2015 has been a great year for me, a year of learning, growth and development. How has your year been?
I started in January with successfully achieving my Foundation Certificate in Image Consulting and the year has finished with my Graduation, along with 5 other amazing women, with a Diploma in Advanced Image and Style.
So what has happened in between?
During my Diploma I have studied and researched
- Style and image for men
- Coaching a visual image
- Personal branding
- Presentation skills
- Women in leadership
What is clearly apparent from my developing skill is that non verbal communication, and image is more important than people tend to consider. Getting your non verbal cues right can greatly enhance your leadership skill, your gravitas, your confidence and your personal brand.
I had some amazing clients throughout the year. Many have learnt to sew and developed a new hobby. Some have developed their skill and have become proficient dressmakers and others have asked me to make garments for a special event or for their everyday work wear wardrobe.
The highlight for me was helping a client understand what she wanted to achieve with her style. A Jeans and T-shirt girl, she knew it was a bit dull and she never really felt smart. She struggled to know what suited and lacked the confidence to try new things. Working together we discovered she wanted to extend her passion for vintage into her day to day wardrobe. We analysed her body shape and found the best colours for her and discovered the best shapes to suit her body proportions. Through a process of small changes, daily challenges and a focused shopping trip she was able to try new ideas and new combinations. Pushing her boundaries with her style and clothing choices. By the end of our time together she had successfully incorporated her own version of vintage into her daily wardrobe and developed the confidence to wear it and own it.
In addition, I launched my new website and developed my presence on Facebook and other social media. I held some great workshops on style and dressmaking bringing my two passions together on a number of occaisions and I am working hard developing new and creative workshops for next year.
On a personal level I managed 3 sporting achievements. I completed a 100k night time cycle ride for Women Vs Cancer, I learned to ski and discovered I was ok at it and I ran 10k for the first time ever. Each three achievements have taught me so much about preparation and determination in my efforts to succeed.
I can’t wait to see what 2016 will bring and am planning new goals and commitments already. I will share those next week but in the mean time tell me about your achievements in 2015