Getting Dressed

Getting Dressed Blog CarrieMontgomery.com

Happy LOVE Day! I’m reclaiming Valentine’s Day to be more inclusive (it’s not just for lovers)!

I’m coming in hot off a wild 2 week American tour.  I spoke at my soul sisters’, Amber Lilyestrom’s Accelerator Mastermind. It was a life altering experience for me & the amazing women in the room.

I wish you could’ve been in there.

We broke down the beauty myths that media is portraying out there. Best part? Every woman in the room FELT how powerful their body is when they checked-in with their energy and emotions WHILE LEARNING to get dressed in a new way.

There was an amazing moment when I told the women that wearing Spanx doesn’t mean you’re fat, it just means you need a stronger container of support that day.  The sigh in the room was palpable. It was like a 100,000 lbs left the room and the women were set free.

The sisterhood I experienced over the past 2 weeks reminded me of how powerful love really is.

Over the years, I’ve really struggled with the word, LOVE.  I used to roll my eyes to the back of my head and vomit in my mouth when I heard mushy stories of romantic partners or saw a couple spoon feeding one other cheesecake.  For some reason, (more like TONS of compounded trauma) I really had a bitter taste in my mouth around love.

Guess what? Those beliefs translate to how I look at my body, how I feel in my clothes, and how I hold my presence in public.

When you step into alignment of your soul and silhouette, deep peace rushes through your body.  You take actions that feel good, you receive positive feedback, you can handle the tough stuff with elegance and grace.  Your mind is calmer, a deep sense of inner knowing and TRUST becomes real.

You become present and unbelievably powerful.

This, my love, is what Getting Dressed with Carrie Montgomery FEELS like.  

We revolutionize how you get dressed, which ultimately shifts how the world SEES YOU.

You show up magnetic, because you’re not afraid to take up space. People are drawn to you, because you’re living your truth. Things go your way as you stand (in heels or flats) for your practical and energetic needs.  So, this is what’s amazing about this title and tag above.

I’ve been wanting to start a podcast for 3 years, but I really had to wait for the clarity of the vision to show up aligned and feeling powerful.  After I spoke at Amber’s mastermind, I sat down in my chair in the back next to Rachel Camfield (the other speaker that weekend). She leaned over and said, “I have a little inspiration for you.”  She did NOT know my business desires. She said, “Somatic Method is great, but not everyone knows what that means. How about Getting Dressed with Carrie Montgomery?”  I got chills. And immediately the tagline “Revolutionizing how women show up” came out of my mouth.

I ran the new messaging by all my biz besties and a few other warm friendly crowds.  I’d love to know what you think, for real! Just hit reply and tell me if it resonates or not!  

Would you listen to a podcast about getting dressed for your soul AND silhouette?

The crazy part is the evolution within days of welcoming in this new identity. I’m always working to deepen my WHY, and was able to sit down with my Maine Rockstars Mastermind gals last Friday (right before I flew out) to share with them my new world.  The aha’s and wins. I broke into tears when sharing my deep desire to bring this work of Getting Dressed to young women just coming into their bodies. It gives me more drive and more staying power to bring this to an audience that deeply needs to learn the power of their bodies before mass media tells them they’re “not good enough.”

The foundation of my business is built off of service, connection, and transformation. When I learned these were my core values, it shifted my whole internal engagement with my business, which in turn, reflected on the outside, too.

Spending time connecting with my foundational tribe ALWAYS PAYS IN SPADES.  Take a moment to connect in and recognize all the beauties that have helped you along the way.  It takes a village to create an empire. If you’re up to it, let them know!

And when you have a second, I’d love your feedback (email me!) on the Podcast title: Getting Dressed with Carrie Montgomery: Revolutionizing How Women Show Up.

As always, I am so grateful for your presence, love, and support!  Email info@carriemontgomery.com and let me know your thoughts!

BIG LOVE!

Carrie

Are you your own Safe Space?

Are you your own Safe Space? Blog CarrieMontgomery.com

When I first started my business, I was filled with 10,000 anxieties.  I wanted to impress, I wanted to succeed, I wanted to make a massive impact.  More than that, I really wanted to be accepted.

My issue was not being able to accept myself first.

I didn’t feel safe in my own body.  

I didn’t feel safe in the world at large.

I sure as hell didn’t feel safe engaging with people I didn't really know online.  

This brought up a perpetual paranoia that I was always under attack.

When I finally realized that the common denominator of all these anxieties was ME, I was able to work on it!

I did the deep trauma work.

I ate the clean food.

I did the writing.

I detoxed from tech.

I created comfortable space.

Once these things became my paramount priority…

My creative juices began to open up, the deeper I dove into creating a safe environment for me to express myself.  Finally I was able to take a stand for the work that I believed in (no matter what someone thinks about me).

And then I got on the train of how do we make this bigger, better, reach more people, make more money.  And, well, I burnt out. I found myself depleted, exhausted, and really not interested in my own work.

I craved intimacy.

I craved connection.

I craved a high touch service.

I deeply craved transformation.

I stopped living for what others said about running a successful online business:

  • You need to have a bigger audience

  • You need to post on instagram at this time, this way

  • You need to speak on big stages

  • You need “these” media outlets  (Those are other people’s goals and strategies.)

When you find yourself in the safe place of your own design, able to take inspired, aligned action, well, the universe starts to work in miraculous ways. The more you stay connected to this life force inside you, good things start to happen.

Your “I need to’s” may be...

I need to align with my body

Fill up my heart

Trust myself

Rest more

Take more spacious in between appointments

They can look very different than the to do list of someone else (even if they’re mega successful).  We’ve been programed to believe the more productive, the better. The harder we work, the more successful.  The list goes on of things that may NOT be serving you, but you’ve been sold by society that you need to do it THIS WAY.

So, my love, what are you looking for?  What will you do in 2019? Where do you need more alignment?  I’d love to invite you to a discovery call. We can look at how you need to serve yourself and how I can support you to get there.  And yes, we can do it in style!

If you’ve been following me for a while, you will know, style is an inside out job.

When we redefine the way we look at style (and how we do life), our world shifts!  I’d love to help you be successful, your way! Book you call here.

xoxo,

Carrie

Faith Restored

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Tomorrow I’ll be on my way back to America for a short trip. I have a speaking gig and will be leading a workshop in Maine. I’ve spent the past few weeks checking in with my body to make sure we can do the journey!

This is the deal… you have one life and one body. Learn how to tune in and take care of it.  

You may have a few lifetimes with karmic retribution and evolution of the soul.  But, let’s be clear with what is here and now.

You. Your Body. Your Spirit.

There’s a deep connection to how you feel about yourself, how you treat yourself, and how your spirit soars in the world.

It often has to do with what you’re thinking and the actions you take.

I know… self care… sounds like a luxury, doesn’t it?

When I took the leap to move to Spain, I definitely had this thought about being, “insane for moving across the world.”  

I had no clear plan and a major gut feeling. For the first time, I wanted to let my life unfold.

Everything at that point was FINE: business, health still a major obstacle, and well, my faith in the universe was a little battered.  I could no longer try to heal my souls’ connection to my body with another date, or another creation in my business. I had to get in alignment with my everyday life. Simplification was key.

In my wellness journey, I’ve inspected every aspect of my life. My energy, physical body, t how I’m feeling, what I’m eating, how I’m moving my body, who I’m spending time with, to my family, and how I’m serving the women I work with. Let’s be clear; we don’t need to master all these areas, but we do need to stay engaged in our process.

Wellbeing, to me, is about bringing parts of you to life that want to thrive. 

It allows your body to be well.  Your soul gets a clear signal when it’s time to shake her booty, or rest and recalibrate.

I had no idea what was in store for me in Ibiza.  What I’ve found has brought my heart back to life. My faith is being restored.

There have been EPIC dance parties under the stars.

Nothing cures an eating disorder like incredible, fresh, wholesome food. (more on this one day)

I’ve been introduced to natural wines and adventured to wineries.

The people are so free and fun and vibrant.

