Social Media. I absolutely love the endless potential and inspiration provided by social media– the ability to scroll through a feed and see images of beautiful styling, informative posts on any topic you find value in, and inspirational quotes reminding you that you are enough. Instagram, especially, has allowed a whole new genre of creative to take focus and find a creative outlet that can also put food on the table. If you’re someone who has a flair for colour palettes, a keen eye for detail, and a love for pleasing aesthetic, Instagram has provided endless creative opportunities. For me, especially, the beauty found on Instagram has fueled my creativity and allowed me to express and share my outlet with those around me– from photo styling to my blog.

 

The downside of social media is how addictive it can be. How we flawlessly reach for our phones every morning to turn off our alarm, then swipe on the notifications and swim through a sea of curated perfection. Half an hour later you realize you’ve snoozed your alarm 4 times and if you don’t get up now you’ll be late for work. Fast forward through double-tapping lunch breaks and postponed bedtimes because of mindless scrolling and soon you realize perhaps it’s time for a change.

 

This is where I am at.

Especially since my work requires social media, I find it’s time to detox myself of the addiction and limit my use to work and set standards of ‘play’.

Detoxing is a journey, an adventure, if you will, especially if you want to join me in creating new growth habits into times when you would previously be scrolling scrolling scrolling.

 

This has been a beautiful experience so far,

VOIR – TO SEE

Transparency is a beautiful thing. It’s something we search for and it’s rooted in our deepest desire to be fully known. Transparency is being honest, and vulnerable, and just totally you, and when you take the leap into transparency, you freely say you are who you are—no apologies, no take-backs, no regrets. This is it.

Transparency is something I long to see everywhere I go—from the people I interact with to the companies I choose to support. Lately, my quest for transparency has shifted from clothing companies to beauty products and I’ve been so pleased to see what I’ve found. One of my favourites so far is Voir Haircare.

 

Voir is a Canadian-based company who curated a collection of premium haircare essentials designed to inspire your beauty routine through art. Voir is the medium. You are the canvas.

 

Aside from being totally in love with their beautifully crafted messaging of words that make my heart melt, it’s was more than their message and brand I loved, it was their products, their sourcing, and their heart as a company…

 

The more I learn to relish the beauty surrounding me, the more I enjoy the four seasons in Canada. Voir is inspired by their Canadian roots and the country’s ever-changing seasons for their line of products; the warm glow of the sun, a cleansing rain, the caress of the wind, and the cool touch of first snow.

 

From concept to creation, each step of their product development process takes place in Canada, meaning they support local industries and initiatives. Keeping a rooted sense of closeness and community means they can maintain a hands-on approach to their product while manifesting a true Canadian feel.

I am beginning to dabble in the idea that my immature faith has caused me to deny myself self-love. That the continued message of living as a servant to others has led me to deny that I need time for me and that my time is only valuable when put towards the greater good– that my value and worthiness comes strictly from my pursuit to put myself last and everything else first.

While at first, this sounds heroic and humble, like things we are continually told to do, there’s a piece of the message being preached that is missing… like the last page fell from the pile of carefully assembled notes and no one ever cared to pick it up.

I’m starting to realize that if God loves us as His children, that if we have immeasurable value to Him, then, yes, He wants us to serve others, serve Him, lay our lives down to walk with Him; but He as the good father He is, wants us to be refreshed, renewed, rested and prepared to follow Him with all our hearts and minds and souls. The way a parent makes sure you are well fed, well rested, and ready to take on challenges, God desires that for us too! We need to take time for self-care so we can have a heart full to serve, not drained to point of no help. We need hands and feet refreshed, not cracked and worn and needing bandages, unable to assist. We need to time to rest so we can pursue our calling with vigor and grace, patience and kindness, gentleness and strength.

In my pursuit of learning to care for myself before being able to care for others, I decided to search scripture to learn of the importance of rest,

I invite you along a journey that will positively impact your life and will change the way you view the world around you. It’s 30 days of gratitude and doing ONE thing that will move your life the direction you aspire to go. It sounds simple, but it will come with its own set of unique challenges; you will overcome procrastination, self-doubt, and will come out the other side of these 3o days feeling lighter, happier, and ready to continue on past the 30-day marker as the challenge will have transitioned from a timeline to a lifestyle.

What you’ll need:

  • A notebook or your phone (I’m old school and love a real notebook and pencil)
  • A willing heart ready to be changed.
  • Oh, and an idea of what you want to do for 3o days….

The challenge has 3 parts:

1. Each day, for 30 days, you will write down in your journal at least ONE thing you are grateful for. You can do this as you are getting ready for the day, make notes in your phone throughout your day as little things happen, or use this as a reflection time before you head to bed.

My preference is to make little notes on my phone throughout the day, then before bed, journal them out.

On ‘good days’ this will be soooo easy for you. A little extra on your paycheque? boom, grateful. Dinner already made when you get home? PTL. Laundry folded? Life is good and all is right in the world.

But, on those difficult days, the days it’s only Wednesday and not Friday, the days nothing seems to be going right and you can’t even imagine what else could go wrong,