So this is quite the stream of consciousness ….but bear with me here, okay?
This is essentially my work uniform: black bottom, loose blouse, pop of leopard or a statement heel. Maybe if I’m not running super late, I’ll throw a few waves in my hair for texture. It makes me comfortable and content, and allows me to focus on my actual work rather than fussing with an uncomfortable something throughout the day. It's also just easy. A go-to uniform makes feel good and gives me a little extra confidence, too. In regards to workwear, I'm satisfied with being comfortable.
But this notion of being satisfied with comfort leads me to think about the bigger picture professionally.
I have a great job. My boss is supportive, takes blames for my mistakes and always offers credit for my successes. The people on my team are intrinsically motivated but work hard to motivate each other. I get to work with really interesting volunteers and really enjoy the people I work with on a day to day basis. My employer subsidizes my grad school and is flexible with my school schedule. Sure, there are things that drive me absolutely nuts about my job but I am perfectly content professionally.
But is that enough?
I think about what might make me more-than-content professionally. Perhaps it would be something more challenging or stimulating. I often wish I was doing something a bit more altruistic. But in some ways, that feels idealistic. Would only a perfect dream job make my professionally happy?
Should I be more-than-content professionally? Or is being content professionally the same as being happy professionally? If not, where is that line drawn?
You tell me – are you happy professionally? Or content? Or am I separating something that doesn’t need to be separated?
Skirt - Banana Republic
Top - Nordstrom
Trench - Banana Republic Outlet
Shoes - Piperlime (RIP)
Bag - Kate Spade