Making The Transition From Education to Corporate

I’ve gotten more questions about this than you can imagine, so instead of sharing an outfit today, I thought I’d walk y’all through how I made the transition from public education to corporate America.

I’m going to go way back for this, so bare with me here. I studied English and Education at Ole Miss, and stayed there for an additional two years for a masters degree is Counseling. I so enjoyed my time in Oxford and felt prepared to start my journey in the classroom.

I received an invite to interview at a high school in San Antonio (the city where I grew up), and although it was my first interview, I KNEW in my heart that I wanted to work for this principal. He had vision, heart, and truly put students first. I received an offer and got to work putting my classroom together, I WAS SO EXCITED!

My first year posed some challenges. My mentor teacher taught a different grade so she couldn’t help with actual lesson planning. Challenging students. I’d say pretty standard. Well, I won those kids over. I was connecting with them and getting them to care about my class. I won new teacher of the school. Then I won new teacher of the school district. THIS IS A BIG DEAL. It felt so incredible to be recognized for the hard work I put in.

The next few years went well. I got in the groove of teaching 11th grade, continued to have great students. Students hoped to have me. That was a great feeling. I also became the level leader and got to pilot a google Chromebook program. I took my classroom digital and it was AWESOME! At the same time, there was an administration change and one of my students committed suicide. Getting through the rest of the semester was tough, not only for me, but for my students coping with the loss of their friend.

Then my last year in the classroom happened. By this time, I was the department coordinator. I was managing 25 other English teachers and teaching six classes (three of which were inclusion classes so I had a couple co-teachers). I should also mention that I was the youngest person in the district to be the department coordinator. I was so looking forward to a great year, but holy cow, I was not in any way, shape, or form prepared for the hell that was to come. Fights in the classroom, student threats, disrespect, other teachers struggling, a lack of support, state testing, a student prank (I don’t even know if I can call it that) that went so so south, and parents that set out to destroy me. My personal safety became a concern. I didn’t even know if I would make it the year.

Meanwhile, outside of the classroom wasn’t any better. My mom and I found her best friend passed away (I’ve briefly discussed this in a previous post). I was experiencing PTSD from losing/finding our beloved Swell and all the chaos in the classroom.

My parents sat me down, with a bottle of wine, and told me that enough was enough. I was killing myself for a job that was putting me dead last. I had thought about moving out of San Antonio and now it seemed like it was time. I was motivated to make a new start start for myself and needed a change of scenery. But man, did I feel guilt. Guilt for leaving my students, who I absolutely loved, guilt for leaving the other teachers, guilt for leaving a profession that I was so passionate about.

I moved to Houston in July of 2017 and started my job search. I thought long and hard about where I could make an impact. I knew I wanted to work with people and not sit behind a desk all day. I landed at a consulting firm in their talent development division, focusing on training and curriculum. Honestly, it was a great transition and I’ve grown with the firm so much since I started almost 2.5 years ago. My experience and skills gained in the classroom did prepare me for this. I could do something else and do it well.

If you’re looking to transition into a different industry/career path, DO NOT sell yourself short. Your experience IS experience. Classroom management = working with a diverse cross function of roles.

I still keep up with a lot of my students, who are starting to graduate from college, and it does my heart good to see them growing into productive young adults with bright futures. And to think I had a hand in their development is such a rewarding feeling and I don’t regret a single moment spent in the classroom, investing in them.

If you ever want to talk about changing careers or needing any advice, feel free to reach out anytime!

Xx

Create Your Own Sunshine

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Sometimes we get down, am I right? Could be a bad day at work, could be a fight with your best friend, could just be waking up on the wrong side of the bed.

Sharing y’all’s tips from Stories a few weeks back for when you’re having a bad day:

  • Make a list of things you did well
  • Do something kind for someone else (acts of service – put kindness out into the universe)
  • Enjoy a glass of wine and get to bed early
  • Treat yourself – from a chocolate shake, to a massage, to a new pair of earrings, treat yourself to something that will put a smile on your face!
  • Call your mom (or best friend) – there’s nobody that knows you better and sometimes just talking out what’s bothering you with someone who has your absolute best interest at heart is calming
  • Get outside and get your blood pumping. Go for a walk, a run, a cycling class. Release those endorphins, girl!
  • Take a hot bath
  • Pray
  • Write a journal entry of all the things you’re grateful for
  • Turn on your favorite song and D-A-N-C-E

I hope this list helps you if you’re feeling down or need a pick-me-up.

Create your own sunshine, friends!

Xx

Wedding Recap: San Antonio Edition

Hi Friends!

Last weekend I was in my 13th wedding. Yes, you read that correctly. Lucky number 13!

I grew up with the bride, Judith, in San Antonio and this weekend was an affair to remember! Sharing all the iPhone pics, deets on what I wore, and where I was!

Rehearsal Dinner

The rehearsal dinner was at La Fonda on Main, a perfect venue for a summer soiree!

