Feed yourself well
Elegance is being well rounded
Be elegant: Feed yourself well. If you are looking for other ways to improve your life, keep reading!
You are easily influenced by what you surround yourself with on a daily basis. I am sure you’ve heard the saying “You are the average of your five closest friends.”
But if that’s true then shouldn’t the same apply with what you eat? Or what you find entertaining?
When I was a younger (and albeit, stupid) girl, I would ferociously stuff myself with my childhood vice, sour patch kids, to which I would immediately regret.
Not only would my stomach be in agony but my poor tongue! Anyways, there was no way I could be an elegant girl when I felt so rotten.
Even now, think of when you overeat something whether it is savory or sweet, you feel exhausted.
The rest of the night is ruined and you can’t do much else. Plus the next morning, you are still feeling the effects.
It’s terrible! (All this talk might be showing my age!)
But what about feeding yourself in other ways?
Like mentioned earlier, through entertainment? Now with streaming services, binging shows has never been easier.
That means that not only are we are able to be, dare I say, even lazier but we are enabling this past time, allowing it to be socially acceptable!
I’m sure you’re not learning too much watching Punisher!
However, I can hear most of you moaning, “But Jennifer, I’ve worked hard all day, I need a break and I deserve this!”
To which I would respond, “Yes, you did work hard, but it would be like giving someone who lost ten pounds a tub of ice cream to celebrate!”
It will set them back and make them feel terrible.
Everything they did was for essentially nothing.
When you worked hard all day, being the elegant woman that you are, finish the day strong and do something elegant by feeding your mind something that will help you grow.
So let’s work together to be elegant, feed ourselves well!
Feed yourself well
The Guilty Pleasure
What about guilty pleasures you say?
I do have quite a few of those. One being YouTube, which we know could either make you feel stupid for wasting so much time or it could improve your knowledge by watching something educational.
This is a great time to develop a habit that will enrich your mind by taking advantage of videos that can teach you something.
Take your guilty pleasure and turn it into something positive or that doesn’t “waste your time”.
Other ideas to “feed” yourself in a positive way is to surround yourself with beautiful music.
There are many times that we listen to music or some form of audio entertainment and not think too much about it.
However, it is potential growth time.
When you become more aware of the time that you have and how you can spend it wisely, after many years it can seriously amount to something huge!
Sometimes, I wish I would have read more every day. The amount of books I could have consumed would have been amazing.
Practicing something on a daily basis can seem pointless, but I’m going to save that for another post.
Feed yourself well
What are other ways?
What’s left then?
We’ve talked about watching, listening, eating, what about touching? How to feed yourself well when it comes to touching?
What am I talking about?
Well to answer your question, I mean the quality of fabrics that you are putting onto your body.
This sounds a little weird, but bare with me.
Is it not true that when you dress up a little nicer, you actually feel better? This is not anything new.
People have been talking about this for awhile. “Dress how you want to portray to people.” kind-of-attitude, and honestly it does work.
So, I am just going to quickly bring it up here.
The idea about feeding yourself well is about consciously surrounding yourself with anything that can improve your life.
If wearing something of quality and beauty makes you feel like the elegant woman that you are, then it is working.
But it’s important to keep in mind that the elegance always comes from within.
Give yourself some love
Feeding yourself well is a wonderful way to show yourself the love and respect that you deserve.
That is what can elevate you from being just a woman, to being the woman you desire to be.
It’s these little touches that those women who have that “look” use as their secret weapon.
Now, you might be wondering, how can you implement this in your daily life, and luckily it’s quite attainable if you’re willing to work for it.
How to Feed Yourself Well
Let’s begin this with the most obvious of all. Eat well.
Now, this is no food or diet blog and I know just how personal this conversation can be, so I will keep it light.
Eating well does so much for you. It lets you wake up early (in a better mood), you feel light in your body.
And best of all, it takes that little nagging voice and quiets it.
If you think back to yourself how many times that you eat something “bad” for yourself, that you regret it and feel a little stupid.
Either because of your lack of discipline or that you didn’t prepare something else.
That little nagging voice can start quiet and escalate to an ongoing stress that is constantly on your mind.
It can be time consuming and tortuous.
So, prevent the whole vicious cycle of eating junk, feeling bad for yourself, feeling guilty, then mad so you eat something you know you shouldn’t.
Avoid the whole fiasco and eat well.
Another form of entertainment that’s older than television is radio.
Or, perhaps more modern, music, audiobooks, talk radio, anything that needs you to listen.
We spend a lot of our time listening because we are driving, preparing food in the kitchen, running or walking, cleaning, or even just getting ready in the morning.
