While working full time at home now, I am beginning to learn new lessons…about my work, my wardrobe, my home, my priorities, etc.
American author, John Maxwell, wrote, “Change is inevitable, growth is optional.” I have never been a fan of change. While I understand it is inevitable, I am a creature of habit. However, this current state of our world has brought me to a place where I can embrace change and look for the growth opportunities.
So many loud voices clamoring for my attention were circling around my M-F work life. Everything had to happen exactly in order for me to accomplish what was on my plate with no interruptions. I pumped gas at the same time, prepared weekly lunches at the same time, worked on the blog at the same time…. Then this huge interruption came out of nowhere. I let it rattle my work pace at first with immense stress, but now, I am learning to “go with the flow.” Remember that phrase? In order to grow, I must be nimble right now and not let my new, constantly changing schedule cause me to stress. I still do not have a regimented workout time, but I do believe I will get there eventually or be open enough to workout at different times of the day whenever the opportunity arises.
Where there is growth, there is confidence. Confidence exudes positivity and hope that more exists for us to do. I choose to grow at this time and listen through the quiet to hear what my priorities should be. Well, I know my faith and family are at the top of the list, but out of all the future plans I have, what should I pursue first? I will let you know when I figure this out.
One thing is for sure…coming home has inspired me to grow even more. For the first time in a long time I want to do work around the house and in the yard. I want to fill some passions in my heart in new ways. I am excited to see what new growth will produce.
LESSONS IN STYLE
Last week, I thought I was going to miss the structure of my professional wardrobe. I carefully selected a look every day to wear into the office and to be ready on a moment’s notice if called into a leadership meeting. While I do not believe in going completely grungy for work at home, I am loving what I will call my “casual chic” styles. Today I am wearing older Chico’s Travelers pieces that I have owned a long time and are so perfect for this current life I lead. One thing I love about neutrals is that a tone-on-tone look can take a casual style up a notch to a more professional level.
My Aerosole snake slides work so well for home. They are not the shoes I would want to do large amounts of walking in, but for working here or going to the mail, they are perfect. I would also wear them to lunch if I was allowed to go out to lunch!
I think out of all of the Chico’s collections I own, more are of the Travelers than any other. They are comfy, yet, most maintain a chic look with the comfort. This is a confident look for me and as I said confidence is powerful and I want to reflect it even when working at home.
I am a little apprehensive about using the word “casual” in the way I am dressing for my workdays now. I do not want my visual messages online to be relaxed, disheveled, disorganized, or lackluster. I would be horrified if my bosses assumed that I am sitting in front of the television with a box of candy in my lap! (Not during my workday anyway-Ha! Ha!). I am looking for that balance of casual chic which keeps me communicating strength and intelligence.
ONE LAST WORD
The last thing I want to write today is that it is difficult to be a confident person and live in despair. Confidence does breed hope and optimism for a bright future. Confidence is not arrogance or pride. It is contentment and strength. My desire for all of you is to have confident, hopeful expectation for every day.
What lessons are you learning through this stretch of social distancing? When are you most likely to feel despair setting in and how do you turn it around? Please share any thoughts….
Now, let’s have some fun…for my Fabulous Finds slideshow today, I was in search of casual chic! Let’s see if I found it. (OK…well maybe the fruit sweater isn’t chic, but I thought it was pretty cute!)
Thank you so much for being here… stay home…stay safe…stay hopeful, (be cozy) and…………
Remember, in our social distancing world, your smile is the way you send hugs!
KEEP SMILING….and HUGGING!
By Pamela Lutrell