I’m done shopping for the summer. What are your favorite transitional pieces from summer to fall?
Assuming you live in Texas – some transitional pieces would be bodysuits, since they can be worn under blazers or jackets. Biker shorts will definitely come into Fall, with sweatshirts and sneakers. Mom jeans are perfect year round and for Texas, I’d still pair them with an open toe heel. I also love cargo pants, cropped sweat shirts and long sleeve t-shirts!
What is the best money you’ve spent on the household appliance you love the most?
I would easily say our Dyson cordless vacuum. Nordstrom Rack has their newest model on sale for 32% off and Walmart has the model I own on sale for $264! I can vacuum at any time, any day, quickly, without it feeling like a chore lugging a heavy vacuum around. It does a GREAT job of getting right up to the wall to pick up dirt or dust. Second best household appliance is our Nespresso (on sale here) and third, our Ninja Blender, on sale here with two smoothie cups!
What are some things you do for professional development for your corporate job?
Luckily, my company invests in several Leadership Training opportunities for their managers. Also, I look for conferences or events pertaining to Marketing, Women in Business, or Public Relations and sign up for those with company money to see what I can get out them. I use Google often to keep up with trends and stay in the loop of how things are changing. Connect with other industry peers on LinkedIn and don’t hesitate to reach out to them for a call or a coffee and see what groups they may be apart of that would be beneficial to your growth also!
I currently have a 9-5 but want more. What would you suggest someone do if they don’t know what they want next?
Narrow it down to 1) what you’re naturally good at 2) what you enjoy doing 3) what you’re so good at doing you could get paid for it and decide the best way to combine those things.
What are the top three areas you either outsourced for your business, or wish you would’ve outsourced sooner?
One, a manager to to help with the Influencing side of my brand. Two, a web designer that I can contact to take care of things on my site so I don’t have to spend days trying to figure it out. Last, a financial advisor. I had money, but it would’ve just sat without a professional telling me what to do with it. I recommend outsourcing people who either know things that you don’t, or have time that you don’t to do what you can not.
It’s time to go back to work. Do you have any recommendations for cute flats or loafers?
H&M is generally my go-to for work flats. They have plenty as inexpensive as $11.99. I’ve also gotten several like these from Forever21. They don’t generally look as cheap as they are and when I tear them apart, I don’t feel bad about it. For my nicer flats, my first stop is DSW since they carry bigger brands at cheaper prices. I wear these Steve Madden Cheetah Loafers all the time and love them!
How do you stay on top of your game at work? I’m in PR too!
My corporate career is at the very top of my list of priorities. Unless I’m handling things at a 100% capacity at work, everything else will take a backseat to that. I write down everything. Notes from meetings, ideas I have, or things that come up in conversation that need to be taken care of and review them often. If I ever get down time, I flip back a few pages to make sure there isn’t anything that I could’ve taken care of that I hadn’t done yet.
What has quarantine changed for you?
Man. I think I’ve had a whirlwind of come to Jesus moments throughout the last few months. The main thing that’s changed for me was my pace. It wasn’t until quarantine that I realized how much ripping and running I did every single day to make sure I had the time to take care of everything that was a priority to me. Quarantine has shown me that I have been working WAY too hard for the last three years. I’ve been exhausted and functioning for a very, very long time. Quarantine has forced me to slow down, rest, and move throughout my day at the pace that I want to, not the pace that I have to. It’s been glorious, for me.
On a productive day, what does your schedule look like?
My quarantine schedule looks a lot different than my life prior to COVID. I feel a lot less pressure now to get things done because I know my tomorrow will look very similar to my today. Now that I’m home all day, my day feels most productive when my house is clean, I’m knocking things off of my to-do list during my designated work hours, when I get a work out in and have time in the evenings to cook a good meal.
What’s your top time management tool or system that helps you stay organized?
I feel like I naturally have a good mental capacity of keeping track of things that I need to take care of. I have a visual list in my head of priorities and can see them being rearranged as things come up, or get taken care of. I use my notes in my phone a lot, because I function best with lists of things that need to be done. Write it down, in one place. Cross things off as they’re done and add things as they come up.
I’m quite aware that I didn’t get around to so many of your questions, but I did save the for next week! If you think of any, please drop them in the comments below and I’ll add those as well. Have a good weekend, y’all!