A few weeks ago I wrote about feeling strangled by my super hero cape. How it was time for me to say no to Wonder Woman.
Saying that out loud was so liberating. And it seems I’m not the only one. So many of you let me know you were also feeling the same.
With this in mind, I want to share my latest Wonder Woman moment. It's the exact opposite of my last experience and it reminded me that we actually have the power to control the cape. We can put it on and take it off whenever we want. The key is knowing when to wear it.
As many of you know, I recently flew to Spain to finalise our new collection.
This gorgeous Fiat 500, which you can see from the pic I am totally in love with, is the reason I needed to dust off my super hero cape.
For the past hundred years or so, I’ve had a brilliant travel partner. My husband James. We’ve been to over 60 countries together and we have a good system that breaks down the jobs. James does all the driving and looks after the passports (because I put them down and forget where). I book everything and manage logistics. When I travel alone for work, I’m always in and out of Taxis so all I need to do is not lose my own passport!
But this trip was different. I had to drive for several hours on my own on the wrong side of the road. When I type that sentence out, it sounds so easy. What was I worried about?
I'll tell you what I was worried about. Going the wrong way around a roundabout. Turning onto the wrong side of the road and driving into oncoming traffic. Changing gears with my right hand not my left.
Add to this the fact that I get a little distracted when I drive. It’s a condition I inherited from my Dad. I can't control it. Think carpool karaoke where I’m more focused on the song than the road, or thinking about all the emails I need to reply to, then suddenly realising 5km have passed and I can't remember them.
Needless to say there was some cause for concern.
But this is where the cape came in. I knew deep down, I could do this with my eyes shut. I am a capable woman, who is a good driver when she concentrates. I was nervous, but I knew I was capable.
So I arrived in Spain, pulled a Wonder Woman pose (thanks Amy Cuddy), put my cape on…and cautiously drove away in my sexy little Fiat.
No accidents. No dramas and only one comedy moment – a loud bang when I accidently bumped a gutter. It seems I was taking James’ advice of “just keep the passengers side to the gutter” a bit too literally. There were even a few sessions of carpool karaoke without incident.
So ladies, don't be afraid to back yourself and pull your super hero cape on when you need it. The trick is knowing when to use it so it empowers, rather than strangles you. #wonderwomanout