Wildwood : Empowerment & Clothes Shopping

Today we link the Wildwood into a rather mundane task: Clothes Shopping. How can the Five of Bows, with the keyword “empowerment” aid us in clothes shopping?

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The weather for today was mixed and with the need to get out of the house, I ventured forth with just the baby girl in tow (well, more like she was in front) to the local shopping centre. I had a few errands to run, lunch to get and some peace, at last.

Ticking off the first two items was easy. The third, not so much. Who would have thought that shopping for two new pairs of jeans would be such a torment? The card today is the card of empowerment, but I certainly did not feel empowered whilst undertaking this task!

Of all the jeans on offer, only one set caught my eye, but to find another pair with the same cut, length and size had me leaving the store and the shopping centre with nothing. So I posted to my personal Facebook profile, threatening to “go native” as the lack of choice in the clothes department left me feeling rather frustrated.Β  How can this be empowering? Turns out, very, as I had friends from Moscow, Canada, Europe and fellow Brits agreeing with me and suggesting which shops, brands etc. to go and look for. For the last twenty years, I’ve shopped at one particular store for my jeans, they fit, I knew their sizes and how they fitted me. That is alas the past, for they don’t any more.

So now I am empowered to go and explore new shops and avenues, re-learn what sizes and shops I need to go and visit all over again. I have permission from my friends around the World, not just myself.

The truth is, I don’t need their permission or blessings, though to have it is fabulous. I need to give permission to myself, empower myself. So that’s the crux of today: What do you need to give yourself permission to do? Clothes shopping, self-improvement, read a blog post, get your point across… it doesn’t matter, give yourself the permission you need. Empower yourself and if you can, others around you (even if you an ocean apart)!

6 Replies to “Wildwood : Empowerment & Clothes Shopping”

  1. I was clothes shopping myself today as well! Not my favorite task. I had very specific goals, and I met them partially. I do think a successful shopping trip entails empowerment because it means I have not fallen prey to all the defeatist thoughts that can arise (i.e., all those ways I can tell myself there’s something wrong with me for not finding the right fit, or how unskilled I am, or how hopeless it is, etc etc). You are so right–anything we choose to do can lead us to empowerment if we move toward our purpose rather than away from it, if we show up and meet the commitment rather than hiding or avoiding.

    1. You’re welcome! Mission success today, 3 pairs because I was reminded not to fall into the trap of buying as I was there… πŸ™‚

  2. Took me an age to find stores here with the right jeans and as my body has changed I have to move on. I feel empowered most of the time these days thanks to a lot of inner work. I give myself permission to do whatever I want!

    1. It’s the inner-work I think people aren’t wanting to do these days Lou. At the moment, I just don’t have the energy personally, but that will change as the little lady grows. She’s 11 weeks now and getting so big! πŸ™‚
      Typically, my body is still changing. That’s the only constant in life, the change πŸ™‚

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