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Optimal Impact ~Your Best You

Newsletter from Janice Hurley
December 2015
VIP Peter McWorkman
It was a BIRTHDAY PRESENT from his beautiful wife, Sarah to spend a little time with me and to do some shopping.  We had a blast! We started in his closet and got rid of anything that didn't fit or flatter.  Peter was a joy to work with as we "released" mounds of clothes that were still in good shape but weren't doing a thing for him.  Many times as we change our eating and our exercise routine, clothes that used to serve us well no longer do.  You know if pants are the right ones for you by how they look from behind.  There should be no bunching and no extra material.  A shirt fits when the shoulder seams hit the top of your shoulders and not below.   How did Peter like his birthday present? His wife said he described his experience as "over the moon."  And, that sounds like an early Christmas present for me - very happy when my client is happy! 
In This Issue
VIP Peter McWorkman
The Simple Dress
Team Dynamics
Holiday Parties - Men
Holiday Parties - Ladies
Winter Neutrals
Charitable Contributions
A Gift to Give Yourself
Janice discusses the gift
only you can give to yourself - CONFIDENCE!
How to get it and keep it so others instantly feel it
when you enter a room.

The Simple Dress

LOVE THIS LOOK?  So do I.  What about this is so right (besides the great fedora)? It started with a simple dress, boots and a belt that matched. (Notice that the boots and belt are also the tone of the accent colors painted in her hair.)  Added was an artistic, contrasting color necklace that has the similar gold finish metal like the belt and then tights that are the same color as the dress.  Things you could do differently if you wanted to:
  • The belt could have almost any pattern and color to it because the boots and her hair accents already "go together".  
  • You could have chosen a patterned tight to wear because the boots and dress are solid so a pattern is a good contrast.  
  • You could add a scarf instead of a necklace.  
This dress is a great find because you can mix and match and do so much with it.

Photo credit to Lisa Monet Photography
Team Dynamics

Sour Grapes? Rotten Apples?
  Having just recently purchased this box of oranges, I was surprised to see one was molded.  What immediately came to mind was the need to separate the "bad" from the "good" because the mold would quickly spread and ruin the good oranges.  It really is not too different in our office or team dynamics.  The negative influence of one can often outweigh the positive influence of the others. I have seen it happen again and again.  The "vibe," the "mojo" and the general energy in your office is critical for everyone's enjoyment. I have yet to hear an employer who eventually freed up the future of their unhappy team member regret the move.   What I have witnessed over and over is an Office Manager or Employer's delay of removing the negative influence with predictable results.

Holiday Parties -- Men

Throw on a red tie and you will not only look more powerful and sexy
(for some reasons women love the red) but you will also look more festive this holiday month.  If you are a man that favors browns instead of blacks, you might chose a tie like this one that is a red-orange.  Still, observe the rules of making the patterns in your shirt and tie contrasting.  Small print in the shirt means bigger print in the tie or vice versa.

A more blue-red or a true red is favored by those of you that like the cooler tones such as black or steel grey in your suits or sports jackets.
Holiday Parties -- Ladies

Adding a sheer but patterned nylon was my option for a recent holiday party (pictured on the left).
  My favorite nylon brand is Wolford

Wearing hose or tights require you wear a closed-toed shoe or boot so keep that in mind.  Otherwise, have fun and try lots of options.  

Remember that the larger the print on the nylon, the larger it will make your leg look - so choose wisely.

The Wolford brand can be purchased at Nordstrom and Zappos.
Neutral Colors for Winter
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night (or always wear black)

I know black is tempting and perhaps your "go-to" color; but don't be afraid to embrace greys and browns as your neutral color for winter.  Explore the different wash tones in jeans outside of the traditional blue.  Spend the most money on those pieces that are fairly neutral, like this jacket and boots, because you will get to wear them more often as you use them with dresses, pants, skirts - both with business attire and for casual wear.
And then, in my humble opinion, just walk away from this season's poncho - a style that will seriously look like you never left the 70's unless you are tall, thin and under 30.  I know spending $1,495.00 for this Mega Check Wool & Cashmere Cape from Burberry is tempting but think twice or just wait until it all goes on clearance because it wasn't flattering on ANYONE.

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas
Crossfit Invictus

- Really good coaches tell you periodically what you are doing well.  They say, "good job."  They give you encouragement through the learning process. 

The same rule applies to all of us that work with others.  We have to give limited instruction, paired with the positive words of good, otherwise we can be discouraging.  In this photo to the right, Crossfit Coach Melissa Hurley is giving her client positive feedback and visually showing him how he did on the last Olympic lift.

A REALLY GOOD COACH gives you hope - not just instruction.  And the BEST COACHES see you stronger and more capable than you see yourself. 
'Tis the Season. . .
Do you have a special charity to which you like to contribute?  There are several organizations that I have chosen to support throughout the year and especially during this season of giving.  Smile Train is one of those charities:

"Smile Train is an international children's charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate. Millions of children in developing countries with unrepaired clefts live in shame, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. Our sustainable model provides training and funding to empower local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery in their communities."  
To learn more, visit their website:  SmileTrain.org

If you are so inclined, here are a few other suggestions.  Click on the logo to learn more about each program.  Thank you!




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