Three years ago last week, I made a BIG change. I left the security of my corporate gig and made the life-changing, soul stretching leap into entrepreneurship. The past three years have been a helluva ride. I’ve met so many interesting people, visited several companies and countries and found a sense of self I didn’t know was possible
To commemorate these past few years, here are 3 values that helped me make it this far:
I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday weekend!
A few weeks ago I took a long over due vacation to Barbados. I loved everything about the island: the beaches, the people, the food and the rum punch. Taking a break from my business and seeing all of the surrounding beauty really helped me see a lot of things differently, including myself.
It’s time for a new belief. And a new reality.
Happy New Year!
Every year I like to set an intention for the year. It’s an area I want to focus on, resulting in manifestations that are in accordance with that theme.
And I must admit, in 2018 I didn’t do such a great job choosing. My intention was discipline, because I wanted to really get “tough” with myself in my business. And toughness is exactly what I got.
If you’re anything like me, you too feel that 2018 has totally flown by. This past month, I’ve had some amazing opportunities: styling my first show for New York Fashion Week, hosting a shopping event for a celebrity golf tournament, walking a few red carpets and speaking to audiences about the impact image has on income. Life has definitely been good! And I am so thankful for each opportunity and new friend I’ve made along the way.
Back when I worked in corporate merchandising, my Monday Blues would start around 6pm on Sunday. That’s when I would open the weekend selling reports and instantly what next day’s vibes were going to be in the office.
One of the ways I channeled that nervous energy was by outfit-prepping. Think of it as meal-prepping for your closet instead of your fridge.
The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of taking in all that New York city has to offer, working with some incredible new clients and preparing for some exciting presentations.
During this time, many women have shared with me specific style “rules” that influence their personal style:
It’s officially summer time, the midpoint of the year when we can review what we’ve done and where we’re headed.
The past six months have been transformative for me. Wider Style has grown from being just a change in business name to the vehicle through which I empower women to love themselves just as they are.
By not letting my visibility fears stop me from walking in my purpose, I have evolved into the business owner, stylist, speaker and woman I am today. Of course there have been challenges, but I finally feel like I’m no longer just showing up, but am finally standing out in the way I was destined to.
So, a wedding happened this weekend. And while I of course enjoyed seeing what everyone wore, the moment that most resonated with me was when Harry looked at his bride and said, “You look amazing, I am so lucky.”
Of course Meghan looked absolutely breathtaking, but I truly believe that comment was about more than her dress. The absolute love that was in his eyes proved that behind the dress, the tiara, the makeup, he saw HER, all of her, in her truest form. This is what fairy tales really are all about.
Last week I had the opportunity to engage with a group of beautiful, bright, inquisitive middle-schoolers at the Atlanta Girls School. During my time with them, I spoke about loving their bodies, no matter their current jeans size.
As someone who has worked in the retail industry and was a decision maker for how garments are made, I wanted the girls to know that there are a number of reasons why a garment may not fit and that none of those reasons have anything to do with their unique body shape or size. I pleaded with them to not take anything personally when it comes to shopping for clothes.
Since introducing the topic of Conversation Starters, I’ve been asked the following question several times about what to look for when shopping for these bold pieces: “Morgan, I have a ton of events where I need to command attention and will be photographed. Why should I spend money on items that I’m only going to wear once?”
Because the times when you need a boost of confidence and want to look your absolute best are not when you want to skimp. Investing in a few Conversation Starters that will stand the test of time is critical.
“My niece loves Morgan. Morgan takes her shopping and keeps her wardrobe updated. Charmaine even Sends a photo of an outfit for an event to ask Morgan’s opinion. She has given her a whole new look, added color, and increased her confidence in buying on her own. Charmaine started working with Morgan the same time she had her last surgery (to put in expander that failed first time around) after a double mastectomy. And after losing my Oldest sister–her mom–from Alzheimer’s, Morgan was the best thing that happened to Charmaine last year. She has been a real blessing at a particular low point in her life.”
“Morgan is doing very important work in showing women how to let their light shine. Working with her was such a special, transformative expereince for me.”
Morgan has such a great eye and I am really loving my clothes. I was feeling overwhelmed but then I just started to have fun like Morgan said and having new colorful clothes has really boosted my spirit, so working with Morgan was right on time! Change can be difficult but Morgan helps with the process!
“I loved having clothes ready and waiting for me to try on!!!! By far the best thing ever.”
“You were great! You picked out clothes for me I never would have and they looked great! My confidence to try new things is awesome! You respected my style and you challenged me to try new things yet you didn’t push – I really appreciated that.”
“The experience really opened my eyes to the fact that clothing is much more than what is advertised on television and that I CAN get dressed without trying to hide what’s already there. The biggest “aha” moment was discovering what cut of clothing fit my figure. It was like walking into a new world. Morgan is simply amazing. I can’t understand how she can just look at a person and put them in a wardrobe that makes them shine. It’s her specialty for sure!”
“I’ve heard positive feedback from friends and coworkers about my upgraded style – without them even knowing that we had our session! Now they all know about Morgan, and the feedback from them has been great.”
“The cuts and styles that work best for my body type. As my weight fluctuates it’s been hard for me to still feel “sexy” in many items. Styled by Stats helped me to determine cuts that will almost always flatter my shape and that was great. I actually feel like I have MORE options to choose from now, even though we significantly downsized my wardrobe. This obviously makes shopping, packing and getting dressed much easier.”