Now, I’m not one to stress about work. I’m also not one to believe my daily horoscope.
But, man, last week at the office had me in tears multiple times. Luckily, I was able to regroup before anyone saw me and maintain an upbeat, positive attitude despite my internal struggle to keep it together. To back it up—I’m working on a high-profile project that also requires a ton of coordination of schedules. Since I’ve never done anything like this before, I am at that spot where I want to ask for help, but also want to prove I can take some initiative and get the job done right.
Last Friday in particular was tough. I was exhausted from the Kenny Chesney concert the night before, and had written what I thought was a clear and well-organized email to my boss. She sent me back an email with four examples of how she would have done it, which I just so happened to read while I was waiting in line for lunch. I’m pretty sure the Potbelly gal knew I wasn’t crying over the price of avocado.
Luckily, once my blood sugar was back up—note to self: make time to eat before your starving at work—I found value in the resources my boss had sent, and was less overwhelmed at the process of reorganizing the work I’d already done.
Fast forward twenty four hours as I was heading to brunch with Kristyn on Saturday, I decided it would behoove my bank account to Metro there, as opposed to Uber. So I picked up Friday’s Washington Post Express at my Metro station for the ride, and before reading about Lotchegate, flipped to my horoscope in the back.
Usually, I don’t buy into my horoscope too much—though, maybe I do, considering I read it first every time I pick up a paper. But regardless of whether horoscopes hold water all the time, mine on Friday was spot on for the events of that day:
Take care that you don’t mistake instructions for criticism.
What someone offers can be put to good use if your attitude is positive.
Crazy how a little fortune cookie wisdom assigned to your date of birth can randomly provide a great way to rethink how we approach certain situations at work. Help doesn’t have to come in the form of hand-holding or clear actionable items—sometimes a few examples are all you need to rethink a project, and even improve on what was done in the past.
And, of course, make sure to get the Potbelly before the going gets tough to ensure your blood sugar assists with your positive attitude.
Speaking of work, I picked up this Ivanka Trump Floral Print Popover Sheath Dress for the networking suite portion of The Blog Societies Conference. All politics aside, I am loving this dress as it is light and fun for summer, yet structured enough to add the professionalism needed when you wear white to work.
L’Oreal had a braid bar at TBScon, and I am not one to pass up the opportunity to get my hair done. Now, if only I could figure out how to braid my own hair! ;]
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Ivanka Trump Floral Print Popover Sheath Dress
Vera Bradley Natalie Satchel c/o
J Crew Factory Patent High Heel Sandal
Ray Ban Aviator Sunglasses
Moon & Lola Charm Bracelet c/o
Moon & Lola Anchor Charm c/o
Moon & Lola Sailboat Charm c/o
Moon & Lola Dalton Charm c/o
Moon & Lola Rhinestone Ball Charm c/o
Moon & Lola Cotton Pearl Charm c/o
Rebecca Minkoff Pearl Ring—similar here
OPI Avalanche Nail Polish
Revlon Lustrous Lipstick in ‘Cherries in the Snow’
Photos by Monica Dutia