How to Make an Impact

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Hey beauty!

Is your business transactional or transformational?

Say what?

Do you charge for X, and your customer purchases it once and walks away?

Or  (and this is where you need to be if not!)

Do you create an experience that impacts the way they see, feel, and experience themselves, while building a tribe of raving fans?

When I first started out in the online world, I listened to everyone. I consumed knowledge like binging on “Game of Thrones” (yes, you gotta stay alert and study that one). I wanted to get a clear picture of the landscape. I wanted to know the key players. I was curious who was successful, and who was slow to the game but still had a good message.

I learned that playing big takes consistent hard work. It’s part idealism to set the tone, but then you must stick to the vision and DO what it takes to get the job done. I saw that language is paramount in connecting with your customers. I noticed that many old school online marketers were focused on pushing data...the ones I fell in love with were creating a LIFESTYLE.

Hence, finding my zone. When I switched from the health coaching world, I went straight for Lifestyle Design….but it was missing the deeper context of the body.

The one thing I have said over the past 20 years in my own healing journey is, “This is not for nothing.” I believe that you can pull ALL of your experience together. So what looked like an aimless, disconnected path to others was MY EPIC JOURNEY. Once I started owning it, well, woman...things really started to shift. I say all of this in reflection on my work with my clients, students, and tribe.

I have to be honest, the deep research was so tiring, but I don’t regret it for a minute. Because now I get paid to be me! Yes, me... to provide my inherent value. (It’s been a life goal since my early 20s.)

The one thing I have learned about after being in business for 4 years is the type of experience I want my customers to have. I wanted it to be a transformative, impactful, gravity-shifting, heart-opening, full-body, YES EXPERIENCE - this is exactly what I have been looking for. Since I am an experiential learner, this made sense. I know how to do this. I know how to feel it in my bones, so let’s teach it!

I did not want to compromise my vision - to my own detriment at times (i.e., giving way more value than I was charging for...The Over Deliver Method). Here’s the thing: I had a vision and I did not want to let go of it. So I made a commitment to it.

I often get asked, “How did you do it?” My answer, really, is that I kept feeling my way and kept my vision alive. I stayed in the conversation and kept improving my services based on my customers’ response.

I mean, I took a hands-on service and made it virtual. It serves women all over the world and creates massive transformation around the experience women have about who they are and how they express themselves in the world. So while I have a heart-centered business that changes people's lives, it is also a tangible business product that is useful for women everywhere, so I am able to create an impact with my business and achieve practical benefits at the same time.

So here’s the deal: figuring out the type and quality of service you desire to provide is paramount in the expression of your style and how the world receives you.

Here are 5 questions to define the type of service you want to provide:

1. What type of impact do you want to make?

2. What do you want your day to look like? (big one here) Do you want to create and push content? OR do you want to engage with others in their transformation?

3. Do you want to host groups or one-to-one or virtual coaching or in-person services?

4. Who else do you need to think about in your big picture? How does their life impact your life?

5. What results are you looking for?

Before you even start looking at style, YOU GOTTA be able to answer these Qs - kind of like how a confused mind never buys. Visionless style is never manifested. Embodiment comes from a deep, wise expression.

Drop a comment below and let me know what you are struggling with when it comes to your business and your style. You matter to me, and I’d love to hear from you!

Xo

Carrie


Have you ever wanted to raid the closets of Portland’s most fashionable women? 

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First Sign of Burnout

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Hey beauty!

Are you standing in front of your closet dreading getting dressed? Are you feeling overwhelmed by your overflowing drawers?

Are your sweatpants calling you to slide back into them and curl up with a cup of tea and a good book? You might be saying, “Not realistic today, Carrie!”

Yes…. you are burning out….on the train to unsustainable productivity.

Well, good. This is right where you’re supposed to be - noticing that you are pushing yourself. As a recovering burnout-aholic, I take cues from my body’s cravings.

The days my body says, “Hey, I really need those sweats,” I listen and make notes. Because any sign that goes unnoticed has the potential to turn into a disaster.

Have you hit exhausted yet? Frantically distracted - you can't remember where you put your keys, how you booked an overflow of appointments today, and the ongoing to-do list that won't ever get smaller. You'd do anything to have CALGON take you away!

If that’s where you are right now, I know you’d do anything and everything to protect your energy. Sometimes that means wearing sweats to your conference call… I guarantee you can still look stylish, if you feel comfortable in your skin!

I’m always down for some soft thin cotton sweats with my wedge sneakers and my best graphic tee with my leather jacket over top. I might throw on some dark eyeliner to enhance the mood.

Taking space for yourself is a very under-practiced art in our modern day world. Every month I meet with a group of women (my soul sisters) to connect about business and life. We support each other through the thick and dirty, highs and lows, good and bad. We made a commitment to be there for each other.

The one thing I keep hearing from all of them is, “I must be there for me.”

So if you are stuck in the yoga pants, it’s okay. Your body is craving the relaxation, the ease, the comfort, but here’s the thing - you gotta actually give that to yourself. Putting on yoga pants and then running around like your pants are on fire probably wasn’t the intention you had in mind!

What I would love for you to be able to do is when you're getting dressed, really be intentional about what your day needs, what type of work you're doing, what you're expected to show up for. I teach this to all my clients. It’s a matching-and-mirroring presence process.  

That means that you look into the mirror and commune with your body. You don’t objectify your body or tell yourself what’s wrong with it, you dote on it. Love on it. Embrace it.

Did you know the signals all come from your body?

