2010 is here! I don’t think I have ever been so excited about a new year in a very long time. But, there is something special about this year–I can feel it. Maybe it was the end of a pretty difficult year or the fabulous kick off!
For the first time ever, I got dolled up for New Year’s Eve and it was fabulous. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve dolled up for a number of events in the past, but it had been a long time. Since I moved to D.C. more than two years ago, my style has changed. I find myself dressing more for comfort rather than chic. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with a fabulous pair of jeans paired with a cute top and tall boots, but there is a sense of confidence that emerges when I look at myself in the mirror wearing a strapless copper dress designed paired with chocolate stilettos. All of a sudden, I have style and pizazz.
So, I decided that 2010 was going to be a year of dolling up. No, I am not throwing away my jeans and t-shirts, but I am definitely looking at adjusting both my inner and outer styles. So, what do I mean, you ask:
- I am going to do participate in more activities that make me feel beautiful. So, what do I mean by this? Well, when I began to take belly dancing lessons at Saffron Belly Dancing in Clarendon, I grew confidence in myself after each lesson. The test: the ability to look in the mirror as I danced, and think “Wow! I am looking good.” I’ve decided to keep up with my belly dancing lessons.
- Volunteer my time and share my passions. Last fall, I completed my orientation for The Reading Connection, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to improving literarcy among children in the D.C. metro area. I begin my one year volunteership as a read aloud volunteer at Virginia Gardens, a local shelter in Arlington. When living in Charleston, I had volunteered my marketing and public relation skills for many events. I served on a number of commitees, and it was fun, but this time, I decided it was time to use additional skills or learn more.
- Hone my current skills and don’t hesitate to try anything new: Over the holidays, I attended a post holiday party at a dear friend’s house. As we discussed our work, I mentioned that I have somewhat moved away from my traditional PR background. My friend was quick to advise not to forget about those skills. “Keep up with your pr,” she said; “You never know when you will have to use those skills again.” She is so right!
- Attend more events where I can dress up or make an excuse to do so. I love dressing up. But, I find myself becoming more of a jeans girl. Jeans are great. To be honest, they can work for any occassion, but I am also beginning to become tired of wearing them–I wear them to work; I wear them at home; and, I wear them to go out. Well, where’s all the excitement! I know how I felt when I wore that fabulous dress on New Year’s Eve, and it was obvious to the others around me.
- And, finally be happy with who I am. I often look in the mirror wondering what else I can do to improve myself, and yes, there are many things. But, as a woman in her 30s’ , its really time to shine. These are suppose to be the best years!
So, what’s your style? Comfort or chic?