Fiercely Focused in February

February is finally here and with it comes fierce focus as I kick things off with my new client. My whole career – the month of February into early March – has often marked the start or end of jobs and clients, cross country moves and big life changes. 11 years ago I was starting my career at Epic, 10 years ago I was finishing up my first client and starting with my second one, 8 years ago I was leaving Epic and getting ready to move back to Houston to transition into consulting, 7 years ago I was moving to another firm after waiting out my non-compete, 4 years ago I was departing from Accenture after the firm I had been working for was acquired, 3 years ago I was beginning a new client engagement after relocating cross country, and almost 2 years ago I was leaving that client to have to restart my entire life. Now this year, I’m entering into a whole new phase – I’ve healed from the devastating trauma of the last two years, and I’m so excited to see what is to come!

I think February is a big transition month for many people because you’ve gotten through the holidays, you’ve started a new year and you’ve had a chance to finalize any career change plans. It’s still early, but it’s no longer the Monday of the year – I’ve always visualized the year as a clock and we just entered 2 pm.

I was born in January – so I don’t hate the month, but I do find it presents its challenges. It always confronts me with my accomplishments and goals (or lack thereof) far more than New Year’s does because it also marks me getting another year older. Having to face how far I’ve come vs. where I want to go is always difficult (though it’s made so much easier when following your dreams – no matter how scary or risky they are). Plus, it’s typically really cold and a stark opposite to the festivities of the holidays. So, suffice it to say I’m generally always happy to enter February with its loving and positive energy.

This year however – January was great. Getting to travel to NY to conduct a photoshoot and do a quick intro with my new client before the first formal onsite week was wonderful and a great way to celebrate my birthday weekend. And then I got to close the month out with a super fun week of semi vacation – filled with skiing, Sundance’ing, eating fabulous food and the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit all with a dear friend (stay tuned for some upcoming sidebar posts into Sundance & the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit) – really can’t think of a better way to enjoy a long cold month! And, the Groundhog didn’t see his shadow – so an early spring!

To face February with the fierce focus I need I paired my favorite black sheath dress with a classic black and white sweater jacket. I found this sweater this winter at NameDroppers and loved its formal and structured look. It’s warm and comfortable for cold days, without looking casual the way most sweaters do. I love its tie closure and weave detailing – and I like how the black and white renders a classic consulting ensemble that isn’t solid black (which can be intimidating). Matched with black dress boots, a black coat, and dress gloves, it provides a formal (but also approachable) consulting look for meeting with new clients. I wore this exact outfit (sans boots because it wasn’t snowing) when I met with my client a few weeks ago.

Find your focus this February, and fiercely face your future.

All my best,

Outfit Details: Dress: Hugo Boss Sweater: Sonja Rykiel Purse: Prada Shoes: Miu Miu Sunglasses: Krewe Gloves: Overland Earrings: Pearls Necklace: Pearls Hose: Leggs

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