Reinvention. It sounds like a word we use when there’s a problem and you need to fix it. But when it comes to your personal brand and lifestyle, I believe reinvention is crucial.
I am a BIG fan of this reinvention process. It’s been crucial to advancing my career and life.
When I say reinvention, I don’t mean creating an entire new version of yourself. It’s not disregarding the person you’ve always been. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. It’s reconnecting with the person you truly are – and the dreams, goals and values you hold deep in your heart.
So how do you do this? It starts with a little bit of silent brainstorming. Find some quiet time to yourself to think about who you want to be. Visualize it. Picture yourself in your dream life. Now notice the details. What do you look like? What’s your attitude? Who are your friends and how do you spend your free time?
Once your closet is free of the “old you,” then you can start to replace those items with quality pieces that match your vision.
Here are more actionable items for self-reinvention:
One last key to reinvention: get out of your comfort zone. To become the person you visualize, you have to put yourself in new circumstances. You’re going to be awkward and uncomfortable – but that’s how you will grow the most.
Push yourself like that for several months. Then stop. Go to that quiet place again and take inventory. Who are you now? What does the visualization of your “ideal life” look like now? And then start the reinvention process again and again.
One book every week. That was the challenge I set for myself on this day last year for my 28th birthday.
If you are waiting to start something until you think you're "ready," you're going to be waiting a long time.
It's a fitting name for this particular group of women. They're fierce in entrepreneurial spirit and have thousands of social media followers backing their fashion brands.
My favorite part about my company is they give us a "big picture" direction and then leave the creative details up to us. I love that I can make this blog my own, but so far, I've been feeling like an imposture without a starting point.
Then throw me into a room at the "Strong Women in Fashion" with women where my social media following and blogging experience is just a drop in their bucket - and watch my confidence shrink even more.
I'll tell you though, this group of women started laying the bricks for my blogging confidence foundation.
Ironically this is the same advice an author once gave me in middle school. She said, "If you want to be an author, you must write, write, write and read, read, read."
Look, in life, we're never completely ready to start something new. Too many people let the fear of a new challenge stop them before they ever start.
Today is the day to jump in both feet first. You can't wait for tomorrow anymore.
I'm not fashionable. Really. If you make me put together an outfit that involves more than yoga pants or a dress, I will use all my brain power and still come up with nothing.
One day last year, I was over it. I was tired of feeling overwhelmed in my own closet. So I threw my clothes out. Ok, not all of them, but more than half. Gone. And boy did it help me get a grip on my style.
One memorable day as Miss Ohio, I was meeting with some of my advisers for breakfast before an appearance. I thought I looked awesome. I was wearing this new faux snake skin printed dress. Very fashion forward. Vogue would be calling me any moment. Ummm... that dress never saw the outside of the hotel. I was told I should change.
Talk about quickly developing a thick skin for constructive criticism on how I looked. Truth is, that advisor was right.
When you look good, you feel good. When you feel good, you do good." - Ami Boley
From my TV high heels, to the baseball cap I wear nearly everywhere else... I'm finding my voice in this blogging world.
"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson