Loving Your Body

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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