The tightness of your aching heart.
The fear butterflies taking flight in your belly.

The ache of deep seeded anger.

The ease of joy.

So stop and listen...does your body really crave those sweats? If yes, take a personal morning...book an internal spa day to refill the tank. Have someone look after the kids. Carve out some soul time, so you can really hear what’s going on with you.

Hey, you might even find a new outfit and step into some badass faux leather leggings…. (Okay, maybe I went a little too far.)

You, my love, are a gift. You are a wonder to the world. Listen to the sweet sounds of your body, adorn yourself with the softness of self-care, and receive the beauty waiting deep within you.

 

I love you! Sweatpants and all.

Carrie


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7 Tips to Spring into Your Style

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Can you feel spring right around the corner? I am sure the cherry blossoms have bloomed in DC, and I know England is starting to see the buds come up and open.

Well, here in Maine our winter lasts a little bit longer. The bone-crushing chill has eased, but snow storms are still a possibility. Oh man, does this kill my Spring Style Cravings. I can’t wait to lighten up the layers and shift from cashmere to cottons, or slip into a rayon duster coat that flows behind me with every step. And my ankles - can we say cropped pants with funky sneakers? I say yes to the days when I can let my ankles out to feel the air kiss them sweetly. And I have a new pair of high-waisted cotton linen pants waiting to see the light of day and be the subject of the season.

It’s true that after months of bundling up, getting cozy fireside, keeping extra layers on to feel the heat build inside…. I am finally ready to take a few layers off, lighten them up, reduce the weight that is starting to bring me down.

It’s a shedding. I find spring to be inspiring and full of wardrobe wonders.  

So if you are itching to get closer to some linen (we are almost there, summer) and find some flow, here are some top items to keep your eyes on:

 

1 . The Square Neck (put some heart into it)

Wear this top with flowy wide-leg pants or even skinny jeans. Every woman can rock an open-heart, full-sleeve power pose! Don’t you want to be the woman who enters the room with a  recognized sense of confidence and well-being? There is nothing like a shift that reinforces all the power you contain inside yourself to give out to the world.

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2 . Dark Denim (make a monochrome statement)

Dark, seductive denim is a great way to pull your energy back in. You know those days where you feel little worn down, maybe bleary-eyed from the persistent outpouring of daily activities?  The last thing you want to feel is like you are falling out of yourself. Denim is a great structural support for your body. It can pull you in and create a soothing container (as long as there’s a little stretch). The darker the color, the more you can downplay and soothe the exhausted energies. Resource yourself and keep it a simple statement. Throw on a matching jean jacket, and you are full monochrome. Nothing makes a statement like monochrome. It’s a gentle “Don’t mess with me...I know what’s going on” kind of moment.

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3. Super Femme

Flirty femme ain’t my thing, but a powerhouse showing her romantic side? Now you’ve got me going! Get into the flow with an elegant high/low spring-to-summer dress. Connect to the softer side of your heart - yes, what you want to share with the world. You'll have glowing confidence and security being YOU. Light up the room with your elegant, romantic, heart-filled vibe. Everyone will want to know what you’ve got going on.

Get this Super Femme look here!

 


4. The Wide-Leg Pants (stand tall and proud)

I Love me some proud power pants. there is nothing like the standing-tall-and-proud-of-my-legs moment in a wide-leg pant.  This isn’t about being the object, this is about feeling the flow, ready to make an impact. Yes, you - the one walking on stage ready for the world to hear your story and how you influence great change on our planet.

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5. Dare I Say the Fanny Pack Is Back?

Ok, I know...say what? I have to say, I love having my hands free. There is nothing like a day full of adventure with nothing to tie you down, no purse to lug around, no leaving your chapstick, essential oils, and phone behind. The fanny pack is where it’s at for true adventure where you can still have your accoutrements with you. I never gave up my fanny pack from 20+ years ago. I actually use it while styling (it’s my toolbox). If you don’t have big boobs to battle with, try it over one shoulder, crossbody-style. Now that’s hip!

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6. Fringe (let it flow)

You can do it. More like, JUST FEEL IT.  Fringe moves dynamically with your movement, reminding you of your energy.  Use that to gain momentum, stand tall, and release excess energy. I like fringe on my purse - I love the sensation created with every step!

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7. Statement Straw Hats (can we say get ready for summer)

This is the real summer teaser, but I am sure you will have some Sunday brunches where you wish you had some cover for your precious skin. Get ready because summer is around the corner. Be an early adopter and rock the look.

Snag your straw hat here!

 

Now, let me throw out a disclaimer. Trends are just inspiration and monetization systems. You don’t need to follow a trend unless it inspires you and it feels authentic to your personality. You don’t need a trend to make you more cool or make you a part of the “in crowd.”  


What you do need is to feel confident and comfortable in your skin. So if you have old clothes lying around and you just need to clear them out, grab my closet cleanse NOW. Spring is a great time to refresh and reset intentions!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

 

Cherishing you,

Carrie


 
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Have you ever wanted to raid the closets of Portland’s most fashionable women? 

If you want to look good without feeling the pinch on your pocketbook, 
come to coworkHER’s ultra stylish, eco-chic event, The Art of Style, 
presented by Carrie Montgomery. 

Get the details here!


Get Photo Ready

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Are you ready to look and feel good every day?

Are you ready to put yourself out there in business and life feeling confident and secure in your ventures?

Are you ready for your personal brand and style to show up as a package that reflects the message and products you're putting out into the world?

If yes - keep reading!