I feel at home here.

I’ve moved many, many times in my life.  The community that took me 4 years in Maine to create and 10 years in NYC to create, I’ve found in 3 months in Ibiza. Talk about ALIGNMENT!

I’ve been able to connect in sister circles.  I’ve been able to walk beaches and have heartfelt convos.  I’ve been able to just wander and explore the Island. Nikita has really enjoyed every step of the way. My Spanish is slowly getting better.

This, my friend, allows me to feel my faith being restored and my heart beat for life is back.

I didn’t realize how much my heart had been broken by the sequence of events over the past 10-20 years.  I was willing my way through every day and breaking down all at the same time. The body can’t heal that way.

The Somatic Dressing Method™ opened doors for introspection and creative expression that have left me and many women to feel liberated.

The crazy thing is… All I had to do was respond to an invitation and the rest has fallen into place. (yes, there were some challenging logistics) Like giving up my home in Maine before having my visa confirmed, but having a ticket purchased, and needing to wait a month before I could leave, if I could leave?

It was the ultimate LEAP OF FAITH!

I’ve been in Ibiza for 3 months now and I’m about to fly back to America for 2 weeks.  I’m thrilled to embrace my soul sisters.

Last week, I let you know about my upcoming workshop: Love Your Lines in 2019 with Style.  

The reason I created this experience is because dressing for my soul changed my life, as well as, hundreds of my client’s lives for the better. With regular practice, I found myself...

More calm

More focused

More confident

And MOST importantly, I found that when I committed to a daily body check-in, I had greater power to TRANSFORM things in my life that I wasn’t happy with.

This is what I want for you. I’m going to teach you the tools that I know will give you the power to expand your potential and feel embodied confidence. That’s why I created 2019: Love Your Lines in Style Workshop.

This will only be offered live while I’m back in America for a speaking gig.

I’ll be hosting a workshop for 3 hours and would love to have anyone in New England/Southern Maine join us in Portland.

This workshop will teach you the most soulful way to get dressed. You’ll fall more in love with your body and soul. You’ll exude confidence and ease (even if you have a lot on your plate).   As a result, you’ll receive more money, because you’re finally speaking your truth.

Join me! I can’t wait to see you!

XO,

Carrie

Love Your Lines in 2019 with Style

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How often do you look in the mirror and find a flaw? Yup, it might be a tummy roll, the lovely jiggle ripple on your bum, or the extra bit of skin under your chin.

Be honest with me… I know you’ve done it.

Looking at your body doesn’t have to be a heartbreaking experience. I want you to know the difference of  falling in love with your body instead of berating at it in the mirror.

I’m teaching a super special workshop for you!

Love Your Lines in 2019 with Style!

The reason I created this experience is because dressing for my soul changed my life, as well as hundreds of my client’s lives, for the better. With regular practice, I found myself...

More calm

More focused

More confident

And MOST importantly, I found that when I committed to a daily body check-in, I had a greater power to TRANSFORM the things in my life that I wasn’t happy with.

This is what I want for you. I’m going to teach you the tools that I know will give you the power to expand your potential and feel embodied confidence. That’s why I created 2019: Love Your Lines in Style Workshop, which is in alignment with your feedback about your greatest style challenges.

Love Your Lines in 2019 with Style.  This, my love, will be a theme for the year.  You’ll see it threaded through my work. Because, well, it’s the foundation of everything I do. And it’s exactly what you need to do to step into every day feeling fabulous and conscious and powerful.

MORE IMPORTANT than just looking good!

You might think style doesn’t matter, but it does, love.  How you present yourself to the world is how people perceive you.  You don’t have to be a fashionista, hell, I’m not a fashionista.

I’m a feelista that loves aesthetics.

Love Your Lines in 2019 with Style Workshop is a soulful way of tapping into what your body truly needs, listening to how it feels, and using clothing to support you!

This process is about learning how to make decisions daily for what you need to wear to be as effective and powerful as possible. It’s more about feeling good, than dressing trendy.

It’s also a great way to tap into what your souls needs. You’ll not only feel good, but you’ll look good, because your spirit is supported.

Your body wants what it wants, do you serve it?

Your soul desires space to be heard, do you give it the spaciousness?

Your spirit needs to be lifted, do you allow it?

So Beauty, if you’ll be in Maine Thursday, February 7th 6pm - 9pm, I’d love you to join my for 2019 Love Your Lines in Style Workshop. The workshop is $197, and subscribers can get $100 off the workshop with the discount code TourNE2019. 2019 is your year to love your lines!

Sign up by February 1st and you’ll get a bonus course - Desired Style Closet Cleanse - as well as 2 follow-up group calls to keep the line love going. This is a $597 value!

We’ll soiree at 6pm at Cloudport in Portland, Maine! And then I’m gonna walk you through how to ask your body what it needs to LOVE YOUR LINES and STEP INTO STYLE IN 2019.  We’ll be together for 3 hours, you’ll have a chance to ask Qs, and get clear on your body needs! The space is limited, so sign up now.

Can’t wait to see you at there!

Carrie

PS. Not in Maine but are interested in the workshop? Let me know & I can get you set up to Love Your Lines with style online!

Sacred Style in 2019

Sacred Style in 2019 Carrie Montgomery

Beauty!

Welcome to 2019.  I know from the bottom of my heart that this is YOUR YEAR.  

2018 was full of releasing what I thought I wanted and recalibrating to what I now want.

I let go of a relationship.  I moved into my own home. I needed to work towards a life that felt more aligned with my soul, not just looking good. Unfortunately our values were different and we needed to live our own lives.  My new home was healing, soothing, and perfect, but I still felt a piece of me was missing and needed to come to life. I left it all behind and moved to Spain. I grew and deepened my relationships with clients and friends.  I shifted the structure of my business to more intimate containers and focused on service, transformation, and connection.

By redefining my boundaries, I began to flourish in new ways and with more ease.

2018 was the year of #loverecovery.  (See more on Instagram!) That’s my reframe on trauma recovery.  I thought that I completed all my trauma work. Yet, when the #metoo movement came out, it was clear that I still had unresolved, deep seeded trauma layered and stacked in my body; making me crumble inside.

So, with the success of 2017,  2018 became the year to recalibrate.

What 3 values do you live by?

Mine are service, transformation, and connection.  This helps me feel safe, have fun, and fall in love with myself and everyone else.

For 2019, I chose the word ABUNDANT to guide my every move. I’m not talking about more-money-abundant (that will come). I mean abundance, as in, more life. I want to feel an ABUNDANT amount of:

Laughter

Joy

Adventure

Freedom

Pleasure

Focus

Tubs

Flowers

Energy

Connections

Conversations

Love

Beauty

Fun

Spaciousness

Creativity

Health

Water

Fitness

Deep self care

These are all things I can create for myself.  The more I create this ABUNDANT space, the more my life will expand. The same is true for you, too!

Choose your word for the year.  Maybe it’s courage, consistency, or connection. Your word will bring you into a more sacred, loving space where you can evolve and stand powerfully on your beautiful own two feet. Plus, have the loving arms of community around you when your feet get shaky.

As you may know, I moved to Spain in October of 2018.  My business took many shifts last year. I claimed the trademark for Somatic Styling Method™.  If you’ve been curious to work with me, there are four ways I can be of service to you in 2019:

  1. Create Your Soul Style

  2. The Embodied Brand

  3. Get Photo Ready

  4. In Person Intensives (Email me to learn more.)

There will be workshops and retreats coming your way, too!

The foundation of my work is the Somatic Styling Method™. Every women that enters the world of CarrieMontgomery.com will be invited to embrace their bodies and style in a completely new way.

I was tired of just looking good, I know how to do that, but what I really struggled with was feeling good.  Depression, chronic illness, PTSD, anxiety, insomnia, you name it, they all swirled in my world. I was a dark cloud that looked shiny and bright on the outside.  It was fake, false, and a bit fucked up.

My commitment to you is to help you bring your body alive, light up your life with love and compassion, and do it in style.

