“Stop worrying about what people think and do your thing, your way!”

Catherine Summers, is a professional blogger and the 2017 UK Blog Awards Individual Fashion and Beauty Winner. Her key message is to encourage women of all ages to stop thinking they have to be 'age appropriate' and wear whatever they like instead.

Catherine Summers aka Not Dressed as Lamb on life-changing choices and confidence tricks.

“I've made quite a few big decisions concerning my career and home during my life - the most significant were leaving London to live in the South West, and then 11 years later quitting a 9-5 management job to go freelance as a full-time blogger. Both decisions were somewhat "forced" on me in that I made them to get out of a bad situation (I couldn't afford to get on the property ladder in London and my job was going nowhere), but both times I knew I had to simply take a chance and try to work towards something better. I'm lucky in that I have a very supportive husband and family who always back me, but it's also the beauty of getting older... I've found my confidence has grown. Once you let go of the worry about what other people think about you or the decisions you make, it becomes a lot easier to make them and you can be more objective about it. Going freelance was the best thing I ever did career-wise.

The great thing about doing something new has been how many interesting and fabulous women I've met. They have taught me so much about how to make the most of life because of all the different experiences they've had and learnt from.

Here are my top tips on how to transform the way you see yourself that I've learnt from those amazing women:

1. Surround yourself with good people. Don't put up with those who make you feel less worthy than you are or who give you less than you deserve.

2. Endeavour to treat others as you would like to be treated - pay people (strangers as well as your family and friends) compliments, do random good deeds for others. I guarantee you it will boost your confidence and change the way others see you and treat you in return - all for the better. Women should empower other women, not tear each other down.

3. Don't believe the nonsense you read in the newspapers and ignore those lists that tell you what you should and shouldn't be wearing or doing at "a certain age" (it's 2017, not 1950)! Women of all ages have the freedom and power to do, think and wear whatever they want more than they ever have before. Stop worrying about what others think about you and do YOUR thing, YOUR way!

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