Monday, July 27, 2015

The Sixteen Project: Authoring a Letter to Your Younger Self

Amanda Egger
I am so excited to tell you about an awesome project by an old childhood friend named Amanda!

At Curva-Lish, apart of my mission is to empower you to realize your purpose in multiple facets. This opportunity to become an Author by submitting a letter written to your 16-year old self is an example of how you can begin to courageously step towards sharing your story....I promise it will light up the world!

Before you submit your story, I wanted you to get to know the awesome woman behind this project! I interviewed her (see below) and information to submit your story by midnight this Saturday, August 1, 2015 (sorry, no exceptions) is at the bottom:

Interview with Amanda:
1. Tell us about the "Sixteen" project.
The "Sixteen" project began as a blog series. It's a series of letters written to oneself on their 16th birthday. The letters touched my heart so deeply that I knew that I had to publish a book.

2. What gave you inspiration to create this project?
On my daughter's 16th birthday she asked me about my 16th birthday. I could not answer her and excused myself from the room. As I stood in the bathroom I felt the loss of air and my body began to stiffen and without thought I began to cry. I let myself feel for the moment the sadness and the pain.

Since it was my daughter's special day, I quickly pulled myself together.

Later that night I knew my 16-year old self deserved my attention. So I sat there and began to write a letter to myself on my 16th birthday. It was hard. Extremely painful, but the freedom and peace I felt after I wrote it was worth the pain. At that moment I knew I wanted others to heal the way I had...so I reached out and received some letters to post on my blog and then it just kept growing with people contacting me.

3. What are you hoping the outcome will be for the project?
My intention is to heal others as we heal ourselves.

4. I love the name of your Facebook group "I Am Fearless Bliss". Tell us more about that name and how you came up with it.
It actually comes from a poem I wrote like 13 years ago. The difference is the word Fearless. During my personal growth I made the choice that I would no longer fear happiness. And then Fearless Bliss was born.

Fearless Bliss is truly about not fearing living a life of bliss.

5. One of the most important words in the Curva-Lish mission statement is the word " authentic". Who or what inspires you to be authentic?
Honestly, it's my friends. The ones who have been there for me since I was an abandoned teenage girl. They have always loved me for who I am, every piece of who I am. I come as I am and they have always accepted me for that.

6. What can our readers do to support your "Sixteen" project?
My goal is to receive 100 letters to publish. My intentions are to donate the proceeds to at-risk teens. So I would love if your readers could contribute a letter to their 16-year old selves filled with encouragement, life lessons, inspiration or whatever they believe would empower a 16-year old.

You can submit your story to Amanda at amanda@iamfearlessbliss.com

For examples of prior letters submitted, go HERE.

And don't forget, the submission deadline is by midnight August 1, 2015!

Information on Amanda:
Amanda Egger
Transformational Life Coach
www.IamFearlessBliss.com
www.IamFearlessBliss.com/sixteen

Be Curva-Lish and tell your story!


Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Ultimate Anxiety Cure: Gratitude

Liz: Rockin' Her TCU/Texas Passion
Anxiety? I deal with it (as I know we all do!) but I wanted to share the most positive ways I've learned to overcome it when it rears it's ugly head! 
Spending time worrying about things you cannot control is like praying to the devil. It's not empowering and it never helps. So one of the first things I always say when I'm overwhelmed with worry (that drives my anxiety) is to "stop. drop.& pray"! 

The next thing I do is to proactively replace worry and anxiety with GRATITUDE.  

Here are some ways to practice replacing anxiety with gratitude:

1) Think of 3 things you are grateful for right now. As soon as you begin to feel anxious, immediately intercept that feeling by thinking of 3 things you are so happy that you have. 

Research shows that gratitude can make us healthier physically and emotionally. It can help lower stress, boost our immune system, and even help you sleep better.

2) Go where you are loved. There are enough energy vampires out there, so make sure the people you allow into your world are loving and supportive. Remember: you control who is in your life. You can welcome people in as quickly as you can show them there is a choice.

3) Lift someone up. Get out of your own head and find someone who needs support and give it to them. By helping others we immediately shift the focus from our problems. We are able to take a step back and reframe our own situation, and by that point our anxiety has often subsided.

I hope these tips were helpful. Remember, gratitude always wins! 

And keep moving forward....don't get stuck and put your head in the sand (I'm very guilty of this in the past) Give it to God and do your part to work on solutions and moving forward. 

xoxoliz

Que's additional note: I would never give out a women's age but trust me, whatever age you would guess Liz Smith is in the picture above, add about 10-15 years! Doesn't she look amazing!!! It is all due to her usage and representation (as a Consultant) of Rodan+Fields skincare! Click here for a link to her Rodan+Fields page.

Otherwise, you can find more information on Liz below:


"keep'n it chic"
 
             
Liz Smith
award winning event planner & beach event specialist
liz smith events LLC 

http://lizsmithweddings.com 
The Knots Best of Weddings 2012 award     Wedding Wire Rated     Recently nominated  one of Tampa Bay's Best Event Planners        

Monday, July 20, 2015

The Power of Finding Your Soul Tribe

If you have followed Curva-Lish for any period of time by now you know how inspired I am by bad-ass women...but unlike how the media defines a bad-ass woman, the Curva-Lish definition of bad-ass is a woman who is constantly evolving, loving, learning, giving, and through it all, being purposeful about living their most authentic life.

