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Lighten Up

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This morning I did not get through as much of the material as I wanted to during lecture.  And, I’m torn.  Part of me thinks “lighten up!-it will be fine.  It’s better to cover a small amount of information well than a lot of information that no one understands.”  And the other part of me is screaming, “but they need the info. from the 2nd half of the chapter for the worksheet on Tuesday and there’s a bunch of info. to go over next week so you’re just going to get behind!”  There is not much that I can do about it now, though.  I can only look at what’s on par for Tuesday’s lecture and see where I may be able to edit or condense.

I can switch a few things up before I teach class this evening, though.  The first few weeks of class I have trouble with the timing.  Plus, my students this morning had a lot of questions–which I don’t want to discourage.  I did get the sense that they didn’t do a close enough reading of the chapter and that’s something to address.

My title also refers to my outfit!

I mentioned last post that I selected several outfits on Monday and this is one of them.  I wanted to create an outfit with my sleeveless turquoise dress.  I wore this dress once in Spring 2015 and once in Fall 2014.  I’ve only worn it 4 times, overall, but I wanted to style it in a different way than I have before.  I’ve worn it during the colder months and have always paired it with dark layers.  This week we are enjoying 90 degree temps so I am loving being able to style things in a lighter and brighter way.

Here are the ways that I have stylized this dress in the past:

As you can see- dark!  The top left I’ve gone with a black blazer, black patterned hosiery, and black pumps.  The top right I’ve done a black leather jacket, leopard print scarf, opaque black tights, and black booties.  The bottom left I went with brown–brown cardigan, brown boots, and gold jewelry.  The “brightest/lightest” of the bunch is the most recent time I wore it, bottom right, and I went monochromatic with a teal blazer and nude hose.  But, I’ve still got a thin black patent belt and pointy-toed pumps on.

September 3, 2015 Tr (m)

This time, I went with a light gold and sparkly cardigan and nude pumps.  I am also going bare-legged!  It’s so strange to me because I almost never do it in a professional setting.  I am allowed; I am not required to wear hosiery, but I usually opt to.  Most of the time even when I shave my legs in the morning they have the air on full-blast and when I get goosebumps my leg hairs will stick up and my legs will very quickly feel “prickly.”  And, if I shaved the day before I don’t have to worry about anyone seeing stubble or bumping up against me and feeling it.  But today I embraced it and I am happy I did.  I feel as if I am getting away with something.  A turquoise and gold bubble necklace and two turquoise bracelets finished off this look.  Lastly, I popped the teal with coral in my nail polish and lipstick.

Do you like this outfit?  Or, do you prefer mixing this rich jewel tone with dark colors–black or brown as I’ve done previously?  Thanks for reading, have a wonderful weekend.

-Carla

Creative and Unconventional

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Yesterday, before my dentist appointment, I selected some outfits for the next few school days.  I didn’t have a chance to try them on to see if they worked until later that evening, though.  By that time my husband was home from work and was concerned about the clothes all over the bed.  I explained that I was playing “outfits.”  He sat down on the bed while I proceeded to try on the 4 or 5 outfits that I had picked out and obsess over shoes and accessories.  He then confessed:

“I don’t really get it.  I mean, you know that the purple top fits.  And you know that the khaki skirt fits.  Khaki and purple go together, so that’s an outfit.”

I can’t really blame him.  To anyone else the whole process that I go through with looking for outfit inspiration and constantly challenging myself might seem like a waste of time.  But, to me it is a labor of love.  Just like building model airplanes or leveling a rogue to 100 might be for someone else.  I like the self-imposed challenge of wearing a dress or a top with different items than I have previously.  In fact, I thrive on the challenge and find it to be great fun.  Otherwise, I wouldn’t do it and I wouldn’t have this blog.

Is it worth it?  Yes, I think so.  Much of that satisfaction comes intrinsically, but every once in a while I receive validation in the form of a compliment– either in real life or from a virtual friend through this blog.  Today, I received 2 compliments IRL (in real life)!  One came from a student in my morning class and the other from a co-worker that I passed on the way out of school this afternoon.  Are they just being nice?  Maybe, but it was appreciated.

