Friday, August 1, 2014

Authenticity in LIfe and Business with Event Planning Extraordinaire Preston Bailey

As you know, I created Curva-Lish with a mission of inspiration but even more importantly, authenticity.

Why Authenticity?

I believe that  life of authenticity is one of the basic building blocks to a woman living a whole life and even though we are bombarded with images that tells us we should somehow be different and only be a certain way.  As I age, I try to be even more mindful to stay grounded in my own authenticity despite life constantly evolving with its challenges, hopes and dreams!

My hope is that Curva-Lish as a community and movement can always be a resource for you that constantly empowers you to live a life of authenticity in your style, with grace and with purpose!

Image Credit: Preston Bailey
In that vein, today I read a wonderful post by none other than uber fabulous Preston Bailey on his take of authenticity in his blog post "The Courage to be Authentic in Both Life and Business" on and be inspired! (Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended)

"So often, we find ourselves in the position of having to choose between what the world wants to see from us and what feels most right to us. As an individual, and as a brand, I believe it is necessary to stay on top of what is happening in our lives, the industry, and the world around us, but to also be authentic in our responses to it. 

That said, authenticity, while a respectable goal, is not always easy. In fact, it’s most often not. We live in a world ready to judge our every move, idea, design and desire, and often in black and white terms. Sometimes, it can feel as though we are being pressured to follow trends (in both design and behavior) instead of creating our own (as I instruct my clients to do). Quite frankly, I feel this kind of environment can cause conformity out of fear, a suffocating and dangerous scenario for an artist.

This is why I want to encourage all of you to really sit with yourselves this weekend, and take a close and meaningful look at who you are, where you are, what you want, and what you really believe in. Think about what you really agree with and disagree with, and how you can bring your brand (and your life) a little closer to home. If you were really true to yourself–without allowing fear to bully you–who would you be?
Celebrate Summer with a Smile! Flowers & Gifts Starting at $29.99. Only at!You may not be able to snap your fingers and change everything in a moment. However, having a clear concept of what feels synergistic with your soul is a great place to start when deciding what to grab a hold of, and what to discard in the next chapter of your life. Remember that there is room for all of us in this business, and your space should be truly reflective of you and the talents and visions that make you the unique professional that you are."
I hope you will take Preston's advice and journal by taking a fresh close look at how meaningful you are, where you are and what you want...followed by how these things correlate (or not) with what you really believe in.  If you notice any particular discrepancies, then make changes!  You deserve a life that matches up to what you really believe in...

To your fabulously authentic self...Que

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