If you think about all those waking hours where you can do something to better yourself, it’s amazing.
Give yourself the gift of education and knowledge in anything that merely interests you.
It doesn’t need to be traditionally “educational”.
Make yourself feel happier and improved as well.
What medium is best?
Try to find a medium that best fits with your lifestyle.
I know that at the moment, with three boys I don’t watch much television, but I do listen to YouTube often.
I haven’t really listened to many podcasts yet, but I know they can be very exciting.
If anyone has any recommendations please let me know in the comments below.
If you know that you could accidentally get sucked into YouTube’s rabbit hole, which I admit can easily happen if you’re not careful, music is a wonderful option.
Music has a way of relaxing you, pumping you up, making you feel happy, lets you cry out your emotions.
No matter what, there’s a song for you at any moment.
When you feed yourself well with music it can open you up to different thoughts and feelings. It can make you feel beautiful and arouse inspiration.
But what kind of music is defined as “well”, when it comes to feeding yourself?
There’s the classical music which can make you smarter, or at least inspire you to do things for yourself like read a book.
For me, I love listening to foreign music, especially older ones from the 40’s.
This being after World War 2, and their countries being so happy that they won the war and they get to experience freedom, they are also trying to rebuild their cities and fix the damage.
But regardless, the music has such a powerful way to inspire you! Don’t get stuck only listening to one kind of music either.
Expand your horizons and keep an open mind.
I bet that at some point today that you listened to music, you felt inspired and bettered yourself because of it!
Mentioning guilty pleasures, watching “bad” shows used to take up my down time that I almost gave up television.
I feel like there really isn’t much on that can make you a better person.
I know that some of you will beg to differ, but I find that true for me.
I always find myself gravitating towards the junk. (it’s terrible!)
Now, with all the different methods of watching entertainment, it’s almost impossible to escape it!
That’s why it’s so important to choose something that will feed your mind in a positive way.
While some people can argue that there are too many options, I can say that now more than ever before free education is so easy to ingest!
It’s just a click of the internet.
Whether that’s learning a new language, cooking any ethnic culture’s recipe, or reading about the history of the universe.
In reality, there is so much knowledge out there for the taking.
If you choose the right material, you can make yourself a better person.
It’s in your hands.
If watching isn’t your thing, reading is vast.
Like I mentioned before, you need to find what really speaks to you and it also depends on what season of life you are in.
There are times where reading is much easier and more enjoyable, like with older children or when you can take half an hour out of your day to sit down and devour a beautiful book.
The whole idea here is to take what you’re doing already and replace it for something that will benefit you.
You aren’t getting much out of a gossip magazine but if you switch from one of those to learning how to (insert something that tickles your fancy) then think of a year later and how much knowledge you’ve collected!
Even if it is only ten minutes a day, it would be 60 hours a year of learning!
Use your eyes to enrich you, not waste your time and turn you into a zombie, because that is what happens.
This one sounds a little funny but has just the same amount of impact on your life.
Why do you think that the importance of fabrics is held high?
Isn’t it funny when you wear something made of wool your day is ruined, unless you wore a cotton shirt underneath?
Simply because when something makes you feel nice, your attitude reflects it.
Think of this example, so you are feeling extra bloated today and you rushed out of the house and put on the first things you saw.
Which happened to be thick jeans that are always on the snug side and a shirt that rides up (and to make it extra annoying, let’s pretend it is made of cheap polyester!)
How do you think that day is going to be like?
So whatever touches your body needs to make you feel amazing!
You feed yourself well by buying clothes that make you feel more “you” and by wearing makeup that enhances your natural beauty instead of wearing a mask.
It’s very easy to find ways to cover yourself up with clothing, makeup and accessories.
Especially ones that scream so loudly that people can’t see the real you.
By paying attention to the little details, such as how something as trivial as these pants make you feel, you can make the rest of your day better which will affect every aspect of your life. .
It really is all connected.
Feed yourself well
Feeding yourself well will change your life and they really are just the simple switches that you can do on a daily basis.
It might take months to implement all of them in your life and allow time to take place.
If you get really excited and try to change too much too fast, it rarely sticks, plus you’ll get burned out and then the guilty feelings come over you like a heavy blanket.
Trust me on this because it has happened to me before (more than once!)
Try and think of this as a way to get to know yourself better.
Develop hobbies and perfect the ones you have already.
Think of all that free knowledge at the tips of your fingers and how most of us (myself included on this), we just let it go to waste and we spend our time doing something that won’t ever make us better.
By bettering yourself well in all parts, your body will reap the benefits.
Start today and switch out one thing you think is wasteful and find something that you can learn from to replace it.
Let me know in the comments below if you have something that feeds you well!