ME FIRST MONDAY FEATURED POWERHOUSE
Creator of MelanieSantos.Co
Who is she?
Melanie is the mother of a 10-month-old little Goddess, wife to an amazing human being, the Communications and Marketing Manager for a healthcare non-profit, and the force behind the Melanie Santos brand.
I was introduced to Melanie via her Moon Rituals by an amazing soul friend and I haven't looked back since! Amongst the women I admire most, Melanie certainly stands firmly on that list because of her commitment to holistic wellness, and her uncanny tendency to keep it all the way REAL. Let's dive into her interview!
In the midst of all your responsibilities, how do you manage to prioritize yourself? What do you do?
Melanie: Self-care is a huge part of keeping my balance. It has also been a huge challenge to balance self-care now that I am a working mother, but recent experiences have solidified its importance to my health – mental, physical, as well as spiritual. Taking a long bath, getting a mani-pedi, and having my husband watch our daughter while I go see my nutritionist all constitute as self-care these days. It continues to evolve as I get older, but I think that’s fine. I think self-care is supposed to grow with you.
What would you say to the person having trouble putting themselves first?
Melanie: I suggest starting with just one simple change where you consider your mind, body, and soul before anyone else’s. That’s easier to do than a complete attitude overhaul – those usually don’t stick. Attitudinal muscles have to be exercised just like any other muscle. One day at a time, one instance at a time, and a month later you’ll realize there’s really nothing to treating yourself like you’re worthy, because you always have been.
Comparing our trajectories seems to be innate at this point, especially in the age of social media. What can you tell our readers about the self-love journey in its totality?
Melanie: No two self-love journeys are alike. There is no measurement for pain or trauma, one person’s seemingly bigger hurdles do not invalidate yours, and there is no right or wrong way to heal. Despite what my content might look like to fresh eyes, my healing journey was not beautiful. I think most of the important parts of healing are terrifyingly ugly, but they are necessary. You don’t need to announce it to the world, but you do need to believe it in your heart. Believe that you deserve to love yourself. Believe that you are worthy of shedding negativity. Believe that you trust the Universe’s plan. Believe that you will move forward, fly higher, and love more than ever.
Describe your self-love journey in one word.
What can we learn from Melanie?
Through my purview, Melanie has been influential to many of her followers who decide to put themselves first after engaging with her content. She reminds us all to stay focused on our individual journeys, to cheer one another on, and to always nurture the parts of us that yearn for attention. It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, especially when you have as many "time thieves" as her! Despite what your schedule looks like, despite what responsibilities you have on your plate, Melanie reminds us that prioritizing self-love is important for our bodies, minds, and souls. Thank you, Melanie!
Where can I find this powerhouse?
You can find Melanie and become a part of her tribe at melaniesantos.co! Catch her uplifting content and adorable Goddess baby on Instagram @melaniesantos.co, and Twitter @melaniesantosco! You can also find video content on her Youtube Channel, from which I 100% recommend her moon rituals!
Your highest self is waiting...