Sep 25, 2011

The Art of Fighting Intimidation

 Whenever I'm out I love to watch and see what other women are wearing. It's great to get inspiration from other gals. Sometimes this little light bulb goes off and I realize a new way to wear something or I remember something I have that I had completely forgotten about. I see something I like and I know I have to have it and I either #1) make a mental note to look for it on my next thrift store visit or #2) realized that I actually do have it, it's just in the forgotten recesses of my closet somewhere! 

Unfortunately, sometimes a dark inner voice takes over and starts whispering that I'm not dressed as well as all the other ladies or that I don't quite measure up. Suddenly, I feel intimidated. I start second guessing what I have on and I get sensory overload on what I see all around me. I'm not saying this happens all the time, but when it does I have to give myself a pep talk to quit listening to that little voice that is telling me I'm not good enough. If I fall prey to the negativity, before I know it I am thinking I'm not skinny enough or I'm not inspired enough or I'm not cool enough. It's enough to make a gal cry. 

Here's how I know I'm not going to listen to it. Having confidence in yourself is the coolest, sexiest, most beautiful style you will ever have. You can show your confidence by knowing that:

#1) you feel comfortable in what you are wearing 
#2) you really enjoy what you are wearing
#3) what you are wearing fits your body well

then you can begin to overcome any intimidation you might feel in a crowd. It's your own style that makes you special and people will see that. When I have on something that I know I like and I feel comfortable in then I can battle those negative thoughts pretty darn well. I really enjoy seeing women that are trying something new and not just following the pack. While everyone else is wearing a teeny sundress it's fun to see a lady in a vintage 50s style dress or Audrey Hepburn style cigarette pants. It makes her stand out in a sea of unoriginality. These are the things I try to have on replay whenever I feel less than up to par. Sorry for trying to be Oprah here, I thought I would get this off my chest and share just in case there was someone else out there that might feel the same way every now and then.

Have a great week everyone!


Brian said...

This is an inspiring post... and applicable in all walks of life! Thank you for sharing! :)

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