Working Wardrobe Wednesday

FullSizeRender (46)I don’t know why I look so scowly in this first picture but if I had to guess it was because I bought this super cute lace/crochet tank top for only $2 thinking it would be cute under a little cardigan but it wasn’t working for me.  Instead of trying out some things the night before I waited until I was getting ready for work in the morning 🙄

I have to say I loved this shirt when I tried it on in the store and especially loved it when it rang up at only $2.  I think it will be perfect for summer but I would like to get some use out of it this winter so I began to experiment.

First it was with a black tank top and black sweater but I think the neckline of the tank was weird with the neckline of the cardigan so I moved onto plan B.

I think I might try to find a tank with the same high neckline and see how that looks with it but in the mean time I’m using what I already have hanging around in my closet so I decided I needed to get closer to the color, which is a pale grey.

The look below worked but there was still something off about it.  I felt like everything matched and should have gone together but it still didn’t look right so I’m going to keep experimenting with this shirt.

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I had $15 super cash from Old Navy that I had been saving for the perfect vest and Ta-Dah!  FullSizeRender (45)I found it!  I tried on an XL but it was a bit snug and the point of the vest is to be able to layer it over other clothes so I wanted to go up a size but had to scour the store for about 10 minutes before finally finding my size.  Vest mission accomplished! 😀

It’s one of my favorite pieces now and I have to say I will wear it with practically anything.  This weekend it was a light pullover, yesterday at work it was a thermal, and a flannel.

It’s warm, comfortable, and already worth the money, which with the super cash was only about $15.  Yay!

This morning I found this sweater lurking in the back of my closet.  I love the fit but am still questioning why I bought a sweater with a jaguar on the chest.  I’ll probably wear it on the weekends but after some deliberation I decided it’s not going into my work wardrobe.  
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oday I wanted to feel cute and girly.  Lately, I feel like I’ve been craving pink and cutesy the way people crave chocolate.  I think my job is in the masculine category so I find myself working to maintain my femininity without overdoing it.  I went simple, black cardigan, striped tee, and my favorite jeans….the cat shrug is a bit much so I took it off before I left for work XDIMG_0344

Hope everyone is having a lovely week!  It’s been good here but getting cold so my wardrobe is all about layers, so I’m working on finding ways to bundle without looking bulky.  I should have some new looks next week!

Working Wednesday….without the Wardrobe

New thought.  Don’t panic!  This is not becoming a clothing optional blog, ha ha 😉  Sometimes the post will be about clothes, sometimes about working.  This is Working Wednesday without the wardrobe……

I was at my other job so long I had sort of lost my ability to care or to feel truly excited about anything involving work.  I’d seen the company go through so many cycles and changes something new would roll out and I would just say “It won’t last”  I was jaded, extremely jaded.

I remember new associates coming in with bright spirits.  They were excited to learn everything and every day was a new adventure.  Some even had ideas about how to make changes, ways to improve processes or contests to inspire people.  They were enthusiastic and optimistic….and I hated it!

Anyone else remember this cartoon?  Chester, the little dog, running around Spike, the big dog, asking “What’re we gonna do today Spike? Huh?”

This cartoon illustrates (without the slapping of course) how it was with new associates.  It was so annoying, their smiles, their ideas, their belief that the company was great……I was Spike and new associates were Chester.  Well, the tables have been turned on me.  I am now Chester running around the office with optimism, enthusiasm, and most days ready to take on the world.

It’s funny because I’ve now been on both sides.  I’ve been the “hardened seen all aspects of the job” person and now I’m the “happy go lucky anything is possible” person.  I actually prefer the latter but in my past I wasn’t just jaded I was completely burnt out.  There’s a difference.  I think it’s impossible to not become slightly hardened or jaded when you’ve been in a position for a long time but when those feelings turn to hatred or burn out it’s time to go.

I’m not going to lie and say this job is all sunshine and rainbows because it’s definitely not.  I’ve never been more challenged on all levels in my entire life, emotionally, mentally, physically.  I’m dealing with situations I never would have imagined I would deal with in my entire life.  There’s day when I have more doubt and fear then I ever want to admit but each time I push myself through I get a little bit stronger.  I learn.  I grow.  I do my best not to make the same mistake twice.

I started this post this morning and when I went to work today someone told me I was a good candidate for a position because I’m upbeat, have a good attitude, easy to work with, show up on time everyday, and I do my job.  It made me feel good because I have an interview on Monday (let the nerves begin) for a position in the same department, different unit. I’m excited and if I get the position I’ll have a whole new set of people to annoy impress with my optimism! 😀

Work, Work, Work

Sometimes I get so frustrated because I get scared and doubt myself.  I struggle to trust my own instincts and this week made me realize I need to do that, also I need to focus.  I don’t want to be selfish but I cannot worry about other people.  I have to worry about me.  

I need to focus on what I want to do with my career.
I already know I am a “rut person.”
I find a comfort zone and I settle.
I move in all my furniture.
I hang pictures on the wall.
I close the doors.
I burrow into my comfort zone and stop.

I’m not at a place in my career where I can stop.  I’m in a temporary position that can technically go away at any time with little to no notice.  This week I made some major steps toward finding my niche and also trying to make sure I end up with a permanent position in this department.

Even though I’ve only been in the job a couple of months I found my comfort zone, people I go to for questions, jobs I enjoy doing, and trying to find ways to avoid jobs I don’t like.  I’m forcing myself to step out of my comfort zone and over the next couple weeks I’m really going to work on standing out and stepping up.

Today I made progress by volunteering to help out with a group at work, possibly taking over the group by the end of the month so it will be mine to run.  I applied for another position and continue to hunt for more within the department (my boss already knows so it’s not like I’m sneaking around).  I asked about going with someone to learn more about their job just so I have a better idea of how all the processes tie together.

I’m refusing to let myself settle into a new comfort zone.

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This is the opportunity I wanted, the opportunity I received, and I don’t plan to blow it so I’m changing….

Next week I’m changing and leaping out of my comfort zone.  I recognize one of my challenges is finding my confidence, especially when I’m uncertain.  I tend to shy away from difficult situations when I need to confront them.  If I never make myself face challenges I’ll never conquer them so I’m off to enjoy the weekendbecause next week it’s back to work with a whole new attitude.  “The time to hesitate is through” 🙂
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