The last few months have been crazy and chaotic and often times overwhelming. I wish I could tell you that things have been sunshine and rainbows, but they haven’t. I’ve struggled, I’ve found my footing, and I feel like myself again. There are two things that have helped me out of my rut – turning to childhood comforts and trying new things. That may sound a bit counter-intuitive, but the combination of grounding and growing has been good for me. Today I’m sharing some of the new things I’ve tried in an attempt to get out of my rut and out of my comfort zone.
Fiberglass nails When Jenny did my nails about a month ago, I commented on how strong and beautiful her nails were. She shared her secret with me – her nails were coated in fiberglass! I tried them out last Monday, and I am really pleased. They give my nails the strong coating I enjoy from dip powder, without the thickness. I chose to go polish free, but next time I think I’ll stick with a nude. (I’ve also been really pleased with how easy it is to remove oil paint from fiberglass nails, especially compared to dip nails.)
Being kinder to myself This one is hard for me, and it goes in cycles. When life is going well, I am very kind to myself. But when things start to go wrong and tensions rise, I say things to myself that I wouldn’t dare say to anyone else. I’ve been working really hard at showing myself grace and laughing at myself. And when all else fails, I talk to a friend or a mentor that I know will lift me up out of my funk. There are so many facets of life that are out of our control, but the one of the few things I can control is how I speak to myself.
Absinthe I spent a week in New Orleans for continuing education, and the night before classes started, we explored Bourbon Street. My highlight of that was the Old Absinthe House. I was fascinated by how the cocktails were crafted (the bartender lights sugar on fire), and the bartender knew by looking at us which drink we would enjoy the most. I had one that was floral, and it was delicious. I am extremely picky about liquor, and I definitely did not expect to enjoy it. Since its impossible to find, I guess that will be my little treat next time I visit NOLA!
Bite Squad Food delivery has finally become a thing where I live, and it has been such a blessing with my wonky schedule and unpredictable appetite. I had been using Grubhub for the past two months, but my friend Becca introduced me to Bite Squad last weekend… game changer! There are more food options, you can pay $6 a month for unlimited delivery, the time predictions are actually correct, and I got three days worth of Thai food for free on my first order! If you want a free $20 worth of food on your first order, my promo code is C31-EON0- TJM3
Detox shots I will sing the praises of beet juice to anyone that will listen. My favorite juice bar has been out of beet juice lately, so I picked up a detox shot instead. It contained coconut water, agave, himalayan salt, cayenne pepper, and activated charcoal. The taste was somehow overwhelmingly sweet and overwhelmingly salty, which wouldn’t have been so bad if the shot had actually worked. (Maybe it was a detox for my taste buds?!) Lesson learned!
Coconut deodorant (c/o) I was gifted Kopari deodorant through Influenster, and I didn’t have high hopes. I had given up on the natural deodorant I was using previously because it kept putting my body through pit detox cycles, and that seemed a bit off. However, I’ve fallen so in love with Kopari that it’s on my Christmas list! Haha. It smells amazing, the product is silky smooth (my previous deo was pretty chalky), and it actually works.
I hope today’s post inspires you to try something new and get out of your comfort zone a little bit. Have you tried something new recently? Let’s chat in the comments!