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My Cold Weather Picks

As the cold season approaches, I couldn’t help but find some good picks for you!  Just click on the item to see more details and purchase.

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Beliefs and Our Success

“Man is made by his belief.  As he believes, so he is.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Our beliefs are always influencing our thoughts, feelings and behavior.  Unconsciously they affect us as well. In order to leverage our beliefs, we can become self-aware so that we attune our beliefs on success to what we believe is true. Ultimately, we are what we believe.  And what we hold true about ourselves contributes to who we are.

Watch this important video on how beliefs and our mindset attributes to our success.

 

 

For more inspiration, I highly recommend the Chopra Center’s free 21 day meditation challenge on “Becoming What You Believe” that is going on right now! Link here: https://chopracentermeditation.com/experience

 

I’d love to know, how much of your personal fulfillment and enjoyment is supported by your beliefs?

 

 

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Black Pants Syndrome – And How to Fix It

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Do you suffer from black pants syndrome?  Whether it’s your work attire, or your work-out attire, some of us get caught in the rut of wearing black pants all the time. Of course, black pants can be extremely classy and look great, but when worn over and over again, this might be time to break free.

Black pants are fast and easy because they provide a base for switching up your tops, shoes and accessories.  They’re also really safe and classic. But it can become extremely redundant if you’re constantly wearing the same thing all the time.

This article is for those of you who find yourself wearing the same thing (black pants) all the time. Here’s how to step out of your black-pant rut:

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How to look really bad visually (top 10)

Of course you don’t want to look bad, so I thought it would be interesting to give you feedback on what makes someone look really bad visually… Are you making these mistakes?

Nobody is perfect. This list can seem really mean, critical or rude, but it’s just pure honesty. When you acknowledge something is out of place, you can fix it.  That’s when your road to progress appears.

Please note, this list is just visuals… there are a host of other topics I could potentially put on a similar list expanding outside of visuals.

Here’s the top ten in no particular order:

1.You have massive dirt buildup under your nails OR you’re a guy and your fingernails are really long

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3 steps to transition into Quality while on a budget

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Hi Karenann!

My name is Alex; I am in the fashion and busniness club at Temple Univeristy that you spoke to just a couple weeks ago and I could really use some advice. Although I have a job, I’m on a tight budget, but fashion is something that means a lot to me because it’s how I market myself. I’m only 19 but I find myself wanting more expensive, quality pieces in my wardrobe and most importantly to get rid of all of the less expensive pieces that take up space. What can I do to make that transition into a more mature wardrobe and getting rid of all my teenage pieces? Also, any advice on budgeting my money when it comes to buying these more expensive pieces I want?
Thank you so much!
Alex Cove
Alex,
Thank you for your Question! You’re certainly not alone when it comes to wanting quality pieces on a budget.  This question is a very important one and I consistently get asked about it.  If the answer can help you, it can help others.
First of all, kudos to you for wanting to clear out the clutter and enjoy more quality things in your wardrobe. It’s not easy to recognize this, but once you do, you’re on the road to progress. Here’s 3 steps I’ve come up with to help you transition to more quality pieces on a budget:
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Step 1: Get Light.

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My Secret Weapon For Getting in the Flow

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Over the past couple years I’ve grown my business, I’ve noticed that when I’m in a flow, I’m the most productive. It’s like the world stands still, and all I can think about is the moment.  …Enjoying the process.

But it’s hard to get in the flow.  Extremely hard. For starters, procrastination has challenged me consistently.  Not only in business but in many aspects of life as well. Most of us go through life waiting for the “time to be right” to start doing something worthwhile.

I’ve learned not to wait.  The time will never be “just right”.  I’ve learned to start where I stand, and work with whatever tools I may have.  Better tools can be found as I go along.

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Additionally, most of us are good “starters” but poor “finishers” of everything we begin.  People are prone to give up at the first signs of defeat.  As a restless Gemini, I’ve experienced this firsthand numerous times. I’ll start a project and then put it down or forget about it. However, I’ve learned that there’s no substitute for persistence.

Taking procrastination and lack of persistence by the neck, I’ve brought these two morale-wreckers to light. Of course they happen naturally, and I forgive myself when they do, but I’ve noticed the best way to get in the flow again is to acknowledge they’re rearing they’re ugly heads, and do something about it.

The one secret weapon I’ve found to consistently work at not only punching procrastination and lack of persistence in the face, but to also get myself back in the flow again, is (more…)

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How to break your “style rut”

So many people I’ve talked to lately have told me they’re in a style rut. They often times have a closet full of awesome clothing, but find themselves wearing the same things over and over.

