Resolve 2013: Jamie Brazil And Stress for Success with Less
Jamie is one of those wonderful women who is easy on the soul. She's gentle, kind, and it is pure joy counting her as a friend. You learn a lot about an author by reading their work. If you haven't read The Mayan Sisterhood, you've missed a great treat. Help me welcome Jamie as she shares her thoughts on my resolve: Reduce stress...find and follow your bliss. Jamie Brazil Prince Charming, Inc. My bliss is hidden behind closed doors. Closet doors. Whenever I feel stressed out, or the world seems out of my control, I head to my closet. Running my hands through a drawer full of cashmere, or angora blends, or colorful wool cable knits… these are the things that soothe me. Confidence can be had in my closet, too. In the form of great leather shoes or a statement handbag. Vintage or modern, it doesn’t matter. Great style is great style. I’m thinking of my 1940s era patent leather satchel embellished with huge bakelite knots. So what if the bag has a few scratches? They add character to a purse that’s been around longer than I have. And there’s just something so fabulous about brandishing great accessories. In fact, my neighbor and I once had a conversation about how a new purse can make all the wrongs of the world right. Well, maybe not all. But there’s a certain mood-lifting, life-affirming power to a handbag. Even if it’s simply new-to-you, there’s a magical quality to finding that perfect bag. Sometimes, late at night, when I’m tossing and turning over some unsolvable problem, I flip through the latest J. Crew catalog. It’s the best sleep aid ever. I’m praying the pharmaceutical companies don’t catch on and make J. Crew catalogs available by prescription only. Though dresses, sweaters and handbags, not even a peep-toe pair of platform pumps, can actually solve whatever problem I’m stewing over, there’s comfort in my clothes choices. My wardrobe is my past, present, and even my future. And I’ll take clothes over sedatives any day! Unfortunately, my ocean of calm has also become a source of growing anxiety. My tipping point came last summer. Sometimes too much is just too much. In order to reduce stress, and improve the overall quality of my life, the fashion stockpiles must be reduced. So here’s hoping the next owner(s) appreciate the melding of patent leather and bakelite knots as much as I do! You can find me at my website, Facebook, and Goodreads. Note from Susan: I am always on the lookout for the perfect purse and backpack. And it is very soothing to prowl the stores searching. Note to self: must prowl today! In the meantime I'll be at Cathyrn Cade's blog talking about her resolution to take time for other creative passions.
Posted on January 8, 2013, in guest post, Susan Lute and tagged closets, Inc, Jamie Brazil, Prince Charming, Resolve 2013, See Jane Publish, Stress for success with less, Susan Lute, The Mayan Sisterhood. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.