Inside Her Regimen with Creative Talent Michelle Pålsson Horvath
"The most important thing to remember about innovation is that it is always the result of creativity – meaning that the process can be messy and that you need to allow yourself to take risks and make mistakes."
Full of creativity and passion, Michelle Pålsson Horvath shares her story and life in Sweden. As a DJ and creator, Michelle is continuing her studies in Visual Culture. Her truly unique self shines through in her passion for art and her hobbies; from picking and pressing flowers to thrift shopping at vintage stores, she is always expressing her individuality. A particular interest of hers right now is French movies, especially La piscine from 1969. Read below to learn how more about her regimen and how she gets inspired!
What does being your #WholeSelf mean to you? For me, it really means respecting yourself and your goals in every way. It means standing up for yourself when people challenge your vision.
Tell us your story. How did you get into what you're doing? I have always been interested in the arts – particularly photography, fashion and music. Though my work as a DJ gives me the chance to inspire people with music, I didn’t really have a creative outlet for my pictures and my style until I started my new Instagram page. After finishing my BA last year, I started feeling that I have so much to give, and if I could engage an audience with my creativity, then I would be the happiest person on earth. So that’s what I’m currently trying to make happen!
When did you know you had a message you wanted to share? I think it was when I started telling my friends and family about my ideas and aspirations. Most of them were really supportive and gave me pep talks and advice. Knowing that they believed in me and that I had something to offer inspired me to get serious.
How do you set goals for yourself, and how do you use creativity to help you get there? I think I have quite a strong work ethic, sometimes I find it harder to relax than to get started on a project. I actively seek out inspiration every day, which often gives me a rather clear vision of what I want to do. The challenge then lies in staying creative and accepting that the end results are often different from the initial vision – for better or worse!
How does your day get started? I’m really sleepy in the morning, so my day hasn’t started until I drink my first cup of coffee. After that, I generally make some porridge topped with fruits or berries and get caught up with the news and my social media.
What does wellness mean to you? It means taking the time to enjoy what we sometimes see as the basic things in life – cooking and eating, for example. There are some truly charming vegetable markets in my town, and it feels good to pick out your own produce, decide what dishes to make and be aware of what you’re putting into your body. I very rarely buy takeout.
How do you incorporate wellness throughout the rest of your day? I am obsessed with nature and flowers, so I often take long walks to find new green spots around my city. Picking flowers is one of the things I value most; I’ve been doing it since I was a little girl. I also love seeing new things, which is why I love walking in unfamiliar places. I feel that exploring and appreciating your surroundings is a very grounding habit.
How do you make time for balance and self care? I start and end my day with washing my face and nourishing my skin, and I make sure to listen to my body in the active hours in between. Without balance and self-care nothing really falls into place in life, so I never compromise on these things.
What are you most afraid of, and what are you most excited about? What excites me the most right now is having a creative outlet and being able to express myself via my Instagram and YouTube. And, honestly, my biggest fear is wasps!
We all have stress, so we're curious - what do you do to manage it, and how has your outlook on stress changed? Nature is a friend of mine on stressful days. I try to go for a walk every day just to breathe, listen and basically use all of my senses. A favourite of mine is to walk to the botanical gardens in my city and smell the flowers. If I don’t have time to go for a walk, I’ll open the window and try to listen to the wind or the rain or whatever the weather. These type of exercises have become more and more important as I get older.
What is your go-to snack to fuel your brain throughout the day, or when you need to? My number one favourite snack is without question popcorn, but of course that’s more indulgence than brain food! Living in Sweden, I eat a lot of our signature crispbread (knäckebröd) with different toppings during the day. It contains a lot of wholegrain and fibre, so it’s healthy and filling. The brand I eat also contains quite a bit of protein.
Of the following 7 pillars- (nutrition, sleep, cognition, mood, cycle, fitness, and beauty) - which are the highest priority for you, and why? Nutrition and sleep! I need my eight hours of sleep and good nutrition to be able to work hard every day. If I’m not well-rested, I get moody and unfocused.
How do you define innovation? The most important thing to remember about innovation is that it is always the result of creativity – meaning that the process can be messy and that you need to allow yourself to take risks and make mistakes. I feel that this is too often unappreciated by those who only look at the end results.
How do you and your inner network support each other in living your best life? I have a really strong group of female friends, and we all support each other. As women, I feel we tend to question ourselves more, so we need to tell one another that what we are doing is enough, that we’re doing great.
What are your favourite skincare tricks & products? My skincare trick is to use products that are from Scandinavia or for the Scandinavian skin type. I believe that products that are based on the climate where you live are generally the best for you. I tend to have different types of moisturizers during different seasons: I need a thicker one during our cold winters and a lighter one during our – rather short – hot summers.
Do you have any advice for our audience on how to stay positive, and maintain a good outlook? I try to surround myself with other people that have a positive outlook. It is also important to be with people that will give you something back and not just steal your energy.
What advice do you have for someone who's ready to start sharing their message? Honestly, just do it! If you don’t know how to get started, try to put your vision into words. Start with bullet points if it’s too hard. You can also create a mood board by making a collage with pictures that you feel inspired by. Then try to give your idea some time every day, be it 10 minutes or an hour. The important thing is that you are doing something!
What's your big vision? I think my big vision is quite ”small”, in a sense. If I could inspire just one person with my creativity, I would consider that a success. It’s too easy to get wrapped up in competition and numbers, I think life should be much more about harmony.
When in the grocery store- what do you pick up? Veggies all the way! Just like my Hungarian grandparents, I always have tomatoes and paprika (bell peppers) at home.
At the end of the day, how do you complete your regimen? After completing my nighttime beauty regimen, I’ll often have a hot cup of herbal tea in bed just to unwind. Something about the smell of herbs and the warmth of the cup always puts me to sleep.
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