Lessons of a Bohemian Adventure

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When was the last time you threw caution to the wind and said, “YES!” to an epic and wild adventure?

For me, I can’t even remember.  I know I have felt trapped inside the confines of my body’s obstacles for the past 5 years. So, when my friend called and asked me to come visit him in his home in Ibiza, I answered with a resounding, “YES!”

My biggest lesson on my adventure was to TRUST MYSELF.

I took every step with instinct and one-by-one with hope that the next would work out.  I had no grand expectations of my trip. Just to relax, see a new land, connect with a friend, and find a yoga class.

What I did embark on was beyond my wildest imagination.  It restored my faith in the Universe as a driving force of beauty, freedom, and adventure.  It brought to life my inner nomad again. The one who had no problem jumping on a plane to foreign lands, but who got lost on the commitment to a stale form of success.

My arrival flowed with divine meals, hugs, long soaking sessions in the Mediterranean Sea, bottles of wine, and some miscommunication! What normally would have thrown me off course -  conflict and a little heartache... actually became empowering moments of expression, letting go, and moving forward.

Due to delays and recuperating from delays, I thought I had missed the first 2 days of my yoga retreat, but turns out I had the wrong schedule.  So, the day that I did show up was the day it started. Now, I have done yoga for 20 years, but never at a retreat. I had done no research; just sent a few emails around Ibiza Town looking for classes.  The only response I got was from Lena Tancredi. She said:

“I only do retreats.  We are full, but you can do a day pass.  It’s 200 EU.” (That’s $235 US. For 5 days of theory and yoga. Each meal was an additional; $20… worth it in gold.)

I asked her, “are you sure it’s not 2000 EU?”

Nope!!  I did no further research except found a video to share with one friend on the island.  I had low expectations. And did not believe the price and the beauty on the video were actually possible.  You can only believe to my surprise that it was PARADISE. Nothing but PARADISE.


Check out this video of The Ibiza Yoga Retreat by Lena Tancredi. (Unlike me, (I’m a research junkie) I never looked at anything else on the site, I was just more excited.)

I walked into this Mediterranean estate in total wonderment as the stone walls glowed in the warm sunlight.  The vista looking out over Sant Antoni de Portmany Ibiza ran my eyes all the way to sea then the sky. It was spectacular. Tears came to my eyes as I met everyone during the first theory class. And then as I walked out to the yoga deck my eyes welled and tears streamed down my face. I could not believe this was real.

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Tears came to my eyes as I met everyone during the first theory class. And then as I walked out to the yoga deck my eyes welled and tears streamed down my face. I could not believe this was real.

I was in AWE.  Life had fulfilled a long lost dream of a land I had seen in my minds eye many moons ago.  

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The next 5 days became an adventure between an Italian, a Dutch, and an American woman.  We found guttural laughter in our misunderstandings of broken English. We found joy in our common values.  We found hope in our dreams. We found strength in our independence.

Synchronicity is a state of being and relaxing into the flow. My work creates flow in other people’s lives, but sometimes I behave as a pusher to get to market. It's time to welcome in a new state of being.


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Taking in "THE WORK" through a new lens has allowed a new rhythm to enter, new faith to be born, and a new dream to follow.

My top 21 lessons from my Bohemian Adventure:

