Motivational Speaker Says “Be Good to Your Feet”

IMG_1530I recently attended a national conference for about 1500 motivational speakers. And while I consider myself to be a very casual "jeans and cotton shirts" kind of person in my "off" time, at this conference it's Fashion City for most of the women, most of the time – myself included. In fact, my roommate brought a "Wardrobe Chart" with photos of which outfits she was wearing on which days, a.m. & p.m. with "alternate" ensembles in case she changed her mind. Oh, this is a fashion lover's dream event.

And of COURSE, with each outfit, you must have the appropriate shoe. So I had a BLAST shopping for shoes. And yes, I've had surgery on both my feet two separate times. I made some hideous shoe choices when I was younger –  which means at this time in my life the best shoe for my foot is a size 9 Nike athletic shoe. Well, try wearing those with a hot little short skirt or a sequined top.  Not pretty. Not pretty at all.

So right before I left town I purchased this brand new pair of shoes and took them with me. They were amazing hot pink numbers and they went perfectly with my outfit. And I did pull them out of the box and put them on the second evening of the conference. And I walked around my hotel room, talking to my feet. Begging them, really, to just hang with me for the night. I made promises that I knew I couldn't keep – like I wouldn't stand and talk to people. I promised that if the music started playing I wouldn't dance, and I'd walk back to my room at the end of the night bare-footed. And the entire time that I walked around testing out my shoes, my feet hurt. And they talked back to me. "Oh girl. Don't do it. This is NOT a good idea. You WILL hurt yourself. Take these torture traps OFF!!!"

And then something wonderful happened. I thought about how I would feel at the END of the evening. Not at that moment when my feet were okay – but later after having walked the long trek to the conference area. And when I let my mind go there – I could actually feel the pain and discomfort. And I remembered the times before when I had done this and how long it took me to recover.  How my feet throbbed and kept me awake at night. And I took the shoes off and put them back in the box. I thanked them for the little walk-about the room and I said good-bye. I made the wiser, less sexy choice to go with the shoes that didn't hurt.

Here's what I concluded. I'm the "steward" of my body. I'm all I've got. No one's going to take care of me or force me to make the choices that SUPPORT my well-being. So if it's up to me, then I choose ease and comfort over pain and fashion. 

What about you? Is there some little thing that you do or don't do that you know doesn't support YOUR well-being but you rationalize it and pretend it's "not so bad?" Well, trust me. It may not be bad at 20 or 30 or even 40 or 50, but it WILL catch up to you one day.  My suggestion is that you walk out that "little" discomfort or annoyance and see what it might be like later later in life when it has been compounded into a bonified issue. That might be just enough to make you put your shoes back in the box.

Okay, I have to run now. I have to soak my feet in ice water before I go to bed. motivational_speaker_linda_larsen_ice 



Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. Glad you're taking care of yourself, and that you took the comfortable option. I've never been able to understand how women can torture themselves with uncomfortable shoes. But.. the question on everyones' mind is — what lunatic motivational speaker brings a wardrobe chart and spreadsheet to pick out outfits?

  2. Oh Linda, you certainly made the right choice!!!  I am the sorry girl who did NOT look into the future, and by the time the DJ stopped playing on Tuesday night, I felt like I had been lowered slowly feet first into a wood chipper! 

    You have shown me the light!  This (still limping) keynote speaker will be on a search ever-more for shoes (and other things in life) that do not hurt!  

    And… Brilliant, Bill, the word is BRILLIANT motivational speaker – and I MUST find out how to create one of those wardrobe charts for next year!!!!

  3. Linda, as someone who is always on the hunt for the hippest pair of comfort shoes a gal can find, you know I feel you pain. Literally! Which is why I was wearing my pewter "Dayna" Naturalizers that evening which allowed me to dance the night away painfree. Not the cutest pair in the world, but I've learned when your feet hurt, the fun's over.

  4. Amen sister. I am the QUEEN of wearing uncomfortable shoes. But I'm not ready to let my favorites go. So here's what I do – I pick the moment I want to wear them MOST. And I wear flip flops up until that moment – put them on – dazzle the world – then take them back off. I don't ever pick an uncomfortable pair of shoes and wear them all day. I have learned that lesson!  What amazes me are the ladies that walk around the airport in the highest heels I have EVER seen. How do they do it? What if they have to run to another terminal? I just don't get it. But to each his own. Or her own. :)

  5. I loved that motivational speaker's wardrobe chart! Oh yes, I laughed at first, then I realized I forgot to pack some accesories!  My girlfriend, and she knows who she is – had me covered.  Literally! Covered with jewels.  And, as far as heels in airports? No way. Today, I arrived in Dallas from Vegas in my tennis shoes. Not sexy, but very comfortable! 

  6. Ah, my fabulous foot friend!  You have advanced yet another step towards nirvana by making that comfy shoe choice.  I was so determined to wear the perfect pair of black heels at the conference last year, that I chose 1 size larger and spent the whole day walking out of them! Haha!

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