Molly Steele - Photographer
"BEAUTY IS ABOUT HONORING AND CELEBRATING YOURSELF AND THE THINGS YOU FIND BEAUTY IN.”
RITUAL • What are your daily inner + outer rituals to cultivate beauty and radiance?
I rinse my face with cold water in the mornings before applying a toner, serum, and then moisturizer. I don't feel like that's all necessary, but I do like to treat my skin with a lot of love and it feels good to take this time in the morning. I used to use an african black soap for cleansing at night, but ran out and have since just been using wipes while I search for a new cleanser to try.
NOURISH • What are your staples for beauty + wellness + radiance?
I'm big on drinking water throughout the day and I love eating clean, whole foods, avoiding processed foods often. Cooking with grass fed organic butter or coconut oil feels right for me, and I love fish, though I eat it sparingly out of some guilt.
BODY • How do you keep your body healthy, strong, and powerful?
Cardio Barre and doing local hikes is how I stay fit when I'm home in the city. When I travel, I often want to get to destinations that cannot be accessed by vehicles which require long hikes. I should definitely be getting active more often than I am!
MIND • How do you stay grounded, confident, and centered in this modern day craziness we call life?
Eating well and drinking water feels like a celebration of my body and my time on earth. It fills me up, so this is one of the key ways I find confidence and strength, because it means my body is in shape and healthy and that I fixate less on things I want to change about myself. I also really love giving myself as much rest as I need, by sticking to a nice routine of 8 hours a night.
SPIRIT • BENSHEN means 'root of the spirit' - how do you root your spirit into your life, which in turn, keeps your body beautiful, healthy, and radiant?
For me, it's fairly easy. What feeds my spirit is communing with nature. That's the whole reason why I started studying botany which lead me to becoming a photographer focused on traveling and landscapes. I wanted my career to be something that made me happy, and what made me happy was being outside. Ever since that switch in gears, I have felt all of the above...alive, healthy, radiant, and beautiful. The prosperity and abundance I have now comes from within, and from finding that my choices have influenced others in a positive way.