  1. Gratitude breads good vibes.  It becomes a natural state of receiving which opens up doors for more good vibes to come your way. Everyday I expressed my gratitude to my friend for welcoming me to his life. Because of the immense joy I felt, I become more open to a new and different rhythm. It also felt really good to express it!
  2. Sometimes healing hurts. But stay focused on the process and listen to your body. You will get there. I had a scooter accident that stopped me in my tracks and forced me to slow down.  I as lucky it was just superficial wounds! But daily wound cleaning and using the right tools during yoga to cushion the bruising was paramount.
  3. Look for your true essence. During my Quantum Healing session on my birthday, I welcomed in my goddess. She is alive and in full form.  She’s elegant and powerful. I had left her behind a long long time ago and have been struggling without her essence present. My Boho style came more alive and my warrior found some rest.
  4. Living through your persona’s allows you to incarnate your visions and desires. It takes time and the pursuit of a dream. Instant gratification is an illusion and we can only meet ourselves where we are and welcome in the next step. More on this one later! Remember when you were a kid sitting in the back of the car on a long road journey. It was probably hot and not much AC, asking your parents “are we there yet?” That’s what happens when we want to be somewhere we’re not.
  5. Love comes in all forms, but it must feel good. My friend and I went to visit an Ex and we have been on a long 12 year journey together. We are truly family now, but we know partnership is not part of the journey.
  6. Trust yourself above all and things will “eventually” work out. During each yoga session, I got extremely clear messages that I have taken missteps (like having my back surgery 20+ years ago and other missteps you will hear in my book next year) that have caused me to stop trusting myself. Building self-trust has been at the forefront of my work.  This experience sealed the deal, I have a trustworthy nugget inside me.
  7. Be true to your emotions. Express them. Let them be heard. And find a common ground. I got present each day with how I felt, what emotion need attention, and what needed to be communicated.  This style of communication allowed my Ex and I to be friends and family.
  8. Acceptance allows you to be free of conflict. Building my business, accepting what is, has been a core principle. When I told my yoga instructor, I had metal rods in my back and my back hurt after class, she said, (in her adorable Brazilian accent) “Carrie, don’t twist so much.  You have to respect the metal.” Seriously, sometimes it just takes the way someone says it to hit home.
  9. Believe in Magic. It will happen. I kept a little pocket of belief that life would restore a sense of faith in purpose and vision post infertility. It has been a rough road and my business has been paramount in creating a new vision.  When you walk into an experience that feels magical, aligned, and powerful, faith is restored.
  10. Keep your vision close to your heart. Keep visiting it. Welcome it to your presence. As I move forward, my life will be evolving, I can’t say exactly how yet, but all the signs are there and it’s about one foot in front of the other.
  11. Relax. Just breath. It will all be OK. You are beautiful inside and out. I did it. You can too! I never considered myself a yogi, but now I do!
  12. Choose life and it will choose you. Do what makes you feel alive. It may go against everything you have been taught or know. But deep down, you know it’s your way. Take ownership and embody it. You will love it and everyone around you will love you too, because you are present and taking ownership of your life.
  13. Every moment has value and is preparing you for the next step. My meandering, studies, changes in career, health challenges all have impact on what I do now.  Keep moving forward.
  14. You have a choice. Even when you think you don’t. You have a choice on how you react, breath, think, and move. I learned the power of breath and the only thing I can control is my breath and my thoughts. (And what I eat and how I move.)
  15. Divine intervention is about understanding the happenings around you, the good and bad and the lessons from it. The scooter accident on my third day, it slowed me down, and helped me connect with the women around me.  I could have run off on a romantic fantasy with a man I had met, but the accident stopped me dead in my tracks, it intervened, I chose sisterhood instead. I made a conscious choice not to repeat depleting patterns.
  16. Strong, confident, and elegant women are beautiful. Aware and embodied women are attractive. No matter what they wear. Every woman on the retreat came with her own story, her own journey, and each one was looking for an answer or an experience.  They got it, because they were looking and it was beautiful to witness.
  17. Finding freedom is the adventure. Letting go of my preconceived notions of travel and asking for help when my body failed gave me the freedom to have this adventure and be safe and still have fun.
  18. Laughter is a great remedy. I did it everyday and loved every minute of it!  Find it, live it, and breathe it.
  19. Trust yourself, above all. I am going back to this.  NO ONE can tell you what to do or how to be. Do what you can to find trust in yourself.
  20. It’s never about your size. It’s about your comfort. Make sure you are comfortable and do what you need to do and fall into ease.  I am heavier and have more cellulite than ever, but I feel more confident and comfortable in my skin and that speaks volumes!
  21. Travel light! There's always room to find what you need. I brought some new items that I wanted to use for a shoot, but one I was in Ibiza, my style shifted towards my bohemian essence more and more. It was undeniable.

I love you! Keep rocking your bad self!  Let the adventure begin. Come over to the blog and leave a comment, I'd love to hear from you.

XOXO,

 

Carrie

Sacred Dressing

Sacred Dressing Blog Carrie Montgomery

Curious to learn how to make each and every day more sacred in your mind, body, and soul?

You can do it with the “everyday task” of getting dressed and stepping into your true style!

It’s the eve of my birthday and I am fulfilling my desired with a yin yoga retreat on an island in Ibiza, Spain. This past year has been an adventure in growth and retraction, recalibration, and stepping into my true power.

Every step of the way, I let my Style Archetype guide me.  Yes, my wild Boho Warrior has been with me the whole way this year on my mad entrepreneurial journey.  I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Even those moments in tears on the floor when I woke up to the place of “I hate launch life.”  It truly is not aligned with my energy and depletes me in the most debilitating way. Not to say I won’t ever do one again, but the process will be SO MUCH DIFFERENT.

One massive reminder in all the roller coaster twist and turns, ups and downs is that my body knows all and dictates my path.  So even when I’m unwilling to listen, it will show me the correct way with a siren effect.

So, tell me… what would it be like to have an integrated daily practice? (Something you are already doing, unless you walk around naked all day and hey cheers to you if you do!)