I have a deep belief in this modern era that we all have an image to embody. With the rise of social media and the imagery we put out into the world, we are letting people know who we are and how we help every single day.

With our posts we're saying, "Hey world, look at me! I can help you!"

But, if you're anything like me, sometimes when you look at your pictures you think:

What was I thinking?

I can't do this.

Who I am to tell people I can help them?

When I first started doing shoots for personal brands, all too often my clients would text me in a panic when they got their photos back. Women would come to me with total shame looking at the images of themselves. They might have loved the shots, but they’d often get into the nitty-gritty criticizing each part of their bodies. You know, everything they thought was wrong.

I would hold space and we would shift the narrative on what they’d say. 

So in an effort to manage expectations, I was straight-up with them: “Be prepared to be shocked, annoyed, or disappointed. The critical eye always comes out when looking at an image of self.” The crazy thing is when I told them what they could feel, each one came back to me loving their shots.

The critical eye disappeared with self-awareness.

But you have to know, countless hours of preparation goes into these shoots. I produce, manage, and curate the looks and experiences. I love building the full package.

That’s why I am putting together the A-Z Photoshoot Prep Experience. Everything you need to know to get camera-ready so the world can see you in your A game!

Here’s the beautiful thing - you get to choose exactly how you want to look, what the world gets to see, and I will give you the insiders’ process so you know:

  • How to brainstorm to find your big vision
  • What 5 outfits to use
  • What your hair and makeup needs to be like (aligned with you)
  • How to be fully prepared for your shoot
  • How to pose in front of the camera and project your true energy

Are you interested in a course that walks you through the steps to get in front of the camera for your brand shoot?

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YES

or

NO

 

If you haven’t grabbed my Photo Shoot Checklist, you can get it here.

I can’t wait to get you shining like the super star you are.

 

Xo

Carrie


 
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Have you ever wanted to raid the closets of Portland’s most fashionable women? 

If you want to look good without feeling the pinch on your pocketbook, 
come to coworkHER’s ultra stylish, eco-chic event, The Art of Style, 
presented by Carrie Montgomery. 

Get the details here!


Are You in a Style Rut?

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It often comes on like the flu. You wake up in a subtle fog. It’s not really clear what's happening, but you know “something’s off.” Then you go look in the mirror and you think, “Ugh, seriously, these bags. What am I going to do? I just look puffy and tired.”

Turning your back on the mirror you stumble into your closet. You open the doors and...there is an empty pit in your stomach as you realize… “I have nothing to wear.”

Yup, that’s a style rut. Absolute frustration with the way you look and how you feel in your body.

The number one secret to this realization is that it has nothing to do with how you look. It’s all about how you feel and how you connect to your body. The style lens is shifting perspective and looking on the inside first.

When you feel these symptoms coming on:

  • Fog
  • Annoyed when you looking the mirror
  • Lackluster feeling about life

Pause… ask your body what it needs… seriously. We only have one primary relationship in our lives that is paramount to all else, and it is with ourselves. Once this bond is truly untied, then (and only then) we can reach out beyond ourselves. Otherwise we fall short time and again.

So next time you wake up, take a breath and check in.

If you need more evidence you are living in a disconnected style state, check out this list of ways you could be hiding or compensating.

Ways you may be dressing:

  • Baggy clothes, which can be a sign of body image issues
  • Bulky sweaters, which can be a sign of needing a security blanket (except when it’s below freezing!)
  • All black, which can be a sign of hiding
  • Sweats, which can also be a sign of hiding
  • Too sexy, which is a sign of insecurities and over-compensating

When you shift the lens of your style from the outside to the inside, your body dictates what it needs for support. (Yes, the physical and emotional kind of support.)

Know yourself and dress accordingly:

  • Follow the lines of your body
  • Understand how you feel and what you body needs to be more confident and comfortable
  • Know what accents and details will bring out the image you desire to express about yourself

Want to get more connected to your style? Start here by downloading my Top Ten Tips to Revolutionize Your Style. Get ready to become a magnetic super soul style goddess!

 

With adoration and ambition,

Carrie

 

P.S. I just opened a few spots for my 1:1 private mentorship! If you're looking to uplevel your brand, body, and biz for epic results, schedule a discovery call.

 


 
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Fashionable or Functional

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Do you look at that stunning dress online and say, “Ohhhh, I wish, but when will I ever wear it?”

So often our lifestyle and our style ideals are not connected. Many of my clients are “momtrepreneurs”… yup, hard working women who run virtual empires from their homes and take care of the kiddos.

The key to sustainable style is knowing your lifestyle. Sometimes we may need to accept where we are or adjust based on where our desires are guiding us. 

Getting dressed is about stepping into your body, fulfilling its needs, meeting your life right where it is, and making tiny adjustments to raise the bar of your personal expression.

 

If you are a yoga-pant-wearing mama with little ones at home...that’s cool. Be there. Soak up the joy and challenges of motherhood. Allow yourself the comfort and flexibility of more elasticated fits. Your body may be shifting post-pregnancy. Check out how it feels on the inside, notice where your energy is, ask your body what it needs to thrive. If you need an upgrade, try a simple piece of jewelry. Know if you like silver or gold. (Everyone has a preference. I like a mix, but I stick to gold more consistently.) You can also try on a great pair of stretchy jeans like these Athleta ones.

 

If you are working from home and are doing the solo journey, it’s so important to have a reality check. It’s really easy to show up in sweats and a tee for client calls or writing. But let me challenge you to put on your best jeans or even a pair of slacks, maybe even a pencil skirt. Throw on a silky button-down and be the boss lady you are.

