Oh hey! Estée here again, how are you? Welcome to August’s column. It’s kind of a big one...it was the month I turned 30!
I’m not going to lie, this Leo season has been full of ups and downs. In the weeks leading up to my birthday I felt overwhelmed and pretty stressed (and I did not think I would be that person!). I think in general ‘big’ birthdays are a huge catalyst for reflection and sometimes that’s intense isn’t it? Now that it’s over I feel amazing!
My birthday was special, and I feel so grateful to have been able to celebrate it, as I know so many peoples birthdays this year may have been difficult in lockdown. I treated myself to a solo trip to Venice that was full of pasta and gelato (of course) followed by a few days at Soho Farmhouse with my nearest and dearest, including Effie, who partied harder than anyone! It was such a great way to see in a new decade and appreciate how far I’ve come. This is why I’ve decided to make this column all about what I’ve learned in my twenties and what I’m most excited for now I’m 30. Are you ready?
I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’ve learnt about myself in the last few years with so much change. Most recently I’ve understood the importance of setting boundaries, and this plays in to a lot of areas in my life. I think it’s really important for everyone to know their own boundaries and when it’s good for you to ease them a little. I’ve also been doing a lot of “conscious breathing” which helps a lot with my anxiety. Put simply, you focus on breathing deeply & feeling it flow through your body. So simple, but so effective.
One of the hardest lessons I’ve learned in my twenties is overcoming my own fear. Once you realise that fear shouldn’t stand in the way of trying, you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. This might sound cheesy, but fear of the unknown or fear of failure can be so crippling. This really came in to play when launching the first Daisy collection and seeing the incredible response really gave me a huge amount of confidence! I was so nervous before we launched but looking back it’s one of my proudest moments and a career highlight for sure - a great example of why you shouldn’t let fear stand in your way!
In a lot of ways, my late twenties were slightly frantic and all over the shop so I’m hoping my thirties brings more balance and quality time. I’m really focusing on building the life that makes sense for me, trying to find what feels good and listen to my body and mind more. Travel has been a big part of my twenties and I’m so thankful for all of the amazing places I’ve been, but my favourite place right now is my own home, slowed down with Effie by my side.
Thinking back to who I was when I first moved to London 10 years ago, a young, fresh 20 year old, I’d love to tell her
“trust that the answers you need are already within you.”
If I could leave you with one piece of advice, however old you are, it would be to always follow your heart. I’ve got my mom to thank for that one.