I am sure you have a full morning routine, so adding this thought process may not sound appetizing.

How about recalibrating and shifting your morning to connect to your body on how you dress?

I’m sure getting dressed is the last thing on your mind.  Yet, it’s the first thing everyone sees.

Getting dressed so you are aligned with your own energy and your true style feels empowering.

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"In the midst of my company's launch, I've been drawn to my yoga pants often. I took it as a sign that something needed to change, so I moved my "office" to my couch. I'm so much more comfortable and productive than I had been at my desk. Working with Carrie has helped me listen to my body's signals sooner than I used to, thank you!" - Emily Shaules, Chief Shift Officer at Shift Bars

After working together, Emily was able to manifest a celebrity investor in her new business. Jason Mraz stepped forward to support her new adventure. It has proved to be a fruitful partnership.

Proprioception is the sense of the relative position of one's own parts of the body and strength of effort being employed in movement.  I learned this when I taught Pilates in my late teens and early 20’s. But the amazing thing, with this awareness I was able to take to the stage while I acted, on shoots, while I modeled, and building a style awareness.

(Notice how all life’s adventures are valuable?)  Who would have thought that random acts in my career from working behind the camera on film (producer) to being in front of the camera (actor/model), to teaching reiki (energy healer), to teaching pilates (physical awareness), to running restaurants (service, service, service) would all contribute to the everyday running of my biz?

But I digress.

You, my sacred one.  The woman who is rising through the daily grind to her desired ideal lifestyle.  The lifestyle of excellence, one that is aligned with your core principles and values with its outward appearance and experience.

This is where that inner and outer awareness is so powerful, tangible, and real. It’s the ultimate micro manifestation on steroids in the most loving and integrated way.

Yes, this is that magic wand moment where I guide you to engage with your body on a completely new level.  

One that attracts your ideal customers.  

One that magnifies your supertraits.  

One that enhances your core essence.

Everyday you can meet your bodies needs as you dress into your true essence. No more squishing your bum in those tight jeans or pulling your hair out with frivolous decisions.

Seems impossible, right?  Just listen to my gal pals that have already walked through the transformative process.

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"I've been having such a blast rocking my #badass Sporty Empath self and feel a sense of freedom I only dreamed about. I am writing again, I am birthing a new program and having so much fun with the creative part of it all." Heidi Symonds, The Healthy Godmother, C.N.O. Chief Nourishment Officer
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"My work with Carrie has been profound and has lead to palpable shifts in my energy. I get compliments everywhere I go.  I am really working my receiving muscle and taking all the positivity in. I feel stronger and more present in my body, which has led to greater ease and confidence. I have never felt so good in my body." - Kate Bathras, Transformation Coach

You seek growth, you seek transformation, you seek actualization.

I know... so often it feels like work, struggle, and just squeaking by to create your desire. But it can be easy.

Interested to know how?

YAY!  Sweet… Join me for a Virtual Styling Intensive. I’m giving $500 off for my Birthday!

You get me to focus on you and how to pull together this fine details of how you FEEL and LOOK! It’s sizzling hot!

Here are the details of what you get!

  • 3-Hour Intensive 1-1 Breakthrough Call using The Somatic Dressing Method™
  • 1-Hour Shopping Confirmation Call
  • 2-Hour Virtual Fitting
  • Defined Style Archetype
  • Consciously Curated Style Board curated by Me
  • Shopable Pinterest Board curated by Me
  • Personal Style and Branding Brainstorm Worksheets

You will walk away with at least 5 outfits, sometimes the finds are more! You will know exactly what colors to wear and your outfits will be interchangeable.  You can also use these looks for your next photoshoot!

Can we say, it’ll be easier to get dressed.  You’ll have more curb appeal (you know, that certain confidence that pops through any outfit.)  With a newly defined container (your Style Archetype) you will shop with more ease, and have more clarity around what you really want. Clothes will naturally appear and feel right.  My tribe calls it “manifesting a look.”

Most importantly you can use the time you get dressed as a way to connect to what your body needs so you can be as effective and powerful as possible every day!

Sounds like fun, right?! Ready to align your soul and your style? Nothing is more empowering than synergizing the inner and outer you.

Grab your spot here.  These will go fast. Use promo code: 500VSBday to get $500 off!

You can purchase this offer over the next 5 days.  Act fast as I only have room for 10 of these packages!  So grab your spot here quickly! Use promo code: 500VSBday

I hope this year is celebrated with the most kick ass style in the most joyous of hearts! Run with it, sister! (I know that’s where I am going!)

If you’re ready to kick it in style.  Grab your spot HERE!

XO,

Carrie


 
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I'm Going to Listen

I'm Going to Listen Blog Carrie Montgomery

Hey, Beauty,

Have you ever just paused for quiet like for an extended period of time and listened?

