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Life with Libby Self-Care Q&A

November 08, 2018

"I believe you can take any negative that you face in life and find a way to turn it inwards, reflect on it, feel it, absorb it, learn from it, and put it back outwards into the world in a whole new light filled with positivity."

Welcome to our first Self-Care Q&A with women we admire from all around the world! 

 

I met Libby of Life of Libby few weeks ago when we did a fun photoshoot together in NYC. From the moment she walked into the room, she radiated such a positive presence that she immediately lit up the room despite the cold & gloomy weather outside.

 

 

As I spoke to her more, I learned that she was born & raised in Israel, moved to Boston with her brother & mother, and has just recently moved to New York. She works as Social Media Manager for a sustainable handbag brand in addition to running her blog.

I wanted to learn more about her and came across her life story on her blog. I was amazed and shocked to read her story and found it difficult to connect her story to the happy, positive girl that I had met. While we will not go into details about her life story here, you can read about it on her blog post, I wanted to find out what she does every day to maintain such a positive attitude, so much so that it radiates and fills up a room with such light when she walks into a room. When I asked her about her difficult past and how she is able to have stay so positive now, she told me her life motto:

 

"I believe you can take any negative that you face in life and find a way to turn it inwards, reflect on it, feel it, absorb it, learn from it, and put it back outwards into the world in a whole new light filled with positivity."

  

Read on below to discover some of her advice & tips on how to maintain a positive attitude amidst it all:

  

NYC is a busy & hectic city, but when I met you during our shoot you were so relaxed and clam, how do you maintain a sense of calm amidst it all? 

New York is definitely hectic in all sorts of good and bad ways, but the good thing is that I live in Long Island City, which is just 3 stops from Times Square. At the beginning and the end of every day, I re-charge and enjoy my quiet time with my boyfriend and kitty. It’s far enough from the city so that there is no chaos when I go home, but it is close enough for me to not miss any action.

You have moved between cities & countries, did you ever feel stressed or anxious during your moves? How did you overcome them? Do you have any words of advice?

Yes, I was born and raised in Israel. When I moved to Boston I was extremely nervous and anxious not knowing the language or the people, not to mention having to leave a lot of family behind. I overcame that alongside my older brother. We would study English together after school and on weekends. I am not sure what I would do without him. When I moved to New York from Boston last August, instead of hiring movers I had my brother drive me up with his little truck. He stayed over the first night. So, my advice is - surround yourself with positive people!

What are your top five self-care routines that you would swear by? 

1. My nighttime routine of washing my face, massaging on all my creams and oils -  If I don't do this at night I feel so incomplete.

2. Working out.

3. Date night at least once a week with my boyfriend of 8 years.

4. Long phone calls with my best friend, my mom, and my Aunt who lives in Israel.

5. Taking time off to just relax, binge watch my favorite series and cuddle with my kitty at home.

 As an Influencer and a Social Media Manager, you have to be on your phone all the time to create content, as it is a requirement of your job. How has technology affected or changed your self-care?  

It actually makes self-care a lot harder. In fact, it puts a toll on my health. This world we live in - Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, etc. - makes it so hard to live in the moment and be present. I find myself always struggling to accept who I am, where my life is at this point in time, my accomplishments, my body, my face…and so on. Why? Because of the constant comparison with what I see in social media feeds and my real life. We have to remember that these feeds are specific moments in time picked out to portray a perfect life. They are edited multiple times over. They are sometimes fake and not genuine at all. Therefore, my way of taking care of myself against it all consists of constantly reminding myself of what I’ve already accomplished, reflecting on where I began, having an incredible support system, and working harder the following day to achieve what I want.

 

Thank you Libby for sharing with us your story!

 




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