REINVENT YOURSELF

by Anna Walker


SUBSTANCE

Re- invent, refresh- to restore strength to; revive, update; to update or renew (especially by sending a new signal; Reinventing" means taking something that was there and giving it a whole new focus. 

Invent- to come upon or to find. So "reinventing" means literally "finding again", a fresh start, a new way of expressing something - ourselves.

As we enter into a new season, what better way than to get a fresh start in our lives. We reinvent our lives every time we take on a new challenge. By stretching the limits of what you have allowed yourself to do in the past, you are able to do more than you ever thought possible. Give yourself permission to do whatever it is that you have always wanted to do.

I love the quote, "A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions."

We can stretch our minds by taking a class, writing a blog, meeting and networking with new people, learning a new language,  culling our closets, reinvesting in family time and interests, cultivating a deeper spiritual life, or improving your character. 

The sound of the genuine Dr. Howard Thurman states that there is in every person something that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in oneself….no-one like you has ever been born, so if you miss the sound you will be cripple for the rest of your life. So today, your assignment is to recapture your song, know your sound and reinvent yourself to the tune God created just for you. We are going to press the reset button on our own lives.

Marriage, children, the demands of life can stamp out your sound, but if you know it, you can sing your song well.

Change in life can at time bring noise, but we must cultivate the discipline of listening to the sound of the genuine.  God created our lives to flow in a rhythm, a two-part harmony with Him.  When life throws in a cacophony of sounds, we can lose the melody.  Find your rhythm, your song, and DANCE! 

 

STYLE

Dress for Your Type

This week, we will look at two body types:  PEAR and APPLE

THE PEAR

The pear shape is defined as shoulders and torso that are narrower than the hips.

Styles to avoid: Shapeless, oversize sweaters; skinny jeans and pants; and skirts in a flimsy, curve-hugging fabric, like silk.

Find Wide-Leg Pants

A dark pair slenderizes the thighs while creating a longer and slimmer silhouette. 
 

Look for a Tailored Jacket

A structured jacket plays up the shoulders, which evens out the lower body’s proportions. 
 

Try a Boatneck Top

The wide neckline broadens the shoulders to offset fuller hips. 

Wear A-Line Skirts

Its nonclinging design is a godsend. “Look for a tapered A-line to avoid appearing too triangular,”

THE APPLE

If you tend to gain weight around the middle (or you simply want to hide a few post-pregnancy pounds), clothes should fit neatly around the midsection (to conceal a full stomach) and more snugly elsewhere (to play up thin limbs). 

Styles to avoid: Anything that makes you look like a tent- A-line tunic tops, oversized jacket, shapeless dresses. Contrary to what you believe, a side rouched top can make you look slimmer.  

Slim-Cut Pants

Long and lean, these let trim legs take center stage. Pair them with a blousy top or a tunic.

“This structured style helps slim trouble areas―especially when worn with high heels

Tunic

 The tunic should be fitted at the top and flared at the waist. 

Next week, we will look at the HOURGLASS and RULER.