meet carola gonzalez
The Los Angeles-based celebrity makeup artist who believes you should always have what you love at your disposal versus only doing it when you’re going through a rough time.
How do you make your health a priority?
I have been going through perimenopause for the past 4 years and that’s hard for me to talk about. When you go through menopause, it’s like, oh my God, I’m old. But I’m not old and I don’t feel old. I didn’t know I was going through it and didn’t feel like myself for a whole year. I am now in hormone therapy and that’s also something that I don’t tell a lot of people. I tried to do it without, but no, no, thank you. I decided to do it and it’s helped a lot.
“I also prioritize my health by going to the ocean.”
It’s always been a part of my life and I found that in my most difficult times, sitting in front of it centers me. It gives me a sense of peace. During COVID, I decided that I want to move by the ocean and the pandemic was a good awakening because at the end of the day, what matters is your mental health.
What grounds you and helps lead you on a good path?
I went to a full moon celebration and they had a ritual where you write everything you want to get rid of in your life. And when I went, they had these Inner Compass cards. So I picked one up, read what it said, and it was just perfect. So I bought my own set and I do them everyday or at least three times a week. I wake up, do my meditation, light my palo santo, and always have a card. It’s perfect if I have any mental turbulence or I need answers to see if I am on the right path. I always go to those cards for guidance and they’re usually right on point.
How does exercise and journaling impact your mental health?
I’m always exercising and I love it. Not being able to exercise really fucks with my head. It’s a big part of my life because it gets my endorphins going. It’s how I release stress and one of my favorite things to do in California is to go hiking. It’s like a walking meditation. Sometimes we take these types of things for granted and I believe you should always have what you love at your disposal when you’re feeling low, not only when you’re going through a rough time.
I’ve had a few therapists throughout my life and they always recommended to journal, which I do often. It’s about letting your feelings out and manifesting what you want. When I start writing and dump everything out, I gain a sense of clarity. I believe when you’re writing your emotions, that’s when you are true to yourself because you have nothing to hide. There’s no shame in your feelings.
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