You can feel good and look good, too.  You can have an open loving relationship with your body.  You can be conscious about what’s holding you back and take loving action towards shifting your thoughts and subconscious mind.

I’m coming back to the east coast and have opened up 4 spots for 1-day intensives.  We’ll dive into your somatic style and create your signature style! It’s a wild way to tap into who you’re becoming, while honoring who you are.  

If you’re interested and want to know if this work is for you, apply for a call here.

I’m so thrilled about the potential of 2019 and I can’t wait to play with you.

So much love,

Carrie

This isn't Superficial. It's Sustainable Style.

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There is SO much more to style than just your clothes.

It’s actually a deep, kinetic sensation. Have you seen street style photos and wondered, how does she pull that outfit off and look so fab? Then, you might imagine what her life is like. Is she happy? Does she love her work? Is she present for her community?

Well, there’s no way to really know unless you know her. But what is apparent is she’s damn good at creating a vibe that fits like a glove on her body.

Soul Style has two parts. First is the PERSONA (or attitude) you’re claiming that day and second is the SOMATIC SENSATION (or feeling) you’re expressing.

Sounds a little deep, right?

Well, most stylish people have a clearly defined persona that they’re claiming on the daily. It would be:

  • Sporty Spice

  • Preppy (sometimes sexy) Teacher

  • Edgy Executive

  • Passionate Nomad

  • Modern Goddess

  • Retro Grunge

  • Vintage Chic

The list of Style Archetypes goes on for days. There’s nothing more confusing to your family, friends, and potential opportunities than seeing you dress grunge one day, chic the next, sporty the next, with no common thread. You end up with piles of trendy clothes that’ll go out of style. Yeah, the look of the moment that doesn’t work for your body or soul.

So, you try again, and again, and again. More like buy again, and again, and buy again.

It’s a total waste of money and time.

First of all, the PERSONA needs to align with how you’re truly feeling in your body. You might be feeling edgy, or retro, or a vintage vibe, but your body is tapping you on your shoulder asking for some attention.

Your body may be fatigued. It may be super tense and stressed or it may fill you of life force and excited energy. Where ever your body is asking for support, there’s a container you can step into to make you feel as effective and powerful each day.

A big part of that is being clear and honoring what’s actually going on, on a soul level.

You may feel low, down, blue and need to pull on that hoodie to hide from the world for a while. That’s cool, as long as you know that it’s OK to cancel those meetings on a dark hoodie day.

You may feel exhausted, but need to perform at work. Your body will need extra support all the way down to your big girl panties (seamless, please). Just pull on those high waisted pants and tuck in an elegant, loosely fitted, silk top for some ease. If you have the luxury and freedom of being able to wear whatever, wherever, then grab a maxi dress and release that fatigue as you glide with ease into your elegance for the day.

I know, this may sound wack-a-doodle. But, I kid you not, it works. I’ve been dressing this way to support my body and soul for years with chronic health conditions. This way of dressing has given me confidence to shine and attract a magazine cover feature and speaking at Maine Live. My clients keep texting me that THIS WORK keeps paying them back again and again!

Like Raechel…   “This totally sums up what you and your work have helped me feel EVERY single day! Truly a gift that keeps on giving - thank you!!”

Like Raechel…

“This totally sums up what you and your work have helped me feel EVERY single day! Truly a gift that keeps on giving - thank you!!”

You too can have Soul Style that gives you strength, power, and the juice to live life to the fullest every day.  I’d love to know what you are struggling with when it comes to feeling good in your body and what you’d like help with. Email me and tell me what’s up these days.

I can’t wait to connect with you.

Lots of love,

Carrie

Comfy, Cozy, Confident

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Do you want to feel totally comfortable and at ease this holiday season?  Maybe even throw in a splash of sparkle?

That burgundy cashmere sweater is waiting for you to wrap yourself up as you throw on that flowy green silk skirt. Heels or boots? Well, it’s up to your body!  Do you need to be lifted and leaning into the crowd or chill and hanging back on your heels?

It’s all about the energy you need to put out there, so you can manage yourself in the holiday shuffle.

Each body is different. Everyone has different style. You pick from colors, textures, accents, heel height, accessories, yup, some of the basic style principles that help set your individuality apart.

But we also have to follow our rhythm, our vibe, and our inner guidance.

So, take note. How do you want to enter into the new year? How do you want to feel?

Make a list of your top 5 goals. Not anyone else’s goals or vision for you. Just yours!

For me, I’ve learned a lot this year around slowing down and simplifying.  I used to think ‘Bigger was Better.’ But that actually wasn’t aligned with my energy.  Intimate settings are my most favorite endeavor in life.  I use this principle to filter all my decisions.

Knowing how you want to feel this holiday is a game changer in how you engage with your friends and family, how you stand out in the crowd, and how you relax and have fun!

This holiday season we’re taking a break and relaxing into a European Christmas Adventure.

Have a fabulous New Year Celebration, however you plan to play, make sure it’s filling up your soul, so you can rock out 2019.  

I’ll see you in the New Year!

Cheers,

Carrie



Rock Your Holiday Shuffle

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Can you believe it? We’re in the first week of December.  I don’t know where the past two months went.

Well, I do. I was settling into my new home.  Getting acquainted with life in Europe, specifically, island life.

With the holiday season upon us, it’s always filled with fun while connecting with others, a few tears while reflecting on the year, and inspiration as you peak into the new year.

I’m gonna be honest with you. I’m still angry at times about the sequence of events in my life. Many things were out of my control, but if you believe in co-creation and universal alignment, well, guess who’s staring you right in the face.

Yup, you… (me too).

Building a business, a brand, an experience for others to participate in takes focus, grit, and determination.  At times, I haven’t had that. Stepping into a new version of yourself isn’t for the faint of heart. It takes depth, awareness, a willingness to experiment, an ability to accept what is & a need to embody a new vision.

Let’s talk about all the emotions that come up during transformation.  (And the holidays. Can we say Bridget Jones might come out to play?)

You may start with hope.

  • A true desire and clear vision for a new sense of you

There will be fear.

  • What if it doesn’t work?

  • What if I can’t change?

And then anger & sadness sets in.

  • A blood curdling feeling of injustice

  • A heart wrenching ache of sorrow that can kill all hope

Emotions are an internal storyteller.  When you can’t feel them, breakdowns happen. It’s part of the process.

When we’re not living our truth and doing what we REALLY want to do, our bodies create illness. Symptoms that plague your focus.  They dominate your perspective and your commitment to keep going. They influence your actions.

And, then you pause, because there’s a decision to make.  “Do I stretch into the new me or do I stay here drowning in fear, doubt, and frustration?” Believe it or not, when it feels like your back is up against the wall, you have a choice.

That choice can be your deadlines, your body, your family, but please consider your body first. You’re nothing without your health and livelihood.

So, what does this have to do with style?

You know that woman who walks into the holiday party and you can’t stop staring at her?

She’s so put together. Her nails, hair, and outfit look beautiful. It’s not the attire that you’re drawn to. It’s her vibe. She flutters about the room, smiling, with sparkly clutch in hand -- introducing herself to everyone with ease.

She knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to ask for it.

You don’t have to wait until the New Year to make your style a priority.

The key to sashaying into the holidays feeling good, is to focus on your style before you feel ready.

On Friday, December 14th at 12:00pm - 2:00pm EST, I’m going to present the Entrepreneurs Guide to Holiday Style: How to Step Out of Your House Feeling Cozy & Confident without Wearing Your Cozies.

You’ll learn:

  • Why the fashion industry isn’t on your side and how to make peace with it

  • My spiritual practice to discovering your Style

  • How your clothes can create more connections and confidence to make it through holiday celebrations and breakdowns

Join us here!

Please don’t sleep on this.

To provide you with extra time to do a Q&A at the end, I have to hold space for only 20 women.

I cannot wait to empower you with this information!

Cheers!

Carrie

P.S. Here’s that link to sign up again.

