Fashion

Layering for Fall/Winter

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My Favourite Piece to Layer With

I am keeping it short and sweet today everyone. I have had such a busy time at work lately that sometimes you just have to prioritize! However, I still wanted to share these photos filled with this awesome black faux fur gilet. It is my favourite layering piece for fall and winter. Wearing it over any long sleeved top in the fall and even turtlenecks all winter long. It can be dressed up with faux leather leggings or a skirt. There are just sooooo many different options on how to wear one. Also, I am seriously considering this one with the hood as it looks super cozy.

Here are all the amazing different gilet options I was able to find for you!

Life

Come With Me To My First Blogger Event

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My First Blogger Event!

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to attend my first blogger event. It was a night of networking, professional development and getting to know some amazing brands in Edmonton.

In the corporate world it is so important to network and get to know people in your field. Honestly, that is how I have gotten to know about so many amazing opportunities to help advance my career. To me it just made sense to pursue those same kind of opportunities for this adventure I am on as well. With that I thought I would share just a little bit more about the event.

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About the Event

Bloggers & Cocktails Presented was sponsored by Lexus Edmonton West. Which meant that I was fortunate enough to get to take some pictures with this amazing SUV. Can’t help but dream about getting my own one day!

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Velvet Blazer here | T-shirt here | Jeans here |  Bag (old) – similar here | OTK Boots here | Lipstick here

I was so impressed with the location of the event. The Collective (@collective.sta) is a shared space involving and supporting young people through service, business and collaboration. The facility combines support services, space for community groups to gather, and opportunities for young people to develop a retail business. I was lucky enough to meet and talk about the space and the support the City of St. Albert is providing to up and coming artists and entrepreneurs, with both the artist J.B. Morse and Andrew from Tinker Trading Co. I highly recommend checking them out, I was blown away by the talent.

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The Collective is also currently housing a Pop Up Shop for Prairie Couture. It was amazing to get to meet Marina and here how she started her business out of a renovated Streamline Trailer (lovingly named Liv Tyler). Bonus that all of their stuff is soooo cute!

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Erin Cassidy of The Media Shop

Over the last 15 years, Erin has worked with 100’s of small businesses, helping entrepreneurs define their brands and create innovative ways to market and build revenue streams. I learned about finding my brand’s voice, building my tribe with strategic story telling, and building my audience. I can’t wait to put into play all the advice I received from Erin!

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Overall, the event was a great was a chance to get together with other local bloggers for a fun night and to be educated and to discuss topics ranging from fashion, to marketing, to social media, new products and even getting to know some other fabulous ladies on a personal level.

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Check out the fabulous ladies I was able to meet!

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 Thank you to the following sponsors:

Lexus Edmonton WestLifeDotStyle PhotographyLia Reese CanadaIndigo South CommonPrairie CoutureSheree’s Glass ArtworkThe Hatch WinesFresh Look Event ManagementA Beautiful InspirationThe Media Shop

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Fashion

Christmas Party Dresses Under $200

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Red Velvet | Silver Sequin (also in Gold) | Velvet Sheath | Black Maxi | Gold | Black Cold-Shoulder (in Plus here) | Green Velvet (3 Colours)

Anyone else leave shopping for their Christmas Party Dress to the last minute?!

A little extra post this week because this year I am trying to be better and get this chosen way before I need to! I hate running around at the at the last minute searching for the perfect dress to wear to the office Christmas party. This is also a great opportunity to make sure all of you ladies out there are prepared too! I am planning to wear that fabulous maxi dress and guess what?! It is already in my closet waiting to get styled. Honestly, if I didn’t have a dress already my next choice would be the silver sequin dress! But I may or may not be ordering the gorgeous red velvet number in case I have another party come up last minute 😉

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Courtney’s Career Conversations – Meet Cara

https://www.thecourtneycollection.ca/career-conversations-cara/Meet Cara

This woman is something else. Beautiful on the inside and out.  She is someone I love to talk to as she just lights up the conversation with her positive attitude and the fact that she will cheer you on to your goals and encourage you without a second thought. I first met Cara through my best friend when he was attending the same University that she was attending. He ending up moving in with her and on my first visit to see him in Portland I was sleeping on her couch! The first time I met her in person I was welcomed right into her tribe. A tribe that includes millions of pictures as this girl is the selfie queen. However, this girl is so much more. She has worked extremely hard and overcome some very trying times to get to where she is today. I am so excited to get to share her story with you. So here she is, in her own words. I hope you enjoy!

