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This Year, Choose to Honor Your Style Statement

Personal Style, Style, Style Statements | January 6th, 2009 10 Comments

Lose weight. Exercise. Eat more leafy greens.

Resolutions can be less than inspiring. No wonder so many of them fail. Even the word resolution connotes musty courts of law, not the fresh promise of a new year.

So this year, I have a suggestion. Two, in fact.

First, make a choice, not a resolution. Instead of passing a law with your superego, reach out with your heart.

Second, choose to honor you. And what better way to do that than to focus on your Style Statement?

How To Honor Your Style Statement

Write down your Style Statement, and spend a few moments contemplating each word. These words name your foundation and your creative edge. You need them both. What can you do in the coming year to bring more of both into your life?

Here’s how it went when I did this with my own Style Statement, Creative Joy.

* Explore Gretchen Rubin’s Creativity Reading List.
* Avoid any creative projects that come with a deadline (for this year, at least). Give my creative process some room to breathe.
* Explore new techniques.


* Go to the places that bring me joy more often.
* Sit still for conversations with my sons (the ones about fish and birds and dinosaurs, as well as the ones that go “uh, uh, oooooh.”)
* Follow my passion for color, with no clue where it will lead.

Now that sounds better than all those skinny, leafy laws!

How will you honor your Style Statement in 2009?

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