“Get excited about the little things.” With Ming Zhao & Desi Buenrostro

Get excited about the little things. I think that the older we get, the less excited we are about things in our lives. Get some movement in your day. I’m on my computer all day, so when I exercise, I feel like I accomplished something. It makes me feel good. And last but not least, […]

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Get excited about the little things. I think that the older we get, the less excited we are about things in our lives. Get some movement in your day. I’m on my computer all day, so when I exercise, I feel like I accomplished something. It makes me feel good. And last but not least, get enough sleep. We all know how important sleep is, but resting will not only make you feel beautiful; it will also make you healthier and happier, and that’s what matters.

At times it feels like wellness or elevating one’s wellbeing, is diametrically opposed to high achievement and high performance in one’s career. The stress, mental energy, long hours, lack of restful sleep and preoccupation that result from a high-achievement life seem to directly inhibit wellness. And yet, in order to sustain the creativity, flexibility, mental acuity and resilience that are necessary for high performance, wellness and wellbeing of the mind, body and soul are also mandatory. So how do we achieve both? This is the question I’m hoping to answer through conversations with high-achieving leaders and influencers who are practicing their own philosophies about how to maintain their wellbeing.

As a part of our series about “Social Media Influencers Share Their Top Self Care, Wellness, and Beauty Tips, I had the pleasure of interviewing Desi Buenrostro.

Desi is the creator of the lifestyle blog Tea Cups & Tulips, where she shares everything from style and beauty tips to wellness ideas and healthy recipes. Her primary mission is to inspire women to be the best version of themselves, and she’s been doing that since 2015. Desi was born and raised in Bulgaria but currently lives in Southern California with her husband, daughter, and son.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Our readers would love to get to know you a bit better. Can you share with us the backstory of how you came upon this career path and to where you are today?

Istarted my blog in the summer of 2015. Back then, I was working full time, but I wasn’t feeling fulfilled and challenged at my job. The main reason I started blogging was that I wanted to have a creative outlet where I can share the things I love and inspire other women. It just so happened that 2015 was a very eventful year for me because shortly after I decided to start Tea Cups & Tulips, I quit my job and moved overseas with my family. My husband had taken a contract job in the Netherlands that was going to keep him there for at least 2 more years, so my daughter and I moved with him to The Hague. From working full time to moving to a new country and freelancing on the side, I had a lot more time to spend on Tea Cups & Tulips making it easier to decide what direction I wanted to take it. Although in the beginning it was more of a hobby that I enjoyed doing very much and taking it in a specific direction never really crossed my mind. Today, I’m still very passionate about blogging, but over the years I have learned that this is just like any other venture you start. It will not happen overnight, and it’s a constant work in progress. I’m nowhere near where I want to be, but I’m enjoying the process of getting there, and I look forward to what’s next.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

The person that has helped me the most is my husband. He is the one that has always been there for me and supported me in every way, and when you’re starting something, you need all the support you can get. There will always be days when you don’t feel confident enough, and you just need that little push or pat on the back, that’s where he comes in. He is also the person that takes most of the pictures on my blog so that I couldn’t do this without him.

Can you share a story with us about the most humorous mistake you made when you were first starting? What lesson or take-away did you learn from that?

I can’t think of anything specific at the moment, but I’m sure of I’ve had my fair share of mistakes that I’ve made along the way. I’m sure I’ll make plenty in the future as well, and that’s okay. I’m okay with that because I’m a human and we all make mistakes. It’s how we learn and how we grow.

As an influencer, you have been blessed with great success in a career path that many have attempted, but eventually gave up on. In fact perhaps most people who tried to follow a career path like yours did not succeed. Do you have any words of advice for others who may want to embark on this career path but know that their dreams might be dashed?

The most important thing when you start a blog or any type of business for that matter is to be consistent. You can’t give up if you don’t see results right away and let’s be honest, you’re not going to see results right away. Building something can take months or years, so be prepared to do it because you love it. If you’re doing it just for the money or some other reason besides your passion, you’ll quickly want to give up when you don’t see the results you’re expecting. My constant train of thought is, in the end, even if it doesn’t work out or you realize it’s not the thing you want to do, at least you tried, and you won’t have any regrets when you look back in 10 years.

Can you share with our readers some of your strategies you’ve used to build an engaged, loyal, and large online community?

