From broadway to barre, she moved to London to follow her dream.
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Kristen Bell (yes, the Veronica Mars eek!) graced the stage at our annual MINDBODY BOLD Conference in Birkenstocks. And to be perfectly honest, her authentic approach to life—and non-existent balance—was a breath of fresh air.
From openly discussing her mental health to acknowledging “everyone struggles with shit,” Kristen’s view on wellness didn’t have to do with just running a business, but running with all the “stuff” that comes your way. She reminded us that it’s not always greener on the other side of the Hollywood sign.
Nothing short of funny and inspiring, here are three things I learned from one of my favorite Hollywood stars!
When Kristen took the stage, she immediately addressed the palpable energy of the audience—and that she was most likely going to cry at some point during the interview. The best part? She did—and made no apologies for it. To Kristen, shedding tears isn’t a sign of weakness; it’s embracing an emotional response. Crying is part of who she is, and it’s part of who we all are. “I’m not out of control, and I’m having an emotion that’s real and authentic to me, so why would you judge me for it?” Well said, Kristen.
Saying “no” is no easy feat—especially for Kristen (and myself). Like this mom, actress, entrepreneur, humanitarian (the list goes on) put it, that palm sweat-inducing action is something that takes time to learn and accept. By acknowledging that you need to look after yourself to be there for everything—and everyone—else is something we all need a lesson in. Let those negative connotations go and do what’s good and right for you!
...and shocking, it doesn’t exist. Being present and forgetting this ideology of balance is one point Kristen addressed multiple times, driving home the importance of “accepting where I am in the moment.” Whether it’s through meditation, learning to say no, working or spending time with yourself, throwing balance out the window only helped Kristen connect deeper with herself. I am starting to rethink how I use the “b” word and how I can eliminate this term and the expectations that come with it during my everyday life. Balance and presence is a personal journey, and the path is winding—and can be exhausting. Or maybe I am still out of breath from that morning HIIT class.
Want to learn more about BOLD? From wellness classes to empowering speakers, head to @mindbody to follow this year’s conference and find out how you can be part of next year’s experience!
Things are weird. Times are changing. It seems like just when we’re starting to get a grip, there’s another surprise. When it comes to beauty, we've had to adapt on our own due to salon closures, keep an eye on preparations and protocol changes during those closures, try to know what we’re doing before booking an appointment once they reopened, and maybe even brave the journey back to the salon. Whether you live in a place where salons are open, you’ve experienced a second shutdown, or you straight up haven’t had a haircut since March, we can all probably agree that we’re expecting some differences in the salon and spa world thanks to COVID.
We wanted to gauge how everyone is thinking and feeling about all this, so we put out a poll on our Instagram, asking you all what you expect from beauty salons right now.
Here’s what you had to say...
53% of you have returned to the hair salon by now, while 47% of you have not. This makes sense, because every area of the country is different when it comes to cases, closures, and mandates, and every person is different when it comes to risk and safety.
While many hair salons have begun operating outdoors due to government regulations, 58% of you said you’re fine with getting your haircut indoors, while the other 42% are more comfortable keeping it outside.
58% of you said you’d rather go to your hair salon than have your stylist come to you. I get it, home is a safe space, probably shouldn’t let any outsiders in.
69% of you said you’re “totally!” going to tip more for services once you start receiving them again. During this time without our stylists and aestheticians, I think we all realized how much we need them and appreciate them, and many of us are willing to show them a little extra gratitude to make up for the time we spent apart.
But, most of you aren’t. 56% of you said you have not cut or colored your own or a friend’s hair, because it was too risky, while the other 44% just “had to!”
Only 29% of you have returned to nail salons, while the rest are sticking to at-home manicures. Maybe we’re all just getting really good at it? But probably, it’s because a lot of them are still closed down, or because it’s a little more difficult to get a pedicure outdoors (we need our massage chairs!).
Our last poll question asked about what differences you’ve all noticed when heading back to the salon, and you all had a lot to say...
It’s a beautiful thing to see how the salon and spa community has come together, taken precautions, and adjustments, all so they can continue to help us look and feel our best. If you haven’t spoken to your stylist lately (or even if you have), don’t forget to shoot them a thank you and let them know you appreciate them.