Style from the Inside Out

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Your journey to style can be soulful and connected.  It can bring you to new heights and experiences with your own body.  Maybe you’ll step on stage in your elegant fit and flare dress, or cozy up fireside in your Uggs with a sherpa robe, sipping on warm cocoa.

We all have a different style and it’s hard to navigate exactly what you need to wear to feel your best. How can you make smart choices when you’re bombarded with millions of commercial deals out there?

Buy THIS for 80% off! OMG, that’s a deal, but in reality it’s a shitty piece of clothing that you’ll only wear once.  The ultimate impulse buy was covering up a true need for rest and restoration.

Finding your soul style isn’t a straight road.  It’s hard to figure it out by yourself. That’s why I love helping women step into their own true sense of comfort and confidence by listening to their body.  Confidence goes beyond the labels you wear. Clothes are a tool to help you feel as good as you look.

Recently I was chosen to be the COVER WOMAN of Maine Women Magazine. Yes, that’s how I got the text. More like this…

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It was a moment for me.  Completely unexpected. I had a casual conversation with the creative director. She said she’d pitch me. At that time, I was honored by the idea, but didn’t attach too much to the outcome.  I was thrilled to just have my work featured in the magazine.

I sat at my friend’s restaurant, with my new friends in Ibiza, and we soaked up the good news. The four of us, a modern mix of worlds coming together to celebrate life.

For me, being featured in a women’s magazine was a celebration.  Have a look at the story in Maine Women Magazine.

Take a moment. Acknowledge if you’ve celebrated your work.  Have you honored the hours of blood, sweat, and tears that you’ve put into your creation?

If not, I highly recommend you take a moment to decide how you want to celebrate YOU.

XO,

Carrie

[Time Sensitive] Want advice on your style?

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Sister,

Remember the last time you looked in the mirror and said, “Oh boy, if I rubbed that Buddha belly, my wish would be to lose 10 lbs!” We expand, contract, but we’re always living inside our bodies. (Until, we’re not.)

It’s easy to run from it. To shop for a fleeting high, stuff your face with chips and guac (or pumpkin pie), to drink one more glass of wine, to forget. But, is it easy to let out a long, hard sigh and relax into your body instead? To accept it as it is?

My clients think so after using the Somatic Dressing Method™.

It’s their daily embodiment dressing process.

It’s not about how you look, but accommodating how you feel. In every moment, you get to present yourself, as you need. It’s so freeing!

You strive to feel comfortable, confident, and connected to your core. I know, I do it. Sometimes I fail, but I always come back to this process each day I get dressed. Why not make getting dressed a fun, transformative experience, so you can easily identify your needs for the day and swaddle them in clothes that support your mood.

One thing that happens to us is we AGE. Oh, the thought of wrinkles, grey hair, sagging bums with cellulite as we may slow down our exercise routines. In the United States, aging is thought to be a negative experience, but to be ageless is to enjoy your body at every stage.

That’s part of why I moved to Spain. To find a new sense of agelessness. An even more integrated rhythm than one in Maine, one that resonated with me on a cellular level. Really, it’s more like my cells are doing the happy dance every day, even when shit goes wrong or gets mega delayed.

When we age, our shape changes, our energy shifts, our perspectives refocus. Wisdom comes more fluidly as life becomes complex and our values become more paramount. The support you need to live the lifestyle you desire takes work.

The key to ageless style is being timeless with your identity.

Aligning your lifestyle, your body image, and your body shape raises your vibration. You start speaking from the heart and people are attracted to YOU. There’s no program on the market that brings the lens of lifestyle, personal development, and aesthetics together to embody your experience of self. Also known as your Style Archetype.

As you go through The Somatic Dressing Method™, you end up showing up with your inner strength on fire. Instead of insecure and afraid, you’re present with your shoulders back and head held high EXCITED to share your message with the world. Adorning your version of “the power suit.” Or, you’re taking a moment restoring in the clothes that soothe and rejuvenate your body, so you can take the next big leap in your business or life.

Dressing to empower your state of being is revolutionary.

It’s no longer needing to fit into the 36-24-36 hourglass ideals society forces on us women, nor is it about having a perfectly sculpted slender figure that we see in the Hollywood. It’s about accepting what is and trusting your ability to serve yourself… through clothing.

I developed a style formula to help you align your inner warrior with your newfound confidence. It’s called: the Somatic Dressing Method™, I use it in my signature program, Create Your Soul Style.

Join me for a masterclass next week to learn how to Step into Successful Style: Stop Hating What You Wear and Learn to Dress to Manifest Your DreamsSign up for a free masterclass to become your best self inside and out!

I can’t wait to see you there!

XO,

Carrie

P.S. Here are the webinar details again.

Making a Statement of You

Making a Statement of You Blog CarrieMontgomery.com

Hey, Beauty!

With the new year almost here (scary right?!?!), it’s time to give your business & style a promotion! Creating a statement wardrobe helps you step up your business game and get noticed.  There’s truth to the phrase “dress for success,” and you, my friends, are made for success.

How do you know it’s time to take the leap? Keep reading.

First things first. Every good statement starts with a good foundation.

What Makes a Good Foundation Wardrobe?

Comfort. Comfort brings confidence. You must be comfortable with your basic go-to clothes before we create a statement. These are your bread and butter, your must-haves, your happy place.

A foundation wardrobe includes:

  • 2 pairs of jeans: A combination of ripped, clean, skinny, bootleg, flare, or high-waisted – whatever is you.

  • 2 pairs of dress pants

  • 3-4 sweaters: Stick to your neutral colors (black, brown, white, grey)

  • 3-4 button-down shirts or dress shirts

  • 6 t-shirts

  • 3-4 dresses

  • 2-3 coats

  • 2 workout pants

  • 10 pairs of underwear

  • 2 bras

  • 2 boots

  • 2 heels

  • 2 sneakers – one pair for working out, one for casual

  • 2 flats

Be sure these are high-quality pieces. These are clothes that will go the distance with you. They’re worth investing in.

I’m gonna be honest, it was hard for my fashionista to follow these rules while packing for my move to Spain.  But, I used the checklist as a filter and guideline, so that I didn’t overpack.

If you’re not sure how to begin building your colors and styles, check out how to build a Pinterest Style board here.

Bring On the Statement!

Once the high-quality foundation pieces are in place, it’s time to add the sugar and spice. Throw a statement piece in the mix. This might look like layering patterns, textures, or accessories on your foundation. Pair a black shirt and jeans with a statement blazer and heels and head out the door!

How do you know what statement is truly you? Keep your Style Archetype in mind. What fits with your personal brand and the direction you want to go?

Pro tip: Statement pieces come and go as trends change. Unless a statement piece is essential to who you are, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on it. I always recommend buying statement pieces at a fast fashion rate when you know it’s not a piece you’ll keep forever. But, when it’s something you want to stand the test of time, like a leather jacket or great boots, go for QUALITY!

Upgrade Your Style, Upgrade Your Life

When will you know it’s time to step up? You may never be 100% sure, but there will come a now-or-never moment when you’re like, “I’ve just got to do this.” So, do it! You work hard and opportunities keep coming your way. Jump on board, take the plunge, and hold onto that super cute statement hat!

Things to Remember

Hire a stylist or invest in style education. Since this is your  make-or-break moment, a stylist can help you create a capsule wardrobe of basics and pick out some beautiful statement pieces. When you can’t decide what statements you need, it’s time to invest in someone to push you past your edge a little. .

So, what are you waiting for? Your personal brand and your career are ready. Lead the way in style!

You have two options:

#1: Go it alone and get started with the steps in this email. Start building the vision with my Pinterest Worksheet. This option is great if you’re a DIY-er.

#2: Let me lead you towards personal transformation. Book a time to chat. This option is best if you like 1:1 support.

Either route will work once you 100% commit.

Let’s make a statement of you!

Love,

Carrie

Clearing Your Closet to Make Room for the New You

Clearing Your Closet to Make Room for the New You Blog CarrieMontgomery.com Closet Cleanse

Clutter = chaos, right?