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Judes, the gorgeous gal (and bride) in white!

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My gal pal (and new mom), Cecily!

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And my other best girl, Megan!

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Getting Ready

My mom and Megan’s mom hosted our getting ready party on Saturday at the Cellars at the Pearl. It was enough space for all of us to nurse our margarita headaches with some breakfast tacos and chick fil a, while the makeup and hair peeps helped us put our best faces forward

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How stunning does that bride look?! Like a real-life Barbie!

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Shop our pretty robes here!

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All glammed up and everywhere to go!

Shop our dresses: left, middle, right

Ceremony and Reception

The ceremony was an evening event at the San Fernando Cathedral (which is absolutely stunning) and the reception was at the Southwest School of Art! If you want to catch more of the day and reception, check out my Stories on Instagram, saved under the “events” and “friends and fam” highlights!

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Is this pink not the prettiest color? It’s called “petal pink” and you can shop it here

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Made it to the church! Judith’s sister, Mary, and I were the maids of honor and helped our girl with any final touches!

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Post-ceremony! Ready to boogie, but managed to squeeze in a couple more photos

I hope you enjoyed this wedding recap! So happy to be a part of this couple’s big day!

Xx

This is 31!

Well, today is the day, y’all. I am 31.

First of all, I’m like, where’d the year go? I have such a FUN outfit to share, plus keep scrolling to read 31 things about me.

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Do we have anything in common?! Let me know!

  1. I was born in Chicago, but moved to Texas the summer before third grade, so I consider myself Texan
  2. I’m the youngest of three (I have an older sister and older brother)
  3. My favorite accessory is a great statement earring
  4. I am binging VEEP right now and it is literally The Office but with politics
  5. I’ve been to seven other countries
  6. I used to be a high school English teacher
  7. Favorite luxury brand? Gucci
  8. This upcoming weekend will be the 13th wedding I’ve been in
  9. I went to Ole Miss for undergrad and grad school. HOTTY TODDY!
  10. Best trend? Fabulous headbands!
  11. Favorite band of all time? Fleetwood Mac
  12. My mom came up with my blog name
  13. I used to go to summer camp for six weeks in middle school
  14. Biggest fashion inspo? Hunter McGrady
  15. Two summers ago, I took a leap of faith, quit my job and moved to Houston
  16. I hate onions. Like, hate. LOATHE!
  17. Cutting bangs last summer was the worst decision I’ve ever made
  18. I’m a big fan of musicals. Wicked, Mama Mia, you name it, I’ve watched it!
  19. Favorite jeans? Good American. Looking for a a more affordable option? Old Navy or Loft!
  20. I was in a Mardi Gras Krewe last year, the ball was the best part!
  21. I binge watched six seasons of Game of Thrones in a little over three weeks. I barely slept. It was awesome.
  22. I’m a gemini and the older I get, the more I resonate with my horoscope
  23. My favorite vacation spot? Miami
  24. My very best friends have been my bffs since middle school
  25. Favorite fast food? Whataburger
  26. Years ago, I had a herniated disc and a bulging disc
  27. Most helpful way to relax? Getting a massage!
  28. I love to read! My favorite book? The Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing (spoiler, it’s not about hunting and fishing lol)
  29. People have said my name wrong my entire life. Leeza, Lisa, Lizza. I still correct people lol I think my parents giving me this name has made me stronger
  30. I’m a dog person
  31. 30 started off great, but has challenged me in many ways. I’m really looking forward to kicking off a great 31st year!

If you made it this far, thanks for reading!

I appreciate and love y’all so much for always showing me love!

Xx

Unpopular Opinion: I don’t watch reality TV anymore

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I know this may come as a shock, but I’m not watching reality television anymore.

Bachelor, Kardashian’s, Housewives. No more.

Here’s why:

Let me start by saying that there is absolutely no judgement coming from me if you enjoy watching these shows! These shows were just bringing too much anxiety and drama into my life. I didn’t really experience drama with friends until I was out of college. And it was enough to last a lifetime. The drama and false sense of reality these shows envoke is just not good for my mental health.

Every time Ramona and Sonja got in a drunken brawl, my anxiety would start to creep up. Picking to be on Team Vanderpump or Team Rinna perpetuates the act of women turning on other women instead of lifting each other up. Does this sound preachy? I don’t mean for it to be. I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again, if women would just stop tearing each other down, we’d be absolutely unstoppable.

Being in the dating game, it’s actually hard for me to watch shows like The Bachelor. You love him on night one? Bless. It’s funny, yes. But concerning? Also yes. I gave up after Ari’s season. It’s once again perpetuating the idea that women need to compete with each other for a man’s attention.

And the Kardashian’s treat each other terribly, promote products like flat tummy tea, and aren’t honest about the work they’ve had done (remember that Kyle lip challenge?). Are they a family and do they love each other? Absolutely. Are they savvy businesswomen? 100%. But I can’t do this anymore. It’s too much.

