your problems, then you’re not a complainer.
- If all else fails, you’re young and probably have a first born child coming in the next 5+ years. Bosses love kids.
In all seriousness, everything in life is all about balance, which is something I’ve been desperately trying to incorporate at my life.
Sound off: how to you find balance in your life?
Shirt: Stitch Fix (Papermoon) purchased two years ago for $48 (similar, similar)
Pants: J. Crew purchased two years for for $50 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Ralph Lauren purchased two years ago for $90 (similar, similar)
Today I was in all day meetings with my team, which was both good and bad. It was great to talk with teammates who live and work in other states, but I am not SOOO behind on email. Seriously, email is great and all but how is it possible to get 100+ emails in a given day? We all need to chill. After our meetings, I headed over to LB’s for a girl’s night in. We decided to make Christmas cookies. We dropped the first tray on the floor and then got bored decorating half way through. Decorating is actually really hard work, FYI. Also LB picked up an awesome bottle of red wine, so that helped 😉
Afterwards we watched the season finale of Younger – I’m still in tears. If you haven’t watched Younger yet, stop now and go binge. The episodes are only 30 minutes long so they’re easy to breeze through. Plus the series features Hillary Duff and her character is kinda what I imagine a grown-up Lizze McGuire would be like.
I know I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a huge fan of Stitch Fix. But I can tell you 100% I am obsessed with Margaret M pants. You can actually buy them outside of Stitch Fix too, but don’t hold your breath for any crazy good deals unfortunately (believe, I stalked the site alllllll last year). Usually I like to match these pants with a dark neutral but today I went for a bright pop of color.
Top: Express purchased six years ago for $20 (similar, similar)
Cardigan: J. Crew Factory purchased two years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Pants: Stitch Fix (Margaret M Emer) purchased second-hand one year ago for $60 (same brand)
Okay so a month ago we needed rain. Now I think we’re pretty saturated and I’m pretty sick of the rain. It pretty much defined the mood for my entire day. It was a meh day at work and when I got home, L and I both weren’t in the mood to cook. It was just such a classic rainy day.
Today I wore my striped skirt from Stitch Fix along with my birthday shirt! As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m not actually a huge fan of Stitch Fix but this is one of the items that’s stuck around since I tried it a few years ago.
Top: LOFT gifted for my birthday (similar, similar)
Skirt: Stitch Fix (41Hawthorn Walt Striped Skirt) purchased two years ago for $68(similar, similar)
Shoes: J. Crew Factory purchased two years ago for $50 (similar, similar)
Necklace: Rocksbox (Anita K Wild West Moon Horn Long Necklace) retails for $32 (similar, similar)
I don’t have anything super interesting to talk about so this is going to be a rambling post. Today after work I went to ride ‘my pony’ (air quotes until L lets me get a pony and the quotes go away) and ended up staying at the barn super late with my training and friend, while we swapped pony stories.
After of twenty-four hours of travel, we finally made it to Terciera! Now we’re about to hop into our Galloper (similar to a Jeep) and go explore this beautiful island. The house we’re staying in does not have Internet like most houses here, so it’s a great excuse to go down to the cafes that serve beer at 9am!
My outfit for the last half of the traveling trip needed to be comfortable and this skirt is like a giant yoga pant. Add on this super comfortable skirt, and I basically had a nightie that looked publicly acceptable.
Just one note – yes, this shirt is from Stitch Fix. No, I’m not a huge an of Stitch Fix. I know the company (which is a subscription-based clothing company that sends curated clothes for you to buy) has a bazillion fans, but it wasn’t for me. I tried Stitch Fix from about November 2014 until March 2015. While some of the clothes they sent were really cute, I found that a lot were extremely expensive for what you were getting. I’m proud to be the queen of discounts and price shopping, neither of which you can do with Stitch Fix. Just my honest opinion – I’m not including any referral links for Stitch Fix below and just wanted to explain why.
Sunglasses: Nordstrom Rack (Cole Haan) purchased recently for $28 (similar, similar)
Shirt: Stitch Fix (Papermoon) purchased one year ago for $48 (similar)
Skirt: H&M purchased three years ago for $12 (similar, similar)
Shoes: H&M purchased three years ago for $28 (similar, similar)
Bag: LeTote purchased recently for $38 (exact, similar)