One thing that I’m consistently aware of as I get older is how fast time flies by. It seems like I was just in high school, stressing about finals and passing my drivers exam. And then there was the excitement over which college to choose. Now that I’ve been out of college for a few years now, I’m reminded how quickly life is passing by. I heard this phrase the other day in terms of becoming a new parent, “The days are long but the years are short.” While I can only imagine how true that is when you’re raising a child, I also feel like it’s true for the rest of us. One day I’m going to wake up, much older and hopefully a lot wiser. I have so many things that I wish for my future self, so I was so excited when one of my favorite skincare brands Clinique reached out about their #FaceForward campaign that promotes their classic 3-Step system. Clinique is a brand I’ve been using since the very beginning. The first skincare product I bought was this exact system. I didn’t realize until now that this is one of those products that has stayed a consistent part of my routine for over 10 years. Pretty amazing, right?
Here’s what I want to tell my future self,
Make time for the things and the people that matter. Don’t get so caught up in work that it sacrifices quality time with friends and family. Make decisions and sacrifices so that you can have a work-life balance.
Treat yourself well, inside and out. Continue to practice a healthy lifestyle. Eat fruits and veggies. Buy local and organic produce, when possible. Think about where your food is coming from and what you’re putting in your body. Take time to cook together as a family.
Remember how much you love to run and exercise. Yoga has been an incredible release for you. Continue to work on your practice. Life is busy and hectic but afford yourself some time each day where you can reflect and refocus. We often go through motions and tasks without stopping to think about what we’re doing and why. Set intentions for yourself along the way.
Care for your skin and appreciate the signs of aging that come along with it. They’re memories of adventures and memories that you’ll hold dear forever. Don’t try to be someone you’re not. God has blessed you with being your own person. Don’t take that for granted. Enjoy the life you have in front of you.
And to my present self,
Enjoy every minute of your life. Push yourself to learn and
grow. Don’t stress about all the little things. Smile and laugh when you have
the opportunity. Allow yourself to admit your faults so that you can work on
them. Focus on the people you love. Give yourself time to breath, relax, and
live. Life is too short to not be cherished and enjoyed. Continue to take risks
and challenge yourself in new ways.
Welcome to M Loves M! My name is Mara and I created this lifestyle site in 2009 as a place to share my love of fashion, beauty, food and entertaining. I live in Los Angeles with my husband Matthew, our baby boy, and our dog Ginger. I strive to create a site that’s relatable to women, while also being inspirational. I’m so glad you stopped by!