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Today’s guest is Amanda Watson, the founder of Style For It, an online consignment boutique for plus-sized women. Amanda is so knowledgable about the fashion industry and I learned so much from her! We cover everything from what makes plus-sizes different from standard sizes, the current state of the plus-size fashion industry, sourcing and forecasting trends, and the sustainability model of consignment shopping. If you love fashion, shopping, or body positivity, you’ll love this conversation.
Connect with Amanda and Style For it on social media: @styleforitinsf on Instagram and facebook.com/styleforit
But before all of that, I have a bittersweet announcement. This will be the final essay of Wild Cozy Truth and the topic could not be more appropriate as it’s all about the lessons in evolution and authenticity. This isn’t a goodbye to my personal writing, but I have felt for a long time that I need to reclaim it for myself. So in the spirit of evolution and allowing ourselves to grow instead of clinging to what no longer serves me, I’m letting that part of my podcast go.
As for the podcast itself, it will be undergoing some significant changes in the near future. I have a handful of interviews that I’ve already recorded which I will be sharing with you over the course of the next month or so. And they’re really, really good so don’t go anywhere. If the interviews are your favorite part as well, I’ve got some incredible stories in the pipeline that you won’t want to miss. After I’ve published those conversations, I’ll be taking a bit of an extended break away from the mic and relaunching the podcast under a new title in January. I could not be more excited about this rebrand and relaunch and I think you’re going to be thrilled with what’s in store for this podcast. Once you see it, you’ll probably be like, “Duh why didn’t you do this sooner?” I’m stubborn, okay? That’s why. You won’t need to do anything to subscribe to the new version of the podcast. It will all be done in your current feed so as long as you stay subscribed to Wild Cozy Truth, you’ll still be subscribed to the relaunch. The same goes for the social media. If you’re following Wild Cozy Truth on Instagram or Facebook, you’ll just see a new name when the time comes.
As for the essays, I intend for them all to live on in some way. Perhaps as a book or ebook. I’m exploring a few different avenues but I’ll be sure to keep you posted.
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Evolution and Authenticity
People aren’t meant to be stagnant. Our personalities, our tastes, our needs, our desires are not fixed from the beginning. Sure, some things never change and there is certainly authenticity at our core, but we were meant to evolve, to grow, to rebirth ourselves over and over and over. If nothing else, the human condition is the daily act of renewal.
Once we do change, it may not be permanent. It will only last as long as it needs to. Then we get more information, more data about ourselves and the world and we evolve again.
Evolution is inevitable, not just as a species, but as an individual soul. Especially in an environment that is rapidly growing and changing, it can be really difficult to hold onto what we once considered our foundation. But our foundation, that is our internal true authentic self, never really changes. We just discover more of it.
Your authentic self is who feels true to you. No one can tell you what’s authentic and your authenticity is never up for debate. Some may argue or fuss but that’s because they’re afraid of your change and your authenticity doesn’t fit the mold of who they want you to be. That’s okay. Wish them well and move on with your hot-ass authentic self.
There are days when we feel like we don’t know our authentic selves at all anymore. That’s okay, too. Those are the days when you’re quietly evolving.
Go back to your basics – do you still like the same hobbies, styles, media? Do you even want to eat the same breakfast anymore? Or has something shifted, albeit silently. Don’t judge these changes, don’t question them or fight them. You can’t stop this inevitable evolution once it starts. But you can observe it as you move closer to this next version of the authentic you.
Authentic evolution is what drives personal growth and personal power. It often occurs in the midst of big, sweeping life changes. Those moments feel obvious and sometimes scary. But evolutions can also be super subtle. That doesn’t make them any less important. All growth and evolution are part of the authentic self, who you truly are at your core, so get excited when you tune into it happening, no matter how small. Because you’re about to meet the next version of yourself. And she’s even more amazing than the current version.