The Sanctity of Shoes: TEDx Malibu

Sole Prescription Pharmacy Dr. Shannon Bindler, M.A., C.E.C.
12/16/2017
A red closed-­toe pump is prescribed for individuals who want to experience more confidence. A closed-­toe pump is a heel that has a closed toe and back. It tends to have a seamless vamp, with no laces, straps or buckles. Heel may vary in height, and color may range in shade.
Symptoms
A red closed-toe pump is prescribed to individuals suffering from one or more of the following feelings or experiences: insecurity, fear or timidity, not believing in self or ideas, feeling "less than" or inferior, lack of willingness to take risks.
Warnings
Side effects may include belief in oneself, increased courage, higher self-­esteem, and greater success. Moderate use may lead to job promotions and other unforeseen opportunities. Overuse may lead to dancing unabashedly in public.

I’ve written about my insecurities about speaking at TEDx Malibu this year, and I’m delighted and terrified that my talk just went live online. It took all of the confidence I could muster to stand on that stage, and it feels as if it’s being required to yet again reach out and share the video with the world.

Well, there is no time like the present, and I recently made a commitment to myself to stand in my power and to share my creativity, even if it scares me to death. I’m acknowledging my fear and moving forward regardless.

My talk is about using shoes as a spiritual tool. Yes, that’s right – SHOES! If you’ve been reading my blog for a while then you know that I think shoes can be pretty magical and metaphorical, and if you’re new, this will be a quick and fun way for you get to know me and my ideas about spirituality, materialism, and shoes.

If you enjoy it, I’d love to ask you to consider sharing it with your community. It would make my day, and hopefully touch and inspire someone in your life.

GETTHELOOK1. Peplum dress by Zara 2. Red closed-toe pumps by Prada 3. Johasun Wireless Microphone 4. Red lipstick by Mac Cosmetics

What do you use as a reminder of your intentions?

 

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Take A Walk On The Wild Side

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Dress by Steven Alan, shoes by Prada and sunglasses by Tom Ford

Sole Prescription Pharmacy Dr. Shannon Bindler, M.A., C.E.C.
12/16/2017
A red closed-­toe pump is prescribed for individuals who want to experience more confidence. A closed-­toe pump is a heel that has a closed toe and back. It tends to have a seamless vamp, with no laces, straps or buckles. Heel may vary in height, and color may range in shade.
Symptoms
A red closed-toe pump is prescribed to individuals suffering from one or more of the following feelings or experiences: insecurity, fear or timidity, not believing in self or ideas, feeling "less than" or inferior, lack of willingness to take risks.
Warnings
Side effects may include belief in oneself, increased courage, higher self-­esteem, and greater success. Moderate use may lead to job promotions and other unforeseen opportunities. Overuse may lead to dancing unabashedly in public.

During Day of the Dead, I made sure to light a candle for the late punk-poet of rock, Lou Reed. While Reed never reached the commercial success of, say, the Beatles or Bob Dylan, no songwriter did more to open rock music to the avant-garde.

Lou Reed was a testament to carving one’s own path. His unique sound and sometimes-gritty lyrics provided inspiration for the indie rock, punk, and alternative rock movements. Reed’s songs were covered by R.E.M., Nirvana, Patti Smith, among countless others.

I read that the Velvet Underground’s first album sold only 30,000 copies, but everyone who bought it started a band. It may not have been a commercial hit, but as far as the history of music goes, the album was a massive success. It makes me wonder what “success” really means? I want to take greater inspiration from the Lou Reed model and less from the Paris Hilton model. True talent, inspiration, and innovation may not always look like a big paycheck, but it sure can have a massive impact.

I hope you are taking a walk on the peaceful side these days, Lou Reed. Your wild side will undoubtedly continue to inspire countless generations.

Walk on wild side heart
Snapshots by Ayn Carrillo Gailey. Check out her creative projects at AynGailey.com & Wondermint

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One Step at a Time

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Shoe by Jimmy Choo

No one climbs a mountain in one giant leap, so why is it we sometimes expect to do that in other areas of our lives? Success requires many small steps over time.

Here are my top 10 favorite quotes on the subject:

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. – Lao Tzu

You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

This one step – choosing a goal and sticking to it – changes everything. – Scott Reed

If you don’t like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time. – Marion Wright Edelman

To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping. – Chinese Proverb

One step at a time is good walking. – Chinese Proverb

Champions know there are no shortcuts to the top. They climb the mountain one step at a time. They have no use for helicopters! – Judi Adler

One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time. – John Wanamaker

What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. It is always the same step, but you have to take it.  – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Courage is one step ahead of fear. – Coleman Young

Keep putting one foot in front of the other and one day you’ll find yourself admiring the magnificent view.

 

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I Am Beautiful Revolution!

I’ve loved receiving your responses to my article I Am Beautiful. So many of you shared photos of yourself via Facebook, twitter and email. You are all incredibly beautiful! Each one has touched me deeply and I am grateful to be having this conversation.

In that spirit, I wanted to share a blog (inspired by my article) from the amazing handbag designer Emily Rosendahl:

I am going to say it… I think I am beautiful. No, I am not being a complete narcissist by saying it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with saying those three little words out loud, “I am beautiful!”

This topic stems from my girlfriend and “Shoeologist” Shannon Bindler’s recent article. She is the bees knees and has openly touched the sensitive topic of beauty. Well done girl! Over the years media and exposure has made women become so judgmental not only of ourselves, but of others. Shame on us!

There is not a single person on the planet without a flaw. I see flaws as unique characteristics, like a birth mark. Yes, I wish my ass would stay put and defy gravity. Yes, I wish I would stop getting pimples at 34. Yes, I wish my tummy didn’t have a little extra love hanging over my bikini. Guess what, I don’t care about any of it and I’m still going to wear a bikini, jiggly ass and all!

