If I look like I am smiling a little bigger here, it is only because I am feeling much better as I progress down the road toward a career reinvention. 

The first month was more of a surprise…I did not expect to walk through the sadness and grief I felt at leaving my teaching position after 16 years.  But, I definitely experienced grief.  Once I recognized it and allowed myself to feel those emotions…I was able to move forward.

The next flood of emotions included anxiety and fear of the loss of my regular paycheck.  I have relied on the first and fifteenth of the month for so long, it would be an adjustment if suddenly that cushion wasn’t there.

Tomorrow I am going to write more about the stress involved with a job change…and other big events in our lives.

July has brought new thinking…new waves of hope…new strength…and new courage.  I am feeling so much better and ready to tackle anything ahead on this journey.  We will see where it leads.  But, I have gone from grief to HOPE.  A word I really love.

I wanted to mark today with a new outfit…perhaps, a new favorite.  The top is  THE SIDE TIE TRAVELERS TOP FROM CHICOS (which I purchased recently as a Passport Member for 45% off). I like to leave the knot untied and hanging in an asymmetrical style.

I love my new SOFT SURROUNDINGS METRO LEGGINGS (I hope to have these in other colors some day…great fit and comfort)…and my new SOFT SURROUNDINGS SCARF (seriously the softest scarf in my wardrobe).  The bracelet is an old one from ELAINE TURNER.  Shoes are my bronze LULU FITFLOPS FROM DILLARDS which I have worn daily this summer.

One more note…I saw the scarf tie on a website and pinned it recently.  You just hang the knot in front and low.  I got so many compliments on this style the other day when I wore it to my part- time retail job.  

It’s a new day…a new smile…new hope…all we can do, is take one day at a time.

Enjoy Yours with a Smile!


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