“Ginger, I wanted to share some news that results from the investment I made when I first started working with you: I have a new job--one that I wouldn't have gotten without the personal growth that came from thinking about clothes, and identity, and how I wanted to put myself out in the world. By making the investment in good clothes for myself, I was really sending an internal message that I was valued, and that in turn shaped how I set a professional path to work with a remarkable group of women.
For my first interview I wore a dress and shrug from Max Mara (bought on sale and where I was smart enough to buy the matching sweater on the spot, even though it wasn't). I've gotten so much value out of that one dress! Dare I say, it was sagacious and poetic. This summer, in the casual realm, I also found myself in a deep blue top and turquoise shorts, and green shorts and a blue shirt—the shorts were actually a steal from, of all places, Kohls. (Who knew?).
The big change for me in this new job is that I'm going to have to be dressed for work 5 days a week, rather than just 2 or 3, but I'm already thinking of what I'll invest in and how to build on what I have.
I remember you said more than once that this would be a slow process, and sometimes that frustrated me, but it's really unfolded just the right way, and I have stronger shopping skills and a better sense of myself to make me more comfortable in my new realm.