Flowers were designed for beauty; so were women, but neither will share their fragrant appeal with the world if they are not cared for properly. A florist would be a fool if he treated all his flowers alike.
I love to teach women “what not to wear” but I am far more passionate about helping them Know Who They Are and how to care for their heart so that their beauty doesn’t wilt like flowers do.
Some types of flowers are more sensitive than others. If you mistreat an Orchid it will drop it’s flowers and leave you with shriveled leaves and an empty stem. Some women (especially those with the Ingénue, Romantic or Dramatic Img.IDs) will shut down on those who mistreat them. This doesn’t mean they are defeated permanently, but they will need a sabbatical until they can find their strength to flourish again.
Not all women shut down when they are hurt; some fight back. Actually, any Img.ID will return fire when she needs to, but some put up a guard–like a rose, which protects it’s beauty with thorns–just in case someone tries to hurt her. This can be the Classic’s tendency. A Gamine, on the other hand, is free-hearted until she is treated wrongfully–or even worse, someone she loves is hurt–then she is fierce about making sure that justice is served. I liken her to the Calla Lilly, which might not have the sweetest aroma, but wow does this bold beauty add excitement (and color) to life!
The Natural Img.ID isn’t sensitive or guarded, which is why I liken this carefree woman to a wild flower, which really doesn’t need a florist to bring out her beauty. Her casual image doesn’t need a consultant like me either, but her heart does. Because,like the rest of us, she feels the pressures from men, media and her mom. As much as it may seem that annualizing a woman’s beauty is like putting her in a box, in actuality, it liberates her to BE who she was designed to be.
If you are feeling pressured to emulate a style that doesn’t suit you, or to respond to life differently than you want to, maybe it’s time to break free from what holds you back from being your best. If you would like to know your Img.ID, be sure to take my assessment quiz.
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 our 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