 

 

Activating the body with your biz casual professional wardrobe will tap into a level of performance that is well presented. If you’re looking for a professional upgrade, test-run a velvet blazer or a statement necklace. (Make sure there is enough space on your chest to see that beauty you adorn.)

 

Heading to the office, let’s make an impact. The daily workflow of life and corporate world balance can be tenuous. Making your style efficient and impactful is the key to the game here.  If you are in the corporate business suit world (man’s game), play the part. Rock the suit and femme it up with a good silk shirt that has a high statement color or tie, like this one.

 

For those beauties who walk the line of biz pro and the world of style, I know it can feel boundaryless and wide open, so K.I.S.S. Yup, Keep It Simple Sexy. Know your favorite patterns and have the basics in hand. If you need them, you can grab the epic wardrobe list right here.

If you don’t know it by now, I’m an idealist. I want the best for all. I want you to feel a sense of freedom and expression. I want you to prosper and thrive. I want you to feel a deep sense of beauty and connection to your body so that the world can see, hear, and feel you. I want you to step into your powerhouse confident body and rock that daily look.

So I want you to have both: the FASHIONABLE and the FUNCTIONAL.

No more blisters from walking too far in heels. No more sad faces in the mirror while breastfeeding and trying to squeeze back into your old jeans. No more lackluster suits that control your spirit. No more identity crisis when picking floral or geometric patterns.

The first step in the journey to know if you need or even want to be fashionable is to know your lifestyle. It dictates so many ways you can adorn your body, it filters what needs to be in your closet, and what might need to be let go from a past life. Let the function of your life stride forward and then ask your body what it needs to be as effective and powerful as possible.

If you are looking for an EPIC WARDROBE LIST, feel free to grab it right here. Your style journey is just about to up-level to epic proportions!

With adoration and ambition,

 

Carrie


 
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3 Tips to Marry Your Style

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Do you feel like you want to divorce your wardrobe? The fits of frustration when you open the closet door naked and realize you have nothing to wear. There is a closet full of clothes, but nothing is speaking to you.

Those clothes...
don’t feel authentically you..
don’t fit...
feel boring...
feel outdated...
look tattered...

Sister...we got a problem here. It you are glazing over right now, I just hit a button.

Take a deep breath and come back to life.

There are only 3 things you really need to be conscious of when it comes to style:

1. Your Lifestyle

2. Your Silhouette

3. Your Energy

The rest can be thrown out the window. Let’s keep it simple.

Your lifestyle dictates your daily activities, who you will be connecting with or showing up for. It is paramount to find a sense of ease and harmony with how you live your life.

If you are hoping to wear a ball gown, but you don’t have any celebratory events scheduled...well, it's not going to happen. Add that to your Pinterest vision board. Directions here.

If you are showing up to the office every day in an extra restricting suit, but you are really dreaming of days reaching the world in your yoga pants... seriously add this to your Pinterest vision board. Directions here

If you are stuck behind the computer in your yoga wear, and the kids are tearing around in the background, but you dream of going onstage to speak to your tribe in a soulful, heartfelt way... you know what? It’s time to start pinning that dream to your Pinterest vision board. Directions here

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Your silhouette. Yep, it’s time to get naked and stand in front of the mirror. Have a look at what you see. Recognize the proportions of your hips, shoulders, belly. The size of your boobs, butt, and the length of your arms and legs. Now, before you start criticizing your body, just say, “Hi, I see you, beauty.” That’s all. Be gentle with this one. We are taught to look at ourselves and want to change how we look. We are taught to look at ourselves and diminish who we are. I know you might say, “But I try so hard to feel good.”

Honestly, acceptance is the best remedy here. Being able to see the bare you with kind, gentle, loving eyes. Well, that's revolutionary in my world and in my clients’ eyes.

Here are some tools to soften the experience. Use candlelight to start. Allow yourself to be alone, so this may be a late night activity if you have kiddos and a husband. Just stand there and listen to what you hear. Have your most comfortable robe next to you to slither into and grab your journal. Write down what you heard. Start the conversation with your body. If you are ready, take the writing to a place where you desire to feel.

Be with yourself just as you are and love on yourself.
 

My last style-awakening tip:

Your energy is where the heart of you is. This is a place of deep connection to your true self. If you want to be the woman in the ball gown, but you haven’t given yourself the permission to step into that...well, there is a block. Yes, you are blocking yourself from the next epic step. 

It’s maddening. It’s a subconscious current that stands between you and the future potential you desire to bring into the world. When my clients learn about this, it’s life-altering. They give themselves permission to step into their aspiring selves and take risks, with full awareness of the gremlins that may haunt them along the way. 

You will never escape your past, but you can step into your future with the bold awareness that you have tools to support who you are, how you stand up tall, and how you receive the world around you.

My friend, you have a choice.

Enjoy marrying your style.

 

With love,

Carrie


 
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Style Secret: Follow your Silhouette

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Hey, Beauty,

I don’t believe in shortcuts.

No, really.

I mean, I love getting things done efficiently, and I like using my time in constructive ways, but I think there’s really something to putting in the work. It makes whatever project I’m working on feel way more fulfilling when I know I didn’t cut corners or take the easy way.

With that said, there are a few tips and tricks that could technically be considered shortcuts that I use all the time when picking outfits and talking style.

In my last post, I talked about the fact that you have to be ready and willing to do the work to find your style archetype. That’s key in determining what kind of message you want to send to the world and in helping you manifest what you want out of this life.