If you have no clue what’s in your closet, you have no idea what to wear. You may open the door and find that 15-year old sweatshirt that holds a few memories from your ex.

We all know that your clothes define your core style and branding. So, it makes sense to examine our wardrobes when we’re mapping out how to conquer the next step in business.

The process of removing items from your closet that are holding you back is how you create space for who you want to become. We all have a past. It’s an important chapter of our lives, but it doesn’t have to be the deciding factor on who we’re going to be in the future.

When you’re tackling a closet cleanse, the most important thing to remember is this: Who do you want to be?

When I work with clients, I try to uncover exactly where she’s put the most effort in her life. That’s where I can begin to understand her story. We face the same problems over and over, just in different guises. The challenge here is to take a closer look at the past and find a theme. We have to acknowledge the past in order to move forward. Otherwise, it’ll keep you stuck in the same place and that’s not the look you’re going for.

When we see the past neutrally, we can see the present with clearer vision. When you’re present with the moment you’re in right now, then you can step into where you want to be.

Step-by-Step: My Best Tips for Creating a Style that Fits You Now

First things first. Get a piece of paper or your journal and write down the vision of who you are and what you want from your life. Remember to consider what you’re wearing, how you interact with others, and how you show up in the world.

Your style and closet should be a reflection of that vision. It’s a manifestation of what’s going on inside. Like when I moved to Spain, I was conscious of what would work for the lifestyle, climate, my body image, and body shape. You have to be efficient when moving to another country and only taking what you love and works together!

Create a clean slate in your closet. Creating an environment that supports this vision of your true self will ultimately make it easier to reach your goals.

Things to remember: My advice on what to keep and get rid of differs drastically from what many other people recommend. It’s a good idea to physically remove every single item from your closet. Touching these garments helps you evaluate or dismiss any value they might have.

Permission to keep: As much fun as it would be to get rid of everything and really start fresh, that’s just not practical. You have to know when a piece is harming or helping your vision. As I packed my belongings into boxes that I wouldn’t see for awhile, I know these items were still part of my persona, but couldn’t make it to Spain.  It’s OK to keep some items that are near and dear, just not clutter.

Get rid of: Anything ripped, stained, yellowed, or looks tattered - think about it this way – what you keep is on a subconscious level of how you really feel about yourself. No one wants to think badly about themselves, so toss the trash and move on. You can keep those perfectly ripped jeans or the tee shirt that compliments the rocker look!

Consider carefully: Clothes that don’t fit are a touchy subject. On one hand, it’s not ideal to keep clothes that really don’t fit. But, if they’re close to fitting and you occasionally can fit into them, maybe it’s a good idea to keep a few pieces. Of course, you should get rid of them if the clothes make you feel badly about yourself.

If you haven’t worn it in a year: It makes sense to hold onto certain investment pieces. But, if you have a closet full of ball gowns and you haven’t been to a ball in a decade, it’s time to rethink their purposes. Sell them and let someone else enjoy the beauty of the garment.

Finally, fill in any missing gaps in your closet.

Making financial goals for your business is only half the equation when you’re trying to become the best possible version of yourself. You have to think about what you’re putting on your body, and how the fabric and fit affects your energy. It’s KEY to how you’re showing up in the world. A closet overhaul is really the best place to start as you step into your higher self. So ask yourself, how do you want to align yourself with your goals and vision?

Grab my Epic Wardrobe Checklist.

XO,

Carrie

P.S. If you’re ready to evaluate your soul style, let’s jump on a call.

My Clients Aren’t Bullied by Their Size

Why My Clients Aren't Bullied by Their Size Blog CarrieMontgomery.com

Walk into three different department stores and chances are, you’ll “be” three different sizes.

What a mental trip. Seeing the number 8, then 6, then 10 on the tag can be devastating for many women, because we subconsciously believe that our value and worth depends on our size.

Often, we’ll flee the store feeling like we’re less than, because nothing fits the way we expect it to. It puts us in a crappy mood.

Of course, it’s impossible for you to be three different sizes, so what size are you??

Enter: The Kinda-Sorta Fit - a flaw of modern day fashion… AKA FAST FASHION.

Sadly, this kind of experience happens all the time with my clients. One woman was so frustrated, because she thought she knew her size. Yet, in the dressing room, she had to try on piles of clothes in various sizes. Leaving her feeling confused.

Remember: the self-esteem you’re cultivating by creating a signature style has NOTHING to do with the number on the tag. Sure, it’s important to know your size, but be okay with the fact that you might be an 8 in one store, a 6 in another, and a 4 somewhere else (we call it, the range). Sizing doesn’t just mean the number on the tag – it depends on how the manufacturer cuts clothing.

Your size does not equal your worth.

Please don’t feel bad about your body when you try on clothes, because the difference in size is not a reflection of your value. It’s just a system to measure cloth.

Have you seen the show, This is Us? Kate wants to fit into a size seven. The way the scene is shot leads us think that it won’t fit, because she’s so accustomed to feeling bad about her body. Her character doesn’t know how to feel good about her shape. So, she couldn’t wear the dress that actually fit her at a size seven and instead reinforced the negative body image and tried on a size five.

Guess what? Clothes aren’t made to fit you.

We kind of get lost in that idea that I’m a size 8 and all size 8 pants and dresses should fit, right? When they don’t fit, it’s so easy to get stuck in a loop of negative self-talk. Standing in your underwear with those awful bright lights in the dressing room.

But, here’s the problem with mass-produced fashion:

The clothes aren’t made to fit your body perfectly; they’re made to kinda-sorta fit everyone.

I know. It sounds too simple to be true. Just think about it.

There’s no template for all clothing manufacturers to use anymore. The sizing system was created to mass-produce clothing, so they can sell the most pieces. Since there’s only one of you, there’s no way a garment right off the rack is going to fit perfectly.

Before the Industrial Revolution, most people didn’t have a ton of clothes. The pieces they had were created specifically for them, which means they rocked each look because they were tailor made!

I can’t tell you how often women ask me for style advice (like everywhere I go).  I get it, you want to look good and feel good, but you can’t find a pair of jeans that doesn’t give you muffin top and still fit your hips and legs.  We call this an apple shape, because the midsection is much smaller than the hips.

I always say “go up in size… fit the widest part of you and let your tailor take in the rest.”

Finding a tailor you love and trust is key to looking your best. So, is learning how to shop for your shape. Both steps are crucial to making sure that what you’re buying is going to flatter your body.

This is your chance to relish in the fact that there’s no one like you! When you alter clothing to fit your shape, you’re owning and claiming the piece as yours, right? Since we all know that once you’ve decided on your style; you’ve taken the first step to authenticating your true self, this is something that just has to happen. It’s a key part of the process.

And wow. If that’s not empowering, I don’t know what is!

Women are getting A LOT of out of my  Top Ten Style Revolution Tips.

Have you read them yet?

If not, click here, fill out the form, and get instant access.

The next time you go shopping, you’ll hear my voice in your head to help avoid this loop of negativity.

How to Use Style Micro-Manifestations to Get What You Want

Carrie Montgomery How to Use Style Micro-Manifestations to Get What You Want Blog CarrieMontgomery.com

Do you wake up with a million things to do, mind racing while running out the door? You might be a slow to roll gal taking your time to get out of bed with a meditation and writing practice as your morning routine?

I love to check in with my body. It sets the tone for the day for me, so I know how to treat myself. I don’t want to find myself with the foot on the gas pedal when my tank is empty.

Adjusting my style lens… the spectacles that I look at my body with has been revolutionary for me and my clients.

I like to start my day with something I call, Micro-Manifestations. It’s a way of listening to your inner voice. These manifestations end up making you look and feel good when you show up to the yoga mat or a Discovery Call. When you’re in the right mindset, the world is yours. You can magnetize whatever you want.

This is a perfect time to start putting these manifestations into place. You are primed and ready for change like the leaves changing colors.

