Every Sunday I take a nap, I clean my makeup brushes, and if I can get in a nice soak in the tub, I do that. And you know what? I’ve passed that onto my kids. They love ‘Self-Care Sundays.’ If I spend 20 minutes on myself, I’m a far better mother, founder, friend—all those things. That’s not selfish. That is self-care, and in some ways it’s self-preservation.
Beauty is being confident. It’s being comfortable and accepting ourselves in our own skin. I think a smile on anybody is beautiful. I don’t think beauty is necessarily an exterior thing. I believe it’s an inside job. And to get there, you need to make sure you’re surrounding yourself with people who are going to raise you up. I think that’s really important.
Over the last year, I was able to find incredible silver linings in what we now call this ‘great pause.’ My son came home from college in March of last year and stayed until August. I would have never had that time with him otherwise. He’s in his junior year now, and I never expected him to be home and for us to basically be sequestered together and have that time back—that precious, precious time of really just enjoying each other. My relationship with my daughters is closer than ever as well, because we’ve been home, and we’ve had to rely on one another for entertainment. We’re learning to cook together, and we’re watching movies, and there are so many wonderful things as a result of this time. That doesn’t mean that my family hasn’t been affected financially. Yes, that’s a reality for me. But I’m choosing to focus on the positive and realize that though things that have been very difficult, we’ve gotten through it together as a family.”