With so much information out there these days life can get pretty overwhelming. This information overload is everywhere, from health and wellness to fashion and beauty.
We’re told about the breakthrough new supplement to help [fill in the blank], go run out and buy it only to be told there’s a new superstar supplement that’s even better. Take maca for energy, ashwagandha for stress, nettle for hair growth, and chlorella for whiter teeth… (Lets not even get into conventional medicine).
We’re told we just have to have the new “it” bag or the cool new sneakers that all the celebs are wearing. Urged to throw out all of our makeup because it’s poison.
It’s all so overwhelming!
I just had this realization the other day.
When I follow all the latest wellness trends I am just as unhappy and overwhelmed as if I was stressing about some major life decision (it’s not THAT bad, but you get the point). Or, my body starts to feel as bad as if I was eating a bunch of junk food all the time.
If I pay too much attention to the latest fashion trends, I find myself buying too much and wearing it too little. Only to be donating it in six months. I have my own style. I follow a certain formula and most of the time I can recreate a trend in my own way, with what I already own.
I know all of this, yet I still find myself getting sucked in every once in a while.
Then I remind myself of this…
It’s all about balance. I know it’s obvious, but when you’re constantly flooded with all the things, you tend to lose touch with the obvious. Balance and staying true to yourself, knowing what you like, and what makes you happy.
You don’t take ibuprofen if you don’t have a headache, so why would you take chlorella if you think your teeth are white enough?
You shouldn’t be made to feel guilty if you don’t have time to meditate everyday, if you hate working out, or if you really hate green smoothies.
If you think big clunky white sneakers are hideous, then leave them at the shoe store.
If you like to carry your entire house in your handbag, then the teeny tiny “it” bag is not for you. (Anyone else? Just me? I have been known to carry a minimum of five different lipsticks, snacks, and water along with abnormal amounts of tissues and band aids – just in case. In case of what? Haha)
Balance is key to everything.
Sure I want the $250 jumpsuit that’s all over instagram, but my budget calls for the $40 one from Target right now. No-one is going to make me feel bad about that. I’m going to wear my $40 jumpsuit, and feel awesome in it! Also, $250 to ruin with olive oil or red wine is a little much. If you know me, you know what I’m talking about 😂. The jumpsuit isn’t that important to me. I would rather save money and invest in a great (and timeless) handbag. I have less chance of ruining that, and when treated with care, it will last forever.
I want to switch all of my makeup to a cleaner brand (which, by the way, hasn’t happened yet because I just can’t get myself to throw away unfinished products. To me, that’s throwing away money). And, I also love nail polish so much that I could never part with it. Nail polish is pretty darn toxic. I know there are less toxic ones out there but I also hate chipped nails so…
So, the trade off is cleaner beauty products and keeping my fresh, polished nails chip free. I’m happy because I’m using a few less toxic products AND my nails will still look good. They balance each other out.
Of course I want to eat a balanced diet of clean and organic foods. But I also love pizza. And candy. And wine. So, I try and eat as healthy as I can during the weekdays and keep the treats for the weekend.
Sometimes I feel like a walking contradiction. But when it comes down to it, I know what my priorities are. I know where I can be flexible and when I won’t settle for less than what I want. I do what I do, use what I use, and eat what I eat because it makes me happy. And happiness is one of the best disease fighters out there.
The moral of the story is…
Balance is the key to keeping yourself happy. Never let anyone make you feel guilty or shameful about what makes you happy! And please know this – whenever I suggest anything, whether fashion or home related, anything essential oil related, and even my thoughts – they are only meant as helpful suggestions to use as you see fit in applying to your own life, in your own way.
Live your magic!