But I can’t really talk about March or April or covid lockdown without talking about February 29.
Since I’d heard her on the radio, listened to her TEDx talk, and been receiving blog updates from Stasia Savasuk, I’d been thinking about signing up for her style school. I need to get rid of lots of clothes, and I haven’t bought much at all in the last couple of years because I’ve been desperate to get rid of stuff before I bring anything more in. I figured style school would help me get into a better, more educated and enlightened place to conquer this task.
Style school is hard to explain. I very much encourage you take 15 minutes to listen to Stasia’s TEDx talk about her journey, inspired by her daughter’s need and insistence to be her own true self. There a link to it on her web page, https://www.stasiasavasuk.com/. There is also information about style school. And yet looking at the page, I’m not sure that a website can really reflect all that style school is.
Because it isn’t really about proper mixing and matching. Yes, you are taught some basic style tricks based on your body type (which I found very helpful!). You discover that most people, in trying to hide certain parts of their body, are actually drawing attention to those parts. You learn how to make lines look longer or shorter based on simple changes.
But Stasia’s about inside/out congruency: figuring out who you are and how you want to show up in the world, reflecting that self visually. Appreciate your today body. All bodies are good bodies. Love your body, be in it, claim it, show up.
It’s a 5-week course. There are two online class calls per week. There is a Facebook page to join to be with your subgroup and post photos and work with each other. It was predicted that you needed about 10 hours a week for all of this.
On February 29, I took the leap and signed up.
If I had any understanding about what was truly about to happen with covid and the rest of my life, I would never had done such a thing.*
I thought I would be alone all day to do this work. (Introverted. Shy. Remember?) I thought this could be my secret project. I thought I could really do what would need to be done in 10 hours a week.
The course started March 16, the same day Tim, suddenly, was home full time.
*So thank the gods I didn’t know.