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Designing Your Signature Life, Part 2

Copyright 2006 Melissa Galt The Parts and Pieces: In the second and final part of this series about designing your signature life, weíll talk about how Entertaining and Homemaking, Travel and Adventure, and Personal Image and Style play key roles in creating a life you truly love. Weíll also address the larger goals of attaining balance, leaving a legacy, and actively creating a life plan. As we discussed in Part 1, designing your signature life is not just about your home interiors but is instead about every aspect of your life. Designing a signature life will enable you to get what you want by making a plan, establishing goals and creating a map to get there. By demonstrating flexibility and patience in each step youíll be able to maximize your potential and the opportunities we each have. Itís about creating a life as unique as your own signature! Entertaining and Homemaking Too often people want to entertain, but are afraid.

They are waiting for the house to be decorated, for that next promotion, for the kids to be grown up and gone. Entertaining is not about waiting! It is not about the perfect dťcor, your status at work, whether the kids are home or not; instead it is about sharing time and experiences with friends and family. If they are truly coming only to see your latest drapery or hear about your raise, consider getting new friends! Entertaining is a chance to invite others to share in a bit of your life, a bit of your home, and a bit of you. It doesnít have to be grand, expensive or involve a caterer, although that can be fun too! Think about having a potluck with a handful of friends. Or maybe a leftover surprise dinner where everyone brings leftovers or cooks up something from things they have had for awhile in the pantry.

Better yet, have everyone chip in $5 and order a pizza. It can be that easy. Entertaining can also be about hiring the experts. Get a caterer, develop a menu, hire a party planner, and let them take care of the details! It isnít about the scale of the party, but about bringing people together and mixing it up. I throw parties for every reason or no reason at all. Few of my friends are comfortable doing this. Yes, it can be a lot of work if you let it. The choice is yours. Travel and Adventure Where do you want to go?? Many of us want to travel, but we donít seem to go anywhere because we donít plan it. We are very routine oriented and canít seem to break loose for that spontaneous road trip or weekend with the girls.

Planned or unplanned, it wonít happen if you donít just do it. Taking a trip used to require loads of time, a travel agent, and tons of money. Now it requires a few clicks of a mouse with no agent in the middle, and you can do it for pennies. Of course, if you can do it all out and want to, I say go for it. But donít miss an opportunity to experience another country, city, state, neighborhood, or culture. Donít wait until you physically incapable of moving around freely, with all the resources, but with hindered ability. None of us knows how long we will remain able bodied, so appreciate your good health while you can and take every opportunity to explore your world. Travel is about exploration, adventure, trying new and different things that are sometimes exciting and sometimes scary. It is about tasting unfamiliar foods, smelling new smells, experiencing other customs, seeing different living environments, appreciating alternative architecture, touching novel textures, and hearing unique sounds. It is about taking a bite of life! It is about living bigger.

Often travel really makes us value home that much more. And sometimes we really need that extra dose of perspective to appreciate what had become ordinary to us but is really quite special. It can also make us realize how big the world really is and put our lives and our own challenges in a new light. Personal Image and Style Renowned costume designer to the stars, Edith Head, once said, ďYou can have anything you want in life, if you dress for it.Ē This may well be true. The key is in making a personal statement and showing a sense of unique style. I always get a grin out of those that try to tell me to wear scarves. It wonít ever happen. It is not my style. It was my Motherís and sisterís style and they did it with panache and grace.

But not me. It would be comparable to making a man wear a bowtie that didnít fit his own sense of style. Finding and defining your own sense of style is very important. It is tantamount to creating your personal image signature. I have a business associate who always wears a hat. It makes a big statement about her and gives her a unique importance. She also stands out from the crowd and wants to. Some gentlemen wear suspenders or a pocket handkerchief with same panache and are remembered for that. Clothing and image are inextricably tied together.


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