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I used to hate showering. I still hate it a little bit. I do it, don’t get me wrong. But I hate wet hair, having to redo my makeup, and generally the whole “starting over” process it entails. It feels like an inconvenience. (First world problems, I know.)
Then I had kids.
The shower has become one of the very few places I can go and be totally alone, at peace with my thoughts and without interruption (for the most part, at least). Like many of you, I suspect, I often churn through most days at a pretty good pace leaving little time for reflection or introspection, or even just a few moments to contemplate my day.Something about the shower curtain, though, seems to shut out the rest of my day just for the few minutes I’m (hiding out) in there.
Steamy and hot, I often find time to just think in the shower. The constant churn of the day’s activities stop turning over in my brain. I lather up and let my mind be a blank slate.
Given that I only have a few minutes of time to myself, I’ve been keen on making them count. I like the water extra hot (even if that’s not entirely environmentally-friendly), and I indluge in a new bodywash and a new brand of shampoo and conditioner each time I run out of what I have.
My latest and greatest were the Softsoap Fresh & Glow Exfoliating Fruit Polish Body Wash and Softsoap Fresh & Glow Hydrating Shower Cream Body Wash duo from Walmart. Pretty colors and fancy ingredients like milk protein and almond and coconut extracts in the hydrating cream and apricot seeds as well as orange & kiwi extracts in the exfoliating polish hooked me right in.
Honesty, they have really nice smells. They both have soft, subtle scents that smell clean without being overwhelmingly fruity or floral.
While I’m hating the inconvenience of all that showering entails yet loving the peace and quiet I enjoy, there’s one other thing about a shower that almost always gets me. I peacefully enjoy calm and time to myself, reflecting on my day, when all of sudden something pops into my head. It’s seriously…
…THE BEST IDEA EVER!
No, that’s great, right? A perfect blog post, an awesome outfit, a great recipe or the solution to a nagging problem at the office flourishing in my brain while I relax under the hot running water. My thoughts and ideas come together so beautifully when I open up some mental space to think freely!
It’s not so great though that now my lovely shower is cut short! If I continue to enjoy my peace and quiet, the great idea often melds with other thoughts and the perfection slides right down the drain with the flowing water. Does this ever happen to you? Maybe it’s just me…I’ve always been one to enjoy a long shower so a relaxing pace has never phased M. But with an idea so great, I fear losing the details and fluidity that feel so natural in my head.
I reluctantly rinse off the body wash and prepare to exfoliate the heck out of my sad skin that’s entirely defeated by winter. Seriously, dry winter air compounded by constantly running heaters does no favors for my skin.
Fresh and clean, I jump out of the shower, throw on a towel, and race to my phone to write as much detail about my idea as I can in my Evernote app before the fleeting epiphany is lost forever. Honestly, once that idea passes and my brain returns to real life roller coasters, it’s a goner and I’m back to the mental rat race of daily to-do lists and calendar management.
I’ve touched on this idea in the past, and I still believe that I discover many of my greatest ideas in the shower. I suspect I’m not alone. I really think it’s the freedom we give ourselves in the shower to let go of the daily to dos and make available thoughtful capacity to ponder deeper things that allows us to generate our “best stuff.”
I share this with you today because this winter white outfit was a product of my shower reflections. For quite a while, I loved so many of the sophisticated winter white looks I found on Pinterest, on blogs, or in magazines, and I never felt I could recreate them.I didn’t have white pants, a staple in many of the looks, so I bypassed the inspiration. Today’s combination probably seems obvious to you. So much feels that way in hindsight. In reality, it took an “epiphany” in the shower with all the world’s racket out of my way to realize this combination. Crazy stupid, right?!
I probably could have remembered this outfit idea through the rest of a relaxing shower. But I truly find that a calm shower often opens the flood gates for ideas about a blog post I hadn’t quite been able to craft or a complex issue at work I struggled to unlock. In those cases, I definitely find myself rushing the rest of my shower to get to a place where I can jot down my thoughts and save them for later.
What do you think? Are you a shower thinker? Does the hot running water boil to top of mind the best of the great ideas percolating in your brain?
Jacket – Collection Fiftynine (thrifted) Skirt – LOFT (thrifted) Shirt – August Silk
Scarf – DSW Boots – Aerosoles Tights – Target Belt – old (thrifted)
As always on Monday, it’s time for the weekly style link up. Want to share an outfit you stumbled on in the shower? Presuming you didn’t all come up with today’s outfit while performing acts of personal hygiene, where did you get inspiration for the outfit you’re sharing today? Share in the comments!