Thursday, April 21, 2011

Why am I doing this?

So I’ve been pondering why I chose to revive the Vivienne Files, and I think it comes down to one goal: I want women to be happier than they are.  Too many of my friends and acquaintances are bogged down in a routine that seems to have been determined by other people, and they don’t enjoy their relationships, their work, or their own life.  They drift, doing what they think they should do, and seldom if ever pause to look at their goals, their dreams, and what plans they have in place to make these things happen.

And, at least to me, it seemed like Vivienne had that all sorted out.  She shopped with a plan, saved with a plan, worked with a goal, and overall seemed to live a life of deliberate purpose and intent.  I’d like to do that in my own life, and I’d like to see lots of other people doing the same.

Your life is the sum of a million choices made every day, and I’m hopeful that Vivienne (and I) can help people make choices which more accurately reflect their true hopes and desires.

Pretty ambitious, eh?


  1. Often, I will look at something I purchased a number of years ago and think that if I had known I was going to keep it so long, I would have put more thought into the purchase. As you said, your life is the sum of a million choices. We do need to give a bit more thought to those choices. Looking forward to hearing more from you.

  2. Oh how I love this vision for women! I think too often we run around trying to become what we think others want of us that we lose sight of our own uniqueness, gifts and talents with which we can bless this world with! I"m so excited you've decided to start up the Vivienne files again, they were always so enlightening to me! Can't wait to read more!

  3. Thank you so much for letting me know about your blog. I am thrilled you are writing. I am actively working on what I want in my life, and not being influenced by others.

  4. This is the method I use and have used for a few years. It brings focus to your wardrobe (and household, when you apply the method beyond the boudaries of your closet), peace to your pocketbook, and keeps one committed to the style they are living. Keep preaching the good news!

  5. I am so happy to have found your blog. I've printed off the files and re-read them so many times. This was some of the greatest inspiration ever back in the day when the FC group was alive and it taught me so much!

  6. That is truly wonderful and just what i needed to hear! are the old vivienne files available somewhere still online? she sounds really smart!

    1. Send me a note at, and I can send you the original documents.