They want to know what they can do to get back to A) their normal selves and B) have a more creative presence.

I think we’ve all been in a style rut at some point. I’ve certainly been there.  I’ve worn the same “uniform”   over and over again for a couple weeks straight, changing it up slightly on the occasion.

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Consistently working on our presence takes focus and attention. Consistency is often an indication of our current priorities.  It’s not a bad thing if you’re in a rut.  Just take note, and shift your mindset into consciously creating a presence you love!

If you feel you’re in a style rut, the acknowledgement is half the battle.  Kudos to you!

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How to Use Your “Power” to Get Ahead

How do you define power?

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Can you recall a time where you made something happen?  You got into a school, you passed a difficult exam, your contributions were published, you finished a marathon, or you made the cut on a team or got hired from multiple job interviews.

These examples of success show that efforts which are parlayed into a strategic game plan can produce a powerful result.

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Have successful professionals always been successful? Take Francesca Gino. An Associate Professor at Harvard, she is considered by many to be a superstar. But things did not always look so bright for her: two years in a row she gave job talks at a number of top 10 schools and universities, but got no offers from those schools. (more…)

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Maternity Wardrobe Tips for the Professional

When your pregnant belly is growing, how can you make your wardrobe work for you while still being professional?  This struggle is so real, and something I’m personally going through: I’m expecting a little bambino this coming December.

Know someone that is also pregnant that could benefit from this info? Sharing is caring! Forward this article to your favorite friends, colleagues or clients — any woman who’s working on developing their professionalism and has a dream to make a bigger, better presence in the world.

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From experience, I’ve gathered some great tips for you to maximize your professionalism with your current wardrobe, as well as advice for maternity and pre/post maternity-wear purchases: (more…)

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Life-Enhancing Information

I only pass along information and habits that I know will benefit you.  So I want to share an experience that enhanced my thinking and life, and could definitely enhance yours too, for the better.

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A book was recommended to me by a few of my clients.  After the third client mentioned it, I figured it was a sign, and had to read it. Now I see why.  The author’s values parallel my philosophy:

Whenever I help organize my client’s closets, I always tell them to put on one side all the items that they LOVE.  Take note why you love it.  Is it the cut? color? fabric?  Write it down.  Then I ask, which pieces do you hate or that just get you by? Discard these items.

Make sure whenever you’re shopping or looking for new pieces that you revert back to why you loved the items you LOVED, and replicate that feeling.

But reading this book took my wardrobe philosophy to a whole other level: the HOME.

So much so, that this past week I’ve put the book to use, and turned my home upside down, and then right side up (with my husband’s patience of a saint).

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“The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” is a quick and easy read about eradicating clutter to enjoy the finer things in life. The author, a Japanese woman named Marie Kondo, discusses how to “tidy”.

One important thing to note is that Marie’s method has yielded zero rebound clients.  Her magic? She says tidying consists of two things: discarding and storing.  Discarding comes first, and then storing.  It must be in that order.  When discarding, focus ONLY on keeping things that “spark joy in your life”.  Really ask yourself, “Does this spark joy in my life?”. Then store. But remember, storage is not the solution.

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Too often, we focus on what we need to get rid of, rather than ONLY what we want to keep. When you change your focus to keeping ONLY the things that make you happy, and spark joy, your life becomes more streamlined.

Kondo goes into detail on how to go about tidying:  clump your tidying into categories (such as ALL clothing or ALL paperwork), and the order of categories you tackle really makes a difference, too:  Start with easy things that can replicated such as your wardrobe, and leave the things that are rare, one-of-a-kind and very personal, such as sentiments and photos till the end. She talks about how to store anything from socks to your essential paperwork, and even gives tips on how to deal with gifts from people, and how to enter your home.

Tidying should NOT be a daily, habitual, or routine thing. It should happen only once, and that’s it.

I highly recommend you invest in yourself and read this book. I’m not getting anything for promoting it… just a good feeling for recommending something I agree wholeheartedly with.

My experience after tidying?  I feel like a new person… like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders.  I wish only the same for you too.

Click on the picture below to check it out on Amazon:

and click below to check it out for Audible:

 

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve read the book and put it to use?  If so, how do you feel now?

Do you have any tidying tips of your own?  I’d love to know!

Much love and tidy-ness to you,

xoxo
Karenann

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