Finding Inspiration in Tumultuous Times

Hiya babes! It’s been quite the past few months—from the onset of COVID-19 and supposedly having the virus to the murder of George Floyd and the journey since. I’m not sure about you, but I’ve been lounging in sweats and living the makeup-free life. There’s few days that I find myself getting ready for the day, and even fewer days that I’m finding inspiration to blog—clearly shown in my lack of posts. I know I’m not alone in this struggle, as many of my family, friends, fellow influencers and bloggers are also lacking inspiration and motivation. As we navigate this journey together, here’s some of my tips that have led me to finding inspiration during these tough times.

Getting dressed and ready for the day

This is one of the hardest parts of the day. I’m definitely not a morning person—and considering I’ve been working from home for the past few months, finding the motivation to get out of bed early has been a struggle. But, I have a pup to care for, so she’s my main motivation.

Although I’m not dressing to the nines everyday, I do notice that the days I put on a cute outfit (aka jeans and a blouse!) I feel so much more motivated. It’s sort of insane how much your outfit impacts daily life. After fixing up my hair and makeup, I’m feeling more inspired, motivated and ready to take on the day.

So here’s tip one: Get ready for yourself. Put on a cute outfit. Curl your hair. Throw on some makeup. If not for your zoom conference, for yourself. You’ll feel so much better, I promise.

Setting a routine

If you didn’t gather this from the previous tip, I don’t like mornings. It’s hard to set a routine. But since COVID-19 started, I’ve gotten into a simple morning routine: Feed Nova, do skincare, get coffee. It might seem simple, but here’s a quick break down: While Nova’s eating breakfast, I wash my face. Then apply serums, toner and moisturizer. Nova and I go outside for her morning business, and come back in to make an iced coffee. It’s a super simple routine, but I’m always feeling better on days I complete this.

On my best days, I get to work right after pouring iced coffee. On my worst days, I head back to bed for a morning nap. I notice that on the days when I work, I’m working and working, and before I know it, the clock says 2 p.m. and it’s lunch time. So once I get working, I’m fine. But finding the motivation to work is a different story. I notice that this simple routine is what really gets my day going, and actually inspires me to continue being productive throughout the day.

Tip two: Create a morning routine. Go on a morning walk. Drink your coffee. Watch the news. Whatever it is that prepares and motivates you for the day. Keep up this routine daily, and you’ll feel the difference.

Putting in the time for yourself

If you’re not putting in time for yourself, there’s no way you’ll feel happy or motivated. Set aside at least 30 minutes to an hour for yourself every single day. Whether you’re doing a face mask, reading, watching Netflix or cooking your favorite foods, do something that makes you happy.

My favorite self-care and key to inspiration is taking a long, hot shower just before bed. Then I go through my nighttime routine (see above!) of putting on lotion, self-tanner, a face mask and my entire skincare routine. I’ll eat a bedtime snack and lay in bed to read for 30 minutes. It’s super relaxing and makes me feel so relieved at the end of the day. Typically, when I do this before bed, I’m feeling super high-energy the next day.

Tip three: Make time for yourself. Do a face mask. Put on self-tanner. Make your favorite food/snacks. Putting in the time for yourself will lead to future happiness.

Xoxo, Hailey

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