Just as fair warning, this could get rather long. I will try not to let it go too long, but... so much has changed for me over the last week and even just the last few days; I am being flooded with new insights and realizations and they are all just bubbling up and overflowing out of me, and I just have to share!
Firstly, a tiny little background. If you are not familiar with Dressing Your Truth or Energy Profiling, it is a system designed by Carol Tuttle to outline 4 different groups, or Types, of people. Everyone fits into one of these 4 Types, but the range of expression and how it plays out is unique for each individual person. It is a really interesting way to learn more about yourself and others. That is the Energy Profiling side of things. What is really neat and unique is that Carol has taken it a step further for women and created some guidelines about how to dress based on your Type. It sounds like it might be limiting, but actually it's very freeing. The premise and foundational belief is that EVERY woman is beautiful and that when the things you wear (clothing, hairstyle, makeup, accessories, etc) are in harmony with who you are on a core level - as opposed to trying to fit a certain fashion standard or attempt to present yourself in a certain way to counterbalance perceived weakness - when your outside is reflecting your inside, it allows your true unique beauty to shine through and be a blessing to yourself and the people around you. If you haven't already, I would strongly encourage you to visit Carol's blog to learn more about it. And if you make it to the end of this post, I hope you'll see why I encourage it - because that's really what I want to talk about: how learning, accepting, and embracing my Type has affected me on a very deep core level.
I first learned about DYT almost a year ago through an online message board I participate in. It was a pretty hot topic at the time, I've always been interested in both fashion and personality profiling, and I was intrigued at the idea of combining the two. I started trying to figure out what Type I am through conversations on my message board and by following Carol's blog. I bought her Energy Profiling Bundle with her book "It's Just My Nature," then I bought her Beauty Profiling Bundle with her book "Discover Your Personal Beauty Profile". I had mostly settled that I thought I was a Type 2, the Subtle Soft woman. There was (and still is) an awful lot about that Type that really clicked for me. Then it was suggested to me that I might be a Type 1, the Bright Animated woman, and that really threw me for a loop. No way, I thought. That's not me. Of course, that very thought is actually a pretty strong indication that that IS me. Doh. I was really strongly encouraged to consider it, though, so I went back through the profiling courses, read back through both books, trying to come from a perspective of being a 1 instead of a 2. And I began to see where maybe that fit better than I thought it did. But then I had a problem - which fit more? I express a LOT of both of those movements - which one was dominant? I finally settled on T1 and have been trying to live and dress that way as best I could for most of this year. But in the back of my head, I was never entirely confident that I had gotten it "right".
Fast forward to a couple weeks ago, when Carol offered a sale on everything in her store, including the full DYT course. I'd been saving for it anyway, intending it to be a Christmas gift to myself, but the sale coincided with my birthday. I didn't have quite the full amount saved, but close enough that my husband, knowing how important it was to me, said to just go ahead and get it. Now I had a new problem. You can only get the course for one type, meaning I had to really commit to what type I am. All the questions I'd been asking in the back of my head were suddenly a really big deal. Fortunately, I am not the only one who has had this problem, and Carol and her staff are truly dedicated to supporting women in discovering and honoring their true natures. They had done a couple of conference calls earlier this year specifically for women who had been through the books, been through the online tools, and were still having trouble, and the recordings of those calls were available in my member area after I had purchased the course. I only had to listen to one of those calls. There were several things in that call that really rang true to me, and I came away from it with a new confidence and assurance that I am indeed a Type 1, Bright Animated woman. I took a deep breath and clicked on the button to choose the Type 1 course. And with that one little click, my whole world changed.