These days, I'm working at offices where everyone dresses business casual to casual but it's also very "standard" where fashion/style is not on anyone's list. At every office that I worked at I've always stuck out as the "stylish" one but these offices I would stick out way more. Also, because I'm working in a different capacity now as a consultant, this means that I'm visiting my clients' offices thus I feel the need to blend in more than stand out. When I first got this job and my boss told me where my first clients were located (a much more rural/rugged city than Seattle), he warned me that I would have to dress down and maybe leave the heels at home. I told him I'd try my best to "dress down" but going to work and dressing down just isn't something that I do. It took me a bit to get used to it but I've since learned to compromise as to what I will and won't wear to the offices but the heels are always coming with me!
I'll do some skirts/dresses for my next office looks! Any other requests?
I also get this question a lot: What do you do for a living?
The easy answer is that I'm the Director of Human Capital for a management consulting firm. The more complicated answer is well, much more complicated. When companies don't have the capacity/time/expertise for a certain project, they come to a company like us to create, run and administer programs or to find solutions to current programs that aren't working to their standards. I manage several clients and accounts all in regards to their Human Resources departments but I also work on other things like business strategy and change management. I have to visit my clients in whatever locations they are in so that's why I travel so much. When I'm not traveling I work from home. I am more of a project manager type role as I'm the one that's responsible for the overall strategy and implementation of each project and I have several employees that report to me. They are the awesome people that actually do all the work that makes everything run. I can't say much else but I love this job. It's definitely the right step in my career and a huge change from my last job. This one has given me so much more freedom to let me do what I want and I get to travel, meet new people and work in different industries. I also love being able to work from home and set my own hours. I can't imagine going back to a mundane office day after day after day again.
Most of you know I also have a side business as a wedding photographer with my husband. This is only the 2nd year we've been doing this professionally and it's been fun for me to be doing both of the things that I love, the business side and the creative side. To be honest though, I was over ambitious with all the weddings that we booked and I'm a bit burned out by working all week and then shooting weddings on the weekends. Although the majority of our weddings are destination weddings which is a lot of fun but I've been home very little this entire summer so I'm looking forward to September when the weddings start slowing down and I can rest! We are limiting the number of weddings we are booking for next year so I don't get into the same situation.
AND if you can believe it, my husband and I (along with my parents and brother) are in the midst of creating a new business! We are super excited about it and I don't want to tell you what it is just yet but it's related to photography. We are hoping to launch at the end of summer so I'm hoping I'll be able to share the news sooner rather than later!
Wow, this is a loooong post. If you got through this entire post, THANK YOU! :)