Hello Lovely Love Warriors!
I hope you can forgive my extended silence over the past few weeks. I recently had a death in my family, mid terms, and spring break. In short, I got caught up being a student and lost myself. I want to write to you today about a mistake I recently made and have in turn learned from.
This past Tuesday I decided to go to the tanning bed for the first time with a friend of mine. This unnamed friend is much tanner than I am. As the days here have grown warmer I’ve become taken over by tinglings of envy over my friend’s much tanner skin.
On this first trip to the tanning bed I decided to stay in for 15 minutes. This seemed very harmless to me. 15 minutes in the sun has never harmed me, so how could a tanning bed be any different? I was hungry for quick results, and in the end I got them at a much higher price than the $1.50 I gave to the muscle man at the door.
It is now day two, and I am still a startling shade of Red. Not peachy pink, of which I have undertones, or even a dusty pink. No, my friends. I. Am. Red. Pretty much everywhere you can imagine and would wish not to imagine. Sleeping, sitting, even putting on real clothes is a struggle.
At the end of the day my sun french-kissed body was not worth it. I feel utterly foolish, but at the same time realize there is always something to learn from. Like artificial sun light is a bad idea for my lily white Irish skin. Or maybe I should take a moment next time I feel envious and think of things about myself that I’m grateful for. I hope this excerpt from my week has lightened yours and given you something to think about.
Don’t forgot to use sunscreen this weekend!
Michelle Minero, the Co-Founder of this blog and the overarching Love Warrior Community published her book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works. You can buy her book online or at the Petaluma Copperfield’s bookstore. For upcoming events and book signings, starting with Michelle’s Free SoulCollage® Workshop on Saturday, March 23rd, visit Michelle’s Events page.
My name is Hannah Coleman and I hate talking about myself. My thoughts are fair game but descriptive autobiographies are not my strong suit. That being said, here is a very short explanation of how I see myself. I’m contradictory, loud, opinionated, and infected with an awful case of Wanderlust. I dislike suede and people telling me what I can’t do. I’m currently studying Sociology and finishing my final semester as a Senior in college. I enjoy living my life with honesty and surrounded by good friends. There are a lot of things that I don’t know but what I do know is: I love exploring new places and meeting new people. I love the possibilities found in being introduced to a new song or artist. Above all, I cherish independence. For now I’m taking everything a day at a time. As Bowie said, “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.”