Monthly Archives: July 2014

 

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So a few months back the director of my department shared an email with her team on the subject of perfection and how the quest for perfectionism often keeps us from making progress. The point of her sharing this was to give us some food for thought in terms of keeping us on track for meeting our timelines and reaching our set goals.

The link she shared, which seemed to be an old entry from a defunct blog site led to a piece entitled Perfection Is the Enemy Of Progress. Heavy right? I think generally most people think that achieving perfection is something that we should constantly strive for but what happens when achieving perfection just gets in the way of our progress?  Now I can certainly be anal retentive about certain things. I think being a creative type may have something to do with that. I want my creations, whatever they are (writings, paintings, outfits, etc.) to be the perfect manifestations of the image I had in my mind. I constantly feel the burdensome need to make my audience see it exactly as I had envisioned it. Oh and you certainly cannot see it before it’s finished.  Even when I first declare something finished, it usually isn’t truly finished until three or four adjustments later.

You’ve probably often heard the phrase “he’s/she’s such a perfectionist” said with commendation and awe and I totally realize why people hold this quality in such high regard. Being a perfectionist is hard work. Where most people would have the tendency to give up, the perfectionist continues on. It can be interesting as all hell to watch. Picture the chef plating his dish and stooping down to eye level to make sure the dressing is just right or the sculptor going over the same area again and again to remove that annoying little imperfection. That’s fine and dandy but what I’m coming to realize in the business world, is sometimes good enough is good enough and the perfectionist in me has to let it go and not agonize over every minute detail.

When I think about all those emails or memos that have taken half an hour or more to write or choices that I agonize over that aren’t life changing or career altering or even really that important, it kind of makes me sick to my stomach. So much time and energy was lost when I could have been applying my time more usefully in some other area. It’s definitely something that I need to work on and am currently making a concerted effort to keep an eye out for. It’s honorable to strive for greatness but constantly running after perfection in each and every aspect of your work or personal boarders on insanity. I’m asking myself, ”What difference will it make if this is perfect versus just really good?.” If the answer is “Not much of a difference.” I should be comfortable with calling it finished and moving on to the next thing. So in that spirit, I’m only going to proof read this post once. Don’t judge me if you find any mistakes. I’m a work in progress people.

 

Thanks for reading. Now let’s make power moves ladies.

 

Read the post that inspired this one: Perfection is the Enemy Of Progress   - Justin L Loyd.

 

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There’s nothing like a cape to make you feel all kinds of fancy.  Among my recent acquisitions, this flowy little blouse is right at the top of my list of faves. It’s designed with a similar look to that of the Saint Laurent silk-georgette blouse but at a fraction of the cost.  It’s got a unique flair to it but still ever so classic. The only downside is that there aren’t any sudden gusts of wind traveling through my workplace to let me flaunt this magnificent top in all of its potential Gone With the Wind glory.

I paired the lovely top with a bright mustard yellow pencil skirt and accented with a gold front plate belt, which was a great compliment to my quilted handbag with gold metal center detail. Fanciful indeed.

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It’s about time I take a much needed vacation. I’d hoped I would be writing about the wonderful trip I was about to take to my parent’s country of Haiti. The plan was to visit my father’s town of Bornge and my mother’s city of Cap Haitien and immerse myself in the culture and history of the country. I envisioned myself walking to the beautiful neighboring beach and enjoying the delicious foods and spirited people.  I would return with marvelous pictures to show you and a captivating story to tell. Alas, I guess it was too good to be true.  A few days before we were all set to depart, a family tragedy (which I won’t go into here because I don’t believe it’s the place) has forced the group of us traveling to cancel or at least postpone our plans indefinitely.   I hope one day I will get to make up for what I was calling “a trip of a lifetime” but for now I’ll have to make the most of my little staycation. I'll do some relaxing, catch up on some reading etc. I’ll be back in the mix of things in about 10 days or so. In the meantime, keep making those power moves ladies.

Sincerely,

 

J. Daniel

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The summer time is the perfect time to get a little sporty-chic.  Once again I broke out the white. This time I combined a traditional pencil skirt with a short-sleeve, striped polo shirt finished off with some gold detailing to create a nautical inspired look that’s perfect for hitting the country club or even the open seas for the afternoon. Indecently, if you’re a 9 to 5er like I am, this look is more likely to end up in your office and frankly there’s nothing wrong with that.

 

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Happy Birthday America!

In conjunction with Independence Day I just wanted to take a moment to celebrate all of my independent women. Let’s take a look at what it means to be independent. Dictionary.com defines Independence as the state or quality of being independent (not influenced or controlled by others in matters of opinion, conduct, etc.; thinking or acting for oneself: an independent thinker.) It also describes independence as freedom from the support, aid or the like, of others. In less conventional terms Urban Dictionary (LOL) defines an Independent Woman as a woman who pays her own bills, buys her own things, and DOES NOT allow a man to affect her stability or self-confidence. She supports her self (sic) on her own entirely and is proud to be able to do so.

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As a self-proclaimed independent woman, that later definition totally tickles my fancy. I wouldn’t go so far as to describe myself as a bra-burning feminist though.  I realize that no matter how independent you are, there are instances in life where you will have to depend on other people (maybe even men, gasp). Whether it’s for their thoughts and opinions, support, influence, connections or power, at some point in time you’re going to need somebody’s help. However, I feel like being able to do things on your own and being able to make things happen for yourself is one of the most empowering feelings a woman can ever feel. To me it goes beyond being able to say I did a few things independently but rather it’s being able to self-identify as independent that I find extremely powerful and satisfying. It’s not the “I did” it’s the “I am”.  I am an independent thinker and doer. I am powerful. I am a woman. I am an independent, powerful woman. I’m glad you are too.

Thanks for reading. Now let’s make power moves ladies.

Happy Independence Day!

 

Sincerely,

 

J. Daniel

So last week Always® debuted an amazing viral video. Shamefully, I’m just getting around to seeing it. I can’t even begin to put into words how much I love this but I will try. The video entitled Always #LikeAGirl has gone viral in just a few days, garnering over 14.5 million views at the time of this post. Because I’m all for anything girl power, it’s no surprise that I’m ready to jump on the bandwagon for the #LikeAGirl initiative. The video starts with a producer type asking participants to demonstrate various actions in a manner that would be “like a girl”.  The same questions are then asked to young girls. The difference in the manner in which the young girls perform the actions is eye opening. See for yourself below:

Self-acceptance and confidence are definitely things we need to instill in young girls and ensure that they hold on to these ideals through adulthood. Without eye openers like these, without action, without the concerted effort to change the view that women are weaker and less than worthy, the negative correlations to being female in the workplace or society as a whole will never go away. I salute Always for this. Way to use your brand for good. This was genius.

Catch the Good Morning America report on the viral video. Seems like they were equally impressed.


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