Reverse Wednesday

This is one of those things that I believe most anyone could manage to do. Well at least I hope so. It kind of surprises me how this did occur. I write it off as I was really tired and sort of busy that morning but who knows. I did manage to pass several mirrors and never notice what would be the talk of my coworkers later that day….

What am I talking about? Well I’ll tell ya.

I walked around all day a few Wednesdays ago with my shirt inside out. Luckily for me, my jacket was on the majority of the day. So I’m pretty sure while the jacket was on, no one was aware that I apparently have problems dressing myself.

My wardrobe malfunction was discovered by the same coworker that saw my size sticker on my cardigan a while back. While she was helping me with a project I decided to take my jacket off because I was hot. Yup, that’s when my little secret, even to myself, was out. My lovely coworker looked at me and politely told me that she believed my shirt was on inside out as she could see a tag at the side seam of my shirt AND one by my collar! For the time I was at my desk, everyone around had heard our exchange, so I left my jacket off till I cooled off. I told my coworker the next time I went to the restroom I would flip my shirt inside out or outside in, whichever would right it.

What is sad, however…is that I went to the restroom multiple times that day and NEVER did remember to fix my shirt. At some point I got cold and had put my jacket back on which means most people weren’t privileged to the fact that I dressed myself like a toddler.

It still surprises me at how much I was embarrassed, yet I never corrected the problem. I guess I was really wrapped up in work that day!

I am giving myself the challenge of not having anymore wardrobe issues while at work. One would think that this would be an easy think to do. But I can never be so sure now!

Stylish to Silly in 3 seconds flat…

I figured I would lighten up this snow day by sharing an embarrassing moment that happened to me a little while ago.  It all started with the need for some new work clothes.  I felt like I was constantly wearing the same thing over and over.  And doing laundry/runs to the dry cleaner non-stop.  So i went on a shopping spree, that my husband had approved.  I think he even noticed how badly I needing some new threads.

So I spent a Saturday trying on dress pants, button-up, sweaters, you name it.  And lets just say a put a dent in our bank account.  I was so excited to have clothes to wear.  Excited for how easy it would be to find something to wear and that I was going to be stepping up my game professionally.

That was until…

I wore my new cardigan to work.  I had taken off the tags but had somehow missed the little ‘M” sticker that was plaster right around my left boob.  Somewhere midday my co-worker looked at me with a straight face and was like, “I think you have a size sticker on your cardigan.”  She didn’t think anything, she knew.  But I think she was trying to ease the blow to my inner fashionista.  I tried to look un-phased as I pulled the little sticker off my boob.  I was so embarrassed, the SHAME a little sticker can cause.  And till this day, I still wonder how many people saw it and didn’t say anything.  It’s like walking around with stuff in your teeth.  It’s horrifying.  But at least you know who ever does finally tell you is a GOOD person.

3 Unexpected Things I’m Thankful For

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Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone I realize how much I have to be thankful for.  Sometimes we forget how blessed we are and don’t appreciate the little things.  Here are some of the unusual things I’m thankful for this year:

1.  Being laid off

I know it sounds crazy, right? Honestly, being laid off in March was one of the best things to ever happen to me.  Yes, it was scary for a while.  Devastating  Shocking.  Infuriating, even.  BUT it allowed me spend time with my son, forced me to branch out into my other interests and challenge myself, network, apply to jobs I would have been too intimidated to apply to before, and allowed me to meet some wonderful people.  It also showed me that no matter how good you are at your job, your position may not be safe.  Contracts end and budgets sometimes get cut.  I am now more experienced and know how to better prepare for the unexpected.  In the long run being laid off was great for me.  It led me to a new job with much better pay that allows me to provide for my family and better hours and for that I am very thankful.

2.  No More Sleeping In

Parents, you know what I;m talking about.  After kids, sleeping in till noon is a fantasy.  I am so glad that I’m not wasting my weekends away sleeping.  I am so much more productive and satisfied with the way I spend my time.  Watching my son play even in the early hours warms my soul.  Especially all his sleepy babble.  It’s the cutest thing to wake up to.  So for the drastic change is the start of my day I am thankful.  Note: I did not say I am thankful for lack of sleep, that waking up multiple times in the middle of the night is craziness.  New parents, hang in there!  They will sleep through the night one day, I promise.

3.  Having a messy home

Yeah I said it.  Although I like my house to be clean and organized, having a messy one means that I have a life beyond cooking, cleaning, and laundry.  Landon’s toy all over the place means that play time was a BLAST and that when he took a nap, I did too!  Dirty dishes in the sink means that I gave myself a break after I cooked dinner and decide to watch The Wedding Planner because it was on TV again for like the 1000th time.  Occasionally, my house looks like a cross between college apartment and daycare center and I’m totally okay and thankful for that.

 

the power of words

The past 2 weeks have been crazy. I just started a new job and getting into the swing of things has been challenging. I had been temporarily at home, and I was loving the stay-at-home-mom life. I must say this stage of walking and babbling, exploring new things, learning how to crawl up the stairs, and place shapes into the correct holes…has been TOTALLY AWESOME! I hated going back to work. Plus, my allergies decided to go haywire so I have an ear and sinus infection. Needless to say, I have been needing some motivation. Enter the power of words.

