For the past several years, I’ve been on an inner journey. I’ve been on a journey to connect with my soul and to dig deep within my heart and listen to its whispers. I’ve been on a journey to discover why I’m here, what my purpose is, and how I can best support others while living that purpose.
It’s been such a beautiful journey that’s been full of surprises and insight and amazing experiences. But, it hasn’t necessarily been a balanced journey. Throughout my life, I’ve tended to be an “all or nothing” type of person. And, when I decide to do something, I give everything I have to it – 110%. So, while it’s true that I’ve been discovering so much about my inner self, in the process I sort of left behind my outer self. I just didn’t pay attention to how I looked or what I wore or how I felt about how I looked or what I wore. I figured that I had more important work that needed to be done, and if I’m being completely honest: it seemed a bit frivolous to even think about my hair or makeup or clothes when so many people needed support and there was such pain in the world that had nothing to do with how I felt about what I was wearing.
This went on for years. I would get up, throw something on without giving it much thought at all, barely brush my hair, and immediately get to work: writing, connecting, and serving in the best way I knew how. I fell into a routine of wearing two things: black shirts and jeans. It was easy, and I didn’t have to think about it. I figured I was too busy to spend brain power on anything other than surviving and sharing messages of love.
And yet, a part of me longed for self care. And a part of me knew that I would feel really good and loved up and nourished if I felt good about what I was wearing and how I looked. And eventually, this part rose to the surface and began making some changes.
It started a couple of years ago. I began slowly bringing new clothes into my wardrobe that represented how I felt inside. I found myself being drawn to soft colors – pinks, purples, and grays – rather than black. And each time I would bring something home and put it into my closet, I felt a little more alive – a little more myself. I found that I thought more about my appearance and made a bit more effort some days to get ready – not for anyone else, but for me. (I’m super lucky that I have a loving husband where I can wear absolutely anything and he will compliment me.)
I felt myself slowly awakening from the outside in rather than the inside out. And, it’s much like the chicken and the egg. I’m not sure which came first: if all of the soul work that I was doing radiated its way out to my outer appearance or if beginning to focus on my outer appearance helped bring me closer to my inner self. And I’m finding that it doesn’t matter which way it went. All that matters is that I’m now seeing how both parts of me are equally important: the inner and also the outer. They are all me. And it’s an act of self love rather than frivolousness to honor each of them.
And so, it was absolute perfect timing when Carol Tuttle’s team approached me last fall and asked if I would like to try out their Dressing Your Truth® ecourse that helps you discover your beauty type. I had several friends recommend this course – saying that it was super soulful and helpful, and so I immediately took it as a sign that it was meant to be.
I have to say, that I had absolutely no expectations going into this course, and I was completely blown away after completing it. I learned that I am a TYPE 2℠,which is the soft, subtle, introverted, and sensitive type.
Bingo! I never realized it before, but the clothes that I was feeling more drawn to in the last few years (the soft pinks and purples) were part of my type. As I was learning more about who I truly was at the soul level, my clothes were reflecting that as well. It’s just fascinating!
In addition to going over in detail more about my type, it also included makeup application techniques, hair styling tips, and tons of clothing recommendations.
As a Type 2 energy, I’m not meant to wear black because it’s a color that doesn’t honor my type of beauty. I have learned that more subtle colors with hues of gray in them feel (and look) much better on me. And so it makes perfect sense why it never felt quite right on me. If you look at the picture above, you can see my before and after shot. The before picture feels like a representative of who I thought I was, and the after picture feels like the true me – the person I am at my core.
I love that this course wasn’t just about outer beauty. It was about beauty at the soul level. Carol takes it so much deeper than simply talking about swatches or lipstick. She really goes into our psyche and helps us bring our best self forward so that we feel amazing in our own body.
It’s been such a blessing for me to have gone through this course and to have learned more about my Type of Beauty. It’s truly been life changing.
Now that I am aware of my type, I find myself going through my closet and saying goodbye to anything that no longer fits who I am. For me, that means I’m letting go of loud prints, bright colors, and anything that isn’t super comfortable on my skin. And it means that I’m saying hello to soft fabrics and subtle shades and clothes that make me feel most like who I truly am – so that my outside is a direct reflection of my inside.
I love that Carol and her team have created an amazing online store. It’s broken down by type, so I can go into the Type 2 area and everything is there just for me! I had to test it out, and so I bought these two shirts:
They are amazingly soft and comfortable! In fact, I’m wearing the rose-colored one right now!
I’m truly so happy that I had the opportunity to go through this course. It helped me to fill in this missing piece for myself. To continue honoring my inner self while paying attention to and honoring my outer self. They are both me, and they are both equally important. And this course was such a beautiful way of bringing them both together.
If you would like to discover your beauty type as well, I’m so excited to share that Carol is giving away her Beauty Profiling ecourse for free (a $39 value)!
Her Beauty Profiling system identifies 4 Types of beauty that women express and teaches you how to identify your type of beauty. Your Type shows up in your facial features, body language, thoughts, feelings, and personality.
Here are the types:
- A bright, animated Type 1 woman
- A subtle, soft, Type 2 woman
- A rich, dynamic Type 3 woman
- A bold, striking Type 4 woman
When you discover your Type:
- you find that your so-called flaws are actually your best features.
- you learn what you need to do to bring your natural beauty out.
- and you feel freer than ever to just be yourself!
After you’ve taken the free ecourse and have discovered what type you are, I would love for you to come back here and share! Like I said, learning more about my type has helped me in so many ways, and it’s my hope that it will be a healing journey for you as well.
Here’s to all of us discovering (and living) our truth!