No one asking for anything. No major decisions. No deadlines… Just a time to sit and listen.

Sounds dreamy. Right?

That’s my next 3 weeks.

Nothing is terribly wrong, it’s just that my soul is calling for something deeper, greater, more expressed! It could be a book, or just a new system, or maybe a new offering.

There is a point in your personal development where a new sense of self clicks in. It’s like bits and pieces over time are now the new normal and your search for another step on the road to clarity, success, and freedom is being activated.

Over the next 3 weeks, I am going to follow what this bod has to say.  I am going to let it’s wisdom. It’s power. It’s curiosity lead the way.

I’ll be wearing my long, flowing summer dresses to releases any pent up energy.  I’ll let my hair blow in the wind as I scooter to my yoga retreat each day. I’ll find comfort, ease, and support in my white white one piece bathing suit as I swim in the warm Balearic Sea of Ibiza.

Can you see it?  Can you feel it?

Part of the journey to a greater life is producing what you dream of, and sometimes it’s important to pause, take deep breaths, soak up the salty island sea air and just lay in the warm sun.

Over the past 2 years, I have put my head down and focused on re-formatting and creating the next phase of my business.

I’ve created:

  • My signature system: The Somatic Dressing Method™️
  • My signature course: Create Your Soul Style
  • My signature personal branding process: The Body Brand™️
  • My signature Creative Direction process for personal brand photoshoots

Over the next few weeks, it’s time to stop, listen, and integrate. I’ll be looking at your customer experience. Things like the flow, integration, and expansion between products and experiences. You know, all the things that I’m here for you for.

I love the level up evaluation game. And of course there is no place better to do it than on an European Island in the Mediterranean Sea.

I was just listening to Gay Hendricks and The Big Leap. Yup, it’s a handy go to message when you feel like there’s an opportunity for a consciousness shift. I love looking at where I might be blocking myself. Then I use the way I get dressed to support my body.

Aligning yourself with your Zone Of Genius (ZOG) is so important.  Gay Hendricks really found the jumping off point for many entrepreneurs in The Big Leap.  Think part idealism, part skill, and part inherent talent. It’s a highly efficient and effective way to operate.

From the introspection I have been doing, RELEASE is the number one need.  So, I will adorn my body with flow and support.  You can imagine packing for 3 weeks is a little bit of a challenge! I got my dresses in though… don’t you worry!

I may have also put in a 4 lb bag of Hot Tamales for my girlfriend in London. (Yes, that’s all she requested.)  And then I had to pack around 3 All Clad Pans (my bathing suits are stuffed inside where we will be cooking in later on).  The things we do for those we love!

While I deepen my resolve, my mission, and enhancing my zone of genius, I am always looking for better ways to serve you and enhance my own life experience. This means I need to roam, explore, experience, and reflect to actualize. Living in my true Boho style to stop and LISTEN to my soul’s calling.

The one thing I know about business is that I’m not just in it for the money. I’m all in, heart, soul, and mission. Sometimes in the grind this can seem like a disheartening experience because well there are bumps in the road and problems to be solved.  And taking a break is just the right move right now.

So tell me, what’s blocking you from your next great creation?

Do you feel fundamentally flawed? How?

Do you fear being abandoned for your success? Who would leave?

Do you fear your success will create more burden? How can it help too?

Are you afraid to outshine someone in your life? Who?

These are 4 foundational blocks that cause Upper Limiting.  If you haven’t heard of Gay Hendricks work, I strongly suggest you dive in!

I leave you with these thoughts as I sit and connect with clients and friends in The Cotswolds.  I love being able to make a stop on my adventure and live the dream I’ve been calling in. It’s here that we get to listen.  When will you?

Keep shining and rising, beauty!  Leave a comment over on the blog. I’d love to hear from you.

XO,

Carrie


 
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The Body Knows

Your Body Knows Blog Carrie Montgomery

Hey, Beauty,

This time next week I’ll be in transit over the pond for a quick soul sister hug and a photo shoot where I grew up in the Cotswolds. I’ll be hillside on horseback adventuring the land I grew up on. 

But by next weekend you will find me shoes off, sunscreen lathered, in my Norma Kamali suit and sun hat flying as I bound through the soft Spanish sand into the Mediterranean.

A little 2-week getaway for my Bday!

Last year I spent 2 days at Hidden Pond Resort in Kennebunkport, ME, and it was the best staycation birthday celebration.

BUT ... the importance of this journey is I am a BOHO WARRIOR. And the BOHO part has been less in the forefront of my life the past 5, maybe even 15 years ... I left her (a massive part of my persona) on a stoop in Israel, I think.

