So last week's post listed my top five podcasts. One of my favorites is "Happier" with Gretchen Rubin. So today's post is a reflection after listening to a couple of her podcasts recently; choosing a signature scent (episode 155) and a signature color (episodes 71 and 75). Our senses are such a memory trigger. When thinking about signature scents and colors, my mind went quickly to my grandmothers. I can never see the color coral without thinking of my Nanny or smell Musk perfume without the memories of my Granny flooding my mind. I connected with this idea so much that I knew I had to immediately identify mine. And I hope you will join me. First, you may want to take a listen to the podcasts linked above.
Let's start with color.
What color makes you feel happy? enriches your day? give you a burst of pleasure? Can you think of people that have a signature color? Nancy Reagan wore red. There's Tiffany's very distinct blue. Lisa Vanderpump from the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" always wears something pink. For me, I love to wear leopard print. It just make me feel happy and when I put it on, I walk with a little more sass in my step. I would have to say it is my signature color/pattern. A few years ago I bought a vintage leopard print coat and let me just say, when I wear it, I feel strong and bold and oh, so happy! From earrings to shoes, most days I have a little pop of leopard somewhere! What about you? What color or pattern brings a smile to your face?
A couple of pointers from the "Happier" podcast:
1. Having a signature color can reduce the time you spend on choices, makes decisions easier.
2. Find small places that you can invite your signature color into your life.
3. It doesn't have to be a color you wear, it can be a color in nature, or in your house. It just needs to bring you pleasure.
Now, let's move on to signature scent. This one I'm still trying to decide on, I think. A signature scent is a smell that you love or identify with, perhaps you wear it (perfume, lotion, essential oils) or it's simply a scent that you greatly enjoy (cinnamon, fresh cut grass, that smell in the summer when a rain shower starts to move in). Dial into that scent.
The sense of smell connects directly to the memory center of the brain. And smell triggers memories for me right away. Live cedar, takes me right back to family Christmases, Jergen's Cherry Almond Lotion, right back to my Granny's lap, Johnson's baby lotion right back to my daughter's childhood and I could go on and on! So, I really want a signature scent. I recently fell in love with the scent of a lotion my mom got me for Christmas, Mountain Rose, from a local boutique. It's soft and light. Maybe this is it, my signature. But i'm still not positive. I'll have to let you know.
So, two simple ways sprinkle a little happiness into your day, having a signature color and a signature scent. I'd love to hear from you in the comments about your signatures scents and colors.
Thanks Gretchen Rubin for sharing this idea!
Registered Yoga Teacher, Menopause Doula, health and wellness explorer, self care expert focused on empowering women over forty with tools for loving the midlife journey