She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
Proverbs 31:25, Christian Bible, New International Version
I rarely paid much attention to clothing; I was more interested in developing who I was.
Well, it finally dawned on me about 10 years ago that I needed to get a little more with the fashion program. I was sitting next to my friend Laura Dailey in a nice restaurant. She was wearing the current style. I felt silly sitting next to her in my 15-year-old dress, even though it has been my all-time favorite style, pattern, and color mix. I finally conceded that I needed to set it aside. *sigh*
Do you have a favorite outfit that’s outdated? Frustrating, isn’t it?
I needed fashion guidance after recovering from my cancer ordeals. Tracy in Houston generously bought me some beautiful, fashionable dresses when I stayed with her right after my 2009 sarcoma diagnosis. My sister Roselie clearly loved watching me try on and then wear the pretty clothes.
When Thriver Soup was published, I knew I needed professional help with my wardrobe. Amy Elliott Elberfeld, Doris Gibbons, and Patti Raggets came over and went through my clothes. Keep, donate, trash. Out went 3 big black bags of clothing. Amy also gave me a lovely silk scarf that fit my skin tones perfectly and a couple stylish necklaces. She then took me shopping for a couple of outfits.
Painful, but I felt grateful. And fearless.
So I learned that fearless and fashion can go together. Fearless about letting go of what’s no longer serving me, and welcoming what does.
Find out how to become more fearless in my 10-minute video recently posted on the FashionNotFear blog (filmed by my fearless fashionista friend Laura Dailey).
Today I might not be Heidiva the Fearless Fashionista, yet my friends helped make my wardrobe more current and suitable.
Still, my friend Mim teases me: “When I think of fashion, I think of my friend Heidi.”
And we chuckle.
Thriver Soup Ingredient
Clothing ourselves for fashion can help us fit in and feel more confident. It helps us laugh a little more heartily in the face of life’s difficulties. And then we can take our new-found fearlessness and apply it to other areas of our lives.