Don’t get me wrong, I have traveled over the past 15 years. But it has been with a gripping disbelief that life just did not feel right. And I mean “not right” in every biblical sense. I was OFF course.  

My body was the beacon to bring me closer, more aligned with my true style. To my true self. That freely expressed self.

My body dictates the pace of my every day. It tells me when it's inspired to create and when it MUST rest. Like legs buckling, lie down rest. I often push, though. I try to get through, do more, but...

See, my WARRIOR (the oh-so-valuable, justice-seeking, disciplined pursuit to mastery) was driving my life hard and fast for too many years. I think (as many clients have told me and my sisters in Origin™ know) that the world lives at too fast a pace.

I’ll never forget at 18, 4 months post-op for my spinal fusion, I was standing in my attic with my girlfriend, sweating, saying “I just need the world to stop. It’s all too fast. I just want it to pause. I can’t keep up.” I was deciding if I was going to be able to attend orientation week at my new college, Skidmore. But my surgery was a fail, and the metal had a hairline fracture that was wreaking havoc on my bod. I was in constant pain.

College was the last thing on my mind. But I pursued the course for a semester, then had to bow out. I just could not keep up with the class load (standing all day because sitting was impossible for more than 20 minutes). I felt like I had failed, but I was really looking for my boho free spirit to come out.

We (my boho gal and I) adventured around the world for a few years. More to come on those details one day!

I had a sense of adventure that I have missed for years. When I created the Style Archetyping process with The Somatic Dressing Method™, it was inspired by the depth of my journey, the aching of my soul, the desire to walk into my future self. To manifest her in a natural process of life, not to push her out and squish her into a new mold or to get another thing to pile on top of other things. Not at all.  

I very clearly saw who I was, who I have been, and who I can be - my Boho Warrior style was born. I haven’t looked back. I’ve aligned, fallen flat on my face, realigned, danced, fallen down, then realigned again.

But mark my words: last summer I sat with my Create Your Soul Style students telling this very story that I desire to be able to travel again. To have the freedom that I once felt. Guess what? Real (good) stuff happens, and then we get to do what we desire. I saw myself stepping on that plane for a European adventure.

I let my BOHO guide me as the WARRIOR inside learned her value with less of a grip.

Desire is a beautiful guide, but it needs boundaries and parameters sometimes to help move it along. Not these fruitless hopes that your desires will be filled, but the embodied knowing that your desires will happen.

We must consciously guide ourselves to the place we see in our mind’s eye. It takes cultivating, balancing, stepping back, reviewing, re-approaching, recalibrating, and stepping forward. We don’t ever do this completely alone. There are sounding boards around us every day to activate our desires needs and desires we have.

My BOHO gal is back and we are going to let my WARRIOR take a seat for the next few weeks.  I’ll still be popping into your inbox and maybe with even more inspiration than before!

I will let her rise and guide the program for a while. I can only imagine the integration of healing that will happen as she comes even more to life again. The balance of the inner nomad is coming out to taste the sweet, salty Mediterranean air.

If you are ready to learn who your style archetype is and how she can influence your wellbeing and the rest of the world, I am offering a special for my Bday ... $100 off The Somatic Dressing Method™ 2-hour Intensive. We will identify your body blocks and breakthroughs to create your Style Archetype.  

What you’ll get:

  1. Personal Style Intake and Brainstorm Worksheets

  2. 2-Hour Body Image Breakthrough Call

  3. Define Your Style Archetype

Normally I charge $497, but you can grab this over the next 48 hours for only $397.

Ready to meet your Style Archetype and move forward with confidenceWant in? Click here! Use code: 100Bday

Even though I am traveling, I’ll be back in two weeks to get you all aligned and embodied!

Much love,

Carrie


 
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Throwing Your Weight Around

Throwing Your Weight Around Blog Carrie Montgomery

Hi, Beauty,

Have you YOYO’d before?  Like, gone up 10, lost 5, gone up 15, lost 10, then 25 more went on?

Familiar with the cycle?

I am no stranger either. 5 years ago I weighed 30 lbs. less than I do now. In the mind of my former self, that would feel debilitatingly devastating. But today, as I slide into my XL panties, I celebrate how I feel in my body.

Yes, I still have chronic pain.

Yes, I still have overwhelming bouts of fatigue.

Yes, I still lose my ability to walk.

And no, this does not make me any less of a person.

What I do feel, when I look in the mirror, is that there is a vibrant, soul-infused woman who has gained strength and learned to integrate into the obstacles life can throw at you.

So I celebrate my body. I love on it. I rest it when it needs to be rested.

