The concept of squiggling was born from my experience in start-up land. Creating a new business and ‘going it alone’ is an emotional rollercoaster. And often that is all that you feel, alone. It’s daunting, scary and often confusing. It’s also exciting, fun and intensely rewarding.
I once told a shop assistant “I’m just not a skinny jeans person”, masking my deep insecurity about how I thought they looked on me. I will never forget her saying “but maybe you need to be a skinny jeans person”. It was one of those moments where I could see my old stories were limiting me. One of those ‘fashion as a metaphor for life’ moments.
It’s so easy to get stuck in our patterns. The day to day becomes week to week and, alarmingly, month to month. Before you realize it your life is a hamster wheel: you wake up in the morning and suddenly it’s time to go to bed. You drive into work on Monday and the next minute you are driving home on Friday. Or worse, it’s Sunday night, you blinked and you missed the weekend!
Willie Nelson apparently once said “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.” It’s somewhat bubble-gum psychology and hardly advice that will light the world on fire.
But it’s Willie Nelson, what’s not to love about Willie!
Although we know this, it’s so hard to actively practice thinking positively.
I’ve just finished reading ‘Molecules of Emotion’: the science behind mind-body medicine. This book is incredible, I’ve had it on my shelf for a while now and I should have read it sooner. Published in 1997, it still feels very progressive except for her recommendation to eat the very estrogen-laden soy.
I’m a huge fan of Allbirds sneakers. They are an easy company to support and support them I have. I think collectively we have ten pairs at the house and I recommend them to anyone that will listen. One friend who recently stayed with us went home and bought four pairs - he’s one of those “I shop once a year” guys, usually when he comes to visit me.