This Fashionista’s Daily Rituals Will Keep You Grounded in a Crazy Year
It can be hard to stay calm and organized in a year that’s felt anything but. But for all the curveballs virtual learning and working from home have thrown us, there is the occasional bright spot. Case in point: People across the country have saved an average of 54 minutes on their daily commutes.
Stop right there! Resist the urge to pile more meetings and must-dos into those minutes. We believe they should be spent doing something for you. That’s why we’ve partnered with Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® on the 54-minute Challenge, to find out how folks are spending their additional “me time.”
Jenee’ Naylor is a Washington, D.C.-based fashion maven who’s all about aspirational yet approachable living — as seen on her popular Instagram account, @highlowluxxe, where she films helpful beauty and style videos in a beautifully decorated walk-in closet.
Jenee’ has an aesthetic that projects serenity, and she uses her 54 minutes to cultivate that same sense of calm for herself. “I’m an anxious person by nature, and an over-thinker,” she says. “I have to be proactive about sitting and being quiet.” Her 54 minutes are spread throughout the day on rituals and moments that help her relax and re-center.
When she wakes up, Jenee’ begins her day with coffee and journaling. Lately, she lights a fire, makes a double-espresso, and gives the room a spritz with garden-inspired Mrs. Meyer’s Peony Room Freshener, which goes with her everywhere. Then, she sits down to write. “This year I started a gratefulness ritual: I write down three things I’m thankful for every morning.”
In the evening, Jenee’ unwinds with a luxurious bath ritual. She lights her favorite Mrs. Meyer’s Peony Tin candle, arranged on a tray with bath salts. “For quiet time, I take a bubble bath. I recently moved into a house with an amazing tub. So that’s a new self-care ritual.”
Before going to sleep, Jenee’ finds peace in proactive tasks like tidying her closet. While organization isn’t everyone’s idea of self-care, it helps this self-described “neat freak” find a calm, focused headspace. “I go to sleep with a clean space and wake up with a clean space. It doesn’t take long, and it motivates me to do all of these other things.”
Most importantly, Jenee’ doesn’t sweat it if the day doesn’t turn out Instagram perfect: “How do I have grace for myself when I don’t live up to my own expectations?” she says. “Honestly telling myself, ‘It’s okay. Maybe today was not the day. But tomorrow can be.’”
However you spend your 54-minute Challenge, don’t forget to add one of Mrs. Meyer’s refreshing air care scents. Thoughtfully made from plant-derived ingredients, they’re little luxuries that help create meaningful, memorable me-time — whatever that looks like for you.