Many factors have made me hyper-sensitive to family dynamics recently: My pastor has been preaching a series on relationships, I am preparing for a mother / daughter event, I am finishing up a child’s book about the six styles of children, and most significantly, cancer has invaded my strong, influential father and I am getting a lot of extra time with my extended family as we all join efforts in helping my parents through the fight of a life-time.
How wonderful and pleasant it is
when brothers live together in harmony! ~Psalm 133:1
All these factors are teaching me three valuable lessons: Continue reading What is your Personal Presence?
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There are two well-known nuggets of wisdom that will help anyone stay on a budget when grocery shopping. They are also brilliant policies for anyone shopping for clothing:
1. Don’t shop hungry
An empty belly makes the mind less focused. It is human nature to kick into survival mode when in any physical need. If you are feeling weak and desperate, any food placed before you is appealing–no matter what the menu plan was for the week. The same is true for clothing shopping. If you go shopping when you feel unattractive and underprivileged, any new outfit may be appealing, no matter what you actually need.
Wether you like to shop or not is a big indicator of your Img.ID:
C: I shop very seldom
N: I shop very practically
D: I love to shop
I: I like new things but mostly shop for others
R: I love to shop for shoes (even if I don’t always wear them)
G: I am a very smart shopper
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Continue reading 2 Wise Ways to Shop on a Budget
Having a Confident Closet is a very free feeling, but getting to that point can be work. Like most cleaning jobs, we create a bit of mess and confusion in the process. If you followed my Closet Cleanout Checklist last week, you may have you been feeling that this week as you have been doing your Wardrobe Weeding.
“I’ve got nothing to wear!”
Fret not, for freedom and confidence are just around the corner!
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Now that your closet is empty and clean, let’s treat it like a suitcase by creating one outfit at a time, head to toe, just as if you were going away on a vacation.
Assess the need
First, determine your basic needs for the season you are in. Continue reading Your Closet is a Suitcase
Spring is such an exciting time of year, isn’t it? As the trees begin to bloom and new buds break through the gardens, they call us out of our homes and into the yards to prepare for the season to come. Fun in the sun is just around the corner, but for now there is a lot of work to be done.
The long winter brought down to the ground what once was colorful foliage. The dead, dry leaves must now be raked and removed to make way for that which is to come. This cycle is simply a fact of life. If we want beautiful gardens, we must clean them out or else, no matter how lovely the new flowers, their beauty will be hindered by all the old clutter around them.
Your closet is the same way. Yes, it’s time to pull out the bright colors and light fabrics again. It may even be time to do some serious shopping, but first, let’s make room for that which is to come. Continue reading The Secret to Simplifying your Closet
When is the last time someone said something encouraging to you as a person?
You are very good at that.
You are so strong!
You are beautiful.
I hope it was this morning that someone validated you as a person, but I know that in reality it may have been a long time since you have heard a positive statement about your looks, strengths or qualities. For some reason, most of us hold back from “speaking life” over each other.
“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!-Deuteronomy 30:19
I was just making a bitmoji with my daughter. We were cracking up Continue reading Validation, Everyone Needs It
As Easter approaches, let’s consider how Mary’s mamma-heart must have felt during Jesus’ persecution and death.
As moms, we believe in our kids. Sure, we see their faults and we get frustrated when they don’t follow our wishes, but we see beyond the present day; we see their potential future. If anyone should point out their imperfections, we defend them because we know that, one day, each of them will be great!
I imagine that this must have been especially true for Mary. Granted, her son was perfect–but she was not. Surely she got anxious about the expectations she had for Him. After all, she was told (directly by an angel!) profound promises about His future yet she had to wait thirty years before He began His ministry. Continue reading Confident for Our Children
The Beauty of Branding your Image is that when you know your style, you know your general guidelines for what to wear… even when it comes to nail polish. Colors trend and services change, but just as with your wardrobe or makeup, there are specifics you should always follow.
Here are the general guidelines for each of the 6 styles:
Continue reading To Manicure or not to Manicure
Not all Confidence Conflicts are Beauty Battles. Attacks on our identity come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Most of these conflicts are mountains–whether we made them out of molehills or not.
Nineteen years ago today, my husband and I faced one of our biggest mountains: the loss of our daughter.
Grief is a very real and very difficult Confidence Conflict, which leaves you feeling small and overwhelmed. Emotions are raw, vision is blurred and the path to peace is hard to find. There were many times during our journey when we lost our way, broke down, gave up or separated from each other emotionally. We did, however, make a decision to reunite and help each other over the mountain of grief. Eventually we found our way through the woods, but I don’t believe we would have made it to higher ground if we hadn’t called out to God for help. Continue reading Finding Strength in the Confidence Conflicts
The Classic woman (AKA the Refined Beauty) is a well-organized manager. She’s a take-charge kind of gal who excels in administration with great authority. Instruction and correction come naturally for her and she takes the time to study the details of her interests.
She is tenacious and determined.
Many Classic are highly Continue reading What to Wear for the Refined Beauty
The Natural woman is a laid back, kind and considerate friend. She doesn’t draw much attention to herself, but she pays great attention to others. She is loyal and committed, even when treated poorly. She sees the other side of the picture and when people mistreat her, she considers where they are coming from and tends to give them grace quickly.
This doesn’t mean she’s a pushover, because she is definitely not. In fact, she will hold you accountable just as quickly as she will see your motive. Her compassionate nature will not condemn you for your wrongs, but nor will it let you off the hook easily. She knows you are not perfect but she also knows you need to put in the work just like she does. Best of all, she truly believes you can do what it takes, probably because she knows she can do what it takes. Continue reading What to Wear for the Casual Beauty
The Dramatic woman is just that: passionately expressive. Conversations with her are very deep and theatrically infused with emotional word-pictures. She’s a rather private person, but somehow doesn’t mind the spot light. In fact, many Dramatics take up their profession in the fine arts and are often found in the theaters or on television. These girls (and guys) put their whole heart into their performance and their long, lean physique is easy on the camera.
For the same reasons, many Dramatics are Continue reading What to Wear for the Exotic Beauty