So what am I doing instead? I’m committed to reading more! I’m currently readying Crazy Rich Girlfriend and these are the next ones on my list: Where the Crawdads Sing, Educated, The Light We lost, My Oxford Year

Anything you’re trying to give up and replacing with something else instead?

Have a great Thursday. Thanks for reading!

Intention Check-in – February

Here we are. And yes. I know it’s already March. But I thought I’d circle back on those intentions started on January 1st and update y’all. on my progress (or lack thereof).

February was an absolute whirlwind and for the last week and a half of it, I was fitting an upper respiratory infection. When you’re sick, everything feels off, am I right? Your sleep schedule, your appetite, your day to day responsibilities. But I’m on the mend and determined to make March a great month! Before we dive into Spring though, let’s recap my intentions for February..

  1. Pitch myself with purpose – This is going really well! I’ve had the chance to partner up with some great brands this past month like HUM Nutrition, Eloquii, and Maree Pour Toi. I feel very lucky to produce content for y’all and share the things I’m trying out and loving. And that’s not to say there hasn’t been rejection. There has been PLENTY! However, I’m working hard and know that what’s meant for me will come my way. I’ve got more in the works for March and am excited to continue my partnership with Jessica London Style. If you’re a blogger wondering where to start in terms of building relationships with brands, I would definitely check out Emma’s Edition. She provides free step by step advice on how to build your platform. Check her out here!
  2. Save more, spend less – Y’all. THIS IS HAPPENING and I’m pretty proud of myself. I’m eating at home and cooking for one. Nothing fancy, believe me, but I’m doing it! I’ve also cut back on the spending on my wardrobe. I’ve found trendy pieces that are inexpensive on sites like Shein. And y’all know I love me some Old Navy! I’m also going to be transparent and say that the collaborations mentioned above have also helped cut down on my spending. Thinking ahead though, March is going to be an expensive month as I’m in search of two bridesmaid dresses for two weddings I’m in in June and hosting a bridal shower for one of my bride bffs. I’m cohosting this shower with two other gals and was thinking it would be fun to do a post on how to throw a shower on a budget!
  3. Be more focused on self-care – My anxiety was still on a rager through most of February, but I’ve been using meditation to help me get ready for bed and the essential oils I’ve been using have also helped quiet the mind when it seems like it just can’t catch a breath. What I’d like to do this month is incorporate some walking and exercise into my self-care. Whether it’s 20 minutes on a treadmill or a walk around the neighborhood, I have to stop being so stagnant and sedentary. Will report back on this at the end of March.
  4. Be open to possibilities – Absolutely NOTHING to report here and honestly, I should be focusing more on myself and getting into a good head space. I’ve got to get myself on the up and up before thinking about dating. Am putting this on the back burner and will revisit when I feel like I’m ready.

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I hope if you read this, you’re also circling back on your intentions and figuring out what you need for this month to get or stay on track!

Xx

The Sisterhood of the Busy Schedules

With it being the week of Valentines AND Galentine’s, I think it’s time we talk about the F word. Yea, that’s right. Friendship.

Now that I’m 30, my friendships have changed. Some have ended, some are stronger than ever, and some are new and still growing. The season that we’re in doesn’t allow for lounging with the girls very often. We have to plan (often way in advance). We’re busy, we’re working away, and we’re blooming into the adults our parents hoped we’d be. AND WE ARE TIRED (no one tells you how tired you’re going to be).

I went to lunch with three of my gal pals on Sunday and it got me thinking. As the days of our lives go off in various directions, how do we stay connected? Invested? One of us is about to have a baby, another is engaged, and the third bought the cutest fixer upper. Yet here we are, catching up over wine (and a mocktail for mama) and laughing about jury duty horror stories and talking through what the next few months look like.

Here’s just a few tips for staying connected with your bests at this stage of life:

  1. Give yourselves something to look forward to! Is it a girls getaway? Maybe a spa day. Okay, let’s settle on brunch. A study just recently came out that said women with a friend group that spend time together IRL live longer.
  2. Snail mail. I think letter writing is becoming a dying art. My friends and family know that I LOVE TO SEND MAIL. I have a drawer full of cards for whatever the next occasion is going to be. Let your friends (both near and far) know you’re thinking of them.
  3. Call me, beep me, if you wanna reach me. We’re so quick to send a text, comment on the latest Insta (yes, keep doing those things), but when was the last time you called your best friend to check in? FaceTimed? Hearing someone’s voice or seeing their face gives another layer to your communication, your connection. You can hear the tone in someone’s voice, see the expression of laughter on someone’s face. It’s a beautiful thing. Pick up the phone!

Above all else, find ways to support one another, even when you’re in bed by 9 with a facemask on.

And for that next meet up with your besties? I’ve got the PERFECT look!

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Cheers to you and your gal pal group, y’all!

Xx

Thanks to Lane Bryant for this great top and pair of jeans! Y’all know how to make a girl feel great!