An additional 30 lbs. is a lot of weight - just grab your 25-pound bag of Epsom salts to see (if you don’t have soaking salts you must grab one here). But the me that was tinier was frailer, was beaten down and broken. And that persona, projection or person was not serving me.

Some of the greatest feedback that I’ve gotten from my clients is that they’re loving how their bodies feel, even when they don’t fit society’s standards.

This is the goal, my friend - to love on ourselves even when we look different. Why? Because you are a beautiful human, equal to all. Your looks don’t matter. Your care for self does. 

I celebrate going from an unhealthy size S (one that I thought validated me) to a healthy size L/XL. You can, too.

Now, I do want you to be in a healthy weight range, one that keeps your organs from suffocating in fat, one that keeps your heart healthy, and one that allows you to move through the world with a sense of freedom, one that provides an extra pep in your step, and one that puts an extra glide in your vibe.

But moving beyond health, your feelings about your weight are paramount. The lens that you look at your body through (the “I am beautiful no matter what anyone says” lens) is the key component here.

It actually builds resonance in the world. It aligns your energy. It protects your body.

So I ask you, are you ready to throw your weight around?

If that feels too risky, let’s try a loving silhouette exercise. I teach this to my clients who struggle with looking in the mirror.

5 Steps to Love Your Silhouette:

  1. Make sure you have a quiet space to reflect (like after the kids are in bed and maybe your hubby or partner is out). Create some mood lighting around your full-length mirror (soft, dim light - candles work great or salt lamps are fab).
  2. Take off all your clothes and stand in front of the mirror.
  3. While looking at yourself, notice how you feel, commit that to memory, then say, “I love you, you beautiful, amazing Goddess!”
  4. Grab your comfy cozies (I love my soft cotton robe) and grab your journal. Write down #allthefeels.
  5. Then lie there and just breathe in the space of your body. Notice your sense of presence.

This is all you need to do, love. Start integrating the love of your body just the way it is!

You are loved - every shape and size you are, all of you, inside and out!

Hugs and love,

Carrie


 
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The Feel Good, Look Good Approach to Life

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Hi, Beauty,

Remember that time you walked into the room with your chest held high, your shoulders relaxed down your back, your lips extending from ear to ear, your eyes bright with sparks?

No? Has this moment not happened yet?

I know, showing up in a room full of people you may or may not know can be nerve-racking.  Hey, (wo)man, getting outta bed on the daily can be nerve-racking (aka exciting or debilitating) when you’re up to big things! 

There is a way to make all these nerve-racking actions easier to integrate.

Interested? Keep reading.

Over the past 3 years, I have been teaching women how to get dressed, look good, and align their personal style with image, brand, and body. It’s a culmination of over 20 years of my work all neatly put together into one experiential, transformative container.

Style is a trifecta expression of your lifestyle, body image, and body architecture. These 3 areas are paramount to diving in to create a clear image of self that can be easily and quickly understood by fellow onlookers. I call this “image projection communication.” 

Are you projecting an image that quickly communicates your energy?

Honestly, that’s all they need to know to know if you vibe-- yes, your energy.

I bet you’re like, “Carrie, seriously how do I do that? I mean, energy is an inside thing.”

Guess what? Energy is an inside-out thing. And alignment brings you to a higher level vibration in your own experience in your body and of others, too.

The biggest obstacle I see every day with my clients is BODY IMAGE. Yes, how we see ourselves. It can be dysmorphic (an altered, negative perception of what is really there). Looking in the mirror can trigger negative thoughts and, well, get your day off to a rough start.
It doesn’t have to be that way.

What if I told you that your body knows all? It knows your needs, your style, your desires-- all the things.

I can show you how to get there. 

I created a process-- The Somatic Dressing Method™ -- for exactly this reason. We need to know where we stand with ourselves and how to support ourselves before we help anyone else.  Can we say, our own oxygen mask first?

To get dressed (for success) there is a little bit of fact-finding and data collection. By this I mean learning how to tap into your body as a tool and informant.

Your energy.
Your emotions.
Your story.
Your identity.

They all play a role in how you see your body. Your vibe is the result of these 3 things.

In The Somatic Dressing Method™ we map out this journey and experience, we identify the stories that are circling around you, then we create your magical, mystical, powerful identity with a customized Style Archetype.

This transformative style journey (on steroids) is my absolute pleasure and joy. Like I could talk all day every day about it (oh wait, I do!). I would like to invite you to the conversation.

You, me, and a cup of tea? Grab your breakthrough call and join the style revolution right here.

I can’t wait to connect.

Much love,

Carrie


 
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The Healing Power of Clothing

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Hi, Beauty,

Have you ever felt like you cannot figure out what to wear?

