The fictional version of me (the one who exists only in my head) is gloriously graceful. She's sweet all the time, dressed to perfection, and checks each task off her to-do list every day without so much as smudging her makeup. The real-life version of me is not quite so well put together. I lose my patience sometimes, my hair never comes out quite right, I hate wearing heels, and I leave dishes in the sink overnight. A lot.
The reality is, no matter how well-intentioned, we don't always bring our most fabulous selves to the table. We're busy, we're tired, and sometimes we just don't feel like it. But the good news is, we don't have to be perfect to feel fabulous! Sometimes it's as easy as a simple mind shift. Actually, it's almost always that simple. Read on for a few of my favorite small changes that you can start incorporating into your life right now for an instant transformation.
Don't save anything for a special occasion. You're breathing - that's special enough! Wear your good jewelry, write on your expensive stationary, and take a bath with your fancy towels. What are you waiting for?
Put a smile on your face. After all, a smile is the best makeup you can wear! It's almost impossible to smile - even if it's just out of politeness - and not feel at least a little better. Exude positivity. Give someone a compliment. How could you not feel fabulous when you become the reason someone else smiles?
Make everyday tasks feel luxurious. Those dishes I hate washing (what I wouldn't give for a dishwasher in my apartment!) are so much easier to tackle when I put on some good music and turn it into a dance party. I also have really pretty rubber gloves that are fun to wear! Try to shift your thinking so that things you do every day feel indulgent. Doing your make-up for work might feel like a mundane task, but would it feel so mundane if you were getting all dolled up for a night on the town? Of course not! Think of your AM routine as a mini-spa experience and it will feel so much better.
I'll let you in on one more little secret, my key to success. Ready? Don't ever compare yourself to others. Ever. The moment you start wondering "What is SHE doing that I'm not doing?" is the moment you start to self-destruct. The only person you need to compare yourself to is the fabulous being you were yesterday. Practice these simple shifts daily, and get ready to feel amazing!