Green Means Go
You know when things just start to align, and you can feel everything revving up?
Metaphorically*, I’ve spent the last 18 months going from a having my BMW M2’s engine dying, to upgrading to a Porsche 911, and getting started in first gear, with September – transitioning into second and now it’s October and I just popped the clutch into 3rd* – it’s time to go – and all the lights are green.
September was transformative in many ways – work was exceptionally productive, physically it was restorative, and emotionally it was the close of several chapters.
Initially when I was planning out my fall client work and had one client ending at the end of August, and another not starting onsite till the end of the September I was nervous about having that much time in between clients. But it was exactly what was needed.
Having the time to be home, allowed a significant focus on all the ventures I have in development. It was a time to work (I’ve been doing 15 + hr days just about every day since the end of August), to build new client relationships and initiate new engagements, to plan for future project work, and to finish The Dress Code guide – which just launched yesterday – could not be more excited!
It was also a time to physically take care of myself. I broke my toe over 6 weeks ago (landed from a work trip late on a Friday night and while getting ready for bed managed to trip into my bed frame and slam it straight into the floor post), so with little ability to be in the gym I had to hone in on all the other ways I could be fit – yoga, meditation, walking with my dog, and diet (gave up alcohol for the first time ever for a few weeks – excited to see the benefits). All of it was wonderful.
September also marked the closing of two major life chapters. On September 1st our family Labrador – Carter passed away at 14 years of age. He was our beloved friend and family member who saw us through so many life changes – we met him when he was 2 days old when I was finishing my junior year of HS. He was our constant, and eternal friend – his loss is difficult, even though it was anticipated.
This past month also marked another milestone – 1 year post official divorce, and what feels like the final close of a tragic life chapter. While there was plenty of horrifically painful news unveiled in September surrounding that situation, I am so grateful to have it in my rear view, while flooring it in the opposite direction.
This fall outfit is comprised of my favorite navy dress that is from my blue suit, paired with a new blazer I picked up last winter while shopping in Chicago at Nordstrom. I love the green and navy plaid, and how it gives fall equestrian verve to a professional outfit. My shoes are also new – I just bought them this summer – had been wanting another work dress shoe option in navy. These are in the same Saffiano leather as my bag, and as a result are incredibly durable. I really wanted a suede shoe option for fall – and found several gorgeous pairs, but suede is notoriously delicate and given my perspective on clothing needing to offer excellent value over time – suede wasn’t the best option. And in reality – the shine of the Saffiano leather offers an elevated professionalism to the outfit without being patent leather.
With nothing but green lights ahead, it sure feels like it’s time to go!
All my best,
*Fun Fact – I love to drive, fast. My first car I ever got for myself was a fully loaded 3-Series BMW – I loved that car, then I got to briefly have a manual BMW M2 – so much fun! My current vehicle is an SUV because Park City, winter, and Labrador. But there will be a day when having a sports car again makes sense – and I can’t wait!
*Today is October 3rd.