Good afternoon, gorgeous! (Yes you. I’m talking to you.)
Welcome to 40 Days of Poise. Let’s talk.
If you know me in real life, you probably know that I’ve always been a little uptight. At least about certain things. Once, in college, I had the kind of sinus infection that left me weeping with pain and discomfort and the most pressing thought I had was that my crush saw me without makeup and a proper hairstyle because he drove me to urgent care. I got most of these traits from my Mama, who believed in good manners and your best life.
But life happens and we live in a very busy and very casual society. Table manners are less important when you’re not eating at a table. The car/couch/bed makes just as much sense, so why bother? What’s the point in dressing up if no one will see you or if your work environment is super casual? Cooking takes time and restaurants are popular for a reason. Eat something and then go home so you can carry on with all the other things you need to be doing.
This has been my life for the last way too many years. I bust out my table manners at appropriate occasions and still hate being seen without makeup; but overall I have let my life became a busy mess. As we were approaching this season of Lent, when Christians the world over pause to reflect on our selves and our lives; I was looking for things to give up or areas upon which I could improve. I made lists of things I could deprive myself of, but those weren’t really edifying or healthy.
Then, I stumbled upon Jennifer Scott and her book Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic. Scott shares stories from her life in Southern California and her time in Paris as a college student. She mentions how much better her life is once she added old-fashioned tradition and elegance into her days. They are practices that force her to slow down and pay attention.
That, dear readers, is exactly what my life needs. For the next 40 days, I’ll be working on my poise, posture, and polish. I’ll use some ideas from Scott’s book, some from great people I admire, and some of my own! I’m looking forward to sharing this journey with you, and I hope it inspires you to add a little something special to your day!