Today I turn 25.
As a birthday gift to myself, I put a playlist of some of the top songs between 1987-2012. I find the emotions and memories that songs create fascinating. While putting the list together I relived some wonderful (and not so wonderful) memories. Every song has made me think of a person, place or period of my life. I remembered choreographing a dance to Jock Jams on my friend’s driveway when we were in grade school, singing “Wonderwall” on the beach in Italy while on exchange with a number of other international students and standing on my couch signing “I will always love you” at the top of my lungs - just like Whitney Houston.
I’m so happy for all the memories that have come back. I’m so grateful for all the amazing people who have come in my life, whether for a brief moment or for years. I love my life and who I’ve become. I look forward to getting older and continuing the journey of life.
I went to see Adventure Club in Montreal last weekend. I can’t get this out of my head and I’m loving it!
A girlfriend and I recently discussed that we wanted to define our styles and update our wardrobes. This was the outcome.
I was asked to speak at the Q WIL (Queen’s Women in Leadership) conference this weekend. I came home yesterday feeling so inspired by the other amazing speakers (Deborah Yedlin and Michelle Magnan) and incredibly talented students at the conference who were all flaunting ambition.
The main discussion points:
- Follow your passions.
- Do what makes you happy.
- Gain as much experience as possible.
My takeaways from the conference.
- Find a supportive spouse. In all relationships communication is key, so communicate. Take time for yourself, travel as a family, travel sans children and go on dates. Most importantly, stay connected when your kids are young. (Apparently I’m getting older considering this takeaway…)
- Develop self awareness. Self Awareness is having a clear perception of your personality, including strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivation, and emotions. It allows you to understand other people, how they perceive you, your attitude and your responses to them in the moment. Having self awareness allows you to see where your thoughts and emotions are taking you. It also allows you to see the controls of your emotions, behavior, and personality so you can make changes you want.
- Define your personal brand and style. This has been on my mind of a while…what is my personal style? Inspired by the style presentation by Brooks Brothers, I think I’ve finally figured out what I want my personal style to be…Classic. Chic. Timeless. Happiness! Now I just have to build my wardrobe.
You always hear of values and values based decisions, but I don’t think we generally give ourselves the time to think about what we truly value. I was inspired by Zappos and Stephen Shedletzky to put mine down on paper…
I believe that we do everything in the pursuit of happiness, so here are Damn Heels’ values for happiness.
1. Do what you love.
2. Continuously learn & grow.
3. Enjoy the process.
4. Surround yourself with amazing people.
5. Drive change through impact.
6. Build open, honest relationships with communication.
7. Do more with less.
8. Be humble.
9. Be positive, creative & open-minded.
10. Be comfortable & authentic.
What do you value?
Happy Monday! It’s been a while…Here’s a tune by Michelle Harding that I’m really feeling right now. Enjoy!
Last week I dealt with fear and doubt. We often ask ourselves questions that elicit negative questions like, “What happens if I fail?” without even noticing it. Try changing the question around to, “What happens if I succeed?” Both are talking about success but the second questions elicits a positive answer.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
You playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you.
We were all meant to shine like children do.
It’s not just in some of us, it’s in all of us.
And as we let our own light shine we unconsciously give other people the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
- Coach Carter
Happy October 1st!! :)