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Finding Your Personal Style, Lesson #2: Changing Your Style, One Sequin at a Time

Finding Your Personal Style, Lesson #2: Changing Your Style, One Sequin at a Time

Our universe is full of things that make us either sad or happy. Things that make us feel like we’ve got it all or we’ve lost it all in the blink of an eye. Things that either motivate us or make us want to go to bed to instantly fall asleep. Everywhere around us, sometimes deeply hidden, sometimes unmistakably present, lies what has brought millions of people billions of ideas: inspiration. A simple word with a variety of meanings, mostly personal. To me, inspiration is the meaning of being connected to my environment and being aware of everything that is going on around me.

This isn’t just necessary and important for writing, or drawing, or creating collections — it is also crucial for developing yourself and your own style into a direction where you grow to be comfortable and confident in your own skin. It is about seeing your environment and attaching whatever goes on, whatever makes you feel happy or alive or great to your own personality or your way of dressing.

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Inspiration Is Personal

Wherever there’s you, there is someone else too; there are things and people and moments that wake something in you, whether it is the urge to create something or to put something down, or the urge to talk to someone, just to get to know this special person. Everything is connected and in this wonderful world of inspiration we are what we are supposed to be in this society — equals.

If you don’t know who exactly you are yet, or if you haven’t figured out what your personal style might be there need not be despair or doubt because finding out more about you and creating yourself a unique way of dressing that fits your personality, takes time, effort and self-conscious. Helpful to those who aren’t aware of what their personal style might truly be, is trying to get inspired by those we look up to — whether it is a celebrity, or an icon (of present and of past), a family member, a friend, a mentor, a teacher.

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To become who you really want to be — in style as well as in personality, character and image — it’s perfectly fine and okay to look at others to divide between certain features you’d most certainly would like to behold and others you definitely could do without. Draw from all ressources possible to define what you like and what you dislike, to get just a hint of inspiration or even a full blasted epiphany: Movies, Magazines, Songs, Icons, Role Models, Models, Fashion Shows, Red Carpets, Celebrities, Fashion Shoots, Books, whatever it is that matter to you and that gives you a kick (except for drugs and murder and so on… things like that I truly can’t support, sorry).

Look around you. It is so often so simple that we don’t notice it, yet it can be beautiful and magical.

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Lesson #2: I’m just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time.

This is one of my most favourite quotes by Lady Gaga; a singer, entertainer, songwriter, and above all, a driving force of Fashion and Invention. I think I am well allowed to state that out there in this beautiful, turbulent world of variety, there is by far no one as inspiring and provocative and inventive and ridiculous and crazy as mademoiselle Gaga. Of course, you are also allowed to doubt several choices of attire — like the meat dress— but I think she set a statement with this look, just like she does with every other look she pulls off.

That’s truly what life is about, isn’t it? Trying on everything you like and love and that makes you happy without caring about what society thinks and regardless of all the weird looks you get while strolling along a street. Trust me, that is something I experience myself every single day and by now, after almost 26 years of living and breathing and trying to find / invent myself, I can say that I simply couldn’t care less about what others think of me and my style.

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If you are confident with who you are and if you can pull yourself off perfectly, there is no glance, no bad comment, no weird attitude towards you that could possibly shake your belief in yourself. And it shouldn’t because in the end, it will turn out that most people are just a) either too shallow to realize who you are or b) jealous of not being confident enough themselves. Go your own way, set your own statement, leave a trace of your sparkling personality behind, be inspiring and get inspired by being aware of what is going on around you.

Open your eyes and see the world for what it is: a beautiful, turbulent, crazy, tough, immaculate thing of whose story you are an important part. It’s a jungle out there — dress accordingly!

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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