Excitement kept me awake most of the night. I ended up getting out of bed early to go through my clothes.
I organized all my new pieces, pleased I could actually make outfits on my own. This was surely the grand adventure I’d hoped it would be.
Next I began folding what we’d tossed aside in the final stage of clearing my wardrobe.
The colorful blouse that lifted my spirits. A scarf I bought and wore in Europe. That purse I bought on sale in an expensive boutique. The slacks that were roomy but helped me out when I was desperate for a change. I felt tears prickle as I contemplated these friends.
Memories flooded back of what I’d already gotten rid of—sale items I bought to save money but never liked, pastor’s wife dresses that fit the role but not me, clothes I never found comfortable but wore because they were expected.
I’d worked hard to do the right thing, make the right decisions. The image of a woman twisted into the shape of a pretzel appeared.
I sat back and sobbed. How could so much unhealthiness disconnect my inner and outer self, stunt the person God created me to be?
“Dear LORD, please open the closet of my heart and dispose of all the worn, ill-fitting, inappropriate, distracting, and false beliefs and attitudes hidden there. Let me add them to this pile and free me of them with Your Truth. Amen”
A glance at the clock told me I better get busy. Showered, dressed, and fed we headed out to the studio to take Before photos. Then off to the hair stylist with an array of pictures for guidance and back to the studio for After photos. This was part of a special agreement we made and I’m grateful for the visual record of the dramatic changes. Thank you, Jill.
Our second day of shopping was similar to the first. I concentrated on everything Jill said and showed me, but we stayed out even longer. We came back and went through everything, laying out combinations and reviewing jewelry and makeup. I’d asked for the complete package. It’s what I needed and what I got.
As we said good-bye I realized I was now a solo act. It was time to test a Leslie Vernick quote. “You can live yourself into a new way of thinking FASTER than you can think yourself into a new way of living.” I had to return to my real life and I wasn’t sure I was up to the challenge.
I close with two more tips from Jill Swanson, Image Consultant extraordinaire, shared with permission.
Repurpose what you’ve been wearing.
- a button-down shirt as a jacket,
- a skirt over a thin dress as a “new” blouse, or
- a scarf under a buttoned jacket as a drape-neck blouse. Be creative!
The compliments that come your way will amaze you—and compliments build confidence in trying new things.
Have you ever taken on a New Look? How did it go?
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Asking the Lord to bless you amidst the challenges you face,