As I feel the sunshine of summer approaching, I am overwhelmed by the last year (or, years). From an economy on the brink of collapse, financial institutions crumbling, the war between Russia and Ukraine, and the denouement of Covid, it's as if an almost three-year winter is ending. My hope is that we are welcoming in a new era of being content, exuding happiness, and for myself personally, allowing my intuition to steer me. As I get older I have less patience for bullshit and perfection, and am focused on bettering myself in any way I can, from the books I have read, efforts to be more patient in my interactions, and to fully understand the quote "your body holds the score".
For those of you who don’t know me personally or just as the owner of SHEN, I am a single mom of two boys (ages 11 and 14) who like everyone is trying to do the best I can. That being said, this last year was a struggle to say the least, from the ever-changing retail landscape and raising my boys, to dealing with an acrimonious co-parent and having my heart broken by a boy (no "man" would ever treat a woman and her kids that way). I was met with the unplanned choice of whether or not to add another child to my world. This baby would have been here May 14th, and as much as I look back with a broken heart at what could have been, I know that this partner of mine would have broken me much worse had we stayed together.
On the skincare front, I brought the new Dr. Sturm Super Anti-Aging Cleansing Cream, the Viktor Michael Serum and Mask, and the Circa1970 Luxury Face Oil and Dr. Sturm Super Anti-Aging Night Cream for hydrators. I packed the ever-reliable EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 Oil-Free because I cannot survive without it. I grabbed a bunch of different clips and scrunchies, but of course, I forgot a hairbrush.