How to Use Style Micro-Manifestations to Get What You Want

It begins with knowing how you want to feel. Then you can use style to create those feelings NOW. The best part? All of this information is already inside you. Just close your eyes and listen. Ask your body what it needs?

When you’re present, big changes can happen on the smallest levels.

Cue that email pining your inbox asking you to speak at your dream event.

Here the phone ring inviting you to take the lead at work.

Bump into a friend at the market who’s been on your mind for weeks.

These manifestations start with the most basic choices and stretches outward far beyond your outfit choices.

When you meet the needs of your body on a micro-manifestation level, it sets in motion a cascade of positive events. Adorn and serve your body, because this allows you to open the door to something greater. You can activate that greatness, because you have a super strong foundation in place.

Even if you don’t know what you want right now, by just focusing on these micro-manifestations, you’ll get there. Sounds crazy, but it’s true. You'll be shown the way and because you’re listening to your body and giving her what she needs, this allows you to RECEIVE.

Know that old saying, “Fake it till you make it?” It sort of applies here, too. Except this isn’t just your outfit – it’s your energy and emotions.

Here’s How This Process Works:

When you magnify your soul, the world can see you without the chaos created from your mind. Without insecurities clouding your world, it’s a clear, direct filter to your energy.

Basically, cast yourself in the role of your vision. See yourself selling your idea to the world and feel them getting excited about it. You can sell that vision because you believe in yourself. It’s an inner and outer manifestation. It sounds crazy, right? Way too simple. But trust me, it works.

Let’s Work Through an Example:

You need to feel: CONFIDENT THAT YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING:

Type of situation: Job Interview, Getting on Stage, Sales Conversation

Step 1: Where are you feeling fear, anxiety, or unease in your body around this upcoming situation? Often people experience fear in the stomach.

Step 2: Pick an article of clothing that will give you support and reinforcement in this area of your body. For example: high-waisted pants or a wide belt.

Step 3: Ask yourself where do you feel love in your body? When you’re a heart-centered person and you start projecting your passion and love, that energy is going to be communicated out into the world.

Step 4: Pick an article of clothing or piece of jewelry to enhance the feeling of passion. You can enhance that area either by using a piece of jewelry or by wearing a deep V-neck, which would help you signal to the world that you’re energetically embracing self-love. It’s a small micro-manifestation. It almost makes you overly conscious of the need to project love. Look for something to enhance and highlight the heart area.

Step 5: Add a comfort layer that you can decide to shed when it’s time or keep on depending on how you feel in the moment. You can wear a really high-quality cashmere wrap sweater or wrap your body in a way that it feels safe and protected. It’s okay to toe the line here a bit. I mean, we can’t always walk around in performance mode. It’s not sustainable. Instead go with the flow of your cycle and seasons. Knowing when to serve your body, so that you can get to that next level is super important. Everyone's going to feel vulnerable and nervous. It's okay to have an extra layer, and then right before you get on stage, you take that layer off. We want to see you!

Step 6: Show up and shine. Release and receive. You’ve dressed the part, supported your energy, and now it’s time to let the energy do the rest.

Every day we have a choice. We choose how we adorn our bodies. We choose what we’re going to project. Micro-manifestations seem like really small actions, but when you start using them on a daily basis, you’ll be amazed at the results. It’s as if what you begin to project to the world is completely refreshed. You feel stronger, fiercer, clearer.

This, my love, is The Somatic Dressing Method™.  It’s about consciously stepping into your body to meet its needs, so you can shine. It’s the foundation for my signature program, Create Your Soul Style.  Grab your Top Ten Tips to Revolutionize Your Style to start getting what you want.

XO,

Carrie

Earn Your Worth

Carrie Montgomery Earn Your Worth Blog CarrieMontgomery.com

It’s true, my love, you MUST feel confident to “ask for the money.”  To be able to charge your true value, you must know that you can deliver your service, that your work makes an impact, and it’s valuable to your potential client.

But… have you sat behind your computer typing with this song in your head, “OMG, I can’t ask them for $997, or $3997, or the big $10,000 payday!”

Asking for the money can be awkward. Is there a part of you that doubts your own worth and value? I’ve had those moments. Hey, when I first started, I would not let people pay me a dime.

I’ve had clients say, “I’m afraid to charge more, what if they say no?” Well, you’ll never know until you try.

I have a sneaky way to uplevel your game and connect to your core confidence.  

It’s your true story… not the one you tell to the world, but the one that sits deep inside your bones.  The best way I’ve helped my clients overcome their little (actually massive) saboteur is by creating a Style Archetype.

Style what?  How does that relate to what I charge?

You know premium brands can charge more money? Yes.

You know confident women make more money? Yes.

Do you know the one thing they’re really clear about?

Who they are (the past) and where they’re going (the future).  

Yup, that aligned, authentic, real deal woman standing on stage putting her heart and soul out there to help teach you how to be the leader in your life and business gets her worth and value.  She gets the whole picture.

Want help creating your WHOLE PICTURE?  Let me guide you. My secret to charging your worth is in The Somatic Dressing Method™. It’s my signature process that helps you embody confidence, so that you can receive more raving fans, referrals, and riches.

It’s not about putting on Manolo Blahniks and feeling like a million bucks. It’s doing deep inner work, so you can walk into any room and speak with confidence.  I’ll be leading a group of ready-to-rock women on a 6-week intensive to learn how to step into their bodies more powerfully and confidently every single day.

“The Elegant Maven made me feel so Fucking powerful & way more beautiful. The elegant maven helped me filter what I choose.”  - Lindi Conover-Thompson, EP Collaborations

I’m booking calls to talk with those who are ready to step forward into their power, so they can charge (and EARN) their real worth. Book a discovery call with me. You can also reply to this email to ask questions, too!

Much love,

Carrie

The Catalyst

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What is your why?

Ugh… I know… think about it.  Your why is what makes you get out of bed every day?

There is an INNER why and an OUTER why.

One motivates you for yourself, your family, your pups, your kids, your home, you name it (it’s yours).  Mine is to keep my body healthy and provide a stable, comfortable home for Nikita (my furry love bug).

Your outer why is more expansive .  It’s far reaching. It’s impactful. It transcends time and space. It motivates you when you are knocked down. And, when your soul departs, it will live on.

My outer WHY started when I was young and I had no idea. Becoming a warrior at a young age set me up to be mission driven.  That meant that everything I did in career and life really had to have an underlying purpose.

  • My move to Findhorn Scotland at 19 was to work on healing from my failed spinal fusion, my first surgery.

  • Learning to teach Pilates to deepen my wisdom of the body and build strength in a gentle way.

  • My decision to go to film school was to learn how to tell story for the greater good to learn from.

  • My decision to work in sales to allow my body stability; fiscally and rhythmically. (Film is notorious for unstable schedules and not knowing if the next paycheck will cash).

  • Becoming a lifestyle medicine consultant was to make impact on the medical field in a more holistic way.  I fused sales, coaching, and integrative medicine.

Do you see a pattern in your own history?

My CATALYST woke up when I was about 13.  I sat in the principal's office at my school, my mother was sitting next to me. The principal sat and asked me with her short hair and polite doe eyes, “why are you doing this?”

I looked at her, then out her big windows behind her desk.  There was no view, it looked to the inner courtyard of the school. We weren’t allowed out there.  It was there to look pretty. My response, while feeling guilty for speaking up was, “I don’t want it to happen to anyone else.”

My history teacher had gotten upset at me in class because I couldn’t understand him, or follow his story telling, or I just couldn’t hear.  Instead of dealing with it in an educational way, he literally threw books at me.

Guess what we started looking at, what was wrong with ME? Why I was struggling in school, why I couldn’t hear? But never did we truly acknowledge this man’s actions.

At the end of the year, he resigned.  I gave a little fist pump when I heard the news.

At that moment I became an advocate for others.  I often would stick up for others way before I would acknowledge my own needs. (I’ve gotten better at self-advocacy after years dealing with the medical system.)