And don’t forget to follow her:

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Education

  • University of Western States– Portland, Oregon
    • Doctor of Chiropractic, September 2013
    • Summa cum laude
  • University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
    • Bachelor of Science, June 2010
    • Specialization in Cell Biology

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What is the secret to success?

What is the secret to success? If it was as easy as just one secret then wouldn’t everyone be successful? Success to me is waking up every day wanting to be better and to do better than yesterday. It is making goals and then reaching them. It is not letting obstacles get in your way. It is about mindset, passion, purpose, and growth.

I grew up in a small town in rural Northern Alberta. My parents separated when I was three years old and my brother and I split our time between their two houses. My parents were not very traditional in the sense that we did not grow up with many rules. My mom worked out of town often and so we were on our own from a young age. My mom worked so hard usually having 2-3 jobs at a time to make sure my brother and I always had everything we wanted and needed. I even figure skated growing up, one of the most expensive sports. However, money was always a struggle and even as a child I knew the pressure my parents were constantly under. My dad would always say, “I would give you everything if I could honey”. I think my childhood experience is one of the major driving forces for my success today. My parents worked hard but they did not have the skill set or the education for a lucrative career.

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Sometimes You Just Know

This experience led me to want more, to want a better life for myself and my future children. I wanted a career I could be proud of, one that gave me independence and allowed me financial freedom. I remember my first trip to the Chiropractic office like it was yesterday. It was year 2000 and I was 12 years old. The waiting room had toys and books littered about, a large plant in front of a bay window shedding light on the front desk lady with a big smile. It was warm, inviting, and relaxing. Once in the treatment room I couldn’t help but stare at the posters on the wall, huge anatomical pictures of the various body systems. I told my mom I wanted to know all the parts of the human body. There was a computer in the corner and a giant blue bouncy ball.  After a short wait, Dr. Gingerich entered. He had red hair and a deep voice. He sat in front of the computer on the big blue ball and asked me a few questions while typing away. The reason I was there was because I had fallen hard on my tail bone during skating practice. After he finished his history and exam he had me lay on the table. Then with a little twist and a quick push my back popped and immediate relief washed over me. In five minutes he had me feeling 100%. I walked out of there thinking to myself, “wow what an amazing job he has”.

Of course, I was young and there was no way I could already know what I wanted to be when I grew up right? Well…wrong because I did know, and I wanted to be a Doctor of Chiropractic. What an amazing ability to be able to decrease pain, heal the body, and improve someone’s life without the use of drugs or surgery. I was sold. Academic work always came easy to me, so I knew nothing was out of reach. I was lucky though, I really enjoyed my schoolwork and had a passion for learning. At age 12 I was in 8th grade, I had skipped grade 6 after a series of aptitude tests deemed me eligible. I started working at age 14 as soon as I was legal, I knew going to post-secondary school was not going to be cheap and although my parents would support me if they could I knew they did not have the resources.

At age 17 I graduated high school with Honours and about half a dozen scholarships ranging from $500-$2000. I moved out and started my Bachelor’s degree that fall. Throughout my undergrad years I worked 2-3 part time jobs to afford tuition, books and living expenses. I continued to apply for scholarships I was eligible for, as every little bit helped. Although I flew through secondary school with ease, I am not going to lie, the first couple years of my degree were tough. I was 17 living on my own and there were a lot of distractions and temptations. For the first time in my life I let my grades slip. I failed an English paper, the first “F” I had ever seen. I then received “D’s” in one Biology class and one Chemistry class. The reason I am not afraid to admit my faults is that its not the fault that matters but how you grow from it. Being a very self-motivated and disciplined person, I was disappointed in my performance and knew I could do better. I re-wrote the paper, and re-took both those classes receiving an “A+” for all three. I never received a letter grade below a B for the rest of my post-secondary education (8 years and 3 degrees in total).