Bryana and Her Life Passion: Yoga
This post is inspired by a woman I first discovered on Instagram! Bryana Witt is deeply spiritual with a little bit of attitude thrown in! Her posts are sometimes thought provoking and sometimes hilarious, and one thing's for sure, her posts are never boring!

She recently posted about "Soul Tribe" and with her permission, I'm sharing with you to be inspired to connect with a Tribe that loves, supports and encourages you through your soul-ish times of change, transitions and your authentic evolution!

From Bryana: "Everyone has a Soul Tribe. This type of family is not necessarily our closest blood relatives, but rather, it is people whose deepest truth finds " like resonance" with others.

Our Soul Tribe develops over time.

It blossoms as we ourselves grow and become spiritually mature enough to recognize one another.

How do we know our true Soul Tribe?

A family is what most of us either have or don't have, and sometimes not necessarily by our choice. Some of us are closest to our blood relatives, and some are not, which IS our choice by how we perceive them. Friends, like family members, can be life lines that give us support and encouragement, as well as maddening challenges. Friends are usually in our lives by our choice. Our friends are our friend, either because we feel comfortable and at ease with them or because they provide the greatest opportunities for us to grow and learn valuable relationship lessons.
All Photo Credits: Bryana Witt (Instagram)

But a Soul Tribe feels different than family or friends.

They are those who accept and love us without condition or expectations. Our souls don't need fixing, rearranging, or changing and those in a Soul Tribe mutually know this (fact). Our Soulies are the people who not only support and encourage us like good friends, but they celebrate our Genius. They are the ones who sit at the edge of their seats anxiously waiting to hear every word we say!

By our own thoughts and actions we create a certain vibration or specific frequency of our particular 'soul song'. Soulies are magnets for others to be drawn into their chosen tribe. We do make the conscious choice to embrace members of our Soul Tribe because it feels natural, exhilarating and wondrous that such creative people have 'found' us.

There is a bigger story to a Soul Tribe Family. They have come together for a greater purpose than procreating children, building a home or sharing stories and fond memories...not that those things are not glorious aspects of our humanity...but...there's more. Soul Tribes operate from the highest spiritual vantage point, not from ego. There is no jealousy, fear, greed or worry about competition."

Don't you love that! I was so freaking inspired that I was willing to stalk Bryana until she agreed to let me post her amazing write up!

Find or re-affirm your Soul Tribe and as always, keep it Curva-Lish!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Fierce & Fabulous: Styling Leopard Print for Work

When it comes to professional dress the days of wearing boring old suits has long past. A woman who is completely pulled together and chic stands out in the boardroom amongst her cohorts. When she looks as if she cares about herself and her appearance others take notice of her style statement.

Leopard is a staple no matter the season or time. In the last few years this print has gone on and off trend and continues to make an annual comeback because of it’s diverse ability to wear with anything. Leopard can be just as professional as your pinstripe pants when paired with strong professional pieces.

A leopard jacket in your closet doesn’t just make a statement but compliments almost every bottom you own by adding texture to your look. When paired with a black skirt for a more conservative style or a bold color pant to brighten up the office, a leopard jacket is perfect for the woman ready to show up in a bold way.

A leopard bag is the perfect accent for the conservative professional. If you like to play it safe in the office jazz up your everyday with a leopard handbag to share your wild side without scaring anyone in your bold new look. Handbags that are printed show less dirt and wear better than solid color bags.

Leopard shoes are a great match for casual Friday. Leopard flats wear well with jeans and in case your office doesn’t dress down you can still be comfortable and make a statement.

Leopard is a print that pulls a look together in an effortless way. In the office, it adds a level of glam that will have everyone wanting to indulge in a little more of you. The smart mixing of prints into your professional wardrobe makes a subtle but sure statement about the woman you are. Let leopard add an extra boost to your confidence and spice to your professional life.

How do you wear leopard to the office? Tag me on Social media  (@iamshaylacourtney) and talk to me in the comments!

Also, if you want to get a consultation on being a woman of style at work, in your career, or need a wardrobe update, go to my website below and I'd be happy to help you show your best, most Curv-Lish self in the workplace!


Shayla Courtney | Wardrobe Stylist
www.shaylacourtney.com

Stop Apologizing!


Tara Williams
I was so inspired to write this post based on an Instagram post by my friend Tara Williams!

Tara is a wife, mom, crafts ninja and super star Style Ambassador with India Hicks Style.

Here's what Tara posted:


"I was late to a meeting today because I had to get my son to school first. I apologized to the group. Then a kind woman came up to me and said this:

(and she then) followed with " That's the first thing I learned in law school, do not be sorry for doing what's best for your family.""

This is such an empowering statement that only a fellow woman who's been there can understand!

This made me think about how we all make apologies for what's really important to us even when it makes us late, tardy, embarrassed, etc.

Stop apologizing!

I repeat, stop apologizing!

You know what's important to you...don't ever apologize for that, EVER!

Sure, there will be people who won't understand but it's not for them to understand!

Be bold.

Be fabulous.

Be Authentic.

Believe...and always keep it Curva-Lish!