It was a windy day in Venice Beach, CA when we adventured out with Krissy, our photographer for this shoot. It seemed like there had been a small tornado that had taken over the beach. Sometimes this can be rad because we get the unintentional “Beyonce fan” shots and then sometimes you end up looking like cousin Itt from The Adams Family. For this shoot we just went with the wind and let it take its course, because after all, we can’t exactly call up mother nature to stop creating wind.
The wind at this photoshoot got me thinking. . . do you ever feel like sometimes a giant wind storm just comes in to your life and messes everything up, including your hair? And then you’re just left sitting there with tangles that seem nearly impossible to brush out? Sometimes tangled hair can feel a lot like a “tangled messy life” that does not have a solution. If there was a coconut scented spray detangler for life like there is for hair then I would buy a lifetime supply of it and then invest in the company!!
My life got a bit tangled this week while I was buried under a long list of homework to do’s, adjusting to my first week at my new job and balancing this beautiful creative outlet that you’re reading. I’m using the word tangled because I think it is fitting for my life’s messes, messes that can be untangled if I just take the time to find the solution that works just right for me.
Maybe you’re stressed about student debt (or any debt), your health, not having enough time, stressed about being stressed (my personal crazy circle struggle). Most of you who have been following along our blog journey have read a few times about our struggles with stress and balance, although I’m not perfect at it now, I am definitely getting better! I have had plenty of trial and errors to find my perfect detangler and maybe one of my wacky ideas might help you!
Life Detangler Ideas ::
1. Start adding physical activity to your routine. As soon as you start to feel stressed schedule a work out class or even stand up and go for a quick walk around the block. Try it and see how you feel!
2. If you’re stressing about not having enough time, try my crazy and somewhat OCD solution of making a calendar that is broken down hour by hour for the entire week and write in you’re regular routined things that usually don’t change (ex. work), then fill in some time for working out and even enter in mandatory relax time (tv or even reading). This has helped me stay organized with my time so I always know what I actually have time for. It’s not meant to be a crazy strict schedule but something that allows you to see where you are spending most of your time and where you can move around certain things to free up your life space. I use the structure for the whole month until my schedule changes and then you adjust the schedule a bit.
3. Get a counselor of some kind. I attended therapy for a few months to work on myself and understand how I handle certain situations. Although this may not be for everyone. . .it sure helps talking to someone who does not know you and can give you honest raw advice as a trusted outsider looking in. I stopped attending because my budget got a weee bit tight with school starting again but it’s worth it though to just go for a few sessions to try it out. You might blurt out something you didn’t even realize was eating away at your life and creating stress.
4. Start a journal. I have two! Makenzie has one too. We both enjoy documenting the good and the bad because it helps get it out of your head and on to paper. Light a candle and drink some tea while you vent to your paper. My 2nd journal is something I started a while back. . .it’s somewhat of an art journal where I draw pictures and only write happy positive things I want to remember or even quotes that inspire me. I sometimes go to my 2nd journal when I’m feeling blue because it gives me a positive boost.
5. Pray. Write down your prayers too! Sometimes this is a neat thing to do because you can flip back in months to come and see that some of your prayers have been answered!
6. Create a relaxing playlist on spotify so every time you start to wig out, turn on your tunes and just sit back and chill for a few minutes until you’re able to think clearly and make a plan to defeat/overcome the things that are making you stressed.
7. Financial stressing? Stop what you’re doing now and download the Dave Ramsey podcast on to your phone or visit his website. You may already have an opinion on him but I double dog dare you to listen to a few episodes of his financial advice show and you might learn a trick or two to help you shrink down this type of stress. I enjoy listening to him while I get ready or sit in traffic. . . I never in a million years would have thought I’d enjoy something like this but it’s actually really great!
Tangles aren’t a permanent thing and there are solutions to straighten everything out, you just need to go where the wind goes. Find your “detangler” that helps you solve your problem or helps you get to a mental state where you can think clearly.
shop our looks
dress : Others Follow
sneaks : Vans
jacket : Others Follow
boyfriend shorts : Windsor but no longer available + Madewell has some similar ones though! Obsessed with their denim lately.
top : Tobi
sneaks : Vans
boards : Arbor Boards
xx bree + makenzie
photos by :: Krissy
write up by :: bree