On today’s episode, Meg and I welcome one of my longtime friends and fashion powerhouse Andrea Lombardi! We were dance partners back in our early 20s, religiously hitting Tokyo bar on Wednesdays and Greenroom on Saturdays for some indie rock dance-athons while drinking beer from a straw (don’t ask). We’ve grown a lot in the last 10 years (we’re both still obsessed with dancing though!) and we had a chance to catch up and chat about her journey from fashion professional to her recent leap of faith where she quit her steady corporate job to pursue her dreams. This self-made boss babe shares how she successfully navigated the corporate world while maintaining her authenticity and individuality within an environment that can often feel constraining and homogenous. I’ve always admired Andrea for her tenacity and go-getter attitude. She’s never been handed anything but always went full force for whatever she wanted. She did this by learning how to play to her strengths, like tapping into her strong work ethic and not thinking she was above any task. Her superpower? Just get it done.
But at a certain point she had to ask herself, at what cost? Her career, though impressive, was becoming increasingly soul-sucking – which brought us to our chats about self-love. She has always been a natural hard-worker, but never applied that work ethic to herself. And man did she have to work hard to get past a lifetime of programmed self-doubt to learn how to listen to her heart and step into her worth. She gets vulnerable and shares about some limiting beliefs around her looks and not being born into money which brings us to the inspiring tools and practices that have lifted her up and guided her during this awakening process such as a supportive community, therapy and the power of journaling. Even though she’s worked her butt off her whole life, she still battles with that inner voice of deservingness; am I allowed to just take a vacation? (Sound familiar?).
For a fashion retailer, I rarely talk fashion so it was also fun to discuss the power of personal style, the quest for good quality craftsmanship and the longevity of garments rather than short term, instant, easy trends. I really enjoyed hearing Andrea’s take on fashion as a means of self-expression as opposed as just a way to fit in. This convo really made me want to rebel against the homogenization of our wardrobes and totally left me feeling inspired to express myself with my clothing in a more creative way, like we did in our younger years.
At the end we pulled the perfect goddess card, Sedna, inuit goddess of the sea who reminds us that we are always supported by the universe and to cultivate an abundance mindset.
Daily Goddess Card ~ Sedna, Infinite Supply
Goddess Sedna “You are supplied for today and all of your tomorrows.”
Message from Sedna: “This is an abundant universe, filled with more than enough for everyone. Yet, the energy format of this planet is about polarities. In this instance, it is about giving and receiving. The key is to balance the two. If you only give, you will feel drained, resentful, and experience lack. If you only receive, you will not enjoy what you have. Balance comes from fearlessly giving as you are guided, and then receiving with joy and gratitude. It is exactly like breathing: Both the inhale and the exhale are identically important. Practice giving and receiving daily, and you will never want for anything.
This convo with Andrea inspires us all to hone in on our strengths, express our individuality and be ourselves whether it’s within an already existing structure or the community we create for ourselves. Take it from Andrea, work with what you got and be YOU!
Some bonus questions to ask yourself and journal after you listen:
- Are there any limiting beliefs you’re holding on to that are just not serving your highest good? Are you able to let go of any old stories that are holding you back?
- Do the 5 people you surround yourself with the most encourage and support your personal expression and your dreams? Do they shame you for thinking or acting differently than them?
- Andrea recognized her problem solving skills and her work ethic. What are two things that come naturally to you that you maybe don’t give yourself enough credit for but that could be used to set yourself apart and highlight your uniqueness?
- Is there anywhere in your life where you are just conforming because it feels safer? Is there a way you can take small steps outside your comfort zone to expand and grow? Break down one big goal into 4 smaller steps outside your comfort zone and do one a week.
- If you truly believed you were totally supported by the universe, what would you be doing? What job would you have? What dream would you pursue?
Enjoy the episode, hope this resonates and inspires you on your journey :) Listen to the episode on iTunes and Spotify now and if you like what you hear, please rate, subscribe and share on Instagram, we really appreciate all your love and support.
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