Not Dressed As Lamb
We chatted with Catherine Summers, an over 40’s style blogger who opposes the term "age appropriate" and encourages women to be fabulous at any age
- You live a hectic life, at home, at work, socially...it's all go! When do you feel most powerful?
- My "powerful" moments are when I've had a very productive day, whether that's in work time or leisure time - and I can sit back and be proud about what I've accomplished. We're currently decluttering our home, so right now there's no feeling that's more powerful than enjoying an organised, clutter-free space!
- What does powerful mean to you? Is it in the gym? Is it as a parent? Is it in your group of friends?
- To me it means it means being in control of my life - I don't mean being a control freak, just being on top of things and doing them successfully. I equate power with success (which to me has nothing to do with money or earnings), it's about accomplishing things and achieving goals in a way that makes you happy.
- Who is your powerful inspiration?
- No one person - just anyone who has the power to make people happy. To bring joy into someone's life, especially when their life is lacking it - is probably the most powerful thing I can think of. I'm inspired by anyone who goes out of their way to make another person (or animal!) happy.
- Share with us your most powerful moment, and a photo from it, if you have one!
- In London last year I hosted the first blogging event aimed purely at older bloggers. Whilst I'm happy socialising with people of any age I'd often felt like the "old one" at events, so I decided to host one purely with the wants and needs of older bloggers in mind. At the event I gave a talk in the hopes of inspiring the attendees to really go for it where their blog was concerned - the photo shows me mid talk (strangely I love public speaking)! The feedback from everyone was amazing and I managed to persuade a lot of bloggers to attend an event for the first time ever. That was a very rewarding day.
- If you could give readers 3 quick tips to help them feel powerful and full of energy what would they be?
- 1. Give up as much sugar and processed food as you can (within reason) - a diet full of those two things is the quickest way to feeling terrible all the time.
2. Use the Ivy Lee Method to maximise your productivity: Every night write down six things, in order of importance, to do the next day. Start at the beginning and don't move onto the next one until you've finished the first, and so on. It works wonders.
3. Take joy in the simple things in life, and don't take anyone or anything for granted. For example, take time to actually become absorbed in just watching an event rather than trying to record it on your phone. Filling your day with great memories is very powerful way of achieving a fulfilled life.
- Go to energy boosting food?
- I love homemade smoothies, always made with whey protein.
- Best feel good book/movie or song?
- Can You Feel It by the Jacksons is one of the best mood-lifting (and dance) songs ever.
- Best 4pm slump cure?
- Exercise! A short walk is best, but even if you just go up and down the stairs a few times it gets your heart pumping.
Read more from Catherine on her blog: www.notdressedaslamb.com
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