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It Takes Hard Work

In 2010 I graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science with Specialization in Cell Biology.  I was 22 at the time and I was working part time in a Neuroscience lab performing spinal cord injury research. My work from the time I spent in the lab was published in three different scientific journals and I was invited to present my research at an international conference in Vienna, Austria. I would have never even had this opportunity had it not been for a dear friend and mentor, Miss Erin Brennan. During my 3rd year of University as I was contemplating my future she encouraged me to do the research project even though it would mean additional hours and a huge challenge. I listened to her and from her advice that day you would be hard-pressed to find me backing down from anything. Instead I rose to the challenge and it paid off immensely.

When I was researching which lab I wanted to work in, I discovered Dr. Vivian Mushahwar, a renowned Neuroscientist. Her research lab was the only one at that was part of the Cell Biology & Neuroscience departments. I knew I wanted to work in her lab and no other. I emailed her and did not get a response. Instead of getting discouraged I thought to myself she must be an incredibly busy lady and my email might have been missed. I emailed her again until I finally received a response. She agreed to meet with me and I was given the position. I spent two years working in her lab, the first as a student intern and the second year on a full salary. Had I not re-sent the email the outcome may have been completely different. The lesson I learned here was to persevere until given a definitive answer.

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The Next Move

I started chiropractic school in the fall of 2010 at the University of Western States in Portland, OR. I absolutely loved the program from day one and immersed myself fully in the training. I decided to fast-track the program by completing a summer term each year to finish my Doctorate in 3 years instead of 4. School was challenging but stimulating. I was soaking up the information like a sponge and practicing my skills daily. I knew right away that I had chosen the right career and couldn’t wait to be fully certified. I graduated in September 2013 at the top of my class and started working right away. I had just completed my final internship at a clinic in Lake Oswego, OR and was hired on as an Associate Doctor. I worked there under the mentorship of Dr. Jason Bussanich, DC for three years. Dr. Jason taught me so much in addition to what we learned in school and really helped shape the Doctor I am today.

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New Beginnings

In 2016 I decided to leave the practice in Lake Oswego and move back to Canada. I had reconnected with the love of my life and wanted to be closer to him and my family. I moved to Calgary, AB in the spring and have been loving life here ever since. I joined a busy practice in the NW Hamptons community and just started at a second clinic location downtown. I will split my time between the two practices to touch the lives of as many people as possible. A lot of people are often concerned when I tell them how busy I am, but this is what I live for. It has taken me just shy of 30 years to get where I am today but I can confidently say I am exactly where I am supposed to be, doing exactly what I am supposed to do. If it wasn’t clear throughout my story I want to emphasize the importance of having mentors in your life. I have often had to overcome challenges solo and at the end of the day you really can only depend on you, but look to those who have been there before you, learn from their mistakes and grow from it. I pride myself today on being a mentor, friend, and role model to many people which is why I wanted to share my story. I hope you can take something from it to ensure your own success!

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Advice

How To Be A Friend, Even When You’re Busy

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During busy times, finding time for your key relationships can be hard.

Lately, I have had some friends going through some very hard times both professionally and personally. I really like to think that I am the person that my friends can rely on and reach out to no matter the time of day or how far away we are from each other. This is not always easy, and sometimes I really feel like I am failing at my relationships. I have had to cancel coffee and lunch dates repeatedly lately, after I had already rebooked them twice! This got me thinking about how no matter how busy I may be, what are some things that I can do to make sure my friends really know that I will be there for them.

The Little Things

While Facebook can’t replace that real human contact, when I am busy and I find a minute and send my friends a message, or hell even a good GIF. Especially when I know one of my friends is having a bad day or going through a hard time in their life, I like to make sure I they know I am thinking of them, supporting them even if from a distance, and if I can I will sure as hell try to make them laugh.

Be Proactive

Everyone is busy. The busier I get, the more I forget things. Then I have these split second thoughts about someone and how I miss them. This is the moment to take advantage of, and send your friend a quick “Hi there, hope things are going well!” It is 5 seconds of your day, just send the text. It is better than going months without talking to those wonderful humans.