When I’m down I’ll look up inspiration quotes or read a book. This always seems to lifts my spirits and put things in perspective. Three things seemed to jump out at me, during this search for inspiration and motivation:

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“The expert in anything was once a beginner.”  

This really is was what I needed to find. Starting a new job can be exciting, but it also kind of sucks. You are new to everything, again. It may be a new role, new location, or just a new company, but no matter what there is always something to learn. For me, it’s a love/hate kind of thing.  I am happy to be learning something new, I also love the mission that my co-workers and I are trying to accomplish.

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Something else that spoke to me was the quote by Theodore Roosevelt, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”  To be happy, it is all about what makes YOU happy.  It should not have anything to do with other people.  Little things make me happy, the sunshine streaming through the windows when I wake up, rain beating on the roof when I go to sleep, watching my son play and flash a smile when he sees me, cooking a new recipe and loving it, gossip magazines, a  good book, spending time with people I love and who love me….  People go wrong, when they start comparing themselves to each other.  They may love their car but when they compare it to their neighbors new flashy BMW, they may feel like it’s not up to par.  Or they may love their body and feel good in their own skin, and then read Vogue and feel like a hippopotamus compared to the fashion models.  Comparison robs people of their happiness and Theodore Roosevelt realized that so long ago.  Be happy with what YOU have.  It is what makes you, YOU.  Special.  Unique.  Awesome.

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“Do more of what makes you awesome”

This to me translates to “Do what you LOVE.”   When I think about people who are awesome, it’s because they are passionate about something and they share that with whomever they meet.  Awesome people inspire others.  They may inspire people to be a better mother/father, husband/wife, chef, gift-giver, co-worker, etc.  Find what makes you awesome and do more of it.  What makes you light up?  What do you spend time dreaming about or talking about to your friends?  For me its being a mom, crafting, and finding ways to be creative.
This is what I am striving to do.  Live a life, doing the things that make me awesome.  I do not want to just have a routine and go through the motions of everyday life (eat, work, sleep).  I want to make sure I really am making each day special.

Simple ways I am making the most of the typical work day:

  • Going to a new restaurant for lunch
  • Talking to a co-worker I have never spoke to before (maybe we have a similar interest)
  • Eating outside, inside of in front of the TV (you know you are guilty of this)
  • Take a walk around the neighborhood
  • Walk to get ice cream or frozen yogurt on a nice evening
  • Call an old friend to catch up
  • Have an unplugged evening (DVR your shows, put the cell phones away, read a book, play with the baby, truly enjoy each others company-WITHOUT the distractions)

These are just a few ways words have inspired me recently. What words or quotes speak to you?  It amazes me how much power words can have.  Words can do amazing things. They can change the world.  Think of how America changed after Martin Luther King Jr.’s, “I have a Dream” speech.  Also, remember how cruel or unkind words can have a powerful impact.

Go-to Shops for the bargin shopper

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I love to go shopping any chance I get. I also try to be very reasonable when I shop. You do not have to spend a million dollars to look like a million bucks! I will admit I occasionally splurge, but not often. When I do, it has to be for a piece that I completely fall in love with. Like head-over-feet, wear-every-chance-I-get in love. Here are stores I frequent whenever I get a chance. They seem to cover the basics of what I seem to need without breaking the bank. When I have a chance I’ll go over my splurge stores.

My favorite stores for MYSELF (in no particular order):

Always has the current trends. Their clothes are playful and fun. I love the Gap. I really miss their musical commercials. I will never forget the They call me mellow yellow… one.

Highly recommend for the trends that you know you won’t wear forever. This place makes it easy to buy pieces to keep with the trends but not break the bank.

My go to for office attire. AND they have mark-downs all the time!

I love everything in this store. I LOVE IT. They have the most polished sophisticated looks that I can’t get enough of. I especially love their outlet stores.

Another of my favorites. Enough said.

Money saver and usually good for going out attire.

If you’re an Angel, you know they have the best coupons. Who doesn’t love getting free underwear WITHOUT having to but anything!

Has a little bit of everything. I actually find A LOT of the stuff for my husband here.

I cruise through there women’s stuff anytime I get a chance. I’m always having to go here for something anyway, so occasionally (or frequently) I get a new scarf, or tank, or pj, set out of it.

Department.Store.Warehouse. Best idea ever!

Who can get enough of this store? Color coordinated and full of jewelry, hand bags, and shoes. It’s accessory heaven.

This is my go to place for summer stuff. I don’t care if I’m the oldest person in the store, they have the cutest denim shorts and skirts for cheap.

Good for everything, need I say more?

Dillards has amazing shoe sales at the end of each season!

Ok I actually love JC Penney. However, all of the stores are not created equal. The one at Fair Oaks Mall is fabulous. I find dresses for special occasions here all the time for barely anything. It’s a HUGE money saver without sacrificing style.

Again not all stores are created equal. The Lynchburg, Virginia, Belk is how those from my quaint hometown can still line their closets with cute clothes.