As I said in my Editor’s Letter this month, if anyone wants to understand how to be truly happy in life, one should study the life and values of Ms. Audrey Hepburn—so I will make it easy for you to do so with my 10 part Style Maven series this month. In my fashion, after reading Melissa Hellstern’s book, 'How to be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life', one sees Audrey Hepburn as a prime example of how to overcome the self-defeating attitudes we have of ourselves, and rise to the occasion where ever you are needed. For me personally, considering Hepburn was an introverted soul, she reminds me that being an introvert, it is possible to step out of one’s comfort zone to achieve the success we desire. "We may be introverts, but that is not all that we are," I tell myself! I think she shows that there is strength in all of us (introverted or extroverted) to accomplish great successes and create a happy life, which is exactly why I preach of understanding what our unique strengths are so we can be as useful in this life as possible. She shows no matter how delicate, beautiful, or kind you are, we all have our tribulations in life, no matter how glorious we appear in the public eye. She reminds us that at the end of the day we all have to work for the satisfaction we want in life, and one cannot fret over what one cannot control. Life gets on when you do, so make it happen! I would only hope that the following posts help you to figure out how to emulate some of that effervescence Audrey possessed by adjusting how you see life through her eyes.
On Health: How to be beautiful...
Beware the City Life “In the city, one tries to live as though one were on a farm—that is, naturally: You try to exercise, but you can’t always; you eat the things that are good for you, but you also eat things that are not good for you.”
Relax “You have to be as relaxed as possible about food and fitness and the rest of it, or you will be a slave to your beauty habits…You may have great skin, but you’ll become a robot.”
Eat Well “When you have had the strength to survive starvation, you never again send back a steak simply because it’s under done.”
Run With Dogs “I walk with my dogs which keeps me fit. I talk to my dogs, which keeps me sane. I can’t think of anything that makes one happier that to cuddle and play and start the day with a warm puppy.”
Grow Something “I’m grateful for everything that’s green. When I didn’t have a dime, I held to the dream of one day having my own orchard with fruit trees and a place to grow vegetables.”
Get Plenty of Vitamin C “We talked about food endlessly—what meal we would eat when the war was over. I think mine was chocolate cake.”
Be a Realist “As the year’s go on, you see changes in yourself, but you’ve got to face that—everyone goes through it…Either you have to face up to it and tell yourself you’re not going to be eighteen all your life, or be prepared for a terrible shock when you see the wrinkles and white hair.”