You’ve probably heard that phrase, I wear many hats. Particularly, when someone is speaking about the different roles she plays at a job or in life.
As a stylist, the connection between what we wear and how we show up is fascinating. So, the notion of metaphorically accessorizing to enhance our identities felt like a fun topic to explore in this post.
And since I’m discussing hats, I’ll also take the opportunity to give you a summer roundup to help keep your face protected while you feel fashionable in the heat.
Click play to watch the video where I discuss the many hats you must wear, and how knowing which one to choose allows you to be more present in your life.
And read on for more stylist tips!
Yesterday, a solopreneur friend explained her business to me, and summed it up by saying that familiar phrase… I wear many hats.
I totally related! It’s the same for me.
Somedays, you’ll see me in my copywriter hat (subscribe to my weekly style notes here!). Another day I’ll wear my podcast guest hat (like I did here!). And later I’ll make a quick switch into my graphic designer hat to makes pins for Pinterest.
It’s easy to imagine the change of hats when the job is clearly stated.
But when there’s no specific job description associated with the hat, it’s not so obvious
In a usual day, my roles shift from meditator to mom to workout woman to solopreneur, back to mom, then wife and sleep seeker. I don’t become a different person as I slip into these roles. It’s alway ME. But if I want the experience to be a success. I must honor the role, and how it calls on different aspects of myself to come forward. This means showing up as the version of me that can best handle the particular situation.
Choosing the right hat is key. I wouldn’t want to show up in my copywriter hat to create a graphic for Pinterest. And I wouldn’t want to be in my meditator hat at the gym! While it’s pretty obvious which hat to choose when you’re faced with the specific task or activity, sometimes it’s not easy to commit.
Years ago, I was required to wear my Soccer Mom hat (also known as Chauffeur Hat or Cheerleader Hat), and I’d show up wearing the wrong thing.
The field where M had practice shared space with a trapeze arts center. At the time, I was blogging about movement for the mind, body and soul. I was obsessed with the trapeze!
So instead of wearing my Soccer Mom hat, I put on my Mind Body Soul Blogger hat. I’d stand on the soccer field looking longingly up at the trapeze. With my eyes up towards the sky, I’d watch them fly through the air, and miss the goals M scored on the field. I felt a deep conflict of wearing the wrong hat. And the result was that I never fully showed up for either role.
Since you wear many hats in your life, be intentional about which one you’re going to wear. And then commit to it.
This enables you to show up more fully and be present to what matters so you make the contribution you desire to make.
Wanna try on some new hats for summer? Click here for a round up of my stylist picks.