Bathing is Fundamental

bath-cocktailI never understood the power of a bath until I became a LUSHie. They always seemed too time-consuming to be a part of my oh-so-busy teenage life. My life at 17, which I thought was so hectic and overwhelming, was really quite calm compared to my life now, at 21. I balance two jobs and work between 30-
50 hours most weeks, make time for my family, boyfriend and friends, complete my daily tasks and chores when I have time, and try to save as much money as possible through it all. By the time I get to bed at the end of the day, I’m way overstimulated and my mind is racing–at least 3 times a week I wake my boyfriend up by trying to sell him a moisturizer in my sleep. Baths have become one of my only respites from the beautiful chaos that is my life, and I find myself constantly planning out my next bathing adventure.

While regularly discussing the merits of each bath bomb and bubble
bar with customers may play a role in it, there are a ton of other factors that influenced me to reassess my point of view. I’ve also always been a huge proponent of self care, and to me LUSH is the quintessential “treat yo’ self” company. There’s something to appreciate in every single product LUSH creates; be it the heavenly scents packed in them or the beautiful colors that pour out. But whether or not it puts on a show is secondary to the immediate wave of relaxation one gets when they submerge themselves in the soft, warm water.

golden-wonderI recently took a bath in hopes of reenergizing–as well as to try as many of the new holiday products as possible. The focal points of my bath were Golden Wonder bath bomb and Snowie bubble bar. These are my 2 favorite holiday products by far. Golden Wonder is a super colorful champagne-scented bath bomb, while Snowie is inspired by David Bowie and made with my all time favorite essential oil, neroli oil, a natural seratonin-booster. I consider this the bath time dream team.

When I would attempt to take a bath back in the day, I would get in the tub and not know how to keep myself entertained for an hour or two. Nowadays, I am more than prepared, with a litany of products and reading materials at the side of my tub. The products I used are as follows:

  • Mask of Magnaminty face and body mask – for the ultimate skin detox after a long work week
  • H’Suan Wen Hua hair treatment – for smooth, shiny and strong hair
  • D’Fluff shaving soap – for clean shaven and razor burn-free legs
  • Buffy body butter – for deep fully body exfoliation
  • Bubbly shower gel – for citrus-scented skin
  • Pumice Power foot soap – for bright and soft feet

As you can imagine, this routine kept me busy for a solid 45 minutes. Once all of that was done I alternated between reading my book (Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizgoldenwonder1abeth Gilbert) and singing along to the doo wop playlist I was listening to. The Do Not Disturb setting on my phone was on, and I was at peace.

When I finally emptied the tub and got out, I felt rejuvenated. Every inch of me was relaxed and my soul was happy. I was ready and excited to take on the upcoming work week. What my newfound love of baths has taught me is that many of my problems can be solved
(or momentarily sidelined) by spending time alone, slathered in a variety of products, and thinking pleasant thoughts. LUSH proudly proclaims that “Bathing is fundamental,” and I couldn’t agree more.

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome!

I have spent the better part of the past 21 years writing. From short stories, to screenplays, to articles, writing is my preferred form self-expression. I have spent the better part of the past 21 years learning my voice. Years of therapy have given me strength and confidence to open up. I have opinions and (sometimes) know what I’m talking about, so I have chosen this blog to share with you the remarkable, important and beautiful facets of my life.

The Difference was created to give me a platform for creative release. I’ll share my daily activities, my ideas and opinions, my favorite things, my thoughts on media and pop culture events, the things I make, and so much more. My ultimate goal is to celebrate the millions of things that make life so special, and spread as much positivity as possible.

I don’t quite know what to call my tiny little section of the web. It’s not a beauty blog or a lifestyle blog or an art blog. I think maybe it’s just a piece of me; a little bit weird and possibly a little bit intriguing.

Enjoy.

How To: Keep an Art Journal

[Reposted from the archives of my previous blog]

 

I’ve kept an art journal for a little over a year now, and I love it! Nothing feels better than curling up in bed after a long day and writing, taping, gluing and doodling anything your heart desires. My art journal is a source of inspiration, a boredom killer and a safe space to put down my every thought. Here are my tips on starting and keeping an art journal filled with every colorful facet of yartjournal1ou and your life–Enjoy!

1. Find your inspiration: Pinterest is full of art journal inspiration! I love searching the boards and finding beautiful and clever new ways to journal; there’s always something out there you haven’t thought of yet. When I’m in a journaling rut, I search ‘art journal prompts’ and find a plethora of great ideas to get me started again. Follow my journaling board here and check out other pinners’ work as well.

2. Gather your supplies: A large Moleskine journal or medium-sized sketchbook are perfect for journaling. You can literally put anything in your art journal. Chipboard, washi tape, pattern cards, fabric swatches, paint chips, anythinggggg. Even when I don’t have a drop of inspiration in me, simply gluing magazine or newspaper clippings to a page feels oh so satisfying.
3. Put Le Pen to le paper: I recommend using a font website, like this one, to inspire creativity. It’s fun to try out new lettering (practice makes perfect!), plus you’ll have a new trick up your sleeve when it comes to sharing quotes in your journal. If writing it yourself doesn’t appeal to you, most of the fonts you’ll find are downloadable for free!

4. If you’re stuck, doodle: I’ve always been a doodler. I find it relaxing and fun. If nothing on Pinterest is speaking to you, just get out your pen and draw something! It doesn’t matter if you’re drawing a self portrait or a series of zig zags, putting something on that page is all that matters.

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5. Don’t forget to write!: Write about your day, how you’re feeling, what you’re doing, who you’re seeing. Anything that comes to mind, really. Art journaling is as much about creating as it is about telling your story. Whether you tell it through a photo series or a quote that describes your mood is all up to you–just don’t forget to incorporate a bit of yourself into your masterpieces.

6. Do a 30 day challenge: If all else fails and you’re desperate for inspiration, find a 30 day drawing or writing challenge online and stick to it! You don’t have to be Picasso to draw a cactus; you don’t have to be Kerouac to write about your favorite childhood memory. Challenge your creativity.

Hope you’re feeling crafty today!

In Defense of Selfies

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[Reposted from the archives of my previous blog]

Hey y’all.

Lately I’ve seen a lot of negativity on social media regarding selfies, and the people who take them. Not only do I find it rude, cruel and unnecessary, but it’s just invalid!

There’s nothing I love more than when I get a text from my best friend saying “peep insta.” When I do peep insta, I see a beautiful selfie of my bff killin’ the brow game or wearing a super cute outfit.

See, the thing about selfies is that you’re seeing a person in control. You’re seeing a person who is so confident in their appearance that they’re eager to share their beauty with the entire world. You’re seeing a person who has probably (given society’s beauty standards) felt ugly or ashamed of themselves in the past, and has now overcome that. You’re seeing strength and happiness and self love. Selfies are actually pretty important.