So yes, my WHY started way before I ever began thinking about starting a business. “I don’t want mistreatment to happen to anyone.” AKA… I don’t want anyone to feel that way.  I don’t want women to suffer.

Have you had the moment when the cards felt stacked against you?

Monday was the 4-year anniversary of my emergent hysterectomy.  I tell you this because it was THE CATALYST to my soul’s work.

I had a lightning moment that my future was about healing, creativity, expression, visibility.  I had already been working for years to uncover it, but then it was born.

I did it with community, my sisterhood, and my tribe.

When I coined my signature dressing technique as The Somatic Dressing Method™, it was more about helping women feel good over just looking good. Women were asking me to feel different in their bodies.  Naturally I answered with a system.

A system that brings more value, more money to your bottom line.

If you’re looking to feel:

  • More embodied confidence

  • More comfortable in your skin

  • More powerful in your voice

  • More present in your body

  • More in your presence

...well, then I have the thing for you!

I’ve seen my clients skyrocket their businesses, find their true calling, activate their voice, and step on stage with true confidence.

“You are so going to love this class, and the ah-ha moments are just going to keep rolling - I mean, like CRAZY rolling in! It's more than transformative because you don't lose your true self, you transmute everything that isn't you into power you can use to support and grow what IS you. It's an incredible foundation to build whatever you desire from.” - Gayla Drake, Sound Healer

I am about to offer a 6-week Somatic Dressing Method™ Group Intensive. If you’re interested or would like more info, email info@carriemontgomery.com with any questions.

I can’t wait to connect with you!

XOXO,

Carrie

Big Loss = Big Wins

Carrie Montgomery Big Loss = Big Wins Blog CarrieMontgomery.com

Have you ever experienced great loss?

“Yes, I have.” you say.

It feels like a hole in your heart. Tears in your eyes. You feel lost and want to crawl back in bed, unsure how you’ll carry on.  

I’m sure it was overwhelming.  All the emotions coming up in your face. You want to shut the world out for awhile.

Regardless of what happened. Loss of a child, a parent, a partner, a job. Whatever brought you to your knees, I know the feeling.

For me, it was the moment I lost my ability to bear my own children. I had to completely readjust my vision for the future. I had to inspect my values to bring life to new ones.

One thing we aren’t taught in America is how to deal with grief. I can’t tell you how many doctors wanted to pump me full of antidepressants to suppress how I felt.

Guess what? Stuffing emotions down never works. Buried feelings never die. The emotions will always rise to the surface. They will make themselves present any way they want. Potentially destroying a relationship, sabotaging your business, or a health crisis.

The best way to move through grief is to fully FEEL these emotions. It’s OK to be sad. It’s OK to be mad. It’s OK to take time for yourself.

Not being able to conceive lead me to the birth of my signature work, The Somatic Dressing Method™.  I wanted to create a service that supported women stepping into their power. I desired to help women find their true voice and make massive impact while doing it.

Fashion is a tricky system. From vanity sizing, to stereotyping beauty, to trend hopping, to mass media fixation on the tall and skinny (often called alien like women) females often feel like they aren’t good enough, skinny enough, rich enough, sexy enough.  YOU CAN’T WIN. Yes, the cards are stacked against you.

But, what if you could shift the lens?  What if you could look at your body through the purest form… ENERGY?  What if you could connect with your body through compassion, not objectification? What if your devastating moment was actually there to activate your true power?

Sometimes your greatest loss can be your biggest win. Finding ways to work through the feelings and get curious with the reality is where the magic happens.

Curiosity was one of my number one tools in recovering from the heartbreak. It’s also the number one tool I use with my clients. We explore how you want to feel in the driver’s seat of your life and what that looks like to embody it.  A true creative sensation in your body.

Activating energy inside yourself through the way you dress allows you to become a powerhouse in your world.  You can take ownership of your own space. Leave the how it looks part to me.

If you’re ready to step into your true power, find your voice, and stop hiding behind your laptop, let’s chat.

I only have two spots for Discovery Calls in September. Click here to reserve yours.

Can’t wait to connect!

Carrie

A New Chapter

A New Chapter Blog Carrie Montgomery

The past 5 years, I’ve spent my time in Maine honing my niche, sharpening my skills, building my business, creating a global network, and getting healthier. The biggest thing that has guided me in this process is my body.

Yup, that thing we wake up to every day and have to negotiate with on how the day runs. Sometimes we knock it out of the park, sometimes we take a nap, sometimes we worry and cry, but we always come back to our bodies limits.

I created a service called The Body Brand just for this reason. The entrepreneurial journey is hard. I help women show up with embodied confidence and true comfort. We use clothes to support the process, style to express, and key tenants of branding and marketing to bring out the best in each and every woman. This is how I’ve been able to show up big consistently for my tribe and clients.

While I love Maine and I have no real reason to leave, I’m leaving. It’s time for me to step into a more non traditional journey. I know, a little crazy.

Tomorrow I will be moving out of my amazing home that I created over the past year. I was able to heal major life heart aches here and get stronger and more independent. Yes, independence is a luxury in the land of chronic illness.

If you have been keeping up with my journey over on Instagram the past few months, you’ll know I went to Spain for my birthday. It was transformative and soul fulfilling. You can see my pre-departure post, I’m Going to Listen.

I feel called to step into the journey of the unknown and MOVE THERE! Yes, my body and soul spoke so loudly to me on my journey that I must follow the calling. If you missed my Lessons of Bohemian Adventure from my trip, have a look.

The past few months have been filled with deep self-reflection and taking massive action. I am still in the Visa process, but my plan is to stay for one year.

My intention for women is to live full, bold, powerful lives. This means I must be a leader and pave the way. I welcome you to stay tuned to follow my journey on what’s to come. This is the unfolding of a soul’s journey.

Since I was raised in the UK, I have always felt like a foreigner in America. There are great benefits to living in the United States, but I’m ready to trade in the benefits for an unknown, bright future.

As I support myself on this journey it is clear that there are 3 tenants I am living by:

  1. Self Directed Leadership

  2. Acceptance of Reality

  3. Trusting Myself

I wish these for every woman, too. Insecurity, fear, doubt, fogginess, resentment, and many other draining emotions can stop you in your tracks. But, I promise you there is a bright, colorful world out there to explore. There are people to support to creative effective lasting change in the world.

What it means to be a SELF DIRECTED LEADER.

This is following your wisdom. Knowing that the steps you are taking are right. And yes trusting yourself. Leaders are embodied, they are powerful and effective. They influence others in a positive way.

What it means to be in ACCEPTANCE OF REALITY.

When you accept what is, you have the opportunity to settle, find peace with how your current situation is. This is alignment. We must align with our ourselves BEFORE we reach to the stars. This means accepting our bodies as they are, accepting our family as they are, accepting our friends as they are. Find peace, but don’t lose hope of your dreams. Just don’t make yourself wrong for not being there yet. And take a risk here and there!

What it means to be in full TRUST OF MYSELF.

I have a habit of reaching out to others for help. I’ll forgo my own instinct to hear someone else’s opinion. There is value in experts, but to be a truly SELF DIRECTED LEADER you MUST TRUST YOURSELF. Find your own process to create your own dialogue and evidence system, so you can build that trust.

We have one life to live (and maybe many lifetimes) but you got this one body in this time. Live it to the fullest. I know that I am by taking this BIG LEAP by starting a new chapter in SPAIN.

I’ll still be writing you, I’ll still be creating, but I know things will change. If you’d like to receive little love notes on my journey, click the link to be added to “LOVE NOTES.” These notes will come out over my journey to share the findings and adventures.

Let’s stay connected throughout this next chapter. Cheers to you and your epic life!

XOXO,

Carrie

I'm Woman Shaped, Thank You!

I'm Woman Shaped, Thank You! Blog Carrie Montgomery

I'm Woman Shaped, Thank You!

Are you tired of being compared to a piece of fruit when the fashion industry talks about your body? Yes? Well, so am I!

Let’s talk about a better way of defining your shape, accepting and loving yourself, and finding your true style.

