This week was one of those weeks that was flat out brutal. I noticed that it wasn’t just a rough week for me, but also for the majority of the people that I have talked to (isn’t it weird how the universe seems to "challenge" everyone all at once?) When it’s one of those weeks, I find it really important to take a step back and remember to take care of myself. Think about it – it’s February, Valentine’s Day just happened; we’re finally settling down from the holidays; we’re in this winter “blah.” I needed some cheering up and some me time. I don't see nothin' wrong with a little bit of self care. For me, this involved some retail therapy, face masks, wine, organization, and a book.
I started off with a makeup haul (no surprise there): Kat Von D’s Metal Matte and Alchemy palettes, Kylie Cosmetics’ Valentine's Diary palette, and Urban Decay’s Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner in Intergalactic (don’t judge, you know you’ve done worse damage). I also needed a way to organize all my non de-pottable makeup, so I treated myself to a spinning makeup organizer. When I got back to my new apartment with my new toys, I emptied my bags, poured myself a glass of wine, put on a charcoal face mask (unfortunately stress causes my face to breakout, and I’m not about that life), and got to organizing. Organizing is something that makes me feel like I have more control in my life…plus who doesn't like pleasing aesthetics?!
I organized all of my lipsticks by finish and color, and I found homes for my mascaras, eyeliners, primers, and brushes. I kept reminding myself that this was “me time.” So I put my phone out of sight and out of mind. I took time to enjoy my glass of wine. I opened up a book that I have been reading since March (2016, mind you), A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle, and like the book says to do, I grounded myself. I took time to feel my feet on the ground. I reflected on things that I have accomplished and things that I have yet to do. Most importantly, I realized that it’s okay to take a step back and take a breather. It’s okay to give yourself a pat on the back and be proud of yourself. It’s okay to splurge sometimes and say “hey, I deserve this.” As Tom and Donna from Parks and Recreation once said, “Treat yo-self.”