A customer named Milena recently left this motivational piece of feedback for my black sleeping mask. What’s funny is, starting with the second sentence, I totally relate to her “uncomfortable” feeling and her opinion that these kinds of messages actually cause anxiety and sometimes the opposite of self-love.
I am totally for self-love, so I was so flabbergasted when I realized what the message that I wrote for so many of my customers truly meant. (The message on the illustration card says “Remember to sleep on your back to avoid getting wrinkles!”) I thought it was a cute little message to add to a pretty illustration, however, this idea could cause unnecessary stress, and it even has for myself sometimes, but somehow I always told myself it was a good thing. If I couldn’t fall asleep on my back, I wouldn’t let myself turn to the side for too long so as not to acquire wrinkles. How absurd is that? I probably got the idea from a beauty magazine a very long time ago and it’s crazy how long it has stuck with me, even through my research about self-love and acceptance. I do believe that wrinkles are beautiful.
I will listen to Milena’s advice and change the message to “Sweet Dreams”, which is a message that I contemplated using before deciding to use the bad tip! Thank you for standing up for what you believe in Milena, and helping me to do the same. We need more people like you!
This was my response to Milena: