If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a million books on living a chic lifestyle and read all the blogs you can find, but instead of bringing you closer to your idealistic way of living, you find yourself further away because of overwhelm. There’s just too much good information!
When I first started this journey, it was new and exciting and I devoured everything on this topic. Nowadays what serves me better is to listen to my own voice more. When I have too many external influences I get cloudy on what I want.
It doesn’t take long to get my thoughts back and feel more in balance again. I think it’s a cyclic thing where sometimes I’m happy taking in more of other peoples opinions and at other times less. Something that helps me feel more sure of the direction I’m going in and still being inspired by others rather than drowned out, is to note down my own take on chic.
So I sat down and came up with my top ten chic timeless principles to guide me.
May I present to you my Chic Manifesto --
The Chic Manifesto - my 10 chic principles
I am me, no matter who I am around. Because I love all things chic, I will not dull myself down to fit in with others.
I share as much or as little as I am comfortable sharing. Others will not pressure me into giving away more than I want to. I enjoy having mystique and moving freely throughout life.
I treat myself with exquisite care. I love my body because it is my vessel in this life. I take care of her by feeding her nourishing foods, pampering her with self-care and give her adequate rest. I listen to what she tells me.
I treat others with compassion and empathy. Everyone is doing the best they can and most people are kind. I try and see things from their point of view and it makes it very easy to be the kind of person I want to be.
I am a good steward of my resources. I appreciate my income and all the possessions I have been blessed with. Anything I don’t need any more is donated so that someone else can make use of it and I can enjoy the space in my life.
I am ambitious for a wonderful, fabulous, sparkling and magical life and it begins today. I am constantly dreaming up new and better ways to make my life more fun and happy. In turn that cheer spills over to others, and as I become more prosperous I can help better the charities close to my heart.
I am inspired by the latest fashions each season and how others put their style together, and at the same time enjoy dressing uniquely in a way that reflects the spirit of the true me. I purchase and wear only that which makes my heart sing and I am grateful for a wardrobe that lifts me up every single day.
Even though I may sometimes feel small or insignificant, I know I am a valuable member of the human race and have a lot to contribute to my circle of influence. This includes my family, friends, acquaintances, blog friends and blog readers – really everyone I come into contact with. I take on this responsibility.
I enjoy my home and appreciate how lucky I am to live in a safe country with a warm and cosy place to shelter. I show this appreciation by keeping my home clutter-free, tidy and clean. I support my home and it supports me.
I am constantly inspired by both myself and others. I welcome the ideas I dream up and am thankful we are able to gain inspiration and wisdom from others around us.
So chic friend, what about you? Have you found yourself feeling overwhelmed now that we are living in this information age? Do you have any tips to share on how you navigate and curate what you receive and take in with chic aplomb?
Please do share.