Hello Fall! My favorite time of the year is underway and after August I couldn’t be happier. The crisp fall air, good hair days and the season of thanks and giving is upon us.
September started with a much needed and last-minute trip around Portugal. With so much going lately and trying (barely!) to balance it all, I almost passed on what turned out to be a trip that gave birth to a "hell yes" amount of beauty and inspiration.
So without further ado, here are a few things that have me saying “O-Yesss."
Avoiding Decision Fatigue
Various sources on the Internet (yes, I know, just bear with me) estimate that the average adult makes about 35,000 conscious decisions each day. This number sounds cray, but in fact, we make 226.7 decisions each day on just food alone according to researchers at Cornell University (Wansink and Sobal, 2007).
Decision fatigue is a real thing. In order to save time, energy and brain power on things that really matter in life I’m very minimalistic when it comes to what I wear (and what I eat M-F but more on that a different time).
Whether you’re going on holiday or trying to build a wardrobe, sticking to solids of black, white and gray will keep you looking polished and pulled together with little-to-no thought.
Here are a few of my travel and every day staples that I purchase in multiples and always have me feeling fab:
- Frank & Elieen “Barry” – The best button up shirt in the game. Barry is an original classic that's fitted and curved in all the right places. You can wear her every day and dress her up or down. The length hits perfectly at the hipbone creating a tailored look. see here.
- Lulu Lemon Baller Hat – The shape is flattering on just about anyone’s head. I keep one in my car and always travel with one for bad hair days and to keep my skin protected from the sun. See here.
Packing for a last minute trip to Portugal this month was super easy with the Barry, the Baller and keeping to all blacks, whites and greys. Voila. Give it a try for your next trip.
The World’s Best Exfoliator (and it’s only $1)
My obsession with skin care comes from my uber-fabulous mom who is from Korea. You see, Korean people are mad about skin care -- especially exfoliation.
Bath time growing up involved bouts of mild torture whereby mother would soak us in the tub then aggressively sandpaper off dead skin which should would refer to as "dirty skin".
"You see how much dirty come off?" she would say over and over much to our horror.
Her tool? An ultra-abrasive, pure-viscose scrub mitt that can be found in every Korean woman’s bathroom. The best part? It costs about $1.
Traditional Korean bath houses, obsessed with the art of exfoliation, are popping up all over the U.S.
I visited my favorite Korean bath house- or jjimjilbang- after coming back from Portugal. You see, too much fun and sun left me with “dirty skin” as my mother would say.
If you can’t find a jjimjilbang near you then you can give yourself a pseudo-Korean scrub. Here are some tips:
- Soften your skin first by soaking in the tub for at least 20 minutes before you start to exfoliate.
- Small, quick upstrokes tend to get off the most dead skin. You'll be grossed out at your Self, for sure, but obsessed with how much "dirty" comes off.
- Use a tiny amount of mild, soothing soap. I prefer one that doesn’t foam too much. Orenda Skin Care’s Face Wash with Vitamin C is my go-to.
- The green mitt with the 4 telltale stripes at the seam is considered the gold-standard amongst Koreans. Purchase through Amazon here.
I'm often complimented on how soft my skin is. I usually don't tell people that it's because I was "tortured" as a child! Go ahead, torture yourself. Your skin will thank you for it after a long holiday or as part of your regular skin care regime.
Start With Why
I decided to re-read Simon Sinek’s best seller, Start with Why, during my 12-hour plane journey to Portugal. While the majority of the book’s information has practical application to business, its principles can be applied to just about everything in life.
How often do each of us start do something —anything—without first deciding WHY we’re doing it? For me, starting Orenda Skin Care and balancing everything that goes along with that often left me rushing from one decision to the next. This unconscious cycle of "doing" and "going" often left me feeling overwhelmed, unfulfilled and in a constant state of "WFT" (WHY the F%$#?).
- "Why the hell did I agree to do that?"
- "Why the hell did I just spend 5 hours doing that?"
- "Why the hell did I just eat that entire pie?"
- "Why the hell did I _______?"
You see, knowing your WHY before doing anything gives you the clarity to make choices, whether at work or at home, that will help you find greater fulfillment in all that you do or don’t do.
It’s a super simple principle that yields profound clarity. With clarity of our WHY we’re better able to make decisions from a more whole and inspired place. Decisions made from that place always supersede ones made from guilt or mindlessness. Learn more about this concept here.
My WHY for writing? It brings me joy to connect to each one of you. Sharing what inspires me will, I hope, inspire someone else. And that makes me flippin happy. So what’s your WHY? I’d love to hear from you.
Here’s to a happy October filled with beautiful foliage, good hair days and the start of the most beautiful time of year.
Until next time,