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There are a handful of times a year that I write non-beauty related posts. Usually these posts are reserved for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and my birthday. Although I usually try to write funny, uplifting, and personal posts that give you a glimpse into my family and my life behind the screen and behind the makeup. However, this year it’s not about me. It’s about each and every one of you. And your families, your loved ones, and the people you come in contact with every day. As you can imagine, this is not the birthday celebration post I had scheduled to write (I’m sure you can tell by the more joyous photos). But I think it’s really important in this time of “social distancing” to remember that even though we’re all at least 6 feet apart, we’re all in this together.
First, I want to start by thanking each and every person who is an essential part of our community – the doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, police officers, firemen (and women), 911 operators, military personnel, etc. The people who are keeping the entire world safe during this unprecedented and scary time. There is a picture going around on Instagram saying “Our elders were called to war to save lives. We are being called to sit on the couch to save theirs. We can do this.” (I can’t find the original person to credit, but if you know, let me know.) However, not everyone has the luxury of staying home. So to those people, I say “thank you”.
Next, I want to thank all of the people that cannot do their work from home. People in factories, plants, warehouses, etc. The people making our food and supplies that are selling out so quickly. And the people who are shipping the goods to us as fast as they can. We appreciate you.
I have both of those types of people in my immediate family. My brother runs a plant that makes food. My mom works in a hospital. And my dad is in education. It’s a weird thought that I am the “least at risk” person in my family. However, I was the first to “socially isolate” myself. I am blessed to have an amazing family, grandparents, and a baby niece. If not running errands can help save lives, it’s the least I can do.
Now I am not a doctor. In fact, I’m not an expert in anything (other than makeup and my own opinions!). However, I do have a platform and a voice. With that in mind, I want to share some of the (very) small things I’m doing to help during this period of “social distancing”. (Any bets on how much we’re going to hate the phrases “social distancing” “social isolation” and “self quarantine” in the coming weeks?)
- I’m not ordering or buying anything new for a bit. Given that Sephora, Lush, and Nordstrom (among others) are all closing their brick and mortar stores for the next few weeks, I want to do all I can to help alleviate the burden on warehouse and shipping employees. Plus, I can’t imagine many people will be in a rush to order a bunch of new makeup right now anyway. As you can imagine, I have tons of makeup here (old and new) that hasn’t been reviewed. With that in mind, I will continue to post, but products might be “tried and true” go to’s mixed in with some newer things I already have. If you have any products you’d like me to review that you’ve heard about but have never tried, let me know in the comments and I’ll see if it’s something I already have and I’d be happy to write about it.
- I will try to do more video content to help entertain and pass the time. Again, if you have any suggestions for tutorials, want to see how I organize things, advice on how to purge your closet or products, etc., let me know in the comments below. You can find my YouTube channel here.
- I am going to focus on my mental health. As many of you already know, I have extreme anxiety and OCD. Unsurprisingly, this has been a really tough time for people with mental health issues. It is oh so very important to remember that our mental health is just as important as our physical health. Drink a LOT of water. Even more than usual. Meditate. Call your friends and family. Furthermore, you must remember that you are not alone.
- In addition to focusing on my mental health, I’m going to focus on my physical health as well. With that in mind, I want to share one of my absolute favorite workouts with you guys. My incredible pilates instructor Maggie has uploaded her workout videos to YouTube and is providing them for FREE so everyone can get a great workout at home. Not to mention these short and sweet videos will totally kick your butt. Maggie is adorable, a mom of two, a great friend, an incredible coach, and an amazing human being. If you’re in the KC area, she teaches classes in the KCK/Basehor/Olathe area, and after all of this lifts you should totally check her out. – HERE’S THE LINK TO HER VIDEOS.
- Last but not least, there is now an Always In High Heels Facebook Group. Sorry boys, this one is Girls Only! In the group we can talk about books, beauty, trash tv, anything but the scary world outside. The AIHH Facebook Group is your new safe space. Come check it out.
All in all, I know those are very small things. But I want to do what I can to help the world. Equally, I think some of the small changes we make right now will make the biggest impact on the future. (Plus, if you want to give me the best birthday present ever AND want something to do from your couch, you can submit a Sephora Squad testimonial for me here! Your testimonials mean everything to both me and my application and making the Squad will ensure I can continue to bring you even more amazing content when the world is back on its feet.)
Honestly, I have no idea what the future will bring. In general, all I can do is stay home with Mila and pray that the world will be ok. Although this isn’t the birthday post I was expecting to share with you guys, I think it’s one of the most important I’ll write in a while. As always, thank you all for your love and support. Please stay safe. You are in my thoughts and prayers. And never forget that you are beautiful, you are important, and you are not alone.
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