One of the things I like best about myself at 45 is that I am relatively Self-Aware. As in: I know what I like and what I don't - and I'm not afraid to say so. Things weren't always this way, and I think over the years the ability to say "This is who I am!" may have been muddied with:
Needing Things to be a Certain Way
Having to Control Situations
. . .because I did, and sometimes still do, all those things.
But the truth is that I have always been particular, starting as a young child - especially about food, and shoes. So it shouldn't come as any surprise that in addition to still being clear about what kinds of food I like and don’t, I’m also particular about my style.
For example, when I see Nordstrom ads in my FB feed? Inevitably they are for the shoes in the fancy shoe department (Salon Shoes?) and I want THOSE shoes, not the ones from Brass Plum that look kind of like them. Call me crazy but I can tell the difference, and I'd rather go without than buy something that looks cheap to me.
My favorite places to shop are Anthropologie, Boden, and Free People.
Additionally I am a fan of certain kinds of jewelry, which are by most standards expensive, AND totally cool!
Jill Platner Simple and Organic - I'm glad I follow her on Instagram so I can catch the Spring Sale!
Love Heals I have spent hours in their Ojai boutique perusing all the boho yumminess. * sigh *
Jes Maharry Haven't bought any of her work in years, but somehow those pages from the Sundance Catalog always make it onto my Vision Boards.
Anne Sportun I swear my heart skips a beat when I look at her designs . . . it's the perfect mix of beautiful and different - LOVE!
I don't actually own a lot of jewelry - but I make sure that I really love what I have, and wear it every day. It's also why I switched out my FitBit for an Apple Watch. I am clearly drawn to the aesthetic value in things. :)
Here’s what I recently realized:
Many of the beliefs I've carried over the years ("I’m a picky eater", "I spend my money on frivolous things", "I have expensive taste" <— you better marry a doctor when you grow up! . . .) are not MY stories, but stories that other people have told me about ME. And I am choosing not to hold onto them any more. Boom Baby!
What about you? Do you have things that you are particular about? Things that maybe you've been told make you "high-maintenance" or "quirky"? I am here to tell you that those things make you, YOU! So stand tall, know what you love (and what you don't!), and Own It!
Love and Light,
Meet me here on Saturdays for some weekly vibes - honoring the week that has past, and clearing the way for what's new. Gather your journal and favorite pen, along with a hot cup of coffee/tea/chai - and settle in for 30 minutes dedicated to YOU.