I REALLY am a late bloomer in the whole, “What am I going to do when I grow up?” debate. The reality is that I’ve pretty much known what I wanted to do for most of my life. I’ve just let my fear of failure keep me from ever really trying. Sure, I stuck my toe in the water here and there, but never really fully took the plunge. I wondered why anyone would ever want to hear me talk to them about defining their personal style, showing them how to shop their own closet, or to learn about what I’ve shrugged off as my list of useless trivial information regarding tips and tricks of the trade. I knew that some folks were mildly interested in what I had to say, but I thought, “I can’t do this now because I have no experience or formal training”. REALLY? I had to be hit over the head by my closest friends who pointed out to me what so incredibly obvious to them…
Funny thing, it turns out that actually do have a bit of experience and formal training. Because it was something that I loved do so much, I completely discounted my own credentials or ability. I’ve been offering advice to friends for years about what to wear for what occasion. I have given talks to various coffee groups regarding what to wear each season and how to adapt trends to the area of the world in which we were living. I have been surprised to see that women have been receptive to the information that I have provided, and <gasp> some have actually contacted me on their very own to discuss a fashion dilemma. I didn’t recognize that my daily ritual of scouring the internet reading blogs by fashion stylists and getting giddy over the arrival of the Fall issues of Vogue, InStyle and Glamour were actually ongoing research tools (continuing ed of sorts). I
didn’t recognize the initiative that I had taken when prior to visiting New York last summer, I convinced my superiors to make arrangements to not only meet AND shadow the lead fashion stylist for our brand, but to also visit the creative studios and get a sneak peek at the next season’s line. As if all of those signals weren’t enough, I even failed to acknowledge I might actually have some real no kidding formal training under my belt. the purpose of my trip to New York was to attend a seminar with other (professional) stylists where I became “Style for Hire trained” by Stacy London herself . I even earned the right to use her logo at the conclusion of the seminar.
I suppose when you look at it that way I might actually have some experience and training. Now you must keep in mind that I did all of these things on my own because I simply thought it would be the most amazing experience ever and not because I thought it would give me a leg up at work or something to put on a resume. I know, you’re probably shaking your head at the absurdity of my complete inability to see what my friends had known all along.
Pope John Paul II said, “The future starts today, not tomorrow” which is a much more gentle and tasteful way of saying what I really needed to hear, “It’s time to…or get off the pot”!
Now that I know WHAT I want to do, I’ve just got to figure out HOW.
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