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True Colors Meets Be Brave. Lose the Beige

16 Mar

I was recently certified as a True Colors facilitator.  True Colors  is a color version of the Myers Briggs indicator.  The founder of True Colors, Don Lowry  liked using color as a metaphor to translate complicated personality theory into practical application.

It was kind of a no brainer marrying True Colors with Be Brave. Lose the Beige, since there is a fun color centric focus to the process of identifying your color spectrum.  While Be Brave. Lose the Beige is not just about color, I liked the idea of using color as a metaphor in our quest for self discovery.  Yes, even at our “age” as Lady Boomers, there is still room for self discovery and increased self awareness.  My colleague, Jackie, and I have been conducting a four week study during Lent.  The Lenten season provides an excellent opportunity for journeying into the wilderness of your selves and gaining an appreciation for your own skills, talents and abilities, as well as that of those around you.  Once our participants (and there have been at least 25) identified their true colors (blue, orange, green, or gold), we encouraged them to engage in a “brightening” exercise in which they illustrated their color spectrum.  The following are a couple of photos of our Lady Boomers’ art work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As an an avowed “Blue”, I have loved listening to the stories from our Lady Boomers and beholding their creative efforts.  I look forward to more.

 

 

 

 

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Exercise Your Creativity

10 Sep

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Picasso.

Our lives have been a linear sequence of education, work, babies, minivans, college tuition, and care-taking. There is no question the joy imbued in these stages is irreplaceable. But somewhere in this process it’s easy to lose parts of ourselves. We begin turning beige as color and joy seep away due to endless responsibilities and obligations. What about applying our overdeveloped sense of work ethic to discovering our own colorful spirits? I have just the prescription for curing beigedom….It’s called creativity.

The very word “creativity” can elicit fear and intimidation in grown women. (It’s really interesting observing a child’s reaction to creativity versus an adult’s. Children readily and eagerly embrace this concept, while adults, many years removed from this playful time in their lives, shy away from it.) Creativity is such a misunderstood concept. Anyone and everyone can choose to live more creatively. Trying a new recipe can be creative. Getting dressed in the morning can be a creative act. Creativity is not just about participating in the visual or performing arts, it’s a way of thinking about and approaching your life, a way of viewing the world. It’s owning your own life rather than letting circumstances or other people own you.

So, if you don’t view yourself as creative per se but recognize some merit in the concept, how do you go about cultivating this quality? My suggestion is..try “exercising your creative muscles”.

Exercising your creative muscles can be accomplished in a variety of ways, some of which include….

-planting a swath of backyard dirt with a garden filled with colorful flowers or aromatic herbs
-dusting off your guitar or piano keys and taking music lessons
– collaging a few family photographs
-taking a pottery class..clay is a wonderful teacher, it comes from the ground and grounds those who touch it.
-subscribing to Cooking Light and experimenting with new cooking and baking recipes
-playing dress up in your own closet coordinating old favorites with new styles.

Flexing those creative muscles will definitely make them stronger and more defined.

Resolution #3- Try Networking in Color

29 Nov

Running from meeting to meeting, checking off the to-do list- that isn’t really living. Discovering the playful side of life. Spreading joy. Being colorful…clever…creative.  Now that’s living!

This is post three of Be Brave. Lose the Beige’s 12 days of New Years Resolutions. Even though Be Brave. Lose the Beige isn’t just about color, today’s post is. Be Brave.Lose the Beige argues that running from meeting to meeting, checking off the to-do lists, etc. isn’t really living…it is, however, a fact of life. We do run from Parent-teacher sessions to board meetings and on to client conferences. So, let’s accept the inevitable and try to have a little fun with it. Why not try wearing something really fun when you are making the meeting rounds…as an example, try wearing colorful tights. I have and they single handedly make the meeting more fun for everyone involved.  

Last week I attended a women’s networking function at a law firm. Now even the word, networking makes me cringe. It sounds so pretentious and artificial. So, in an effort to introduce a little levity to the mix, I wore a rose colored dress and psychedelic, zig zag pattered tights (photo below). This insertion of color in the midst of a sea of black and navy blue suits caused quite a stir. Young women, middle aged women, law partners and bankers, came up to me throughout the evening saying things like, “I just wanted to meet you, you’re so bold”. People said I was the “life of the party”, all because I deemed to wear a colorful pair of stockings. I had a ball and maybe this act will inspire other women to break out of the beige box and delight themselves and others.
 So..Resolution #3- Try Networking in Color

 

Resolution #2- Color Your Life in the New Year

24 Nov

This is post two of my 12 days of New Years resolutions. As I’ve mentioned previously, Be Brave. Lose the Beige is not just about color (although I’m crazy about colors..all colors, the more the better). Be Brave. Lose the Beige is really a life choice. It’s about exploring the playful side of your life by escaping incessant to-do lists and experiencing more joy and fun in your life.

