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practice is unique to the individual. Slow Beauty isn’t a regimen, P: You mention early in your wellness journey you or a one size fits all idea. I believe the most sustainable self-care had to seek out the kinds of modalities that are practice is one that is fluid and personalized. My book is simply readily available today. How does this ever-present a guide offering suggestions and recommendations and an outline rush of information make it difficult for women today for people to create their own way. So much of developing a self- to figure out their own wellness journey? care practice is trial and error, and over time we each find our way SP: That is true. My wellness journey has been a journey of and hone our practice. We are always in process. discovery over many years, and compared to how we receive and consume information today, I was P: We hear the word “anti- fortunate to have this slower experience aging” so much in the beauty without the pressure to keep up with any industry. How does Slow Beauty wellness trends. Now, with so many choices combat that idea or trend? and options and avenues of wellness, SP: I am completely against that word narrowing it down can be overwhelming for and always have been. We need to people who are interested in their own choose our words carefully, and I don’t wellness journey, and the pace of the ever- think being against aging is the way to go. changing trends may discourage people I think this phrase encourages a superficial from going deep into any one offering. I and tyrannical approach to aging. I think recommend people set boundaries about we need to create new language about and how they receive and consume the infor- around the aging process that is mation, tune into their needs, try one supportive, encouraging and thing at a time, and be reflective about ultimately, Slow beauty is about expansive. what resonates with them and what does not. joyful living and a commitment P: In Slow Beauty, you to always becoming the best mention Torti, your son’s P: How does this book help someone version of our self. class pet, and how he who is overwhelmed by the helped you come to your increasing wellness options and satori moment (or aha moment) about the slow information available? beauty philosophy. What was that like for you and SP: In the book, I emphasiz e the importance of slowing down how can readers use your book to have their own and taking a seasonal approach to wellness and encourage satori moment? women to map out their personal self-care plan in the mapping SP: It was a wonderful aha moment. My hope is that when section in chapter four. I also offer a daily wellness “itinerary” readers try the rituals, recipes and exercises they will connect with as a structure to follow to plot out their self-care rituals on a something along the way that shifts their perspective about daily, monthly and yearly basis. I recommend approaching this beauty, self-love and self-care. The book is set up in such a way slowly over time, really tuning in to what feels good, and to leave space and give support for people to experience their own selecting a few core aspects to their practice. For me, the core revelations about how they feel and what they need, and what is daily meditation, self-massage and a vegan diet, and then I ultimately sets them on a path of sustainable self-care for a build on that with other appropriate daily, monthly and yearly lifetime. n rituals that work for me. P: Why was it so important for you to make the Slow Beauty program so individualized? SP: I don’t believe in beauty standards per se. Each self-care clicK Here for one of Pink’s recipes as featured in Slow Beauty. January/February 2018 ■ PULSE 35