It’s hard work but it’s rewarding because in the end, you’re expressing exactly who you are and who you want to be.

But!

There is one style shortcut that works for all body shapes and types. So this is like one of the only times I break my own rule. We’re all a little bit rebel, right?

So here’s the shortcut.

Don’t add extra weight by throwing on tons of extra material unless you’re conscious of what you’re doing.

Let me share a client story with you. One of my clients has these powerful shoulders, and we’re trying to do two things for her. One, create a heart connection from an energetic standpoint. Two, try to lessen the bulkiness of her shoulder region.

So what I do is help her manifest the energetic sensation of standing tall and lifting out from the heart instead of caving in and trying to hide her shoulders. Next we put her in a deep V-neck that creates the negative space we need and makes her feel confident, fierce, and powerful.

When you follow your silhouette, you’re staying true to exactly who you are.

Step One

Take a look in a full-length mirror and determine your natural shape. It might seem silly, but it’s a step that so many of my clients completely ignore.

Step Two

Figure out where the smallest parts are on your body. Highlight those or accent them if you want to look leaner.  Or create an accent down the centerline of your body. Anything that brings the eye to the centerline will make you look leaner.

Step Three

When you’re trying something on, pay attention to how the fabric feels and how shapes fall on your body.

Remember when I said earlier that I’ve got a little bit of rebel in me? Well here’s another rule that I like to break.

Breaking the style rules you might think exist means that you’re never going to wear too much fabric because you’re checking in with both the fabric and the energy.

There’s something around breaking the rules when it comes to creating a physical sensation with what you wear. It’s actually creating an energy that you need to follow to get you through the day. And that’s when style can be an asset.

Sometimes we have to manipulate our energy to get ourselves to do the things that need to get done in life. By wearing clothing that creates an energetic balance or an energetic expression, or even when it allows you to energetically level-up, you’re serving yourself and the rest of the world because you’re manipulating your energy to get your desired results.

If you need more insights on the best way to get connected to your style, grab my Top Ten Style Revolution tips today!  Review them, play with them, email me and tell me how they work out or what obstacles you may have.  

With love,

Carrie


 
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Why Knowing Your Style Archetype Is Your Style Secret Weapon

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Making a commitment to determining your style archetype means that you’re on the way to discovering your true self. It’s a fast path toward weeding out the stuff that isn’t you.

Your style archetype should be your focal point. It’s not your Bible, but it is the way you can make a commitment to a certain look. When you choose to add in elements of being a little more chic or a little more classic or refined, then you have a clearer understanding of who you are and how your style represents the true you.

Instead of walking into a shop with some vague notion in mind of who you are stylistically, you know exactly what pieces you’re on the hunt for and then you’re able to articulate your true self to the rest of the world.

How many times have you walked into a store and asked yourself questions like these:

Do I even like floral?

How can I make this look chic?

Does this look good on my shape?

Am I buying this because I have no clear idea of what I want to present?

Or maybe you shop online and just end up wasting money because you have no idea what’s going to look good on you. You’re not paying attention to what you want because you haven’t defined what you want!

A style archetype gives you a synchronicity and cohesiveness to your wardrobe. Instead of opening up your closet and seeing the remnants of forty different women, a style archetype means every piece you own reflects you in some way.

When you build a wardrobe with pieces that work with each other and not against, it means every outfit you create is going to work.

This goes far beyond just picking an item, though. When you have a style archetype, that means you’ve taken the step toward creating a brand identity for your business and life that you can wear and express. Identity can be a resource to your visual and visceral experiences in the world, so you don’t ever have to fall down the rabbit hole of questioning yourself.

Ever again.

I can teach you how to trust yourself and be present with yourself so that you can lean into who you want to become. When you’re clear with where you are, and who you are, and how you operate in life, your style archetype manifests naturally as an outpouring of who you truly are.

The more confident you start to feel, the more you’re able to reaffirm to yourself that you’re okay with who you are.

Imagine walking into that same store and, instead of wondering if something looks good, knowing that what you’re adorning your body with is the perfect complement to who you are. This is totally possible! But you have to do the work, right? You have to ask yourself what you want and get a clear vision of what you want to present to your world.

I really think there’s something super beautiful in consciously creating the universe we want to live in. It’s powerful and something that we all need to do a little more of, and that’s what this is all about. A style archetype takes the questions out of creating this universe for yourself, and you’ll learn to love yourself a little more in the process.

If you are interested in learning more, let’s jump on a discovery call. I’d love to know where you are on your style and personal branding journey! Book our call here... I can’t wait to connect!

Xo

Carrie


 
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The Kinda-Sorta Fit - The Flaw of Modern Day Fashion

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Go into three different stores and try on clothes and chances are, you’re going to “be” three different sizes. Talk about a mental trip. It can be debilitating for many women because we’ve been subconsciously taught for so long that our value and worth depend on the size of our clothes.

Often, we’ll leave feeling like we’re less than, like nothing fits, and overall feeling pretty crappy.

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

Sadly, this kind of experience happens all the time with many of my clients. I have this client who was so annoyed that she had tried on so many different clothes in so many sizes because she thought she knew her size.

Really, this is a reminder that the self-esteem you’re cultivating by creating a style that is specific to you has nothing to do with the number on the tag of a garment. 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 depend on what the number on the tag reads – it depends on how the manufacturer cut the clothing.

Your size is not equal to your esteem. You can’t feel bad about your body when you try on clothes because the change in sizing has nothing to do with you and everything to do with the piece of clothing in question.

