Last week, I had the opportunity to attend Real Simple Magazine’s third annual Beauty + Balance event. I was so honored to be invited + thrilled to be a guest! Aside from the list of fabulous sponsors, I loved the message behind this event. Beauty + balance are two things that essentially go hand in hand and weigh so heavily on females. Two things that we not only strive to achieve, but struggle to maintain.
Take a peek at some pictures that I snapped …+ the important message that I took home with me…
The event took place at the Andaz Hotel on 5th Ave in NYC, and was so spectacularly designed, coordinated, and managed. With a history in event planning, I can certainly appreciate a well executed party! 🙂
I was greeted by so many friendly faces + escorted to my first treatment; a threading appointment with Wink Brow Bar. I had my eyebrows threaded about a year ago, but have been maintaining them myself [apparently I failed to maintain even brows. Thankfully, I’m all situated now!] 🙂
After Wink, I moved into the Laura Gellar studio! I was seated with Christina, and she gave me the most wonderful mini-makeover. Doing your makeup is fun, but getting your makeup done …a whole nother level!
My appointments were a little backwards, because once I was so nicely put together, I had to change and head to a Pure Barre class!Having never taken a barre class before, I assumed it’d be a step up from yoga. I thought I could handle it no problem, but oh my gosh was I wrong! I survived the class, but left feeling like complete jelly. Though sore, I have to say that I did enjoy the workout!
I changed back into my clothes + headed to the cocktail hour! The cocktail hour featured some delicious hors d’oeuvres, three[!] pink signature cocktails [made with Tito’s vodka], and a group of incredible women. I may have enjoyed all of the above a little too much, since I didn’t snap any photos! 🙁 On the way out, they distributed Chobani flips to-go + the most legitimate swag bag I’ve ever received in my life…
I’m so grateful to have been invited to an event like this! While the treatments, treats, and freebies are wonderful, I am even more appreciative of the mental takeaways. I went home that evening with my wheels spinning. I contemplated the roles that both beauty + balance play in my life and wondered if I was managing them well? Naturally, I turned to my roommate Lauren.
In addition to being a LCSW who works primarily with youths + young adults focusing on issues such as depression, anxiety, life transitions, etc – Lauren is also [in my opinion] one beautiful + balanced individual. I seek her advice on nearly everything + always find her insight to be valuable. So I wanted to pick her brain about the subject…
Right off the bat, she said something that stuck with me…
If you really dissect it, “beauty” stretches far beyond all of the exterior elements [makeup, clothes, hair]. Beauty encompasses much more. Two key components? Ones health + ones happiness. So how do you attain those things? Self-care. How do you make time for self-care? You have to create the balance. *Click*
In life, you have your necessities + your pleasures…and it’s possible to burnout if you find yourself sitting heavier on either side. So how do we achieve balance so we can remain beautiful beings? Here’s what Lauren suggested:
1] Find your sanctuary. Where do you find yourself during your happiest moments? Is it your bedroom? The gym? The comfy chair in your living room? The beach? The salon? Your parents home? Wherever it is, you must make time to spend time in those places.
2] Book an appointment with yourself. Sometimes making time seems near impossible, but Lauren suggested actually scheduling in your personal time. She likes to look at her calendar every week + set aside at least one night for herself. No plans, obligations, or commitments. For her, that one night is used to recharge however she chooses to do so.
3] It’s okay to say no! I’ve gotten better at this in recent years, and it makes a world of difference. If there’s something you don’t want to do, a place you’d rather not be, or an event you’d prefer not to attend…just say no. It’s okay to pass on optional activities! The time you’re devoting to these things could be the “free” time you can’t seem to find.
Creating a balanced life is no easy task [and I don’t even have children yet]! But self-care should not be neglected.
Your version of self-care is surely different than mine, but a few things that I do to feel good include: painting my nails, applying a face mask, buying fresh flowers, taking a bath, cleaning my living space, watching a movie alone, or spending time with the special people in my life. Any of the aforementioned will instantly help me to feel beautiful, happy, organized, and…balanced.
The main message is, if you handle all of your responsibilities + still take time to do things that make you feel good on the inside, you’ll create an inner happiness that will radiate on the outside. In turn, making you a better worker, a better friend, and a better person. It’ll make you a beautiful + balanced individual.
How do you find balance in your busy life?
What do you to unwind?