Thursday, September 1, 2011
I’m embarking on another thirty days of chic. My goal is to keep uppermost in my mind the kind of life I want to live. The difference this time though is that I will be focusing on all the small things I do daily that lead me towards my goal, rather than away from it.
‘Petit à petit l'oiseau fait son nid’
‘Little by little the bird builds its nest’
The kind of words that inspire me and that I like to imagine apply to my life are ones such as: elegant, stylish, chic, refined, quiet, simple, healthy, low-stress and low-maintenance.
September feels like a lovely fresh month to me. It is change of seasons – Spring here, Autumn in the Northern hemisphere. They are important times of the year for making sure we are heading in the right direction, both in fun ways such as how we present our clothed selves to the world, but also in deeper ways such as making sure we are living a life we are happy with and one that we feel aligns with our innermost self.
Each day in September I will document steps I have taken towards a chic, elegant and healthy life. Even just thinking about doing this latest 30 Chic Days has been having a positive effect on decisions I have made on what to do or not do at a given time.
Here are today’s mini-chic accomplishments:
Getting up when the alarm went off. This meant I had time for a leisurely start to my working day. If I turn the alarm off and roll over back to sleep I will be rushing around to leave the house.
Applying body lotion all over after my shower. I do this every day and it feels such a luxe treat. I also imagine chic Paris women doing the same thing before they head out for their day.
Spent time drying and styling my hair properly.
Enjoyed fresh fruit and a milky coffee for breakfast.
Attended a WW meeting, the first in six weeks. I decided to go monthly rather than weekly and it didn’t do me any favours. My weight today was almost identical to six weeks ago, so that’s something at least. I have now diarised to go every week. It doesn’t cost me anything as I am below my official WW goal weight; really, I don’t know why I stopped going as it always inspires me and sets me up for the week. And I still have a little way to go before I reach my actual goal weight – my ‘chic’ weight.
Walked to and from my yoga class at lunchtime. It’s a 20 minute walk each way and I’m glad the rain held out until the afternoon. I really miss the walk component if it’s too, too rainy (it has to be really wet for me not to walk).
Did some research on home decor. It seems my husband and I are in agreement on our preferred home furnishing shades and the style/s we like. We are seeing a house for sale for the second time on the weekend and even though we know it might not pan out, we are both decorating it in our head, on a budget of course. I know I'm putting the cart well before the horse, but it's fun.
And lastly I am heading off to bed early tonight, it will be around 9pm when I hop into bed with a book. This costs nothing, feels like a treat and is so good for you. I read this quote in a chick lit book I finished last month and had to save it – ‘Early to bed, early to rise, gives a girl energy and skinny thighs’ – Bella in Babyville by Jane Green.
If you feel like you want to make September a chic month for you as well, please join me. You are welcome to share your mini-chic accomplishments for the day (or the previous day if you read in the morning) in the comments section. It would be lovely to have you along for the ride!