Fashion is very important in everyday western life. It defines who you are, what group you wish to be seen to be belonging too and who you are or would like to be. Far from an excess of consumerism it is an important factor in all social groups. Modern day fashions seem to go round and round but they started off following the second world war, here is an overview of the changes that happened in the 1950’s and 1960’s.1950’s FashionIn the 1950’s most of people’s possessions, including clothing, were passed on or recycled. With the end of rationing and post war economic growth, there came an increase in consumerism in which fashion played an important part.Clothes became more readily available, materials and patterns to make your own, but mass production ‘off the peg’ clothing became available allowing people access to fashionable styles.For children there were three tiered dresses with lots of material and boleros cardigans. Coloured shorts, tartan shirts and stripy T-shirts for boys.Teddy boys dressed in drainpipe trousers, beetle crusher shoes – fluorescent pink socks and DA (Ducktail) haircuts. Leather jackets with jeans are always associated with this decade, nice boys however would look to wear sweaters and penny loafers.In women’s fashion pencil skirts were favoured by older women, whereas wide swing skirts with big hoops for jiving were popular with the younger generation.Generally a tailored, feminine look was the objective and accessories such as gloves and pearls were popular.The shirtwaist dress was still the major staple of any woman’s wardrobe, brought on from 1947 when Dior released the ‘New Look’ silhouette. The look was a small waist, rounded shoulders worn with petticoats underneath to increase the skirt’s volume, and girdles to make the waist even smaller. Shirtwaist dresses worn without the petticoat were referred to as house dresses.1960’s FashionThe 1960’s were just as important a decade for fashion, as the 1950’s before. Fashion was led by the youth of the day, their income being the highest since the end of the second world war. Fashion and the ‘sense of self’ came hand in hand with the music that was listened to, even creating dividing fashion cultures between young people.The British were the leaders of western style, the most commonly known conflicting styles being the Mods and Rockers. The Mods, named after the modern jazz that they listened to, went for the highly tailored suit look, worn with an anorak over the top – and having a moped was part of the look. The rockers were more for the 50’s rock ‘n roll music with the jeans and leather jackets – and motorbikes rather than mopeds.In 1964 Mary Quant introduced the ‘mini’ skirt which is most associated with this decade. Although Quant had been designing clothes for young people since the 50’s, it was from this point in the sixties, where inexpensively made clothing suited to a busy urban lifestyle, designed in separates to be combined became most popular.The late sixties saw the start of hippie styles. People looked to move away from the consumerism and materialism emerging with the mod and pop lifestyle.The hippie look started with frayed bell-bottomed jeans, tie-dyed shirts, workshirts, sandals and headbands. Caftans, gypsy style skirts and dresses with all the bangles and scarves started towards the end of this decade and well into the seventies.The biggest change of all in fashion this decade was actually in men’s clothing. For the first time bright colours and frills could be worn. Wide ties with stripes and prints, leather boots and the collarless jacket were making it onto the scene.
Got a minute?Just about any human being I work with or have in one of my classes tells me that “busyness” and lack of time are to blame for much of their internal stress and churn.Not. So. Fast.I’m not going to spend a ton of time on this. You and I both know better than that. Let’s do this instead…”Busy” has an energy about it.Try it on. “I’m so busy.” “I’m so busy.” “OMG, I’m soooo busy.” Feel it. Say it. Be it. Notice what happens in your body. Ugh.Of course, you can insert any energy that doesn’t serve you here: “It’s hard” or “It won’t work” are two of my favorites for sabotage, letting ourselves off the hook, and/or retreating when we’re scared.Now take that energy to your colleague. To your kids. To your partner. Helpful?Probably not.It’s not your “fault”. It’s a default. A great place to rest. Awesome place to “check out”. But, back to busy…Busy is a farce.It makes us feel good. Important.It gives us an excuse to say “no”.It can hide our fear of confrontation or disappointing someone else.It is a hiding place. A cop out. A scape goat. A self-fulfilling energetic prophecy. A reflection of our inability to say “yes” and “no” to the right things.Busy is stressful. And it’s contagious.Try it on for yourself. Think of your version of “busy”. Think of the story you tell about it. How often you tell that story. Who you tell it to.The most dangerous person to tell that story to is of course… ourselves. The more we tell it, the more we believe it, the more we embody it. We become “busy”. Welcome to the swirl.I watch this time and time again. I get to witness people say that the thing between them and their dreams is “busy”. The thing between them and being a good leader, getting more sleep, working out, taking care of their body, even eating good food, having a better marriage, giving feedback that could change a life, bringing in new business, whatever… is busy.Busy has a lot of power. And what’s worst is that we feed it. We are our own worst enemies when it comes to “busy”.What if it’s simpler than that? What if we could make busy our… friend?What if busy was just a lack of presence, intention, and prioritization?What if, you’re not actually busy? But rather missing presence, right here, right now, in the moment.And what if this busyness and lack of presence is simply shading your clarity and wisdom for the right “yes’s” and “no’s”?Breathe and think about it.Presence and intention are the antidotes to busy.Breathing heals busy.A solid “yes” or “no” is worth a hundred foggy “yes’s”.Perspective, priorities, and values clarify and tame “busy”.When we actually befriend busy, we can take it apart and make it work for us.”Busy” and “lack of time” are here to stay. We have to get better at leading our energy through them, telling the truth, valuing our time, and partnering with them. We have to get better at being present and intentional in our lives. And we have to listen.I had a client years ago who was busy, busy, busy. So busy, people found it nerve racking to be around her. They didn’t want to engage with her. And they’d never ask her for direction or support – she had an energetic force field around her that said “Back off, I’m busy”.When we drilled down to what her relationship was with “busy” – she found it was a protector for her. Being busy all the time kept her off the hook for having to say “no” and disappoint people who she didn’t want to hang out with or work with. It also made her feel important in her job. The problem was that she so bought into her story that she had fully embodied it. She spoke faster, wasn’t fully present with people, was experienced as unapproachable, and she didn’t feel good. Busy actually manifested itself in her physiology.Once she got honest and clear about what busy was about for her, she was able to partner with it, instead of resisting it or using it as a “bat”. She did 3 things:
She made a conscious effort to breathe in the moment and pay attention to her physical body. This was key. She also, in the moment, checked in with the truth… Was she going to die? Was she truly running out of time? Was a tiger going to get her if she didn’t get it done? (Ironically, these are often the physiological responses we have to the story of busy.)