Use Technology

Another thing I make sure to do is contact my friends who are on my IM system through work. I ensure I keep these nice and professional as it is my work computer, but I make sure to reach out to my friends on a regular basis. I have been my friends supporter, cheerleader, and sometimes hard to take advice giver over IM. Feedback I have received from this is that sometimes this can make such a difference in your friends life.

Pause for 30 Minutes

I will make every effort I can to meet my friends who work near me for coffee. Even though it may be a short period of time during the busy day, it is two birds with one stone. I get a break and I get to meet up with my friends and catch up with what is going on in their lives. I know that if I can make their day just a little bit brighter, those 30 minutes were probably the best spent of my day.

Book It… and Make It Happen

This was one area I used to be so much better at, and this is the part that has been getting to me lately. The key here is to get your friends in your calendar, and make the commitment to get there, be present, and enjoy the time. Getting this habit and getting these dates on your calendar on a regular basis will help. Prioritizing these relationships is key to maintaining them.

Do you have any other methods you use for keeping your friendships alive? Please share in the comments below!

Fashion

My Favourite Fall Work Look

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Top from the summer – same shirt style for fall here, here, here and here
Pants here – similar here, here, and here |  Bag here | Shoes – similar here
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My favourite fall work look!

I am keeping it short and sweet today. The look I shared above is one I fall back to every fall season. I love the typical fall colours like burgundy and olive, but there is no way to deny my favourite colours to wear are good old black and white (yes, yes I always remember kids telling me they are shades not colours). Black and white pair with anything, making those rushed mornings that much easier. Pair a black and white top with some fall coloured work appropriate pants, throw on some simple accessories, grab your favourite work bag and get out the door!

What are your favourite things to style every fall??

 

Top 10 tips for wearing your wardrobe all winter long.
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How I Wear My Summer Wardrobe All Winter…

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Tips and Tricks to Wear Your Summer Clothes All Winter

I don’t know about you but I don’t do some major turnover of my wardrobe during the fall. First, I do have quite a bit of clothes but I have not really organized them specifically by season. Second, I am just plain lazy about doing things like that. Third, why would I want to put a favourite piece of clothing away to not see it for the next couple of months! So below are my top 10 tips and tricks to wear your summer clothes all winter.

1. Just wear it!!

My top in the pictures above definitely looks like a summer top, and to be honest I love it. So I will wear it all winter long and just throw my big puffy jacket over it outside!

2. Closed toed shoes.

You can see in the pictures above I switched from sandals to a pair a of closed toed pumps. This helps the outfit feel a little bit more for colder weather without losing the style of the outfit.

3. Just add tights/stockings/pantyhose (whatever you call them!).

This was a big discussion around my office and all the ladies agreed. We continue to wear our skirts and dresses all year long by covering up our legs!

4. Don’t put away your summer colours/patterns.

Like my first point, keep wearing those pastel colours and floral tops and dresses, just add a darker hued sweater or blazer over top and you have a great mixture of colours to carry you through the colder months.

5. Layer up.

I think a lot of ladies like me who live in colder climates will know this but by adding a thermal top under just about anything will keep you warm. Or try a turtleneck under your favourite sleeveless dress!

6. Get some faux fur.

One of my favourite things to wear as the weather changes is a faux fur gillet/vest over top of whatever top I choose to wear during the day. It also adds a bit of glamour to your outfit during the day

7. Add a scarf.

Anyone who knows me knows that I love a good scarf. You can wear it to add a little texture to any outfit while keeping you nice and toasty. Several of my scarfs I can also wrap around me during the day if I get to chilly sitting in my office chair.

8. Add a cardigan.

One of my favourite pieces is to layer a cardigan over my tops. Honestly, I do this regardless of the weather. In the summer the A/C is usually pretty chilly in the office and in the winter the more layers the better. I have one in every colour of the rainbow I swear… I just counted I have 12. May be excessive but like I said I feel like I am in one every day year round!

9. Wear them boots!

Now, I have a really hard time giving up my open-toed shoes. Personally, I am not a fan of socks for some strange reason. However, when the time comes aka a lot of snow, I have to put on some socks and boots. I like to pair my sundress with a blazer and some OTK or knee-high boots to wear through the colder months.

