Today the ever so lovely, thoughtful, and eloquent Diana from Our City Lights will be telling a little story of why painting her nails is a small personal investment that helps her see she is taking time to take care of herself both in the happy and stressed times of life. It's easy to love yourself when times are happy, fun, and relaxed. But the challenging moments of life are when you REALLY need to take time to invest in you. I love how Diana words this for herself.
When I’m stressed, the first thing that goes are my chipped nails. Then my unruly eyebrows. Then my frizzy unkempt hair makes an appearance. Then my face washing routine stops. The list is constant and ladies, you know exactly what this list may contain. Just by looking at me in times of hardship, you would never think I have ten years experience in cosmetology and I can’t seem to find the time to beautify myself. I used to believe if I take care of myself physically, then I must be taking the time away from other activities that will really nourish me, like reading, relationships, and other subjects that bring me joy. After a few years of trial and error, it was a naive way of thinking. When Moorea started her Paint Your Love series, I was reminded how powerful a bottle of nail polish was. Painting my nails seems like the smallest task, but just like not painting them, it’s a stepping stone to who I choose to be- a better version of my stressed self, or a messier version of my stressed self. It’s not about how others perceive me by appearance, it’s how I decide to take for myself. Other people may take it one day at a time, but for me, it’s more like one coat at a time.
Thank you for your thoughtful words Diana!
Readers, how have you been doing lately? I realize I haven't don't a Paint Your Love post in 2 weeks, and you know, I've noticed that I have been letting my nails chip and crumble, along with the self confidence and happiness at times. I have been missing my best friends who have moved away, a lot. And the lonely feeling tries to pull me into my shell, attempts to convince me I am feeling down, and tries to make me think that I just don't want to invest in myself right now or take steps to take care of myself. I realized all of these crappy feelings the day before my birthday (which was Tuesday.) Thankfully, I had great friends to snap me out of it on my birthday, celebrating with delicious food and lots of laughter. My dearest girl friend here in Seattle, Allie, gave me 3 bottles of nail polish. And as I looked down at my chipped nails, I remembered, I've got to keep doing this project not just for my readers, but for myself as well! Keeping a weekly routine of painting my nails helps me refresh my mind remembering weekly that each week is a new opportunity to get healthy in my mind and body. Each week is a new chance to recharge my spirit, my self confidence, owning the fact that I deserve to invest in myself and take care of myself. A busy work life, juggling projects, trying to find balance with friends, are all necessary things. But they are NOT excuses for me to put off taking care of myself. I start to feel very sensitive when I am stressed or sad, and I need to remind myself that if I am taking the time to coat my nails in paint, love, protection, and a layer of confidence, I have no need to let myself feel so sensitive and easily breakable. I have strength and confidence when I take action to invest in me.
How are you doing friends? Do you feel the need to start again in investing in you? I just painted my nails a lovely lavender with one of the Essie nail polishes that Allie gave me. And I'm already feeling better :)