It’s essential to find your voice and be yourself. People won’t be interested in what you have to say if you sound like everybody else. They care what YOU have to say, and they trust YOUR opinion. To build a community of followers that are loyal and engaged, you first have to be honest with yourself and the content you create. Consistency is also key. You have to show up every day, regardless of whether you feel like it or not. Working every day to achieve your goal is only going to make you better and more prepared for your what’s to come when you finally reach it.

Okay thank you for all that. Now let’s shift to the main focus of our interview. In my work, I focus on how one can thrive and care for oneself in three areas: body, mind, and heart.

You are a busy person with a demanding schedule, can you share with our readers two self care routines, practices or treatments that help your body thrive? (Kindly share a story or an example for each.)

I’ve talked on Tea Cups & Tulips about the importance of having a morning routine. I think the way you start your day sets the tone for the rest of the day. Having a morning routine can be something as small as waking up and reading a book for 20 minutes, sipping on a nice cup of your favorite tea, it can be doing yoga or taking a walk. Try different things and find what works for you. My mornings are pretty busy, but here’s whats worked for me. First, I changed the alarm ring tone on my phone, and I think this made such a big difference in the way I wake up and the mood I’m in when I wake up. Then I do some quick stretching, nothing crazy, but it helps wake up my body and mind. Next, I do my morning skincare routine, and before I know it I’m off to take the kids to school. When I come back, I fill a large glass jar with water and a few slices of lemon, make a green tea and coffee. I like to drink a lot of liquids throughout the day. If I have time, I also do yoga before I start work, because it helps me focus better, and I found that it leads to a more productive day.

Can you share with us two routines that you use to help your mind or heart to thrive? (Kindly share a story or example for each.)

My morning routine that I just talked about is the way I like to start my day. It may change because every day is different, but I want to do as much as I can. Throughout the day, I find that listening to something motivational like a podcast inspires me to be more productive, and with so many podcasts out there, it’s an easy and convenient way to learn something new. I listen to podcasts on my commute or at home while I’m doing chores. I also have an evening routine that includes reading. I’ve been trying to disconnect from all electronic devices in the evening. So after I put my kids to bed, I take a shower, apply my nighttime skincare, and then I get ready to read in bed. I find that reading is a great way to relax, and I try to do it for at least an hour every night.

Can you share 3 ideas that anyone can use “to feel beautiful”? (Please share a story or example for each.)

Get excited about the little things. I think that the older we get, the less excited we are about things in our lives. Get some movement in your day. I’m on my computer all day, so when I exercise, I feel like I accomplished something. It makes me feel good. And last but not least, get enough sleep. We all know how important sleep is, but resting will not only make you feel beautiful; it will also make you healthier and happier, and that’s what matters.

Is there a particular resource, a practitioner, expert, book, or podcast that made a significant impact on you and helped you to thrive? Can you share a story about that with us?

There are so many inspiring people out there, but someone I like listening to is Gary Vaynerchuck. He says a lot of things that may seem quite obvious, and I often listen to him and think, wait, I already know that, but am I actually taking action, am I making changes in my life. He motivates me to take action, be proactive, and make the necessary changes in my daily lifestyle in order to achieve my goals. He’s someone that inspires me to do those things.

Do you have a story about the strangest, most bizarre or funniest wellness treatment that you’ve ever experienced?

Not really a bizarre one, but I remember when I bought that charcoal toothpaste that was all the rage not too long ago, and my daughter walked in on me while I was using it. I can still remember the confused look on her face. My mouth and teeth were all black, and she just stared and calmly asked if I was ok. If you haven’t tried charcoal toothpaste, it’s supposed to whiten your teeth, and it’s a good replacement for a traditional toothpaste.

As an influencer, you are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger.

Something I’m very passionate about is health and healthy eating. I’d love to inspire more people and especially the younger generation, to pay attention to what they eat and how they live. No one is perfect, but making small changes can make a big difference to someones overall health. It reminds me of a saying, “little drops of water can make a mighty ocean.”

We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world with whom you’d like to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this. 🙂

I’d love to talk to Gary Vaynerchuck and pick his brain on the future of social media and blogging.

What is the best way our readers can follow you on social media?

Follow my blog Tea Cups & Tulips, and on social media, you can find me @teacupsntulips.

Thank you for these fantastic insights. We wish you only continued success in your great work!

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