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Why Don’t You…? by Diane von Fürstenberg

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… Smile and wink at yourself in the mirror?
I know this sounds silly but I do it all the time. I smile and say hi to myself. The most important relationship is the one you have with yourself. Nurture it.

… Tell the truth?
This is harder than it sounds. Tell the truth to yourself. Tell the truth to others. In everything that you do. Really challenge yourself to find clarity and incredible things will happen.

… Take an exotic trip alone?
I love to travel by myself. There are few things more freeing than that feeling of walking through an airport, passport in hand, an exciting adventure ahead.

… Wear sunglasses all the time?
It is one of the most glamorous things you can do.

… Celebrate something that has made you who you are?
For me, this year is all about the wrap dress. I created it when I was 26 and its success allowed me to become the woman I wanted to be.

… Go wild with animal prints?
Don’t be shy. Wear more than just one.

… Dare to push your limits?
I love the question “What would you do if you were not afraid?” Whatever it is, do it and remember fear is not an option.

… Buy yourself a piece of jewellery?
Make it expensive. Make it meaningful. Make no apologies.

… Memorise your favourite poem?
Words are powerful, use them carefully. I love these words from Lao Tzu: “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”

… Pack lightly?
This is true for travelling and also it is a metaphor for life. If you know how to pack, you know how to live. Don’t carry too much around with you. Let things go. Be light and go for it.

… Document your journey?
Keep a journal. Take photographs. Having a dialogue with yourself is so important. This past year I have been writing a book and reading old journals. It has been interesting to discover that I have always felt I am at a turning point. That life is a constant revolution. Don’t let it pass you by.