Life Rules from Jenna Lyons

March 5, 2014

I’m an advice junkie and love reading or hearing what successful, creative woman have to say in regards to their life and work. I got a chance to flip through Net-A-Porter‘s new magazine Porter while at their offices in New York (still need to get myself an issue!) and Jenna Lyon’s “life rules” literally jumped off the page at me. Jenna has always fascinated me for a multitude of reasons and the ten snippets she shared sort of stirred my soul. They just make sense. I snapped a shot of the page so I could re-refference it again and again,…

I’m an advice junkie and love reading or hearing what successful, creative woman have to say in regards to their life and work. I got a chance to flip through Net-A-Porter‘s new magazine Porter while at their offices in New York (still need to get myself an issue!) and Jenna Lyon’s “life rules” literally jumped off the page at me. Jenna has always fascinated me for a multitude of reasons and the ten snippets she shared sort of stirred my soul. They just make sense. I snapped a shot of the page so I could re-refference it again and again, and figured I’d share incase some of you haven’t gotten your hands on an issue of Porter yet…

  1. I work on my instincts. At the end of the day, it’s all you have. If you don’t trust yourself, no one else is going to either.
  2. You can’t fix yesterday. And don’t beat yourself up over it – the only reason to beat yourself up is if you don’t learn from it.
  3. Respect honesty and transparency. There is no room for people who can’t give a clear and honest opinion.
  4. I feel like I’m learning – and making mistakes – all the time! But if I wasn’t and suddenly felt stagnant, that would be the thing that would make me not want to work.
  5. When I was younger, I always wanted things to be easier – but I learned that there are always some things in flux and always changing. Then I realized that makes things far more interesting.
  6. Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. There is no question. It’s a cliché, but it’s true.
  7. Never assume that just because we did it one way means that we can do it again the same next time.
  8. I realized early on that no matter what I am feeling and no matter what is happening to me, either personally or professionally, there is no place for that [in the workplace]. I am really good at compartmentalizing, probably to a fault! When you force yourself to do it, you realize that it’s not as hard as you think.
  9. I don’t want to stay looking the same. Someone once said that they didn’t recognize me because I wasn’t wearing a red lip, so I thought, “Oh, I won’t wear a red lip for a while.”
  10. Giving feedback in the creative world is so delicate. I spend a lot of time picking my words carefully.

Good stuff, isn’t it?

(Image shot with my iPhone – via Porter Magazine)

  1. Definitely a good list. #5 stuck out at me today as I’ve been contemplating big changes in life quite a bit recently! Change is good, and it’s constant.

  2. I love Jenna Lyons – I think she’s so interesting and a great role model in terms of both fashion and career. Thanks so much for sharing her “life rules”!

    SHF
    thechroniclesofs.blogspot.com

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