September 1, 2015 T (m)

This is the outfit that I picked for today.  When I tried it on yesterday I realized that I needed a camisole under the silk blouse to keep it from being risqué.  I went with a cream-colored one to keep the outfit feeling light/bright.  Looking back through my archives I’ve always paired this top with dark colors.  Plus, keeping in mind the 90 degree temperature anticipated I didn’t want to go full into Fall.  I paired this with a khaki pencil skirt.  Many times when I wear purple I pair it with gold jewelry because purple and gold feels so regal.  But, I didn’t want to repeat the same ‘ol, same ‘ol so I went with silver jewelry even though it would have been really easy to do gold since I chose a khaki skirt and nude pumps.  Lastly, I pulled my hair up unto a bun which I don’t normally do.  Usually, I wear it down and straight or down with bouncy curls to class.  But, that’s the name of the game– challenging convention.  Just because it’s what I always do doesn’t mean it’s the only way.

According to a color psychology chart that I came across on Pinterest, dark purple signifies that you are creative and unconventional.  I’ve absolutely no idea if it’s true, but creative and unconventional are two things that I wouldn’t mind being called.  That sentiment reminds me of the Sex and the City (SATC) episode where Steve (a Catholic) is persuading Miranda (an Atheist) into baptizing their child.  He basically says, What’s the harm?  If you believe, it’s important.  If you don’t, it’s just one less bath you have to give.  And I agree.  If color psychology is bunk then it’s no big deal.  But if it’s not, that’s cool, too.  I like purple and I like to be thought of as creative and unconventional.

-Carla

Another Month: Resolution Check-in

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Today is the last day of the month of August.  Next month is #9 and that means that we are hurtling our way towards the end of calendar year 2015.  In my mind it feels as if the last few months of the year go by faster than the beginning.  I think it has to do with my personal level of “busy-ness” and the many Fall/Winter holidays.  In any event, two-thirds of this year are in the books and I’d like to take a moment to check-in with my goals and maybe set some new ones.

These are the original goals, posted here.  And, these are the update goals from June 2015. I like to put my goals into 3 categories: health/well-being, finances, and misc.  These are the 3 area’s that I like to focus on for improvement.  Plus, these 3 categories pretty much cover everything.

At the start of the year, for my health and well-being I had 4 goals: lose 7 lbs, workout 3x’s per week, be more active in general, and brush and floss more.  These are goals that I seem to re-commit to time and time again.  Some months I smash them out of the park and other months they get pushed to the back burner.

In June, my goal was to lose 5 lbs. by my honeymoon by doing many healthy things (running, yoga, drinking water, 10,000 steps per day, and 1,300 calories.)  It’s easy to see that I keep making different weight loss goals because I’m not really making the ones that I set for myself.  As I get older I find that it is more and more difficult to lose weight.  It just doesn’t want to budge!  I was 2 lbs. away from making my goal weight in February but couldn’t make it happen.  In July I was 3 lbs. away from the same goal.  Today, I am back to 7 lbs. away and feel as if I am at square 1.

For the last 14 weeks I have been counting calories and averaging about 1,300 per week.  There were only 2 weeks in there where I missed– a few days before and after my honeymoon and the week of.  As far as working out, between yoga and running I averaged about 2.5x’s per week (22 workouts in 9 weeks.)  I hit 10,000 steps 27x’s, but the goal was 5 days per week (5×9=45).  I’ll give myself a small break for my honeymoon week, but that only reduces the goal to 40– and it’s 68% of the goal.

Lastly, I have brushed and flossed more often.  I have been doing semi-well with brushing before bed for a while now.  Some weeks I hit all 7 nights and other weeks it’s more like 5.  But it is an improvement and I am happy about that.  I did find an app to help me log and track my flossing, but I didn’t like it so I haven’t continued using it.  I did floss 22 nights out of 31 in the month of July, though.  Before that I would usually just floss when I ate something that got stuck in my teeth or I had a dentist appointment coming up.  I have also found a skin care routine that I like and doing it regularly seems to really be helping my skin.  I was very diligent with it during July but in August I slacked off.  I need to get back into the habit with that, also.

