“Style yourself from the inside out.”
I am so excited to get 2016 going and I think my theme perfectly captures my goals for the year on a multitude of levels.
First, as many of you know I started working as a fitness professional in late 2015. It is my mission to help my clients improve their overall physical fitness and reach their goals, both fitness related and otherwise. I firmly believe that a strong and powerful body leads to self-confidence and a well-developed self-concept that carries over into every aspect of life. I also believe that the commitment and drive necessary to succeed in the gym or at the track or in the pool demonstrates drive and dedication that can be applied in other areas of life as well. When you take the time to focus on building yourself from the inside out, your work will pay dividends in every area of your life. It’s no coincidence that the most powerful people today make exercise a priority every day and that many successful women have a long history of participation in sports. When you take care of your body, your body can do great things!
I also believe that true wellness starts at a deeper level than muscles. Before you ever lift that first pound or take that first step you must make the conscious decision and commitment to do so. You must recognize your own self-worth and respect yourself enough to put your health first. And you must believe that you have the power to achieve your goals. Therefore, a mindset of self-respect, health, strength, and efficacy is the first step in living well.
The word “style” really speaks to me this year as I am also launching by new business as an independent cabi Stylist. Cabi® is a company that has revolutionized the way that woman shop for clothes with the ultimate in personal shopping experiences. Cabi® is a company by woman for woman. It is dedicated to helping woman achieve their career goals with a flexible schedule that allows us to live the life we want to live. As an independent cabi stylist, I bring the entire adorable and affordable clothing line to my hostesses, who gather their friends for an evening of fashion and fun. In addition to the clothes, I also bring a host of styling tips, tricks and trends that I share to help every woman look her best, for when you look and feel your best greatness is in your grasp. It’s not just about clothes, but also about developing personal style, confidence, and empowerment and about making connections with others both within your community and throughout the world. If you’d like to learn more about cabi® you can visit the cabi® blog here.
Finally, my theme for the year also serves as a reminder to myself. After 18 months of being a largely stay-at-home mom, I am now heading back into the career world. There will be harried moments, time crunches and occasional juggling acts – I know this for a fact since life was hectic before I started working again. But if I can remember to “style myself from this inside out” – I can remain clear-headed and calm even during the busiest of times.
The most important accessory I can put on each day is my attitude. And its up to me to make sure that I remain in control of that attitude and approach each day as the gift that it is, taking the time to remember what’s truly important to me. I want to face each day with confidence, grace and a relaxed, but put-together approach. I want to remain in control, of my schedule and my emotions and project that sense of control to the world.
Which brings me to the second half of the statement, because I am embarking on a career in fashion and style, it is important that I carry myself well. That I take the time necessary to look and feel my best each day. Now, I have no grandiose notions that I will dress up every day. As a large part of my day is spent in the gym, often my attire is athleisure (thank goodness for that trend). I have already assembled a wardrobe of cute, comfortable workout clothes, that I can pair with sweaters, tunics, vests and cute shoes, and on many days that will remain my uniform. But, when it comes to time to run errands or volunteer at school or go out for dinner, I must represent the brand I love (and which fills my closet, but often remains on hangers instead of on my back). I need to live the lesson I am teaching others and take the time to carefully put myself together and present my best self to the world.