Be Happy and Share it

I am writing this today to help me get over the sick powerless feeling I sometimes have as yet more people’s lives and joy are taken by random senseless acts by people who must have lost all hope.

How will you react? How will I react? I could choose to stay home, lock my doors and arm myself but that would not bring anything to me or the world except more fear and hate. Instead I choose to open my heart more than I have been to promote as much good as I can while I can. How you feel effects how those around you feel.

I am going to take a moment today and every day to love myself and make myself happy so that I can share it with the world. And maybe cry for a little bit as well.

Care for your boots and shoes

Care for your boots and shoes

Do you have a pair of boots or shoes that are classics, well made and that you love to wear? You can extend their life and save money by caring for and storing them properly as well as making inexpensive repairs. I had this amazing pair of black leather motorcycle boots that were an unusual splurge for me. I wore them a lot and could walk for miles in them. The heels were wearing down so before it got too late I took them to the shoe repair shop and for $20 got new heels! Good as new and comfortable as ever. In addition I try to polish and condition the leather 2-3 times during the season (which is probably not enough if I wear them regularly). When I put them away I stuff newspaper inside. This absorbs odor and moisture and keeps them upright in my closet.

What is your favorite shoe care technique?

 

Appearance and Income

Appearance and Income

Studies show links between personal appearance, employment and income that I find fascinating. Google personal appearance and income and you will find some interesting articles.

Malcolm Gladwell did a survey on the height of Fortune 500 CEO’s and found that the average CEO is about 3 inches taller than the average American man. (And you note that he was studying men).

This article discusses results of some of those studies and ponders what that means.

This study from 2006  https://dash.harvard.edu/handle/1/3043406  came up with three transmission channels for the beauty premium.

  1. Physically attractive workers are more confident and higher confidence increases wages.
  2. For a given level of confidence physically attractive workers are (wrongly) considered more able by employers.
  3. Controlling for worker confidence, physically attractive workers have oral skills (such as communication and social skills) that raise their wages when they interact with employers.

Don’t be discouraged or blame our looks for our luck in life. There are tricks you can use to create appearances that match society’s ideal even if you are more towards the average (which is all of us) appearance. You can dress to appear taller and more slender. You can wear clothes that fit. You can learn to create confidence from the inside out that will make anything you wear look better.

The mind perceives (even our own) before logical thinking takes over. Test yourself throughout the day today and observe those background thoughts that you don’t usually notice about the people you meet, see on TV or in the media.

Were you surprised?

As much as you may wish to fight this and stay the way you are if you have dreams and goals, being able to confidently make a good impression visually, with your actions and with your words (including voice) is so important.

Who do you want to be? How much do you want to make? I encourage you to dress as if you are already there.