Like the show, This is Us. On that show, the character Kate wants to fit into a size seven. The way the scene is shot makes us think that she’s not going to fit into it because she is so accustomed to feeling bad about her body that she didn’t know how to feel good. So she couldn’t’ wear the dress that actually fit her at a size seven and instead reinforced the negative body image she was used to and tried on a size five.

Clothes aren’t made to totally fit you. We kind of get lost in that idea, right? It’s so easy to get into a loop of negative self-talk.

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. But think about it.

There’s no template version for all clothing manufacturers to use anymore. The sizing system was created to mass-produce clothing, and since you’re the only one of you, there’s no way that stuff right off the rack is going to fit perfectly all the time.

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 the piece fit perfectly!

So there are some ways that you can get around this annoying side effect of the 21st century.

Finding a tailor you love and trust is key. So is figuring out how to try on clothes when you’re shopping. Both of these steps are crucial to making sure that what you’re buying is going to adorn your body in the most perfect way possible.

Really, here’s a chance to relish in the fact that there’s no one like you! When you alter clothing to fit your body, then you’re owning and claiming the piece as being 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!

Download my Top Ten Style Revolution tips that you can use the next time you go shopping to help avoid this loop of negativity.

 

Xo

Carrie


 
 

 
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Soul Style Spotlight, Michelle Cady

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Are you ever curious how women build their brands? Well, I have some juicy details for you today.

Yup, a Soul Style Spotlight. When I get to bring women I have worked with to the forefront of my brand, well, you can picture it….happy dance in my office (and yes, I do have my white sneakers with gold studs on)!

Honestly, I wouldn't be here if it weren't for every woman who has trusted me with their bodies and brands and invested in working with me.

It is such an honor to do this work. To guide women into their bodies and true selves through style. Sounds so strange and, yes, I too used to judge the validity of style. I totally thought style was just fashion and well fashion was superficial. All of that stopped when a handful of women asked for help, and I could step up to the plate. My business was truly born then, and I have never looked back.

I got to let go of the years of struggle and step into the true gifts I have been cultivating my whole life. Guess what? My clients come to me with the desire to express their true gifts and talents with a solid image that feels authentic, distinct, and powerful.

So without further adieu, meet Michelle.

Health Coach and up-and-coming author Michelle Cady of fitvista.com decided it was time to up her business style for her new book cover. We talked about how she wanted to feel and what that looked like. We discovered where she was with her style and how to bring her business along. With a couple of tweaks and small added touches, we created more flow and a bit more edge to her look.

The result? A beautiful, authentic summary of her transformation from a conservative finance girl who has stepped out into the fitness industry and then transitioned into the holistic health and lifestyle world. Since she’s gone through three career transitions, you can imagine that figuring out what to wear on the daily, let alone a photo shoot, can be pretty frustrating for her. But to see her wardrobe match her Elegant Heroine style archetype felt rewarding and empowering. She understands why she’s wearing something, when to wear it, and how to source it.

Check out this conversation between Michelle and me.

In the video you’ll learn:

Why Michelle made the career shift into Health Coaching. (We all can use a reminder of our “why.”)

Michelle’s story of personal stress was a huge catalyst to change her life and career. She went from finance to wellness and really knows how to work with clients who are busy, stressed-out professionals either working in a corporate environment or entrepreneurs on their own.

But more importantly, check out what she has to say about the identity change and how finding her style archetype gave her the freedom and clarity to step into her new style.

Since Michelle’s career was in finance, the dress code was clear-cut, but since she had never really done that in-between style of fancy jeans and a nice blouse and cool shoes for work, she just didn’t know how to show up. More importantly, after following me for awhile, she knew she wanted to have clothes that would help her feel more confident.

The confusing thing is that Michelle felt her style was a blur all the time.She was blending kind of classic preppy, but sporty, but trying to be edgy all the time, and then a little hippie. But when she shopped, it was a selection of this and that, and nothing really matched and she was a different person in different outfits. She was really drawn to the idea of the style archetype and really wanted to narrow down to who she really is.

Lastly, we chat about the power of style strategy to get photo-ready for her brand shoot.

Michelle found an amazing NYC photographer who is just the coolest woman. Her photographer was amazed at how well-planned for a photo shoot she was. What I love it how Zen Michelle felt on the day of. She wasn’t stressed out or anxious about the clothes because she knew what jewelry went with what clothes. Well, that’s because we planned, planned, planned!  And she nailed it. See it for yourself here.

Here is the beauty of the true inner and outer style work. You transform! And in the end, you are left with this beautiful manifestation you can look at and, “Woot, woot! I did it!”

There is nothing more rewarding than seeing your hard work coming into the physical world.  It takes dedication, a vision, passion and a deep desire to see a result.

We created a plan, and Michelle nailed it. I'm so proud of her for just digging in and saying, "Well, this is the process. I'm going to go in and just do it." And we did this all virtually, too, which is so cool.

We don’t do this biz and life thing on our own. Your business, your career, and your life are all asking you to step into your true identity.

Check out Michelle’s new site fitvista.com and be on the lookout for her upcoming book launch. You do not want to miss this one.

With love and style,

Carrie

How to Make a Statement of You

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With the new year here, 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?

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 color tones from your color board.
  • 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 the pieces that will go the distance with you. They’re worth investing in.

If you are not sure how to even 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 into 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.

The Time Is Now

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 it.” So, do it! You work hard, you’re making strides, 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 your style education. Because this is a make-or-break-it moment, a stylist can help you create a capsule wardrobe of basics and pick out some statement pieces. When you can’t define what statements are you, it’s time to invest in someone to help you get there.