10. Get a good winter coat.

This one is only half about the style of the coat. I live in the great white north and it gets really cold up here during the winter. Invest in a great winter coat that will keep you warm when you are outside. I focus more on the warmth than then style of the coat to be honest. I only have to wear it outside, and when I get inside it comes right off anyways! This means you can wear just about anything underneath it and still be warm when you venture outdoors.

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Courtney’s Career Conversations – Meet Tracy

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Meet Tracy

I had to think pretty long and hard about how I would introduce Tracy to everyone on the blog. I first met her in 2010 working in my first internal audit position. Since then I have more stories and advice she has shared with me then I could ever type into probably 1000 blog posts. Our conversations range from fangirling over Game of Thrones, to talking about her dress obsession (34 at one point), and to her helping me choose between jobs.

This special lady, or as I call her, my work Mom, has always been open and honest (and sometimes brutally straight-forward) when I go to her for career advice. But really, that’s what we all need sometimes right?! So without further ado, here is Tracy in her own words to share her career path (so far) with you.

 

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Education

  • University of Western Ontario (Western University), 1988
    • Bachelor of Arts, Administrative & Commercial Studies, Finance and Economics Specialization
  • Certified Management Accountant, 1992
  • Certified Internal Auditor, 2001

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Background

I recently had a blip in my career path that caused me to question some of my choices, however briefly, because I have not always followed a traditional path of vertical movement up the organization.

Born in 1967, I am at the front end of Generation X.  That means more to some people than others, but for me one of the biggest impacts on my career was arriving at the tail end of the baby boom.  Literally since I started working in 1988 I have heard of the impending mass retirement of the boomers and the subsequent availability of countless advancement opportunities.  29 years later I am still waiting for this to come to pass.

I was a bit of a keener where education was concerned.  I decided on business/accounting in high school and chose my university accordingly.  I went to the University of Western Ontario (Western University) and was the only person from my small town Manitoba high school to go there.  I realized when I was older that this was a pretty big and brave move.  I got my CMA designation a few years after graduating University.  The date on my designation is actually 1 day before my 25th birthday (yes, I am proud of that).  Eleven years later I earned by Certified Internal Auditor designation as well.

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My Story

I progressed through jobs rapidly early in my career, always leaving because I had outgrown the position not due to performance or personnel issues.  I also made sure to always leave the role in a better state than I found it.

At 24 years old I was in the 5th and final level of the CMA program but I only had 3 years of work experience.  The positions that matched my experience were hesitant to hire me because I was unlikely to stay long given my progress towards my designation.  The positions that suited my education level wanted much more than 3 years of work experience.

The next logical step for me was to go somewhere that wanted my educational qualifications and would accept my limited years of experience.  So, in November 1991, I moved to Arviat, Nunavut (formerly part of the Northwest Territories or NWT) and assumed the role of District Comptroller.  I moved to Yellowknife for a head office position with the same organization about 18 months into my time in the NWT, staying with that organization and in the territory for 4 years total.

My next geographical move was to Edmonton, where I still am today.  I held contract positions for a few years before re-entering the world of permanent employment with the provincial government.  I stayed with the government, though with 4 roles in 3 ministries, for another 8 years.

I left government to return to the not for profit world where I began.  I was 38 and landed the role of CFO at a large faith based social services organization.  It was a perfect fit.  I thought I was finally home, and for a time I was.  I was responsible for Accounting, Payroll and IT when I began.  While I was there, purchasing and administrative support were also added to my responsibilities.  After three years, I sadly tendered my resignation to allow me to spend quality time with my daughter while she was still a child.  It was the right decision but I did come to question it some years later.

I left the NPO in an economic boom time.  I signed up with a placement agency to do some management level temping. My second temping assignment was with an oil and gas company to do some internal audit work. That 3 month contract was extended twice and then I was offered a full time senior auditor position.  I loved my boss and I accepted the job.  I spent 8 years as an employee of that company until I was laid off due to the elimination of the department I was in.

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Courtney: Dress old – similar here and here | Long Blazer here | Boots here | Cocktail Ring old – similar here (less than $20)
I am not linking Tracy’s outfit except for her purse for the best reason. Her and I would prefer that you check out Peace Handicrafts, and consider making a purchase. Peace Handicrafts is a social-support business established in 2002 to provide training and employment opportunities to landmine victims, disabled persons and the deaf in Cambodia.