Like, painfully standing in your closet, pulling your hair out, so frustrated? I know you are not alone.

Over the past 3 years, I have taken a deep dive into how our everyday choices in what we wear can actually create a supportive healing effect. There is nothing more disempowering than feeling like you don't fit into your clothes, your style is out of date, or your body is just plain uncomfortable in what you wear.

I feel you. This has happened to me so often. It has stalled me from leaving the house in a timely manner or kept me from wanting to go out at all!

But, I found a solution. It feels like a miracle. I would love to share it with you.

My goal has always been to create transformative experiences for women. What I never knew is how much learning I still had to do to develop work that can create an empowered woman who moves with ease and grace, who stands confidently in her decisions, who knows that what she wears authentically reflects her true self.

I used to see myself through the “lack” lens.

“I have not gotten there yet...”
“I haven’t made it yet….”
“One day, I will have….”
“They will love me when….”
“Someday it will all work out…”

I am sure one of these thoughts has crossed your mind once or twice?

The funniest part about this type of thinking is that I was actually defensive and justified all my actions, thereby solidifying why nothing worked out.

Wow...what a downward spiral! Seriously, have you ever felt this way?

5 years ago I started experiencing episodic paralysis. My central nervous system was going haywire after 10 years in NYC and not listening to my body! I evacuated The City and headed straight to my place of restoration: Kennebunk Beach, Maine. Over the past 5 years I have spent my time learning to see life through a new lens.

Daily as I woke and recreated the dialogue with my body, I asked it what it needed to be as effective and powerful as possible. I found my salvation in fashion; more important, I found my expression in how I choose to dress daily.

Not knowing if I would be able to walk home or even make it out of the house, I began to use clothing as an expression of support, a release of fear, a protection of energy, or a way to enhance my energy. But it wasn't just about the clothes - it was about creating hope, confidence, freedom, and comfort.

It was no longer about what people thought about me but specifically about what worked for me - and how I could help other women dress to feel the same sense of confidence and security.

That is how The Somatic Dressing Method™ was born. A four-part system to:

  • Communicate who you are to others in an instant and make an incredible first impression.
  • Have more confidence when being seen and showing up in your own life.
  • Save time and money by gaining complete clarity on what to shop for based on your body and personal style.
  • Increase your revenue and attract your dream clients or business situations.

One of my goals when desiring to start a business was to speak on stage about my work (work that I had no idea I was going to create). I had a deep urge to share my story, but also to challenge the way we see, feel and experience life. I was honored to speak at Maine Live. I was able to express the new lens through which I view life now. I was able to share the new work I’ve created over the past 3 years. I was able to touch the hearts and minds of the 400 people in the room, and I’d love to share it with you!

Sharing my journey to creating a business to support thriving entrepreneurs and professionals had a profound impact on me. It was a total dream come true!

I will never forget how a lovely gentleman came up to me after I spoke and shared how he so related to everything I said because he too worried about what to wear just that morning. Should he wear a coat and tie, a suit, a tie and sweater? It's a real conundrum for many people, and I deeply want it to be a pleasurable experience.

Click here to check out the video of my speech!

I was honored to share the stage with 13 other incredible Maine visionaries!

Thank you so much for checking it out! I would love to hear from you and how your image and style can influence your world. Just hit reply to this email!

Xo
Carrie

P.S. Want to take a deep dive and heal with style? Join me for a breakthrough call and let’s identify what’s best for you! Grab a spot on my calendar right here. If you are like, “Hell, I just want to jump in, let’s do this!” get the half-day intensive right here.


 
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Are you ready for visibility?

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Hey beauty!

Are you pulling your hoodie over your head right now? Is your inner child kicking and screaming, “I don’t want anyone to see me!”?

If you’re hiding from yourself and the world (I know, shhh, it’s a secret), the success you have been dreaming of will be delayed. You may even be waiting for a train that will never arrive. We call that “derailed dreams” over here.

Picture your coming-out party. You and your peeps (tribe) all gathered at your perfectly designed party to celebrate your latest book. You had envisioned your body feeling lit up with excitement. Your heart pounding with joy. Your soul filled with bliss.

But all you can feel is fear. The fraud squad is beating at your door.

The hardest part about being visible is to love yourself through every step.

You will feel…

Weak

Fat

Broke

Empty

Lost

Tired

Scared

But you will have to do it anyway.

Finding the balance between transparency, authenticity, vulnerability and self-protection is the true dance of your life and work.

It’s true you must…

...be vulnerable to win hearts.

...be authentic to earn trust.

...be transparent to open doors.

...be self-protective to survive.

Even though this sounds like a list of contradictions, it actually reveals the complex dynamics of success.

As we say over here at Carrie Montgomery HQ, “Go high, go low, but don't forget to glow!”

