A life of discovery
Some days I can conquer the world. Other days sending an email seems in the too hard basket.
I mentioned this to a group of women friends and guess what? Their energy is fluid too - but life still needed us to show up. We could hold a summit on why women are held to different standards, but for now, here's some of my hacks for when I can only be a part time human. They all come under delete, delegate and defer.
Some of these require buying your time back, which isn't possible for everyone. Ho…
I was just told I’m a minor celebrity in a community in Moscow.
Bet you didn’t know that!
So, here’s what happened.
I belong to a peer-facilitated recovery program (you’re welcome to message me confidentially and ask me more).
There are many to choose from, but one I have been closely involved with for the last few years has to do with the repercussions of not having a healthy relationship with money. It completely changed my life and led to me living in Seattle, but that’s another story.
My birthday was last week. I had an absolutely wonderful day filled with love and yellow flowers to combat Seattle grey and me being stuck in bed after having feet (yes, both of them) surgery.
I also got a lot of weird marketing pitches. Does that happen to you?
OK, I can deal with my orthodontist and optician sending me birthday texts. They obviously have a system and think this counts as customer engagement (i.e. maintaining our...not sure what to call it. Mutual dependency?) And if you're …
Right now I'm wearing stripper pants.
Well, that's what I call them. They're Nike, and have domes up both sides so I can take them on and off easily without having to pull them over my feet.
I had feet surgery - yes, both feet. I won't bore you, but thanks to my friend Micha Goebig, a great coach, I now know about stripper pants. She had a broken leg a while back and passed on the fashion hack. Given that I'll be in a moonboot for at least ten weeks, I'm about to order another pair.…
There's not much bathing suit season left, but I swim all year round at a local pool, so I have a plethora of swimsuits. Plethora - great word, right?
However, that means attention to...body hair.
It's a huge subject, but for the sake of your valuable time, I'll skip the discussion about the @%#@!! decades of pressure to defoliate.
Although some of my suits have boy trunk bottoms or skirts or frills etc., I do have a few suits where a bikini wax or a close encounter with a razor is goin…
I have a different definition of luxury clothing than stylists.
Mind you, I'm a coach who teaches you how to dress, I don't style you from top to toe, so that might be why.
Here are some of my luxury items.
Fluorescent pink and purple Life Jacket (Costco $44.95) which enables me the luxury of floating in the lake, early in the morning before other people turn up. I bob up and down like a brightly colored buoy. Big fun! It also allows me to stare at the mountain across from me and remember how…
I’m at the lake again. Sheer & utter bliss. My dog and I both need water to play in, sunshine, and strangers to admire us (I’m wearing the most amazing caftan by Prima Dona Studios).
At Idylwood Park, there’s a sign that says:
“Don’t feed the ducks because it causes overcrowding for nutrition and pollution.”
Are you feeding the ducks in your wardrobe?
Here’s what I mean by that: Are you overcrowding certain categories?
Do a quick life circle, segmented into the activities, and then do a …
So you know how they say “physician, heal thyself?”
I was walking Joule (Frenchie) at the dog park, looked down at what I was wearing and thought, if a client sees me right now, I'm running in the other direction.
I had forgotten my mantra. Dress for Your Vision, no matter the circumstances? What the heck had I been thinking?
After all, it was a client of mine who told me:
"My husband just asked where I was going, because I looked like a badass."
"What did you tell him?"
I'm a weather which.
This means I have finally worked out after half a century that I am affected by the weather. Duh.
Most people are - in my case, too many grey days make me a little weepy, emotional, depressed and as gloomy as the sky outside (I live in Seattle).
However, if the sun breaks through, it hits me like a shot of tequila.
And I've worked out that sunshine + ocean = a huge burst of creativity.
I also think four seasons is three too many.
Knowing which “which” you are is really, really im…
I love epiphanies. They usually come to me when I'm a) near a body of water b) it's sunny and c) I've just had coffee. Coincidence? I think not.
To paraphrase Einstein: "Coincidence is the Universe's way of remaining anonymous."
So...it came to me that while I love closets, I love clarity even more.
It's something I've strived for my entire life.
Clarity in who I am, what I want, how to spend my time, money, energy, with whom and where...on this one-and-possibly-done go at being me.