What now?

I was given a nice parting package, so I was not in immediate financial distress.  That did not lessen the unavoidable aspects of being laid off 28 years into a career.  A career that somewhat significantly defined you as a person, at least in your mind.  I felt I was fine.  I knew that it was not performance based – I was appraised as a high performer my entire time with the company.  But I was at a loss as to where to go, what to do.  And, I soon discovered, my career pathing was not consistent.

Was I a controller?  Not based on the job postings I saw.  My experience was too much.  Was I a CFO?  I was away from it for almost 8 years.  What about internal audit – was I a manager, senior auditor, did I even want to do that?  I got interviews.  I got good feedback.  I got “over-qualified”.  I did not get offers.  For 6 months.  After 4 months I was seriously questioning leaving my CFO role, even though I knew it was right for my personal life and wellbeing.  What had I done?

I decided to quit waiting for a paid position.  I signed up with Accounting for International Development and accepted a two month volunteer assignment with and NGO in Cambodia.  I thought, if nobody will pay me to do what I do then I will do it for free!  Actually, since I paid my way, I paid them to work for them.  It was well worth it.  Even before I left things started to shift.

Three days before I was flying out to Cambodia I received a phone call to set up an interview for the next week.  This was the perfect position based on my background.  A director role in a faith based, government funded organization with responsibility for accounting operations, financial reporting, compliance and even a charitable foundation.  It was like I had pathed my career specifically for it.

Then I got the offer.  And now I am in the job.  It is early on but I believe this is the place I am meant to be.  I turned 50 this year, have 29 years invested in my career and it seems to be working out.

Why did I feel the need to write this?  Because, despite conventional wisdom up until my generation, I followed my gut for 29 years.  I moved jobs when I felt it was time, no matter how short my tenure.  I moved laterally, several times.  I changed focus from financial reporting to internal audit and back more than once.  I attained a C-suite job at an organization with more than 1000 employees and then I left it!

The millennials coming up behind me are better at not following conventional paths and I applaud that.  I also want my example out there to show that job-hopping the right way, following your gut and doing what you need to for you, is okay.  You can still get where you want to be.

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New Series… Courtney’s Career Conversations

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Courtney’s Career Conversations!

Hi Everyone! I am so excited to announce my very first series on the blog. Once a month I will be sharing with you some fabulous women that I have gotten to know either personally or through my career. They will each be sharing about themselves, their unique career paths and their growth within their chosen fields.

Why this topic?

I remember when I was about to start my final year of high school. Everyone starts asking you what do you want to do with your life, and well… I had no idea. I started University with plans to become a History professor (history is my side passion). However, I then got my first job in the corporate world after my first year of college working in the accounting field. From there, within one month I had changed from Arts to Commerce. At the time, I was not even aware of business or accounting as a career. My second job in the corporate world is what led me to find my passion for Internal Audit, which is once again a field I never knew existed until I was in it. So now, here I am working in a field I truly love.

My goal with this series is to provide you with information about the numerous different ways that people find their careers. To share with you the stories of different women who have each over come their own challenges. Finally, it is to inspire those of you who may be a little lost on your path.

Stay tuned, the first Career Conversation’s post will be next week!

Check out how I style one top for work and play. Check out my last work wear post here.
Fashion

Back to Work for Fall

     

Top sold out – similar here, here, here and here | Pants here | Bag no longer in green – white and black here
Shoes old – similar here | Earrings here | Watch here | Bracelets here and here

Going Back To Work…

This week I went back to work! Those of you that follow along on Instagram are probably aware that I took a little bit of a break. I returned to my full time job this week after two months away. I am not ready to share exactly why I was off for those two months yet, but I will hopefully be able to soon!

I also would like to acknowledge how nervous I was about returning to my job. I have only been with the organization since March of this year. Returning to work after two months felt like I was starting all over again. However, I have a team of some pretty amazing people who accepted me back without a second thought or even skipping a beat!

In the end I am so happy I am to be back in the swing of things. I am ready to get back to posting regularly. Hopefully, you all keep following along!

Check out my last outfit post here. Check out my work beauty routine here.