The subtitle of this post could be: Getting Out in the World.
Increasing my out-of-the-home-office, interpersonal interaction time is a big goal for me in 2014, although it’s a goal I probably should’ve prioritized long before now. It’s been an interesting road, this self-employment thing, and it’s certainly taught me a lot about myself. I already knew that I was an introverted, driven, independent person. I also knew that I enjoyed being alone and tackling projects at my own pace, so I figured that working from home would be ideal for me. And although it affords me amazing flexibility and undeniable perks – I certainly don’t miss commuting, break room microwave smells, or office politics – it’s been more than two years now and honestly? I am struggling. I’ve been struggling for a while now. I have clients, meetings, phone calls, and other sporadic interactions each week, but it’s just not enough. I feel isolated and unmoored spending the majority of every day alone in my office with just my laptop and cat. I feel uninspired and drained and weary. And although I’m still an introvert and still value my alone-time, I’ve realized that I need to be with other people on the regular, not just when occasional opportunities arise. I need to teach more and talk more. I need to work intimately with other folks who have similar goals and interests. I miss being part of a team and the joys and frustrations of shared work. I am so fortunate to have had this time to explore total independence, but it just isn’t working for me. Not like this.
I talk a lot about self care here. I am making these important changes as a way of caring for myself. I want to continue to help and support and uplift and empower through this blog and the amazing community around it. But to do those things I must have the necessary energy and resources available. My hope is that shifting gears in this way will help keep me going for the long term. So, with that in mind, I’ve undertaken two new big projects. I’m really, truly thrilled about them both, and hope you will be, too.
After months of planning and prep, I have launched a series of accessorization workshops. In my work with style consult clients, I’ve realized that many fashion-conscious women struggle with accessorization. Belts make them cringe, scarves intimidate them, and they wear the same earrings every day. Accessorization is a skill set – something that can be taught – so I decided to bring the basics into a fun, hands-on workshop.
The first workshop will take place on Sunday, February 9, 2014, at the Bibelot on Grand Avenue in St. Paul. The second workshop will take place on Sunday, March 16, 2014, at the Monadnock Building in Chicago. Newsletter subscribers got first crack at registration, but now it’s open to all! I hope to run these approximately once per month, if possible, and will travel them around to San Francisco, New York, and Boston throughout the year.
The workshop is $80 for three hours of intensive accessorization fun, which is less than 1/3 the cost of a style consult. Although I’ve written loads about accessorization techniques on my blog, I know for a fact that seeing demos and building muscle memory around these practices is far more helpful than reading about them could ever be! With that in mind, we’ll cover scarves, belts, jewelry, hosiery, and handbags and touch upon hats, gloves, and glasses, helping you build the skills you need to work these accessories into everyday wear.
There are only 10 spots available for each workshop, so don’t delay. I’ll keep you updated as future workshops become available!
And I am overjoyed to have accepted a part-time position with Corset Styling! This woman-owned, woman-run local company offers personal styling sessions in the boutique and in clients’ homes, runs private parties and corporate training sessions, coordinates personal shopping in person and via mail, and is perfectly aligned with my own ideals and goals. Corset is welcoming, supportive, body-positive, and focused on education. The small but amazing staff works hard to teach clients about what works for their figures and priorities, training them to be smarter, more confident shoppers and dressers. I’ll be in the boutique, at events, running seminars, representing Corset in the local media, working with clients in and out of the studio, and creating social media strategy for the company. I adore the Corset team, could not be more thrilled with this partnership, and can’t wait to see where it leads.
Originally posted 2014-01-11 07:18:21.