HI! MY NAME IS GLORIA LEWIS
I discovered the power of clothes at a young age.
Growing up, I was pretty shy. I was quiet but very strong-willed. I knew I wanted to be a nurse from the age of 8. Even though I was timid, if I really wanted to do something then I would go for it.
When I got turned down by my 2nd interview to train as a nurse I knew I needed to do something to increase my confidence. It was intimidating for any young adult to be faced by a panel of interviewers.
So I went out and bought myself a suit. The second I put it on I felt presentable, more confident and somehow more 'me'.
The next interview I had, I was still terrified but I LOOKED the part. And more importantly I FELT the part. I felt more confident, it took away some of the anxiety of being in that situation.
I got the job.
There were other times, like when, I did a course in interior design a few years later (I've always loved creative design). I had to be assessed to pass and I noticed the same thing. During my first presentation, I felt so nervous and tongue-tied. I made a real mess of it. So the next time, I was determined to make a better impression. I wanted to feel more comfortable in my own skin. So I changed my hair, put on a suit and felt like myself again.
When I went in to present my final project, they couldn't believe the difference in my confidence.
That's the power of dressing in clothes that not only look good but make you feel good.
This doesn't just apply to interviews though. I use clothes to help set myself up for the day.
Life has not always been easy. There have been days when I didn't know how I was going to cope. There have been a lot of personal challenges including having a child with special needs.
Clothes have been proven to lift your mood. For me, they also have the ability to make you feel better about yourself.
I always put my make-up on, do my hair and pick out an outfit that I like. It makes a world of difference. I feel
happier in my skin and that's essential to have the strength to take a deep breath and face the day.