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Whatever You Do, Follow Through

One thing I’ve noticed about people is a huge lack of follow through. It’s really a simple concept. You say you’re going to do something, so you do it. Now, there are instances where things happen. Your tire goes flat, you are completely exhausted and fall asleep, or something else unavoidable crops up. Shit happens, and that’s completely understandable. What’s not understandable is when you just choose not to do something because you don’t feel like it, or it doesn’t sound good anymore.

I’m big on follow through, whether it’s at my house, or at my job, or with my friends. In a job, it’s a little easier to be held accountable because you have clients or your boss waiting for you to complete your task, and there are consequences if you don’t actually follow through. In life, there are consequences, but they usually aren’t as severe as disciplinary action, or losing your job because you didn’t do something.

I believe in lists. I love making to-do lists for each weekend, and lists of goals, and even pro/con lists when it comes to making a decision. Lists help keep me organized, and stay on top of things. They also help me stay accountable with following through on things I said I would do. So let’s say, paint the bathroom was on my list. I don’t hate painting, but bathrooms are tricky with all the tight corners, so it’s not my most favorite thing to do. Well, my bathroom has been this hideous lime green, and I hate it. It’s small and cramped, and the color makes it feel even smaller. So this weekend, I got up early Saturday morning and went out and bought paint and primer, and all the other tools I needed to paint. It went on my to-do list Friday, and it’s something I said I would do. So Saturday afternoon, I emptied everything out, and started painting. I figured, it’s paint and primer, it’ll cover in about two coats, can’t be that bad. Boy was I wrong, that room took FOUR coats of paint, and some touch ups near the ceiling and door. It was absolutely exhausting, and I could have spent my Saturday night doing something else, something that was actually fun. But, I said I would paint the bathroom, and gosh darn it, I was going to get that room painted. It wasn’t fun, my back is killing me today, but it’s painted and that horrible green is a thing of the past. I followed through on what I said I would do, even though I really really would have loved to just walk away and leave it. But that’s not how it works.

Same thing goes with promises made to friends, family, etc. It’s frustrating when your friend says they’re going to help you with something whether it’s moving to a new apartment, or installing a new ceiling fan, or anything, and then they cancel. In most cases, you’ve counted on them to come help, because you need a second pair of hands. And while in some cases it’s completely understandable that they can’t (flat tire, medical emergency, migraine, etc.) in other cases because they just didn’t want to wake up early, or had something better pop up, it’s not so understandable. It’s just ridiculous at that point. Sure, not many people actually like moving. I love packing, hate the loading everything onto the truck part, and I am only so/so on the whole unpacking thing. But I still have helped friends move, as well as different family members. No, I don’t want to spend my whole weekend working up a sweat, but it’s worth it to help my friends and spend quality time with them. Same thing with helping a friend clean out a garage; it’s nasty hard work, but if you say you’re going to do it, then you need to do it.

Sometimes we don’t always get to do what we want. It’s a hard lesson to take as kids, and even sometimes as adults, but it’s an important one. When people count on you to do something, you really should follow through on what you say you’re going to do. Now, don’t get me wrong, I have definitely not followed through on some things, and it’s cost me. It’s caused issues with friends, and we’ve had disagreements and fights. Same thing with paperwork, I have pushed that off rather than following through on my agreement to get it filled out and sent in, and that’s definitely caused it’s fair share of problems for me. But, I have tried to learn from my mistakes and do stuff, even if I really don’t feel like it or want to. Sometimes, it’s more important to do stuff for friends because they want to, than it is for yourself. Not to mention, you build trust. Trust me on this, following through and going the extra mile for some things is completely worth it. Find a way to help yourself follow through, whether that’s a to-do list to make sure you get tasks checked off, or if it’s telling multiple people about it, that way they’ll help hold you accountable. Follow through is such an important aspect in our lives, it affects us in work, school, friendships, relationships, fitness, everything. They say it takes 28 days to create a habit. So, for the next 28 days, really work hard on following through on things. You’ll feel better, and you’ll create a great habit of following through on your word. I guarantee you, it’ll be worth it.

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Keeping It Short

It’s the middle of summer here in Florida, and I am absolutely melting. The heat index is reaching over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and it is miserable. What’s even worse, trying to dress for work has become a nightmare. I work for a digital marketing company, so we keep things very casual at the office, and I know many other people that work in a laid back environment where business casual is not the required dress code. It can be a little difficult to adjust to at first. I worked at a retail store, where certain hair and makeup and outfit requirements had to be met, so dressing in a more relaxed style was not a luxury that I was afforded at first. So coming in to my then new job, I was definitely overdressed for quite a bit of time. There was also a factor of I worked with all guys, and wasn’t sure that it was appropriate for me to wear shorts, even though everyone else in the office was. So here’s the solution I found to it.

I definitely am not advising anyone to wear those short shorts, or daisy dukes, that’s not appropriate for work no matter what (unless you work at a place where that’s part of the uniform, but in any type of office setting, no way, not cool). However, there are plenty of shorts out there that are perfect for a casual office, and a great way to combat the summer heat. Lilly Pulitzer has multiple 5 inch Callahan shorts that are lightweight, comfortable, adorable prints, and best of all, long enough to be work-friendly. Also, J Crew chino shorts are great, they’re also longer, and therefore work appropriate. There are some things that you need to be careful about though, when wearing shorts to the office. I always make sure that if I choose to wear shorts that day to work, to make sure I don’t wear a shirt that is low cut, or strappy, or a tank top. I don’t want to be dressed for the weekend, I just want to be comfortable. So it’s important to find that happy medium in your wardrobe.

One of my favorite work outfits that include shorts as a piece of it also includes the Express Portofino shirt. I have both styles, the sleeveless (which isn’t sleeveless, just check out the pic below to see) as well as the three quarter sleeve style. Both are extremely comfortable lightweight options, that are not low cut, or show off too much skin. The sleeveless Portofino shirt would pass my high school’s dress code. Three fingers wide, and you’re good.

Just make sure when you’re wearing shorts to the office, that you’re still dressing modestly. I can’t stress that enough. It’s becoming more acceptable to wear shorts in office settings, but you must do so tastefully. So no spaghetti strap tanks with your bra straps hanging out, and your short little daisy dukes that barely cover your bum. That’s not acceptable, or classy. Instead, go with longer shorts or capri style pants, and go with a sleeved top, or a tank top that has straps at least three fingers thick. Make sure it’s not a v-neck, and that your chest is properly covered.

I’ve included a picture of the outfit I wore to work last Friday. It was cool, comfortable, and I was completely confident that I was still dressed work appropriately. Check it out! Pants are J Crew chinos, top is a sleeveless Portofino from Express, and shoes are some no name from Rack Room (really comfy though!).

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