I work out 4 -5 days per week to feel fit and healthy, which is exactly how I feel, fit and healthy! I have curves that I love, I have scars that remind me of adventures, I have stretch marks from a growth spurt, and I don’t want to fix any of it. I am completely comfortable in my own skin, and I’m a firm believer that confidence is the absolute sexiest quality a woman can possess.

I will say it proudly, openly and honestly. I know that true beauty comes from the inside out. I think I am beautiful!

– Emily

Emily Rosendahl sole prescription
Emily traveling through Africa

I’d love to hear more of your stories and see pictures of your beautiful selves. Please feel free to shoot me a message via facebook or twitter with the hashtag #soleprescription. Let’s keep this beauty revolution train rolling!

You are beautiful.

 

So are these handbags by Emily Rosendahl:

 

Life is a Song, So She Sang

Sole Prescription Pharmacy Dr. Shannon Bindler, M.A., C.E.C.
12/16/2017
A red closed-­toe pump is prescribed for individuals who want to experience more confidence. A closed-­toe pump is a heel that has a closed toe and back. It tends to have a seamless vamp, with no laces, straps or buckles. Heel may vary in height, and color may range in shade.
Symptoms
A red closed-toe pump is prescribed to individuals suffering from one or more of the following feelings or experiences: insecurity, fear or timidity, not believing in self or ideas, feeling "less than" or inferior, lack of willingness to take risks.
Warnings
Side effects may include belief in oneself, increased courage, higher self-­esteem, and greater success. Moderate use may lead to job promotions and other unforeseen opportunities. Overuse may lead to dancing unabashedly in public.

Red shoes have always held a magical quality for me. I remember reading Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Red Shoes,” a fairy tale about a girl whose red shoes made her dance to her death. I’m choosing to ignore the whole death part, which was pretty messed up, because to me it was still a magical story. I needed some magic myself a few years ago when I decided to try being a rock-star…

A friend of mine was a successful lawyer until one day he threw in the towel, moved to Los Angeles and became a musician. Within weeks of acquiring a drum set, he was booking gigs at basement parties and the local pub. Fast-­forward five years, and he had become a full­-on working musician with a real band and a record deal. So, when he heard me tipsily singing at a girlfriend’s birthday party and suggested I come into his studio to “lay down some tracks,” I thought it was fate.

The only problem was, I hadn’t sung in years, not to mention I had a year-­old baby at home who woke every few hours… But, where there’s a will, there’s a way. Hey, if Gwen Stefani could lasso Gavin Rossdale into staying home while she went on a world tour, I could convince my husband to play Mr. Mom for one night.

Ten o’clock rolled by, and I started to get tired. I lay on the couch for a few minutes when I heard a strange pit­a­ patter on the window. Wait, was it raining?

When it rains in Los Angeles, people lose all ability to drive. They may have come from the rainy Northwest, or like me, the snowy Northeast, but the seemingly endless days of sunshine somehow deaden one’s motor muscle memory. As soon as the first droplet falls, the freeway morphs into a sea of metal and insurance claims. This was going to be a problem. Leaving the house after eleven pm and facing the 10 freeway in the rain? I had to remind myself that the show must go on!

I dusted off a raincoat and a pair of polka­ dot rubber boots from the back of my closet. I started to close the door when my inner diva told me to grab my red closed-­toe pumps. I wedged the shoes into my diaper bag and set off to meet my destiny, no matter how harrowing the journey.

Walking through the studio door, my confidence deflated. This was a real recording studio, filled with musicians holding, like, instruments—which they could play! I waited in the corner with the other back­up singers and tried to warm up. Damn, these chicks could sing. I inched my way towards the exit. My friend sensed my uncertainty and threw his arm around me, forcing me to stay put. Then I found myself standing in front of the mic. Panic. What the hell was I doing? I had to do something, anything, so I pulled off my rubber Wellies and stepped into the red closed-­toe pumps. I shut my eyes and let my feet move to the beat… The music swept over me, and I started to sing. Like the red shoes in Anderson’s tale, my feet started moving in ways they never had moved before. There I was, dancing and singing with the best of ’em.

The music quieted, and I opened my eyes. I slipped off my pumps and thanked the group. My friend assured me that I was a natural. I smiled and felt a sense of relief and tiredness. I grabbed a chair and collected myself for a few moments before trudging back through the rain. I stared at my pumps in my hand. I’d actually done that. I might have sucked, but I had the confidence to get up in front of group of professionals and sing my heart out. For that one, fantastic night, my red shoes and I were bona fide rock-­stars.

Shoes by Prada 

Shoes, Sex + Biology

It’s hard to deny that shoes can be sexy, but the female species may spend more time thinking about them than I previously imagined. A recent study conducted by the online retailer Very.co.uk says that women think about shoes and fashion 91 times per day—once every 11 minutes and 23 seconds—which is more than men think about sex per day!

Wait, what? Women think about fashion more than men think about sex? Do we think about what we wear because it makes us more desirable to men, who are thinking about sex? Or is there some other evolutionary reason?

These types of questions led me to one of my favorite shoe-purchasing rationales, which is that my attraction to shoes is, in part, biological. You see, in the earliest human societies, women were gatherers; and I think it’s still in our nature to put valuable objects in baskets and bring them home. It brings us satisfaction on a deep, possibly ancestral level.

Some part of our brains might be “programmed” to think about, gather, and store footwear. We can’t help it; it’s in our DNA—or, at least, that’s what I’m telling myself…

I’m curious, how often do you think about fashion?

 

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