Level up or Lay Back: Layered Slip Dress + Mules

Photographer-Kofi James

Dress-Who What Wear via Target | Top-Asos | Mules-Nine West

I shot this look on Friday right before a date with bae so I was feeling myself a little bit because 1) my hair was freshly braided, 2) this outfit required zero ironing, and 3) I love getting dressed up and spending quality time with him. Also, can we talk about how braids give you an instant face snatch? You know I'm not a big makeup girl but in the name of making my face look put together I wore translucent power, ruby woo lipstick, and lightly stroked an eyebrow crayon to fill in the sparse areas of my eyebrows. I wanted to look beautiful while doing the least so this is my laid back date look and its bae approved!

Now lets talk about when to level up or lay back in life. Four weeks ago, I took on a new role at work that pushed me out of my comfort zone. I went from being able to sleep till 10/10:30 am to having to wake up by 3:30am! This required me to discipline myself to go to bed early (something I never did) and manage my time outside of work differently (something I'm still trying to master). In order to be an effective leader in my new role, I had to use strategies that my trainers taught me while developing my own and operating under stressful conditions. There were and still are several eyes watching me and the pressure to perform well is high! Transitioning into a different position felt scary and frustrating at times, but it's also rewarding. I had two choices with this new assignment: level up and embrace change or lay back and sink under the pressure. I chose to level up because I was craving a new challenge and desperate to make a positive impact in my new role. Now waking up by 3:30 every morning is still not easy but it's defiantly worth it and is necessary for my growth. If you want to achieve a goal you've never achieved before you have to be willing to do things you've never done before-things that push you out of your comfort zone. Some people are consumed by the fire (pressure), others are shaped by it. Allow new challenges and experiences to shape you into a better leader and individual. You'll grow stronger, smarter, and wiser in the process.

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