Self Practice is an online space for creativity, modern wellness and spirituality. Throughout the articles, Lauren shows us inside the lives of creative women, explores the mind and the spirit and shared helpful skills to apply to your everyday life. Here, Lauren explains the inspiration and people who make up the building blocks of the Self Practice website.
Where did you fascination of wellness stem from?
I’ve always been someone that’s been hyper aware of my thinking. Over the years, especially as a teenager, I struggled with my body image, mental illness and sense of self. I suppose you could say this fascination stemmed from there.. From wanting to better myself, to find out what wellness really meant for me, to hold myself accountable, and through learning what has worked for myself – sharing what I have experiences and learned seemed like such an inevitable trajectory. It’s funny to reflect.. Back then, I always knew that the darkness I was going through was in some way, some how, for the greater good – not just myself, but for others. It’s been nice to find myself, to find my own voice, and encourage others to do the same.
You have such a strong sense of community in the way you network with the women around you, do you think this has helped Self Practice come alive?
Absolutely. Self Practice would not exist were it not for the village of women that inspire and support me/my crazy ideas. I am incredibly aware of how lucky I am to find myself surrounded by people that are incredibly expansive. Sharing their stories, views, references and rituals and is such a privilege. Self Practice is so many things, to myself, and others, however ‘community’ is the first word that comes to mind when I reflect upon what we’ve accomplished, and where we’re headed.
What are the things that keep you motivated?
For me, this changes day to day, so it’s important to check in.. I’m a Manifesting Generator Human Design Type – so I don’t struggle too much with ‘motivation’ – my struggle lies with stopping.. Knowing when to say no, ensuring I don’t over commit and burn out. My biggest work right now is honouring my limits, especially as Self Practice grows.
What is the one beauty product that does it all for you?
Oh this is like asking me to choose a favourite child. But I’m going to have to say Sans Activator 7 Body+ Face + Hair Oil. It’s a chameleon in all the right ways: Make up remover, face serum, body moisturiser/hydrator, hair mask, !!! – and lately I’ve been splashing a decent amount in the bath with me so I emerge already silky and smooth.
How important is self care to you?
It is the most important. I prioritise it above anything and everything else.
What is your daily beauty ritual?
For me, beauty starts on the inside. Hydration and mindful detoxification is key. I wake up and drink warm water with the juice of half a lemon & a pinch of sea salt, daily. I also go to bed each evening drinking my herbal beauty infusion. Hot yoga for a good sweat, this has improved my skin beyond belief!