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Day 1: Unplug & Recharge

June 2nd, 2012

GUEST BLOGGER: My name is Lauren and I am a senior at Drake University studying public relations and journalism. My passion for health and wellness and enthusiasm to learn about the industry led me to Sheree and Fork in the Road, where I will be interning over the next several months.  The following is part of my guest blog series.  Thank you for reading!


I rarely leave my house without makeup on. Early mornings I’ll frequent the gym with a naked face, otherwise you’ll never see me au naturale.

I usually allow 20 minutes for my daily personal care routine—lotion, foundation, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara and bronzer.  This morning was no different. I rushed to an early meeting and ran a few errands. When I returned home and washed my hands before making a juice, I glanced in the mirror and noticed that my eye makeup had smudged. I reached for the cotton swabs and eyeliner to do a touch up. But something stopped me.

My expectations for Unplug and Recharge are more mental than physical. I would like to refocus and reevaluate the goals and priorities in my hectic life. And all at once in that moment of  being ready to reapply my makeup, I thought about all of that: makeup, goals, priorities, and the face that I show the world.

I put the eyeliner back. And then I washed my entire face.

I use mostly organic and natural cosmetics, but couldn’t help but sense they are hindering my experience. So for for the next 10 days I will be wearing a little mascara, but that’s it. The difference between my regular routine and today’s modifications may not appear huge to some people, but to me this is a big shift.

So if you’re following me and care to comment, I have a question: what would you do with 20 extra minutes in the morning?

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  1. adrienne says:

    Yay Sheree! I’ve enjoyed those 20 extra minutes all my life. Wish I was still in Des Moines so I could see your beautiful face. Keep up the GREAT work.