You might be thinking, “When will the floodgates of creativity open so I can succeed?”

Or

“When will the support I truly need arrive?”

Are you thinking that you’re working hard, but it isn’t all coming together as you had dreamed?

So what brings you closer, stronger, more connected so that you can produce your best work ever?

Your body.

Your body is the most intelligent informant alive. It's your unique guidance system. It's your way to safely open up and identify what needs to be seen and heard.

Have you ever walked off stage after sharing your heartfelt secrets to success and felt the wave of utter fear flooding through you? That’s vulnerability shame.

The worst kind of hangover from being honest, motivated, and transformative.

What if I told you it didn't have to be this way?

What if I told you the story starts with your body? Your body is the container for your soul. Once we know your story and set your soul free, we know how to embrace your style.

What if I told you that you can embrace your body and dress to protect yourself? You can dress to enhance your story. You can dress to release your fears.

Clothing creates a kinetic experience of wearing your soul. That’s why I created The Somatic Dressing Method™. This is how we use style to heal our bodies, our stories, and our souls.

If you are ready to take the leap, get visible, and make massive impact, then let’s chat. I have opened up a handful of half-day intensives! Jump on a call with me and see how we can play together!

I can’t wait to see you thrive. Let’s do this together and get you to rise. Grab your breakthrough call here.

 

Love,

Carrie


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

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Curating an Authentic Brand Vision

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Hey beauty!

Yup, it’s that word again...AUTHENTIC...are you tired of it?

Frustrated with how to show the world who you are?

But seriously, can the world see the real you? Or are you filtering and hiding behind your Instagram feed? (Keep scrolling.)

Stepping out into the vision of your brand may be as hard as zipping up those high school jeans you’ve been dying to squeeze back into one day. You might be keeping them in the back of your closet, hoping one day you’ll lose that 15 lbs. and feel good about your body again.

The wild thing is… you don’t actually have to wait. You don’t need those jeans. You don’t need to look back and wish it were different.

You can trip into the future… Yes, future-tripping is a thing. I recommend stepping into your future self vision every once in a while. Take time to relax, restore, and use your imagination to take you places you dream of. I do this in meditation and in writing. It helps build a clear vision.  Attaching why you desire to have the vision you create is paramount to activation.

But honestly, the most important moment is right now here inside your body.

All the signs and signals are inside you.
All the wisdom is inside you. 
All the genius is inside you.

The product is you. The rest is packaging.

Let “the work” flow through you as you guide your clients to sanity. And yes, you are so allowed to do this in the latest Lululemon stretchy bum-huggers.

But does that really feel like you? 
Do you know what the real you looks like?
Do you want to be seen and heard for who you are?

You say, “Yeah, sure, Carrie, that sounds great. BUT what does that look like?”

Well, let me tell you, curating your authentic brand vision (sounds like a mouthful) is all about tapping into your inner edge and that soft, gushy heart you have inside. 

Let me get mushy for a second.

You started your biz to be a positive influence in the world. You saw opportunity and growth in a new marketplace. You tapped into a deep, heartfelt, connected space (in you). You had a dream to take center stage and speak from your soul. (Cue opera music.) You wanted to change the pace of life, and you knew it started with your actions. You wanted to be living proof you could tap dance, twirl, and push your thoughts to the world (the next Instagram sensation).

But the dream is very different than the reality. It takes dedication, focus, and belief in yourself to step into that big vision.

So let’s find that authentic brand vision.  Oh boy, it’s that word again...AUTHENTIC.

With this alignment you can build a brand where you get to be you, and your clients get to relish in the wisdom that you offer. It can be a brand that is approachable and honest. One that is knowledgeable and grounded. That is truly built around your values. You get to navigate and express it. You have a voice.

Let’s find the sartorial expression of your big why?

You might envision leather and lace.
You might gravitate towards buckles and bows.
You might see jeans and jewels.

I just opened up my calendar to chat with you. I’m taking discovery calls for the wise women who is ready to step into their lives, their brands, and their dreams more fully. Book your call here.

I won’t just get you dressed. I will get you embodied. So you can exude more confidence and clarity. So you can find your true value and raise your prices. So you can have stronger boundaries and more energy and enthusiasm to ask for the sale. You will have more openness to trust the process of “life and biz” and receive the results.

And that, my beauty, is your true style that the world needs to see.

You can grab a spot here. I have only 5 Body Brand Coaching spots open right now so don’t miss out.

 

Much love and style,

Carrie


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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? 

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. 

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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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Visit alionkapolanco.com/scalive to book your ticket!


 
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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?

Just click


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

{Grab my signature guide to rocking your next photoshoot!}


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