Nothing is more fabulous than a New York minute, until the minute after when I realized I got nothing done. We live at such a busy pace, always on the go, trying to get 10 things done at once. Get to meeting across town, taking a sick child to unexpected doctors visit, pick up dry cleaning, plan after school activities, buy birthday presents, get dog groomed, coordinate family dentist visit, meet friend's new baby, put together Halloween costume, shower, be at parents 40th anniversary dinner at 6. And this is just today.
I’m lucky if I get two done and show up to dinner with matching shoes on. When I’m functioning at 100%, and I still can’t get everything done, it really stresses me out, and clearly I don’t always have time for self care. Recently someone casually asked “how’s Candice doing?” Normally I might treat this question as rhetorical answering with a bright-eyed “good,” but instead I paused and thought about what Candice’s day looks like, then answered “she’s superwoman.”
Everyday I watch Candice get more done than I can even remember to write on my todo list, and it seems everyday she takes on more projects. From running Mama & Tata, creating and launching Black Iris, chairing multiple charities, being a full time hands-on mom, an attentive friend to so many, plus her shoes always match! Either Candice has cloned herself, and I’m unknowingly meeting with Candice 2.0, or she too is pushing herself to the limits and can easily stress.
Everyone has their kryptonite, even super Candice, so before we all have to find out what that is, for her, I knew I needed to share with her a product that I use while I’m on the go, go, go. At all times my bag is armed with the Tata Harper aromatherapy oils, Irritability and Stress. These little pocket-sized defense mechanisms come with a roller ball application making them ideal for traveling around, due to the fact that they won’t spill, won’t collect germs by way of dirty hands, and won’t leave you spa level greasy, since you can target small areas with controlled distribution.
The Aromatic Stress Treatment has become a staple, in my designer toolbox, for times when issues or topics are really weighing on my mind. Not being able to get these things out of my head can cause such bad stress and anxiety, I become almost paralyzed getting even less done. This is not helpful to my stress and anxiety level, as you can imagine, and while I’m sure I should seek professional help on this matter, I’ve found that a simple and fast solution to getting out of my own way is through aromatherapy. The Tata Harper Aromatic Stress Treatment has a profound effect on me when I roll it into the palm of my hand and breath it in slowly. The ritual of doing so calms my mind while the combination of oils get to work immediately centering and uplifting me. This feeling of rejuvenation always propels me forward when I’m stuck, due to things out of my control or when the todo list gets so long it becomes two pages, and I don’t know where to begin. It’s somewhat of a reset button to the brain that gets everything going in the right direction again.
The Aromatic Irritability Oil is something I should figure out how to have pumped through my veins. Let’s just say patience is not my virtue. I get annoyed if I wake up before my alarm clock goes off, I hate the cold, I might be allergic to the rain, traffic makes me want to crawl out of my skin, my child messing with her socks every morning makes me go cross-eyed, I hate slow walkers, why does my dog pee so much, I hold my breath on Starbucks lines praying it will move faster, stop asking me to pick my color - I know the drill! I swear I’m a happy person. A very happy person, but an irritabile person. Maybe it’s because I have so much to do and not all of it gets done, then being irritated with myself.
Again, I’ll seek help, but until I have time for that, my therapy of choice is Tata & Harper. The Aromatic Irritability Oil is also most effective rolled on to the palms of you hands with deep inhales for similar calming effects and additionally releases negative thoughts and frustration. My personal prescription for the Irritability Oil includes applying it to all pulse points especially around my neck and shoulders where I might be holding tension. I can’t truly explain the wonders its done for me, but I’m sure anyone who’s ever had to run errands with me for a day can attest to it’s efficiency.
Knowing how the day-to-day of a busy schedule quickly turns to stress and irritability, I sit in awe of Candice. She takes on more than anyone I know, and always has a smile on her face, a kind word to say, or an extra moment for a loved one. Yet still, even the most capable and together humans can benefit from from the Tata Harper Aromatic oils. You never know when you will be face to face with your kryptonite or reach a breaking point, that’s why I had to share this with Candice especially, there are too many amazing things coming from this incredible woman, also there is an above average chance that if she ever looses it, it’s because of me for running habitually late.
By Kira Cohen.