Love Yourself Series - Robin
The concept of loving oneself seems pretty straightforward...but as we move throughout life with its many stages and differing demands, loving oneself can become a distance concept. Who are we to come first before our family, our friends our jobs or careers? Incoming - the stage of establishing a successful career. Fast forward past the awkward teenage years and secondary education and we find ourselves on the edge of complete adulthood where we must inevitably passover to what feels like the most surreal change yet; to live up to the title of 'adult' and to make something of ourselves and then to become successfully established within the workplace, community - or social media for that matter. AND here we have Robin, doing just that. As a local content creator and fashion blogger over @myclosetjourney, Robin gave up a conventional career to peruse something dreams are made of. This fearless chick hasn't always been comfortable with self-love...."learning to love myself has been one of the hardest and most life changing experiences I've had."
This is Robin
Why are you passionate about self-love?
I learnt at a really young age that at the end of the day that to be able to fully love others you first have to be able to love yourself. I love being able to feel happy with who I am as a person and in the community. I think learning to love myself has been one of the hardest and most life changing experiences I've had. I went from being an anxious mess about who I was, what I did and what people thought of me to consciously making the decision to choose things that made me happy... with my work life, my love life, what I wore and how I treated and looked at myself. It was a HUGE thing for me to overcome and in my mind. Loving myself has been one of the most rewarding things I've done for myself.
What qualities about yourself do you love and appreciate?
I like that I can laugh, even when things get really tough and I mean pile of tears, giving up tough. I try and appreciate the little things in life and smell the roses. I think it's a quality that makes me appreciate my successes as well as my failures-- it gives me the time to process and really grow. I love my style and my creativity; it's something that makes me who I am.
How do you recharge and encourage self-love?
I have a glass of wine and a bubble bath with a Lush bath bomb, I find it gives me time to unwind and relax. I get my nails and toes done once a month as I love being pampered, as every woman does. Lastly I treat myself, not all the time but sometimes I will to reward myself for my hard work, time, effort and give myself a "pat on the back". I find it really helps me take time to appreciate the successes or wins-- whether it's short term or long term.
What demands in life hold you back from making time for yourself?
Work. As much as I love my job a lot of the time working with your life on display can be quite bizarre, I find I get drawn into my work often and I struggle with the work life balance. When you work for yourself it's hard to let go and re-assure yourself that it's ok to give yourself a break.
Favourite Book or quote?
I wouldn't say I have a quote or book that inspires me, I find a lot of inspiration through my work and through iconic fashion movies or books -- when women are able to overcome all the hurdles, be successful & LOVE themselves for who they are.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
To care less. If I could go back I would tell myself to not let people get under your skin for judging me for being different, unique or odd & to just embrace it.
Thank you Robin for joining Chelsea and I in our Love Yourself Series. You have been so much fun to get to know and your fearlessness is contagious....thank you!
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