Figuring Out My WFH Style

Now that I’m officially working from home full-time (at most, I might start going into the office one day a week at the end of the year), I’m trying to address something that’s been on my mind for awhile – my wardrobe!

Working in my company’s corporate headquarters, I would wear dress pants and pretty tops or dresses to work each day. I rarely wore jeans and only own a few pairs of them, all of which I bought secondhand.

Before the pandemic, outfits like this were my normal office attire.

For the last year, I’ve pretty much lived in Victoria’s Secret leggings and oversize sweaters or t-shirts that I got on clearance from Target. When the weather got warm last summer, I bought three sundresses from Old Navy to wear for work clothes. I kept my purchases minimal, because I had no idea what my long-term working situation would be like and I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on more casual clothes if I was going to return to an office environment.

Now, though, with my situation looking more permanent I feel like it’s time to figure out what my new, more casual style is going to be. I don’t really want this tee and leggings look to be all I ever wear, but I’m still trying to figure out what I do want.

What I want to know is, whatever happened to fashion blogs? Ten years ago, the Internet was crawling with twenty-somethings eagerly sharing their outfits with the world. Now it seems that no one has written an outfit post since at least 2019, and all those old blogs might as well have a stray tumbleweed bouncing along their once-frequently-updated homepages. Maybe they’re stuck in the same leggings-and-oversized-shirt funk that I am?

To try and get inspired, I packed away my sweaters and winter clothes and brought out my summer things from storage. While some of my dresses are definitely in the “formal” category, I do have some that I think I can dress down with a jean jacket, a sweater, or some sneakers. I don’t love wearing shorts, so hopefully being able to wear some of my dresses styled more casually will get me through this summer as I transition to a WFH style.

But if anyone knows of an active fashion blogger these days, send me the link!

My Goals for May

I’m still on a high from my success in April, and I’m hoping it’ll stay that way so that I can have a great May! This month will be a lot different than any month in over a year, because my fully-vaccinated self is getting on a plane and flying to California to visit family. Adding travel back into my plans is a VERY welcome change, but it’ll also be an opportunity for me to see how I handle my newfound healthy lifestyle once I’m not home all day.

With that in mind, I tried to formulate goals for May that would help me be successful but still allow me to have some flexibility – I don’t want to slide back into old habits, but I don’t want to be super rigid either!

Stay under my allotted calories 70% of the time. I noted in my April goal recap that I stayed under my calorie count 63% of the days in April, so I want to increase that percentage for May. It works out to 22 days, which still gives me 9 days to go over. While I’m not making it an official part of my goal, I’m also going to play around with calorie cycling, lowering my allotted calories slightly so that on the days I’m sticking to that number that my intake of food will be a little bit reduced. I think this will help offset the days I go over.

Average 9,500 steps per day. This is slightly under my average steps for April, so it isn’t requiring me to increase my activity but to maintain my current level. May can bring some really nice weather to the Seattle area, but it can also bring some soggy rainy days that make a long walk unappealing.

Complete the Fit Happens May Beachbody Challenge. The coaches in my Beachbody group have been busily cooking up a fresh batch of challenges for May. The first part of the May challenge is to share a photo of one healthy meal per day. I love this because it will help me stay on-track with nutrition, and I decided that none of my Shakeology shakes will count for this so I have to share a breakfast or a dinner. The other challenge is a plank challenge! I’m really excited about this one because by the end of the month, the challenge has us holding a plank for three minutes, much longer than I’ve ever done before! Here’s a copy of the plank challenge in case anyone wants to join in on the fun:

Write a blog post once a week. I want to challenge myself to use my creative side more and start writing again, and more than just lists of my goals! I do have more going on in my life than just trying to lose weight and be healthier, and I’d like to share more of myself in May.