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tell me about yourself:
I’m Stella, I’ve been living in Milwaukee all my life but I’m not bent out of shape about it. I recently started traveling a ton after getting over my fear of flying so being able to get out of Milwaukee here and there helps me to not feel so stuck in one place. My mom passed away in 2020 and I have been grieving ever since. Grief doesn’t ever go away so it’s just something I live with. My next great adventure or project that I want to tackle is finding a new job. I want to be remote so that I have more freedom. Since the start of the pandemic and going from virtual to back in person I realized I don’t want to waste my life away in an office or school building for 8 hours a day 5 days a week. I’m trying to learn how to be happy with how things are in my life and with who I am while also not being complacent and still continuing to strive for what I want out of myself and out of life.
How do you feel when you wear natural e?
I feel beautiful and confident when I wear Natural E. My favorite product right now is the love yourself bucket hat. I’m not gonna lie I really don’t tell myself positive affirmations in the mirror I’m not one to smile until I feel better. I often get stuck in my own head and think about my insecurities and things I don’t like about myself or wish to change. I never thought love yourself was corny but I never thought it was for me. I thought that’s nice I’ll support my friend and buy it. But when I got the bucket hat something changed. First of all I love how it looked on me- I’d always wanted to wear bucket hats but never could find the right one (until this hat). And then I decked it out with some pins I bought and I wear it all the time. When I take selfies in it or I’m in public I feel confident in it and like I can actually love myself. Like it’s not a difficult task. I don’t feel corny wearing it. I feel like I’m radiating good vibes and positivity. And I feel like when others see it it probably boosts their mood and sends them a message about loving themselves too. Instead of wearing something sarcastic or rude I can go out into the world with something that reads “love yourself.”
how are you prioritizing you?
I’ve had so many ups and downs when it comes to my mental health. Anyone who struggles with depression or anxiety or is dealing with grief will know that you have your really good days and your really bad days. Lately for me it’s been a lot of bad days. I’m thankful I’ll be off work for winter break soon. I’m doing a lot of different things to make sure I don’t stay stuck in my despair. One thing I’ve been doing is trying to journal more. I used to write and journal all the time when I was in school but I don’t do it as much. This actor who I look up to as a mentor always talks about journaling and how she does it every morning. She talks about how she gets up early to have a few hours to herself. Hours that are just her’s and nobody else’s. I don’t know about the waking up early and being productive but I have tried the journaling. I haven’t done it every day but I do it when I feel like my thoughts are too heavy. I also have been working out pretty consistently. I do it because I want to be in better shape but working out just helps me feel good not only physically but emotionally. I’ve also tried to cut dairy out of my diet for the most part. I’m a fake vegan on the low. I don’t eat a ton of meat and hardly consume dairy. I think doing those things has been good for me. I also make sure to reach out to my friends when I feel like I’m struggling and can’t do it alone. I let them know what’s wrong so they they can help me feel better. Something I also like to do is take time for myself and say no. A lot of people want me to go to a lot of things and I have no issues saying no. I used to be such a people pleaser until I realized I was only pleasing others and never myself. Lastly I like to do healing rituals where I manifest things or release negativity. Just recently I bought some herbs and oils from a spiritual shop that you can put them not a bath or do a foot/hand soak with and I’m going to use those to help heal myself as well. These are just some of the ways I’ve been taking time to prioritize me.
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