Where to begin …
I was always very career minded and have over 25 years of sales and marketing experience, but couldn’t quite fit into the box that is expected of you when you are employed.
I’d always loved the idea of working for myself but I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to work in an industry that helped people but just couldn’t identify what that was.
Until in 2004 …
My business found me!!!
I was signed off sick from work with a severe stress illness. It completely took me over. I lost all my confidence, I didn’t go outside for 8 weeks, and I turned all the mirrors around in my house, and just became a shadow of my former self.
To try and help me feel better, my parents booked me a “surprise” appointment with an image consultant. I was really nervous as I didn’t know what to expect but was open to anything that would make me feel more positive about myself.
So I went – and WOW – what a difference it made!
Imagine my surprise to hear that even though I have dark brown hair, dark brown eyes and tan really easily that cream does nothing for me, my then favourite shade of green made me look like I had fallen into a muddy ditch, and that bronzer is the least flattering make-up for me. And my joy to find that red does really suit me !
Treble that surprise when I also learnt to look 2 dress sizes smaller by wearing shapes of clothes that flatter me. I was given permission to be me BUT the biggest thing for me was by learning about my Style Personality.
As I was in my mid 30’s at the time, I thought I “should” start dressing more “grown up”. But I had no idea that those clothes were actually making me look 15 years older!!
It felt like I had “permission” to be me
Having previously felt so low, I had completely missed the fact that I (as does EVERYONE) had some great things going for me – and the Image Consultant helped bring these out by enhancing what I already had.
That consultation completely changed my life.
Claire Butler The Image Consultant & Style Coach was born
All I wanted from then on was to help other women lacking in confidence feel that good about themselves. I trained intensively with the renowned Image Consultant Training Company – First Impressions. I wanted to bring a fresh approach to Image Consultancy in the area, and I often get referred to as the female “Gok Wan”, which is incredibly flattering. Like Gok, I always focus on the positive – never the negative.
Life is sweet
So what with wearing my business hat and being a Mummy to my gorgeous son, my life is really busy, but I feel particularly blessed to not only be doing a job I absolutely adore, but also to have the support from my loved ones and for the gorgeous people I have met along the way who not only have supported me but also inspired me.
Thank you for reading this far and letting me share this with you. I’m sure my “story” resonates with many of you. Book a Free Discovery Call NOW so we can talk further and I can advise you on the best course of action for YOU!