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

What one statement piece can you not live without? Why? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Xo

Carrie


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Soul Style Spotlight - Jaimee Roncone

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Hi Beauties!

I'm so thrilled to introduce you to past Create Your Soul Style student, Jaimee Roncone. In this interview, Jaimee shares about her recovery from breast cancer and the emotional, physical and spiritual integration of her new breasts into her style as part of that recovery. I am so honored to have been a small part of her journey.

I know you'll find Jaimee's story as touching as I did.


A little bit about Jaimee...

Jaimee is a Health and Wellness Navigator, certified as a Health Coach and Life Coach from Health Coach Institute.

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Jaimee has years of experience in the Health and Wellness field, starting with receiving her certification for massage from East-West College for the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon in 1999.  She has a background in myofascial, deep tissue, structural integration, hot stone massage, and zen shiatsu and is being trained and certified in Craniosacral Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, Oncology Massage and Massage Cupping/Vacutherapies.

After over 17 years of serving her community through massage and bodywork (since 2003 in Easthampton), Jaimee created Healing Tree Health and Wellness Center as a way to network with a community of healers and offer a gorgeous, quiet, and comfortable space that is reachable and convenient for all.  Her mission has been to house amazing practitioners and healers, experts in their fields, to provide the best options for all her clients to reach and attain their goals in health and healing to live the best life they can.  She has created a space that feels like a warm cocoon to get away and reset in the midst of our crazy lives.

Jaimee has a deep vision and passion for service, especially after her second diagnosis of breast cancer metastasis.  Her journey has deepened her goals and vision for a more supported and deeply connected community and desire to support other women who have had a breast cancer diagnosis and feel scared, helpless, and alone.  She was there.  She hopes to help women navigate this scary place and find their place and healing and empowerment on their own journey.  Every woman's journey is their own, and it should be led by heart, compassion, and understanding.


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Soul Style Spotlight - Titlayo Ali

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Hi Beauties!

I'm so thrilled to introduce you to past Create Your Soul Style student, Titilayo Ali. I can't pretend I wasn't honored/touched/moved when she said this, "I have done years of personal development, this is the best transformational program I have ever taken." Goosebumps.

Please enjoy Titilayo's transformation story:


A little bit about Titilayo...

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Titilayo Tinubu Ali is on a mission to help women increase their earning potential, expand their career options, and gain the skills to fly solo whenever they want to or need to. She is founder and CEO of Own Your Expertise, a professional development company that teaches women how to turn their 9-to-5 skills into consulting opportunities. 

Alongside her career as an attorney and education researcher, she has been an independent consultant serving in a variety of legal, management and communications roles across the nonprofit, corporate, philanthropic and political sectors. Her published writing and research has shaped the development of education systems in the United States, Canada and Ireland and she is a co-author of The Road to High-Quality Early Learning: Lessons from the States. She has managed a seven-county U.S. congressional campaign and has been the brainchild of multi-market media campaigns for nonprofits and social causes that have successfully placed news stories on CNN, NBC, ABC, FOX, and NPR.

Seeking to equip women with the skills she's used to navigate her career, she developed Own Your Expertise, a hybrid business and leadership development program for early- and mid-career professionals. She routinely trains and speaks in college, university and corporate settings on how new and emerging professionals can develop personal brands and take an entrepreneurial approach to designing their careers. She is a certified NxLeveL entrepreneurship instructor trained to coach new business owners through laying the marketing and strategy foundations for their new ventures.

Titilayo earned a law degree from UC Berkeley, a master's degree in sociology and education policy from Columbia University, and a bachelor's degree in English, with honors, from Spelman College. She lives in Colorado with her husband and twin sons.


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Clearing Your Closet to Make Room for the New You

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With the turn of the calendar, everyone is looking for ways to make this year be the best possible. Not only does this mean setting attainable goals, but it also means taking a closer look at what you’re wearing.

We all know that your clothes help define your core style and branding. So it makes sense to look first at our wardrobes when we’re mapping out how to conquer the New Year.

The process of removing items from your closet that are holding you back is how you create the space for who you want to be in 2018. We all have a past. It’s an important part of our lives, but it doesn’t have to be the deciding factor on who we’re going to be in the future.

The single most important thing to remember when you’re tackling a closet overhaul is this: Who do you want to be?

When I’m working with clients, I try to undercover exactly where she’s put the most effort in her life. That’s where I can begin to understand the story of her life. For lots of us, we face the same problems and obstacles over and over, just in different guises. The challenge here is to take a closer look at the past and find that theme. We have to acknowledge the past in order to move forward. Otherwise, it will continue to hold you back.

When we look at the past, we can look at the present with clearer vision. When you start being present with what 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.

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.

What to do/ 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 it’s harming or when a piece is helping. I have a handmade red vesty-jacket thing that I got in London at a flea market. I never wear it, but I’ll never get rid of it because it represents a moment in time that I’m actively seeking out. It’s not practical to keep it, but it’s important. Think about these things when you evaluate your own items.

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

Consider carefully: Clothes that don’t fit are a touchy subject. On one hand, it’s not completely ideal to keep clothes that seriously 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.

Finally, fill in any missing gaps in your closet.

Making goals for the New Year is only half of the equation when you’re trying to work out how to be the best possible version of yourself. You have to think about what you’re putting on your body, how you’re showing up in the world. A closet overhaul is really the best place to start.

So ask yourself, how do you want to align yourself with your goals and vision? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below!
 

