5 Characteristics of Poise
I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Last week was such great fun with the book launch and the book signing. I just love meeting the readers of the blog...
Bethany from The Glamorous Housewife snapped this photo from last week's reading. Thank you Bethany!
Today we are going to discuss the 5 characteristics of poise that are listed in chapter 1 of Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic.
5 Characteristics of Poise
1. Confidence: Feeling comfortable in your own skin; a genuine self-assurance.
2. Composure: Keeping a positive perspective while maintaining calm self-possession.
3. Compassion: Thinking of others and practicing selflessness.
4. Presentation: Appropriately and stylishly dressed, with good posture.
5. Present: Poised people live passionately in the present moment.
This week's video expounds on the characteristics and explains why these are some of the major components of poise. If you are unable to see the video above, click here, look in the sidebar of this blog, or visit my channel: www.youtube.com/TheDailyConnoisseur
This week I would love to know, out of the 5 characteristics listed, which one do you feel you need help with the most?
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Comments of the Week
Miss Dorothy writes:
Some time ago I had an appointment with a business woman who I felt was very attractive although she was far from pretty. I've thought of her several times since and realize her true beauty was found in the professional way she conducted herself, the courteous way she treated me, her sincere smile, and her impeccable grooming. I think what she had was poise. It's funny that she made such an impression on me that when I first heard about your book I thought of her.
Hello Miss Dorothy, what a great story. I bet the business woman had no idea the great impression she left on you after so many years. It's amazing how our poise can affect people in mysterious ways.
Kierralanice writes about Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic on Instagram:
I stumbled upon this book in Barnes & Noble and purchased it immediately after reading the title alone. In just 24 hours I’m already almost finished and looking to read the others. I’m so inspired and found myself making conscious efforts to change so that I can be a woman of great poise, femininity, and grace. So much wisdom and great information. Thank you for walking in your purpose. I wish you the greatest of successes and hope to cross paths one day.
Welcome to The Daily Connoisseur community, Kierralanice!
Jesse M writes:
My copy arrived yesterday, and one of the things that most excites me from what I've read so far is regarding wardrobe. After reading your first two books at the beginning of the year, I did implement a capsule wardrobe, but not with high-quality pieces that I truly loved. My reason was that I didn't want to invest in such clothing until my body was back to "normal" (I've had three babies in four years, and it SHOWS! LOL). I've just worn "what fits," and many days, I feel frumpy because of it. But my eyes lit up when I read your suggestion to buy the beautiful, high-quality clothes in my current size, and then have them tailored as I slim down! (Honestly, why didn't I think of that?) I'm so eager to start purposefully shopping! Thank you!
Hi Jesse, I'm so happy you feel inspired to work with what you have in this present moment. You will see wonderful changes happen in your life. Let us know how it goes!
Texas Lady writes regarding the Exercise Clothes in Nice Restaurants commentary:
Another lovely video. I thought your tone was polite, as always. I think the word "judgmental" is bandied about quite a lot these days, often in a pejorative way describing anyone who tries to uphold a standard or defend tradition. Of course, any commentary is judgmental, by definition. Anything involving judges is judgmental - our court system, the Olympics, and contests of any kind.
What is so wrong with using our judgment, anyway? My mother always taught me to "use good judgment." Didn't everyone's?
Very well stated, Texas Lady. We all use judgement every day of our lives whether we like to admit it or not and using good judgment is something that our mothers taught us from a very early age. The irony with many who decry that someone is judgmental, is that they themselves are also judging.
Shannon M writes:
This video reminded me so much of my grandmother. Her and my grandfather had very little money. Her tiny house was clean, clutter free and well kept. Her clothes were always well ironed, well kept and appropriate. She went to the hairdresser's once a week and always kept up her grooming. She had so little, yet gave so much to others. She was quiet, humble, dignified, modest and loving. One of my most happy memories is of our weekly shopping trips, where I would sit next to her in the back seat. The smell of her freshly applied make up (or rouge as she called it, lol) and how neatly pressed she would look, just to go shopping : )
I loved reading these memories of your grandmother, Shannon. She sounded like a lovely lady. I am sure many of us have similar stories regarding our grandmothers, who lived in a more gracious time.
Miss Betsy writes:
Jennifer, thank you so much for your newest book! It is so inspiring and encouraging, and also offers so much practical advice. I enjoy the sections where you recommend certain films, television shows and books as exemplifying poise and, if I may, I would like to add a recommendation. "When Queens Ride By", by Agnes Turnbull, is a short work of fiction written in 1926. It is available for Kindle on Amazon for a nominal fee. It is an inspiring story of a woman who transforms from being depressed and living in squalor into someone poised and contented - and all because of a stranger's fortuitous visit. I think some of your readers might enjoy it. Jennifer, I am so glad I discovered you, your blog, and your books - you have made a difference in my life!
Miss Betsy, upon your recommendation I am already reading When Queen's Ride By on my kindle and am truly enjoying it. Thank you!
This week I would love to know... out of the 5 characteristics of poise, which one do you need help with the most? (I need to work on number 2, composure. I think many mothers of small children will be able to relate!)
See you next week when I give you a tour of our home office. Have a wonderful week!
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