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The past three outfits I’ve worn have followed the formula of colored pant + grey top.  The first outfit of this formula I wore to class on Wednesday evening.  I liked the outfit and I had only worn it for a few hours so I wore it to work on Thursday with a few modifications.

Wednesday evening I based my look on this pin, here.  I paired my purple ankle length pants with a grey top, statement necklace, and silver shoes.  I didn’t use a cardigan with a black shirt underneath for my look, but I think the feeling of the outfit is the same.  This is the “dressed up” version.  When I wore it to work on Thursday I went with a silver pendant necklace and purple ballet flats.  Otherwise, it’s pretty much the same outfit.

Friday I based my colorful bottoms and grey top off of this pin, here.  Although she has paired her sparkly silver top and grey cardigan with a red pencil skirt I achieved my look with red trousers.  My pants don’t have any belt loops so I didn’t add a skinny silver belt to my look, but I did finish the look off with my silver shoes.

I received a lot of comments on my top!  A few random strangers that I passed in the hallway at work took the time to comment on their approval and one co-worker said that she loved my shiny shirt.  It gave me the warm fuzzies.



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.