It’s the most wonderful time of the year… but the hustle and bustle of this season can easily rob the joy from our “gay happy greetings” if we let it, don’t you think?
Actually, if I may, I’d like to guess which part of this busy season taunts your joy (according to your Img.ID, of course!). Let’s see, the Classic usually wants plenty of time to plan for parties, she wants them organized, structured and timely, so if this is you and you are hosting any events yourself, I’m sure you will give careful attention to all the details, but be careful not to let any glitch in your plan discourage you. Classics tend to halt all progress when overwhelmed and things don’t always get completed. I recommend keeping your plans as simple as you can and do only what you know works. (For example, use “tried and true” recipes for your meals.)
Not much disrupts the calm nature of the Natural, except formalities. If this is you, don’t get stressed about the festivities’ details; keep things simple and enjoy your relationships. If you are hosting any parties, remember that those who are coming to your house know you and love you; don’t give in to the social pressure of having to be all glitz and glamour. Your casual beauty should radiate in your home and in your attire, it is what makes others so comfortable around you. Enjoy this season the way you are comfortable celebrating and for the events where you need to be more formal, BE and LET BE.
Dramatics, don’t usually need any coaching when it comes to the party scene. If this is you, this is your season to dress up, celebrate and enjoy. The bling you love to wear everyday is acceptable and less intimidating at formal events, so have a blast! If you are hosting any parties (I couldn’t keep that word singular for you!), be careful not to exhaust yourself with all the extra details. If you don’t have time for some of the extras don’t do them–your guests would never have expected them anyway. Most Dramatics don’t mind the work to prepare an excellent time for all their guests, but if they don’t sit and enjoy the party themselves their company never is really able to relax either. If relaxing is hard for you, do it for them.
Ingénues are very creative women who also work hard on the details when hosting a party, but for them it may be less out of their own desire and more out of a sense of obligation to whoever they are throwing the party for, because if they have a choice it would usually be a small, intimate party. If this is you, be careful not to wear yourself out making sure all your guests feel very special; remember you are special, too.
Romantics would also prefer that her parties were only with friends and family that she knows and loves, but no matter what size it is, if she is hosting it, she will make it an elegant event with candlelight, music, potpourri, lace and fine food. If this is you, you will serve your guests well and be sure every need is met and everyone will enjoy the party; be sure you do, too.
Gamines, like Dramatics, tend to love the parties (as long as they love the people at them) but they are more apt to delegate the stress away. If this is you and you need to host the event, I don’t need to suggest you make reservations at a restaurant, or have it catered because you have probable already thought of that. Your parties are not a lot of work but they are a lot of fun, and maybe its time some of the rest of us should learn from you!
No matter which Img.ID you are, enjoy this beautiful season-your way- with confidence that comes from pursuing peace.
Catrina Welch is an image- and life-coach whose message is not as much “what not to wear” as it is, “Know Who You Are,” which is the title of her book of guidelines for your personal image identity. Catrina has also written a Bible study to help women overcome their confidence conflicts; it is titled Supreme MakeOver: a Rich and Refreshing Devotional Experience. Her other books include Footprints Through the Sand: a Consolidation of Life-altering stories about Loving and Losing a Trisomy-18 Baby and Confident Beauty: Reflecting the One Who Made You with the Images in Your Mirror and Your Soul, which will be available in book stores this spring. All of these books are available now at www.CatrinaWelch.com
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