Secret Lives: Gleaning Tips from Our Imaginary Selves

Inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that’s where you renew your springs that never dry up.  ~ Pearl Buck

What are you going to be when you grow up? Today, let’s think about paths not yet taken – the paths of our secret imaginary selves.

Each of us leads many lives  vicariously  and often simultaneously. By acknowledging our secret lives and tapping into the wisdom of our imaginary alter egos, we can glean tips to help us develop our own personal sense of style. So first divine, who you’d be if not you?

If you had ten other lives to live, what would you be doing? —

Now, write down your secret selves.  How do they live? How do they dress? 


This is me taken 2 or 3 years ago. I luv’d that buri hat to tatters, haha! Click on the pic and you’ll be whooshed’ back to my journal page.

What can you do to bring some of the magic of your imaginary lives into your everyday existence?

Brainstorm with your authentic self. For example, I absolutely adore the colorful style of today’s country and western women singers. I’m drawn to their exuberant extravagance even though my natural inclination as a communicator is more understated. How to reconcile fantasy with reality and bring more pizzaz into my life? Maybe it’s as simple as realizing that I’d really love to wear beautiful red leather cowboy boots. Because this is a recurring fantasy, I’m now saving and searching. When I find them ( on sale naturally), I’m going to pair them with a power suit.

Look within today and have fun. Maybe red cowboy boots aren’t for you,  but one of your secret selves might reveal a passionate wish. Your secret imaginary lives are full of surprises. Be open to gleaning their secrets of personal style.

~ Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance


True Simplicity


Many people think simplicity implies doing without.

On the contrary. True simplicity as a conscious life choice illuminates our lives from within. True simplicity is both buoyant and bountiful, able to liberate depressed spirits from the bondage and burden of extravagance and excess. True simplicity can elevate ordinary moments, dreary lives and even inanimate objects from the mundane to the transcendent.

– Sarah Ban Breathnach