I was inspired by a goal that Elise Joy (goal-setter extraordinaire) set for herself for 2020: "Get dressed (in an outfit I feel good in) every day."
In Bangladesh, there are some cultural “rules” about what to wear that is appropriate. This amounts, basically, to covering your curves: two layers over your chest and rear. When I was there for a week, I essentially wore the same thing every day (a long, plain navy, cotton tunic, as well as a scarf). That had its own benefits (the ease of a "uniform"!), but I was also thrilled to come home and wear what I wanted to again.
But, with the freedom to wear whatever I wanted, the question came: what did I want to wear?
Working at home, with limited interaction for 80%+ of the time, I can wear… anything. Personally, I am not tempted by pyjama pants or even sweats; I like to get dressed every day in real clothes. But, I am tempted by disinterest, to simply not put in any effort. To pull over a hoodie and some ok-fitting jeans.
Last year, it began to occur to me that I am midway through the “mom” years, and that this is the time that would be easy to give up on style, to simply lose interest.
I have never been particularly stylish, but I do have an affinity for simple, classic style. I’ve never been a peacock, but I do want to look good. Last year, I heard about a podcast episode on this very subject between two moms, asking: Have you lost your style? Has personal style taken a back seat during a busy season of life?
All of this resounded with me, so I have borrowed Elise's goal for myself — to dress every day to feel good in my skin.
I will do a follow up in a few months (ask me to make sure!), but for now, I am really enjoying this focus. If you have any everyday goals for 2020, share them below or email me — I'd love to hear them!
This is a motto I've been replaying lately in my mind.
For me, one of the *necessities* to sustain energy for this work is to embrace joy, celebration, & fun. But this year, those things have felt pretty elusive. The past 16 months have enriched the depth of my close friendships and have brought maturation & focus to my time; these have been invaluable gifts!
But... I feel like I need to learn all over again how to have fun!
Here are some of the ways I've been thinking about, or practicing, fun lately. I would also love to hear about how you find joy & energy to recharge for everything else that life brings at us!
Basha Boutique is the name of the organization in Bangladesh where all of our beautiful products are made.
Yes, *all* of our products, every item of kantha we sell. This was... ill-advised by our banker. But, a personal working relationship, excellent partnership, and the literal best quality products have kept us together for nearly 9 years! dignify is yoked to Basha, and we have zero regrets.
If you've been around dignify for a while, you've heard plenty about Basha and likely have a good familiarity with how they (and we) operate. But, if not, here is a bit more context!
I’ve written before about taking the time to think about our spending habits. We are in a particularly unique situation in this current moment; in March 2020, there was a dramatic interruption to our everyday spending and consumption habits!
Some patterns have remained interrupted over the year. Some rhythms are, or will be soon, returning to a closer resemblance to pre-covid. Regardless of our specific situation, interruptions make great opportunities to re-assess! Do my choices reflect my desires, my values, my priorities?