Imagine walking down the street feeling beautiful. In this moment, you have three desires: to feel beautiful, comfortable, and confident. All of a sudden, you catch a glimpse of yourself in the reflection of a grocery store window full of fruit:

Apple and Pear Body Shape Carry Montgomery

You - Fruit - You - Fruit.

You thought you were this powerful woman, but instead, you think you’re an apple. Bloated belly and stick legs.

This is one way of the many ways the style industry has brainwashed women and done us wrong.

The Apple and the Pear

Most fashion leaves us feeling fruity and a little cray-cray. I mean, how many systems have taught us to look at our bodies like, “Am I an apple body? Am I a pear body?”

How the hell are you supposed to relate to your body when it’s likened to a piece of fruit?

And I don’t know if you know, but it’s really hard to style a piece of fruit.

How can you be happy with your body if you’re looking at it like a round apple or a voluptuous pear?

Your body is filled with ENERGY & EMOTIONS. You have lived through some shit. Your body is trying to tell a story, and sometimes it gets confusing. It’s not about fruit, it’s about how you feel…

My Own Story

When I was at my sickest, I always thought, “What am I? I’m like a big round belly with stick legs.” I was looking at my body that way, rather than relating to my body as organic material, made up of cells that are compiled together so I can create something in life.

To create something in my life, I need to be dressed in something that makes me feel super functional and powerful, not worried about which fruit my body shape resembles.

What to do Instead

1. When you stand in front in a mirror, do you like what you see? Do you really see an apple? Do you really see a pear? No, you see a human being that has lines, structure, ripples, elegance, and a vivacious life force.

Instead of asking yourself, “How do I fit this body into an article of clothing?” it’s more about, “How do I adorn my body to enhance what I have going on?”

2. Connect to your body, and find where your energy and your emotions are stored and what you need to support and enhance yourself.

You can consider whether you need to protect something or release something, so you can understand the elements of style that you need on that given day. It’s a very on-point, intuitive process. It doesn’t have to be a lengthy analysis, it’s acknowledging how you’re feeling.

You can ask yourself, “What am I feeling? Did I feel anxious this morning? Do I need to feel more supported?”

After considering your emotions and energy, you might choose to wear some tight high-waisted pants to help you stand taller or a flowing shirt to help you feel relaxed. If you need to feel more confident, you can wrap a belt around yourself or wear a fun, cool, flowing dress.

The architecture of your body is less about what it looks like and more about how it feels.

Questions to ask Instead of “What Shape am I?”

  • What am I feeling right now?
  • Where in my body am I feeling it?
  • What do I need?
  • Do I need to feel more relaxed?
  • Do I need to feel more supported?
  • Do I need to feel more energized?

Consider what you need to be effective and powerful for that day. You might decide on some kick-ass pants and a silk shirt that make you feel like the goddess you are, so you can rock your day!

When you wake up tomorrow and get dressed for the day, try looking at your body in another way. Ditch what the fashion industry tells you and get into the energy and emotions of your body and what is best for you on this level.

If you are ready to stop putting yourself last and you want to get crystal clear on your style, join the waitlist for Create Your Soul Style. (Opening late October 2018)

Is This You?

The Body Brand with Carrie Montgomery

There’s something that no one tells you about when you’re growing a successful brand and business.

The businesses that get noticed and stand the test of time have this one thing in common… they all have a solid brand (message, personality, mission, image) at their core.

After 2010, you may have noticed a few public brands making a shift to PERSONAL BRANDS like crazysexycancer.com, which turned into kriscarr.com, or whitehottruth.com, which became daniellelaporte.com.  

Both of these woman saw the value of who they were and their ability to produce a more diverse body of work when they claimed personal ownership of their business and stepped into the spotlight.

Both women chose to OWN THEIR NAME.  

This step towards personal ownership has given them the ability to expand their offerings as they grow and evolve in the seasons of their own lives.

Hey, styles change. Sometimes orange is the new black, and sometimes pink is the new gold!

You gotta learn to roll with it.

But, this shift in identity takes time and money.  

Building a business is the real-deal facts of life. The hard work pays off in spades only after you’ve laid a solid foundation.  

A business that looks like a fast rise isn’t. The owner laid a firm foundation brick by brick for years prior to the visible success you see. Marie Forleo didn’t become Marie Forleo overnight. The behind-the-scenes work is often overlooked because, well, the idea of a fast rise feels good.

Creating success that’s personally and professionally fulfilling is no small feat.

Needless to say, the identity of who you are and how the world perceives you is incredibly important. It requires consciously creating a connection between who you are in your private life and who you are in public. (You don't have to share everything about your personal life to have a successful brand. I'm talking about getting into alignment of what you stand for and having integrity here.)

A client came to me, she had her first $100K year.  That’s a big deal to grow your business to that volume, but she had bigger dreams.  She wanted to achieve high 6-figures, and soon after hit the 7-figure mark.

Growing your biz takes focus, dedication, and A VISION.  She knew she could not hold the whole container herself without SUPPORT. There are so many buckets of responsibility. And no one wants BLOCKS to get in the way or our success.  These are body, mind and soul blocks that hold you back from actualizing your dream.

So, we committed to her success from the inside out and the outside in. We did multiple shoots to express her image and the power of her brand. And, yes, she had doubts, fears, and challenges looking at herself. We used The Body Brand process and The Somatic Dressing Method™️ to create her million dollar shoot. (We didn’t spend a mill, but the energy of 7-figures was there).

Tears streamed down her face when dresses were too big (realizing her body image was off). We laughed as we curated the look for her timeless brand. There were moments of realizing her true power to go out there and call in a tribe of loving, amazing clients.

I love to help women look good and feel good. But more importantly, I love to teach women to honor themselves exactly where they are, meet their own needs, and rise to meet their next great success with ease and grace.

It doesn’t mean floating through life like a flower. It means getting real with where you’re at, what is happening, and what you need to do to rise up.

Did you know that you can do all that and more with clothes?

It’s true. Dressing yourself based on how you want to feel is one of the easiest ways to rise to your success, find your true voice, and embody your confidence by just being yourself.

I often find clients stuck in conflict, confusion, or indecision, burning their brains with why they don't know what the next step in business or life is. It becomes debilitating.

I typically find them alone at home behind the computer, looking at social media and comparing themselves to other successful women out there rocking their brands. They’re wondering why the hell they aren’t getting more clients and are desperately waiting for their next big idea to come.

They're looking for their true voice and have no idea how to find it.

Sound like you?

  • If you’re ready to make more money

  • If you’re ready to step into your true power

  • If you’re ready to align your voice, your body, and your business

  • If you’re ready to confidently step out onstage to magnetize your dream clients

I have the solution for you. It involves a deep dive into your body, your soul, and your business.  

THE BODY BRAND is truly about aligning your brand with your body and embodying your true style.

THE BODY BRAND is a customized system that will help you discover your true style and create an image that magnetizes your dream clients.

You’ll uplevel your income, find your edge, and find your confident aligned voice while still building a dreamy business or lifestyle that your clients aspire to mirror.

Lastly, you’ll learn how to dress yourself with UNSTOPPABLE CONFIDENCE so that you can show up for yourself and your audience in the most authentic and powerful way.

If I told you that in 6 months, you could completely transform how you feel about your body, create more income, and confidently step into a business that honors and serves you and the world, would you believe me?? It’s doable. I’ve seen it happen over and over again with my clients in with my signature BODY BRAND process.

If you’re interested, I would love for you to book a discovery call so we can talk through THE BODY BRAND to see if it’s the right fit for you.  

There are only 4 spots available right now for this work. And since these will be the last opportunities to work with me 1:1 this year, they’ll go fast.

BOOK YOUR FREE DISCOVERY CALL NOW.

xoxo,

Carrie

P.S. Here’s what some of the ladies have to say:

“Working with Carrie is one of the best decisions I've made, both for my business and my personal life.”  - Kate Bathras

“Felt so confident, pretty and powerful at my event last night!” - Michele Cady