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This week is the start of Spring Semester 2017.  I am extremely happy to be back in the classroom.  But, I am also a little nervous.  I am going to be working full-time (40 hrs.) 8-5 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday through Saturday.  I am off on Wednesday and Sunday.  The class that I am teaching is on Monday and Wednesday evening at 7:30-8:45.  The one great thing is that my junior college is expanding and has opened a satellite campus that is almost in my backyard– my commute time to school is now 10 minutes.

Wednesday was our first day of class since Monday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  I may have mentioned this before but I am doing things totally different this semester.  Starting my new job back in August was beneficial to me because for the first 6 weeks I was back in the classroom.  I was reminded of what that environment is like and the struggles that you deal with as a student.  It caused me to re-think my approach to teaching and how I structure my course.  So, I did a total overhaul.  I want it to be less technical and focus more on giving the students lots of practice speaking in front of others– after all that is the main goal of the course.  I have taken out a good handful of chapters of assigned reading in favor of more hands-on type of activities.  And, those chapters will still be in the textbook for the students who want a deeper or broader knowledge base.  I’ll keep you posted and let you know how this new philosophy works out.

I went with what I consider to be a very “teacher” type of outfit— pencil skirt, cardigan, scarf, and round toe mary jane shoes.  My outfit was based on this pin here, albeit in a different color palette.  I liked the outfit well enough but I am not sure how flattering it is to my figure.  I think that the cardigan worn buttoned up like that looks boxy and a tad frumpy.  And, I thought that my hair looked better than I think it does in these photo’s.

Oh well, I guess.



I graduated!  You may remember that I started a new job in August of this year.  Initially I completed 6 weeks of classroom style training before moving on to a secondary training called Academy.  In Academy I actually did my job on a daily basis and met with a coach 2-3 times a week to discuss my performance– both from a technical aspect and a soft skills perspective.  I had metrics that I had to meet and behaviors that I had to demonstrate before I could graduate and move on to the next phase in my career.  The average length of time for Academy is 12-15 weeks and I graduated on Monday of this week after completing 11 weeks of training.

I am extremely excited that I met the goals and objectives for this level and will be meeting my next/new supervisor and taking on the next challenge.  I am in an entry-level position currently but once I pay my dues I will have the opportunity to move into a position that more closely reflects my goals and passion.  At this point I am trying to figure out what that position might be so that I can start preparing myself for that transition when the time comes.

They don’t tell you ahead of time when you are going to graduate but rather they surprise you during one of your coaching sessions.  It’s kind of like when you go to a restaurant and your server gathers up all of the available server to come and sing Happy Birthday and make you the center of attention for a brief few minutes.  All of the other available coaches come and celebrate and I received a laminated diploma, a plastic water bottle with the company logo, and a button that announces I graduated.  I received many congratulatory hugs from the coaches and supervisors that I made a strong connection with and then they send out a mass e-mail to your peers in Academy announcing your graduation.  It’s a bit silly but I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I got the warm fuzzies and was sitting tall in my chair after I found out.

I was happy in retrospect that I was wearing the outfit that I was, too!  I copied the look from Pinterest with a grey suit, turtleneck, and silver shoes.  My suit and turtleneck are a darker shade of grey and a different cut from the inspiration photo but I think that it still works.  I also went with a round-toe mary jane for my silver shoe because that’s what I have but I really liked the outfit.  It is very uncharacteristic of me to wear that type of turtleneck as a shirt and not as an item that I layer over.  I kept my suit jacket buttoned most of the day which helped me not feel too weird about it.  I didn’t have a bright purse for a pop of color but I did add a silver and turquoise peacock pin to my breast pocket to bring some personality to an otherwise all grey outfit.

Not only did I graduate but I also received lots of compliments on my “professional outfit.”  I was smiling all day long.


Today was a snowy and chilly day but I didn’t let that stop me from dressing up.  When it’s cold outside I tend to want to wear oversized sweatshirts, jeans, and snow boots.  But, I also want to look professional and put together.  To accomplish that today I went with a thin knit (but warm) sweater, a grey pencil skirt, grey tights, and grey flat riding boots.  Even though I am wearing a skirt with the tights and boots I am just as covered up as I am when I wear pants.

I wore this sweater twice this year—once in January and once in March  to class and both times I went with pants.  This time I wanted to wear it with a skirt.  I still kept to the same basic color scheme as the first time that I wore it with grey pants, though.

I’ve been trying not to be predictable with my makeup looks.  Today I opted to go with a light grey wash on my lids and lots of black mascara.  Going with a matte red lip seemed like the obvious choice so I went with shimmery pink blush and a mauve-y pink cream lipstick.

Do you have a favorite of the three looks?  Please let me know.