michelle dimarco

Although it may not seem like right now, summer is right around the corner. With the arrival of the sweltering heat will come the days of sleeveless tops, short shorts and well, you guessed it: bikinis. That’s right, the highly dreaded bikini season is upon us, which you’re probably well aware of thanks to that itty-bitty bikini set taunting you from your chest of drawers.

While there’s nothing inherently wrong with wanting to look good this summer, you shouldn’t miss out on the fun pool parties and boat days just because you don’t want to show some skin. Us women are too quick to shame our own bodies, when all our hips and curves really need is just some little TLC.

This year, I want to share my tips and tricks with you all on how I take spring cleaning to a whole new level. Not the normal extravagant cleaning of my closet, but the spring cleaning of myself. My mind. My body. My soul.

It’s important to realize that detoxing is not about changing your body. Rather, it’s about changing your lifestyle to feel more confident in your own skin, no matter what you are (or aren’t) wearing. Regardless of your age and lifestyle, detoxing is beneficial for EVERYONE. It’s not a one-time fix, but more of a kick-start to taking care of yourself for the long haul.

I know changing habits can be challenging, but the results are always well worth it. Look at it this way- if we aren’t challenging ourselves, are we truly reaching our greatest potential? Probably not. So, let’s start looking at spring as our time to push ourselves to be the best version of ourselves possible.

These are my fail-proof tips to not only looking good, but FEELING even better:

1. WATER. WATER. WATER. Remember when your mom used to tell you to drink 8 cups of water a day? Well, she wasn’t kidding. Not only are the health benefits of drinking water endless, but it’ll make your skin look radiant. If you’re someone who doesn’t like drinking plain water (trust me, I get it), I recommend infusing it with tasty natural ingredients like lemon, kiwi and mint.

2. Get on your feet! I absolutely LOVE the feeling after an amazing workout class. Orange Theory and Flywheel have been my saviors. These classes break up the usual routine of going to the gym and using the machines by yourself.

3. What you put in, is what you will get out. If you’re putting foods in your body that are filled with carbs and unnecessary sugars and/or fats, you’re not going to feel so good. For me, eating lean proteins gives me the satisfaction of feeling full along with the incredible benefits of eating clean.

4. Get hot and steamy… with The Yoga Joint. What else would I be talking about?! Doing yoga in a heated room forces the heart to beat faster, which gives you an amazing cardio workout in addition to sweating out all of the toxins in your body!

5. Last, and most importantly, rid yourself of toxic people! Surround yourself with people who want you to succeed. That crew is the one you’ll want by your side all spring (and summer) long.

By following the tips above, you’ll successfully shift your focus this spring and turn your dial towards YOU. If that means reading more, meditating, or even a walk on the beach, do it. Whatever makes your soul flourish, commit to it.

Here’s to all the rose we’ll be drinking poolside looking caliente and feeling the most confident we ever have in our bikinis!

Xoxo,
Michelle

Name: Fabiola Trujillo
Occupation/Company: SobeTan Owner, aesthetician, and spray tan artist
Instagram: www.instagram.com/sobetan
Website: www.sobetan.com

How did you get to where you are today?
With lots of passion for what I do as well as persistence and determination, I believe so much in what I do.

What is your elevator pitch on what you do?
Everyone benefits from good color on your skin. It makes you feel healthier, vibrant, better looking, thinner, hides cellulite and varicose veins. It is the best make up for your body, it is natural looking and it will last you for a full week, then I show off my tan line :):)


How do you define success?
Success for me is giving something to the community that makes you happy. I meet so many wonderful people doing what I do, and I bring happiness and confidence to them and that for me alone is success in my professional life.

What have been some of the most rewarding things in your career thus far?
Being able to help women, teaching them about the business and being their mentor whenever they are starting the business of spray tan.

What have been some of the hiccups (mistakes) along the way and what have you learned from them?
In the business of spray tanning, it is very important to be able to see the clients after they have showered because that is when we really see what kind of job we are doing, that is the way we kind of learn what to do and what not to do when spraying someone. I guess at the beginning I messed up a lot, but that is the way we learn, right?


What do you still want to achieve personally and/or professionally?
I would love to take my business to the next level and begin franchising.

Who has been your greatest inspiration?
My father is a person that I have always looked up to. I also love reading books about business women and how they made it happen, having their business flourish from nothing to a big company.

What makes you truly, genuinely happy?
Being with family, my son and husband. Having my friends near and enjoying time with them. I am a social person and for me it’s important to have people near me 🙂

What advice would you tell your 21-year-old self?
Oh my, I am so happy the way I have lived my life that I just would say it is going to be an incredible journey enjoy every minute of it, and oh yeah! Stay away from the sun because that tan that you are trying to achieve today will get right back at you, and not in a good way.


What is the biggest misconception about what you do?
Spray tans being bad for your health and containing chemicals, which is a total taboo. Self-tanner is derived from sugar cane, and we use only organic products. A natural looking self-tanner is key so clients do not get an unnatural outcome on their tans.

Any words of inspiration or your favorite quote?
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. talent will not; nothing is more common that unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”  – Calvin Coolidge.