Ten years ago, creative director Libby Delana Work and parenting made her feel overwhelmed, so she decided to run in the morning in her small Massachusetts town. “I promise to go out every morning, no matter if it is raining, sunny, snowing, or grumpy,” she said. Since then, she hasn’t missed a day. Here, Libby shares her daily walking practice, the interesting things she always carries with her, and how she takes care of that incredible hair…
Why start your walking practice?
At first, I just wanted to kill time outside. As an entrepreneurial mother, I find that my life is full of meetings, appointments and conference calls. I realized that an important part of me-an outdoor nature lover-was missing. So, I promise to get up and go out every morning, no matter what.
Is the habit so stuck?
I started doing it for 30 days and it turned out to be 10 years. About a year ago, I did some rough calculations and found out that I have walked 25,000 miles, which means I have traveled around the earth!
Your morning walk sounds very meaningful. What do they look like in practice?
For me, it has nothing to do with speed or reaching a certain number of steps. This is more like a moving meditation. When I set off in the morning, I want to call all my senses. I want to smell the sea, listen to the birds, and feel the breeze blowing on my face. Suppose I wake up with a large group of strong tempers. I would imagine that kind of grumpy is like a knot, when I start to walk, I imagine the knot loosening, untied and settled down. I find that adding movement to our emotions is a way to be friends with them.
Do you listen to music or podcasts while walking?
About one-third of the time I listen to music, one-third of the time I listen to Audible or news, and one-third of the time is quiet. During the pandemic, I pulled out my earplugs more than I left. I find that more can be found in quiet.
At first, when I was walking, I would glance at the same barn day after day.But by slowing down, I can observe different That is—light, weather, mine weather. I learned how to really see, not just see, it’s really powerful.
Of course, I have to ask about your hair. it’s beautiful.
I turned gray when I was 32 years old. It is salty and peppery, and I know it takes time and money to dye it. Then, one day, the little girl came over and said:’Your hair is like a sparkle! It has magic. I think, yes! This is magic. Now this is me.
How do you take care of it?
I wash my hair once a week.I have switched to Violet shampoo bar Reduce plastic bottles. I mainly air dried it.
What are your thoughts on aging?
I have no anxiety about aging. I guess you can say that I am anti-aging! I am 59 years old, for which I am very grateful and happy.Looking at photos when I was young Lauren Hutton with Jane Goodall. Their beauty transcends vision; it is their self-confidence, their trueness to themselves, that makes me feel so beautiful.or Iris Apple, Her gorgeousness is not a classic supermodel way, but her respect for who she is.
This is the real beauty.
This is the spirit I want to embody. If I can help anyone do what those photos do for me — donate generously or legalize gray hair — then I will do it!
What is your skin care routine in the morning?
I try to minimize the time between waking up and walking, so my morning routine is very simple.I brush my teeth and put on Vintner’s Daughter Facial OilThere is weathering on the outside, so I use oil as a barrier.I also wear sunscreen; I like it SuperGoop sunscreen Contains SPF50.
What about after walking?
After that, I will drink a cup of firewood and take a bath. For my body, I use Dr. Bronner’s Liquid peppermint soap. When I was a teenager, I did a lot of backpacking and we used it to everything -Shampoo, toothpaste, we even used it to wash the pot. I find this simplicity really elegant, when you find something that suits you and stick to it.Once a week, I will use Hibiscus Clay Mask, This is really good for purification and firming.I will use it from time to time Ordinary peeling solution Contains fruit acid, I like to exfoliate.
Do you wear makeup?
The honest answer is, I am terrible! I feel like a clown. But I did use several products.When I turned gray for the first time, the beautiful old lady told me through the suggested way, “Good lipstick, dear.” When I want a little color, I like Benetin, Liquid stains.I sometimes wear simple Charcoal eyeliner black.
Have you added any special equipment to your walking practice?
Over the years, I slowly assembled a toolkit. Socks are very important. Some people like performance socks, but personally, I like men’s wool socks.I used to wear yoga pants, but now I like These tights Because they have pockets!I also wear Running belt, Where I put my phone; and headlamp; with A warm hat. Finally, I always carry chocolate with me, even in the morning. I like raisins-who will judge! Some people eat chocolate muffins for breakfast, and I want my raisins.
Tell us about Your book!
It’s published by Do Book, which hosted Lecture at Campovida Every year, it is an operation guide. It contains the basic knowledge of practice, as well as some of my photography works. The writing is terrible! It’s hard to ignore the little voice saying “You are not a writer”. But I told myself,’Write down what you know. If you are lucky, you will have an inspiring phrase there.
What do you want to say to people who are thinking about starting their own walking practice?
Walking can help you through difficult times; it is your best friend and therapist.
thank you very much, Libby!
(Photo courtesy of Libby Delana.)
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