Xo

Carrie


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Soul Style Spotlight - Sweta Chawla

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Hi Beauties!

I'm so thrilled to introduce you to past Create Your Soul Style student, Sweta Chawla.

My favorite thing about her journey with the program is how she's fully tapping into her newly grounded spirit and using it to follow the signs to build a strong foundation for her business.

I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did!


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A little bit about Sweta...

Dr. Sweta Chawla is a self-expression expert and founder of the Make Your World Bigger Movement. After 17 years in the Profession of Pharmacy, she took a leap of faith and left her decade long career as a Professor and took a deep-dive into her soul and came out a Loquacious Soul Coach/Story Teller/Emcee and Life Style Advocate. Her mission is to support ambitious, loyal, responsible other-focused women to finally take the space and time to focus on themselves. She helps them experience Balance, Belonging and Beauty from the inside out through her unique spiritually grounded system, Unique Harmony. Her approach is about giving permission to want it all on YOUR terms without having to do it alone. Instead feeling magically supported. When she's not "working" she's either salsa dancing, Bollywood jamming or traveling the world with her family or alone.


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Soul Style Spotlight - Emily Shaules

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Hey Beauties!

I'm so thrilled to introduce you to past Create Your Soul Style student, Emily Shaules.

Her journey with the program is such an inspiration, especially how she's used her newfound style identity to give her the confidence she needed to manifest a powerful, new investor in her company (the one and only, Jason Mraz!!)

I hope you find as much inspiration from the interview as I did!
 


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A little bit about Emily...

Emily Shaules is the Founder and Chief Shift Officer (CSO) of Shift Bars, the world’s first organic energy bar with only 1 gram of sugar. Shift Bars, launching in early 2018, is the manifestation of Emily’s passion for healthy food, conscious living, and business done with integrity. A former attorney and professional actor, Emily currently lives in Asheville, NC and loves hiking, animals, movies and dancing. Keep in touch with her at www.shiftbars.com.


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

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Hey Beauty,

Happy New Year!  I bet you are welcoming 2018 with a scarf around your neck.  It seems the temps have dropped everywhere here in the States.

Are you ready to take 2018 by storm?

Let’s start making it happen.

I like to start with something I call, Micro-Manifestations. They are a way of listening to your inner voice. These manifestations end up making you look good and feel good. When you’re in the right mindset, the world is yours.

This is a perfect time to start putting these manifestations into place. 2018 and your best year yet have literally started!

How to use style Micro-Manifestations to get what you want

It begins with knowing what you want and how you’ll feel when you receive it. Then you can use style to create those feelings NOW. The best part? All of this information is already inside of you.

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

This starts 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 benefits. Adorn and serve your body because this allows you to open the door to something greater. You can activate that greater container because you have a super strong foundation already in place.

Even if you don’t know what you want for 2018, by just focusing on these micro-manifestations, you will 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 show up and 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, feelings, and emotions.

Here’s how this process works:

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

Basically, cast yourself in the role as your vision of the role. What you’re going to sell to yourself and the world is yourself in that vision. You 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: CONFIDENCE 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 the 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? When you’re a heart-centered person and you start projecting the 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 this area. 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 overtly 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 little bit. I mean, we can’t always walk around in performance mode. Knowing when to serve your body so that you can do 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’re stronger, fiercer, clearer.

So how will you use micro-manifestations in 2018 to get what you want?

Xo
Carrie


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The Heavy of Being Light

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It’s true there is only one you. And you are statistically a cosmic miracle. Just that alone makes you incredibly valuable.

That’s all. No really. I have been in this conversation for quite some time about inherent value vs. worth and value. We can go down a whole cascade of psychological merry-go-rounds. 

But the real deal is YOU ARE VALUABLE. What you have to share with the world is a value-add. And what you get paid is equal to what you ask for, but not what you are worth.

Charging what you are worth is a mind F***.  Some people charge way too much, some not enough. You are the only person who can determine what that price is.

My Create Your Soul Style students popped in at the end of class asking how I decide what I charge for a course. My response was that you have to look at the cost of operating your business, the amount of money you need to make to survive (plus plus), and the amount of people you need to have in a group to charge a fair and reasonable rate.

Then decide and test it. See what the market will bear.  Start lower than you expect, get feedback, increase the price, then rinse and repeat. Run it, increase the value, increase the price.

Regardless of the success of your venture, you are inherently valuable. 

Do you go around telling your toddler they did not bring home any money today, so they’re not worth it? Not worth your time or attention?

No, you don't. You pay attention to your children and their needs.

But there are many who went without the love and attention they needed. Each of us are individuals and have different needs and requirements to survive - some needs are harder to meet than others. But we are all tasked with learning what our requirements are and how to communicate that.

What I have witnessed in my clients is that the illusion of being heavy is really just an energy. Yes, weight is made up of real pounds, and you gotta eat well and exercise, but weight is also energy. It’s THE HEAVY.

But you are LIGHT.

Take a minute and close your eyes. Take a peek inside and see your light. The fact that you can see your light means you're here with us. You’re alive. You are VALUABLE.

The next time you say to yourself, “I am so fat,” STOP and close your eyes. Say, “I am light. What is really happening?”

I deeply desire you to have the most EPIC 2018! My team and I have set an incredible year ahead. If you need to still look at your BRAND GOALS, check out last week's blog.

I am so thrilled you found me. I am so excited to get to know you more in 2018!

Have a HAPPY, BEAUTIFUL, WONDERFUL, BLESSED New Year!

Much Love,
Carrie


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