The other day I put my son Luca in his carseat and he looked up and got the biggest smile on his face. “What is it, Bubby”, I asked. FYI – Bubby is the nickname my mom gave me and then I unconsciously started calling Luca ,Bubby, too.
I realized that Luca was looking at himself in the baby seat mirror that we have hooked on the back of the headrest. You should have seen this look that he was giving himself. It was like he was straight up in love. And he is. And, he should be.
It made me think about all the things that happen in our lives between our one-year-old selves that look in the mirror as if they’re staring into the eyes of their soulmate and our 15-year-old selves that see all the ways they’re different that they wish were the same or our 20 or 30 or 40-something-year-old selves that look in the mirror and see the wrinkles and the gray hairs sprouting up.
How can we get back a little of that confident self-love from our childhood?
One thing I’ve found that helps is to really know myself and move towards the things that bring me joy and help me share my unique gifts with the world. A part of that is embracing my own personal style.
I chatted with a woman who is basically an expert at just that in today’s episode of our podcast. Painter and sewist, Katie Kortman not only boldly flaunts her love of color in her handmade wardrobe but shows it off on her Instagram in photos and videos where you can actually feel her self-love. Seriously, head over to her account and watch her dance like no one is watching or pose like she’s a supermodel while she’s chomping on a head of lettuce or sprouting jazz hands with a storage facility as her backdrop.
Tune in to today’s episode to hear Katie and I chat about discovering and embracing your style, dealing with criticism, sourcing inspiration without copying, motherhood and how to be an example of self-love for your children and her mother’s mantra, “Weird is different and different is good.”
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