Cometh forth yet
another Singles Awareness Day (Valentine’s Day, otherwise) — 29 and, hopefully, not counting ever more; but rather than play into the hilarious yet brilliant acronym that is “S.A.D.,” I took a spin this time around to make myself more aware of the self-love I needed more. I’ve been enduring much stress over the past couple of days — turning 30 next month and wrapping up a decade of life had suddenly struck me to the core. Am I where I wanted to be when I first moved to New York when I was 22? Did I achieve the goals I wanted to achieve in my 20s? Naturally being so hard on myself, the immediate answer was no. I was filled with emotions and likewise my sleep has been filled with aggressive nightmares. I woke up on Monday, virtually immobile due to the innumerable knots I had in my upper back. I was properly hydrated (I think), check; I didn’t strain myself at the gym, check. It must be stress.
A special thanks to Cartier for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.
So, when Cartier had asked me to promote their newest fragrance, L’Envol de Cartier — inspired by taking flight and letting your spirits soar — I couldn’t help but take inspiration from my current physical state of having a completely knotted back by turning it into a positive by showcasing artistic interpretations of common back exercises (thanks, Internet!) to help alleviate the pent-up stress. I can’t begin a new chapter carrying over the stress of the last; that is not how I want to take flight into my 30s. While I’m all for a cliffhanger, I’m for determining the outcome in pure excitement. If I’ve learned anything, the greatest lesson was learning that self-attack is the archenemy and the wounds from that kind of attack are so terribly slow to heal. I think I caught myself before I could do anymore damage, and I vow — in self-love to myself — to steer clear of those unfriendly skies; to never put a bullseye to my own self from the fiery arrow that is me.