Romanticizing My Life As An Act of Resistance
This past year we saw an important social media trend arise: romanticizing your life. As a Black woman, scrolling through TikTok and seeing other people of colour share how they find rest and solitude is beautiful. For those of us who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour), and other traditionally marginalized groups including the LGBTQ+ peoples, our rest can be a radical act of resistance.
In a society that demands that we're always on, from fighting daily microaggressions, to finding psychological and even physical safety that our identities are threatened by, choosing to prioritize our rest is radical.
The idea of romanticizing your small acts of self preservation, from a bubble bath in the middle of the week to an indulgent cold brew every morning, is a great reminder of how important these acts can be. Romanticize by making the smallest act an intentional and enjoyable one.
Here are some ways that you can romanticize your daily life
1. Define a custom nighttime routine and dedicate time for it (yourself) nightly
It may not be realistic for your schedule and lifestyle to set aside time for a bubble bath every single night, but you can romanticize your daily routines. Create a customized facial routine, even if it's only 5 - 10 minutes that you're dedicating to yourself. Try out our award winning Raw Blue Agave Rejuvenation + Hydration Mask, topped off with our Moroccan Rose Facial Toner: Vitamin Complex.
2. Immerse your home in your favourite scents
Creating a signature scent for myself and for my home has become such a luxurious experience. Before one of my 8 dozen zoom calls during the day, I light one of my favourite candles, the Buck Naked Soap Company Old Fashioned Coconut Wax Candle. Filling my workspace with the soft musky ss cent of lavender, vanilla, vetiver and cedar feels warm and cozy. The natural crackling of the wooden wick is comforting and give me a moment of feeling like I'm luxuriating in a chalet... and not stuck in my inbox.
Creating a morning routine that actually requires getting dressed for the work day, even if it's spent in my own home, also provides some normalcy. Pairing my workwear with a signature scent, using the Moroccan Rose Crystal Infused Perfume Oil has become a part of my morning work routine.
3. Learn what your skin loves and invest in that
Investing time into your skin's health can be an enjoyable and educational self-care routine. Taking the time to understand your skin concerns and goals, while researching the ideal ingredients to achieve these, is so damn rewarding. The truth is, I'm not in high school anymore. Grabbing any random product off of the drugstore shelves, without having any specific goals will no longer work for my skin. Buck Naked's all-natural face care products use the benefits of witch hazel, rose and magnolia waters, and aloe vera to name a few.
4. Find a habit that has nothing to do with productivity and everything to do with resetting
Repeat after me, rest is not something that you need to earn. You need rest. Please find rest in whatever capacity is available to you. That could look like a 15 minute nap when possible, a bubble bath with a face mask, a free 15 minute consultation with a therapist, or blasting some of your favourite nostalgic tracks.