 Resolution Number2- Try introducing a little more color in your daily lives.  

After all, do we really need all that beige? Beige sofas, walls, and clothes? I recently exercised my creativity muscles (see post above) by creating drawer and cabinet pulls like the ones featured in the photo below. These polka dotted, flowered and heart filled clay knobs are now affixed to my cupboard doors and drawers at our beach place. You don’t even have to go to the trouble of making your own. Web stores and brick and mortar stores abound with fun, colorful knobs and drawer pulls. The color combinations alone will all but guarantee delight each time you reach inside for a cup or bowl. Somehow color and whimsey can imbue even the most mundane task, such as setting a table or pouring a glass of milk a lot more fun.
So, go ahead, be brave, lose a little of that beige and take a step toward coloring your life.
 

 

Be Brave Lose the Beige Says, “Try Networking in Color”

8 Oct

 Running from meeting to meeting, checking off the to-do list- that isn’t really living. Discovering the playful side of life. Spreading joy. Being colorful…clever…creative.

Now that’s living!  

This is post two of my tour through closets and cabinets illustrating what Be Brave. Lose the Beige looks like to me. Even though Be Brave. Lose the Beige isn’t just about color, today’s post is. BBLB argues that running from meeting to meeting, checking off the to-do lists, etc. isn’t really living…it is, however, a fact of life. We do run from Parent-teacher sessions to board meetings and on to client conferences. So, let’s accept the inevitable and try to have a little fun with it. Why not try wearing something really fun when you are making the meeting rounds…as an example, try wearing colorful tights. I have and they single handedly make the meeting more fun for everyone involved.

Last week I attended a women’s networking function at a law firm. Now even the word, networking makes me cringe. It sounds so pretentious and artificial. So, in an effort to introduce a little levity to the mix, I wore a rose colored dress and psychedelic, zig zag pattered tights (photo below). This insertion of color in the midst of a sea of black and navy blue suits caused quite a stir. Young women, middle aged women, law partners and bankers, came up to me throughout the evening saying things like, “I just wanted to meet you, you’re so bold”. People said I was the “life of the party”, all because I deemed to wear a colorful pair of stockings. I had a ball and maybe this act will inspire other women to break out of the beige box and delight themselves and others.
 

 

Be Brave. Lose the Beige Tour

22 Sep

Be Brave. Lose the Beige is not just about color (although I’m crazy about colors..all colors, the more the better). Be Brave. Lose the Beige is really a life choice. These blog posts are designed to encourage you to discover your own colorful spirits and define what ideally living means to you. It’s about exploring the playful side of life by escaping your incessant to-do lists, and experiencing more joy and fun.

This post is the start of a magical mystery tour through closets and kitchen cabinets, jewelry boxes and shoe trees in an effort to illustrate what Be Brave. Lose the Beige looks like to me. Our first stop is the kitchen where we behold drawer/cabinet pulls that look like the ones featured in the photo below. These polka dotted, flowered, and heart filled clay knobs can be affixed to any cupboard door or drawer. The color combinations alone will all but guarantee delight each time you reach inside for a cup or bowl. Somehow color and whimsey can imbue even the most mundane task, such as setting a table, or pouring a glass of milk, with more fun.

The Power of the Purse

5 Feb

I contributed several colorful clay purse cupcakes to the “Power of the Purse” silent auction sponsored by the Center for Women’s Philanthropy. This is the third year I’ve participated in this event. I love the title and it makes me think the “power of the purse” is a concept girls and women should consider exploring in their lives, relationships, and marriages. Throughout history, fathers and husbands have held the purse strings. Daughters and wives often resorted to manipulation as a way of accumulating resources of their own. Financial resources dictate our ability to make choices…to make decisions about our own lives and even our bodies. Financial empowerment impacts the way we view ourselves and even how others view us. This is not just an issue about working women versus non-working women. There are many income producing women who have little control over their pocketbooks; there are women not in the employment sector who exercise considerable control over family resources. What about you? Do you feel you have power over your purse?