Health/Well-Being

  • Lose 4 lbs. by Oct. 5 (130 lbs. or below.)
  • Workout 3x’s per week: running and/or yoga
  • Re-up yoga pass
  • 10,000 steps 5/7 days
  • Continue brushing and flossing
  • Skin care routine

Originally for finances I had just 3 goals: pay off credit cards by 5/15, continue paying on student loans, and retirement planning/savings.  What I didn’t know at the start of the year was that I would not teach summer classes AND I would leave me 2nd job bartending in June.  This changed some things around, financially.  I did pay off those credit cards, but right now I have a balance on both of them from our honeymoon.  Because of the changes, my goals set for July included making on-time payments towards student loans–even if it was a minimum payment, rollover 401k into roth ira, and search and apply for teaching positions.

I have continued to pay on my students loans and although it is slow progress it is steady progress.  Towards the end of the year I may be in a position to do some drastic things with my loans– paying one off in its entirety to allow more of each payment to go towards the principal, consolidating to reduce interest, etc.  My financial situation has changed drastically now that I am married.  My 401k isn’t going anywhere right now, but I may look in to having some of my income automatically deposited into it to allow it to continue to grow.  I haven’t had an income source for the last 2 months so I haven’t been able to make any plans, I’ve just been trying to maintain the status quo.  Lastly, I did make great strides with my career.  I did ask for, and received, 2 letters of recommendation over the Summer.  These letters allowed me to complete the requirements to become a short-term substitute.  They also helped me to secure a 2nd teaching position with a for-profit college.  Yesterday I accepted my first sub-assignment.

Finances

  • Pay off credit card balances ($400)
  • Continue to pay on student loans
  • Retirement planning: contribute to 401k, rollover
  • Savings: continue automatic deposit of 10%, don’t touch
  • Check and accept sub jobs as applicable

And my catch-all category: misc.  At the start of the year I had some lofty goals: travel, go skydiving, read 12 books, improve blog, improve sewing- 3 useable items, YouTube channel-3 video’s per month.   Those goals didn’t change much during July: blog 2x’s a week for July and August, keep up with reading goal, sew, and 1 video a week in July, 3 for the month of August.

Oddly, when I am less-busy– i.e. not teaching during Summer, you would think that I would get more things done.  But it’s not the way that it works with me.  I am more productive when I am busy.  Once school starts I pack more in to my day than I do all Summer long.  It’s strange to me, but that’s how I operate!

I have traveled– this year my husband and I eloped in Vegas in March, I visited my sister to celebrate her master’s graduation in May, and in August I went to Montego Bay, Jamaica for my honeymoon.  I think that’s about all the traveling that my schedule and bank account will allow for the year!  The skydiving thing was sort of a joke, but I would totally go!  I have recently updated my Book Report page and I am up to 10 books for the year.  I was originally going for 12, but I think that a stretch goal of 15 might be in order.  I spent a lot of time reading professional development books over the Summer.

I didn’t improve the blog as much as I wanted.  In fact, I practically let it wither and die over the Summer.  I know that it might be hard to draw back the audience that I once had.  Also, I am nowhere near on-par with my ad revenue.  I’m only at 43% of where I was last year at this time and that was just for the blog.  I’ve since added the YouTube channel.  This is probably because I did not post twice a week during July and August.  In fact, I only made 1 post in July and 8 in August.  But those August posts didn’t start until the 3rd week when class started back.

My YouTube channel suffered the same fate.  I did not post any videos in July.  I’m not sure if my goal was for 3 videos a week in August or 3 videos total, but I’ve posted 2 and am getting back in to the swing of it.

As for sewing, I did fix that tear in the sheet and put a button on a pair of shorts for my husband, but that’s all.  I have the itch to make and create something, though.  I wish that I would have taken advantage of my free time during the Summer and sewn, but I didn’t and now that time is gone and I can’t get it back.

Misc.

  • Blog 2x’s per week, minimum
  • Continue reading– minimum 3 more books
  • Sew! 1/3 useable/wearable items in Sept.
  • YouTube: minimum 3 videos for Sept

Thanks for reading!  I know that this post was a doozy, and there were no pictures–it’s all words.

-Carla