She made a conscious effort to be fully with someone when they were talking to her. Ironically it took the same amount of time, but without the resistance and internal chatter, it was easier and more enjoyable.
She made a conscious (though difficult) decision to say NO to people when she didn’t want to do something. She held it as a YES to herself. Ironically, as hard as it was, it was so much cleaner to navigate it this way, that she felt physically and mentally better. The mental energy she’d spent, holding busy to avoid disappointed, was hers again. For the better.
What is your relationship with busy? Be honest here. No one’s looking. This is for you.
What does it give you? What does it keep you from?
What are the three things – or even one – that you sense would help you create more space? (Intuition is good here, use it.)
What are the, unnecessary – even draining, things that you participate in that contribute to your energy of busy? (Gossip, not telling the truth, avoiding conflict, working around people, television, procrastination, and not taking care of ourselves are just a few common ones.)
Find a word that means something to your soul… If you were to replace the word or feeling of “busy” with this new word, how might that change things? For example: If you were “on purpose” instead of “busy” what would you do differently? If you were “engaged” instead of “busy” what would that do? There is gold in this question. Dig in.
What if you could tame your busy with some presence and intention? What if taking a step back, breathing, and being incredibly intentional with how you use your energy and time, were the solution to busy?What if? What might you lose?I’m not gonna lie and say that “busy” never creeps in for me, it does. But in those moments, when I get that visceral reaction, I’m quicker to turn to it, love on it a bit, get present, nurture what needs to be nurtured, say “no” where I need to say “no”, and step into intentional, delightful, full, and on purpose. By choice.Don’t get busy, get present, tell the truth, choose consciously, and go.
Today many small businesses are feeling the credit squeeze by banks and are facing difficult times financially. However, depending on your situation there are things that you can do. While no two small business credit situations will be the same, there are steps that you can take today to improve your credit rating and thereby increase your lines of credit and frankly, now is the time to get started. This article will discuss the benefits and some of the best methods of developing credit lines to help promote and/or grow your business.Business Credit Good Or Bad?Credit is like anything else in your life. Properly used it can be a real asset your business. However, improper use of credit lines can almost guarantee that you’ll get into trouble and eventually even cost you your business and your personal credit too.The first thing that you should do to establish and/or improve your business credit rating is to apply for a DUNS Number. You can Google the term DUNS Number and be directed to a site where you can get this number for your business. Once on the site, you will also learn ways to develop and/or improve your business credit rating.Your business’ DUNS rating will impact how much credit you can get for your business and frankly, you should always try and develop your business credit separate from your personal credit. To accomplish this, you need the DUNS number and you also need to start building lines of credit for your business without making personal guarantees. The best way to do this is to start out small by borrowing a small amount of money from a local bank or credit union against a small cash deposit that you make into a business checking account. I suggest making 3-4 monthly payments on time and then pay the account off in full. You’ll be surprised how quickly your small business will start to get offers for everything from credit cards to signature lines of credit and/or equipment financing.Separately, if you have any local vendors that you do business with, try getting them to extend you a small line of credit and then ask them to report your payment history to the credit bureaus in the name of your business (not your personal name). I would do the same thing here as with the bank loan. Just get a small line of credit, make payments for 2-3 months and then pay the outstanding amount off. You will be surprised how quickly your business credit rating will improve and the offers you will receive should exceed your needs.On the other end, there is the use of credit cards and/or receiving credit cards from customers.All I will say for the moment about accepting credit cards is that it is a necessary business tool for most small businesses today. In regards to using credit cards for your business, I suggest that you keep your business and personal lines of credit separate, if at all possible. Use business credit cards for business purposes and use credit cards for personal use on your personal credit cards. I know that many of you will say that this is hard to do, but the sooner you build your business credit, the less you will have a need for your personal credit cards to finance your business expenses.Of course, this is but an example of how business credit lines can be developed and/or used for your growing small businesses. Furthermore, you will learn over time that the better you develop and manage your business lines of credit separately from your personal credit, the more your company will be worth and the more successful you are likely to be.As you begin to develop and/or expand your presence on the Internet for your business consider this: Developing and/or improving your business lines of credit is one of the many important solutions to help jumpstart your online or offline business. However, you will need to develop more comprehensive strategies, since no one way will work for all businesses as you begin to build a customer base that you can then market to online on a regular basis. As stated earlier in this series, in order to rise above the crowd you will need more than just a website. Therefore, developing business credit lines in addition to implementing several Internet based solutions over the next 12-24 months will be critical to the long term success for virtually every small and local business in America.Internet Marketing by LocalNet360© Copyright LocalNet360 All Rights Reserved Worldwide.