As a verb, balance is defined as: “to keep or put (something) in a steady position so that it does not fall”. As a noun, balance is defined as: “an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.” When it comes to my new series “A Balanced Life” I have chosen a few lovely ladies to feature that I believe embody what it means to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle. These women inspire me to keep buying organically (even if it is more expensive and some people just don’t get it), to keep working out (even if it is the first time in my life I am getting fit in a healthy way) and to keep up the positive attitude and energy.
Have you ever stumbled across an Instagram account and look up to find that you’ve literally scrolled through all one-thousand, one-hundred and ninety-eight of their pictures? Yeah, well that was me when I came across Britt St. George’s (@therelevancereport) account. Her unique eye for detail, her calming aesthetic and her keen fashion sense are all factors that make you hit the follow button immediately. Aside from being one of Boston’s “must follow” accounts, she is also a content strategist, a digital art director…and, oh yeah, an attorney. Beauty and brains; everything that makes a Girl Boss and a truly inspiring Balanced Babe.
- What does a Balanced Life mean to you?
For me, balance is finding a place where you’re equal parts comfortable and uncomfortable. It’s doing enough of what makes you feel safe, and good, and at home, while also doing enough of what makes you feel the opposite of those things; pushed, vulnerable, and out of your element. To me, that’s a balanced life. That’s not to say I’ve found what I claim to be balance. I’m working on the latter part every day, the part that’s easier to ignore and easier to forget about.
2. Do you have an AM and PM routine that contributes to your balanced life?
I like to workout in the morning. A really good sweat sets the tone of my day by making me want to preserve all the work I’ve done that morning. That’s the comfort part, the part that preserves the status quo (in my body, my schedule, my health). At night, I like to take mental notes of things I’m grateful for, things I take for granted and things I’ve worked tirelessly for. It’s a super quick ritual, but, for me, it’s part of being self-aware, which, coincidentally is easy not to be.
3. What is your definition of self-love and positive body image?
Self-love and self-care are very synonymous for me. I don’t necessarily think they should be the same, but most days they are for me. I think that stems from a busy life and a “take what you can get” mentality. And, I think that’s ok. But, beyond the mere physicality of self-care, self-love and the idea of positive body image, for me, is acknowledging how your body serves you each day, how it navigates stresses and challenges, and appreciating that. It’s choosing to admire yourself, instead of being critical. The longest relationship you’ll have is with yourself and your body. Don’t be mean to it. Love it. Respect it. Work for it and serve it like it does for you each day.
4. What are some ways you stay active and foods you eat to achieve a balanced mind, body and soul (favorite work out routines, favorite healthy dish/ snack etc.)