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My Beauty Uniform: Lydia Sohn

My Beauty Uniform: Lydia Sohn

The Reverend Lydia Sohn is a minister, writer and speaker who lives in San Diego with her husband and young son. She’s also a veritable fount of wisdom. Here, she shares the only skincare brand she uses and a decision-making trick that works every time…

My Beauty Uniform: Lydia Sohn

What is your morning routine?
I wake up at 5 a.m. every day, and for two hours while my husband and son are asleep, I’ll read and write. These hours are like giving a gift to myself. In terms of beauty rituals, I do very little in the morning. I usually just splash my face with water and get going. Sometimes I’ll add moisturizer. The only skincare line I use for my face is Dermalogica, which I have been using for five years. I had gone to a facialist, because my face was breaking out, and my aesthetician recommended it. It’s a really great medium-weight moisturizer, not too light and not too heavy. I liked it so much, I became a big fan and started ordering all their products! Since then, I’ve been really happy with how my face looks.

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In 2016, just before Lydia’s son was born.

What products are part of your “daily face”?
I look younger, so I always wear makeup in settings where I want to be taken seriously — like church on Sunday mornings — as well as to dinner parties, dates and social events. I don’t have a strong allegiance to any makeup products (like I do to Dermalogica!) and will usually try a different brand whenever a product runs out. Right now, I’m using bareMinerals foundation. To apply it, I use this liquid foundation brush, which helps the foundation go on evenly and gives really good coverage. Then, I’ll wear Glossier lipstick in Crush and MAC eyeshadow. I tend to gravitate toward violet or taupe-y shades for eyeshadow (right now, I’m into Tempting and Shale) and brown eyeliner (my favorite is this one in Demolition).

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The traditional Korean wedding ceremony during Lydia’s wedding weekend.

What’s your nighttime routine? Do you have any rituals to relax and unwind?
Oh my goodness, this question gets to one of the most treasured times of my day. When my husband and I first started living together, he was shocked by the extensiveness of my evening ritual. I get very protective of it and want complete silence during this special time, so he has learned not to talk to me while I’m going through my routine. Once I step into the bathroom, he knows, ‘Okay, this is her time.’ The silence gives me a chance to unwind and reflect on my day.

Here is how it goes: After my husband puts our son to bed and I clean the kitchen from dinner, I head over to the bathroom. Even if I do more things later in the evening like read, talk to my husband or watch TV, I like doing this routine first. First, I take care of my teeth, by flossing (I use both traditional floss and then a waterpik) and brushing with my electric toothbrush. At first, I didn’t like electric toothbrushes, but a few years back, I went to the dentist and had a few cavities, and now I’m a convert. For the rest of my face, I use my products from Dermalogica. I wash my face with Special Cleansing Gel and once a week I mix it up by supplementing with Precleanse or Daily Microfoliant. Finally, I spray Multi-Active Toner and finish off with Skin Smoothing Cream. I hop into bed ideally by 9 p.m. so I can read, journal or talk to my husband about the day. Hopefully, by 10 p.m., the lights are out.

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“What I look like first thing in the morning. It was my birthday, and my husband surprised me with breakfast in bed.”

What do you usually journal about?
If I ever feel lost or confused, I’ll do a unique kind of journaling, where I ask myself very specific questions and then wait for my intuition to respond. I’ll do this all through writing, to myself. So, if I left an interaction with a person feeling that something wasn’t right, then I’ll ask myself, ‘Did I accidentally do something to make them feel a certain way?’ or ‘If I were more conscious of this person, I would realize…’ and then fill in the blank. The answer always emerges, and I feel so much peace afterward.

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What’s the most surprising thing about your job?
The freedom! At first, I was hesitant to pursue this line of work because I thought I had to fit into a box. Once I was actually doing ministry, I was like, ‘Oh, I can do whatever I want.’ During the prayer time after the sermon, I always leave a moment of silence to reflect upon what we’ve learned. Often we don’t do that enough. Our smartphones and podcasts and apps are always going, so I like to build a few moments of meditation into our Sunday morning worship.

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How do people usually react when they hear you’re a minister?
Whether I’m on a plane or at the local moms’ group, people are often surprised to discover what my job is. They’ll start trying to be appropriate or hold back. I have this spiel I do with people I start becoming friends with, like, ‘You can be yourself!’ I love drinking and I love cursing. Loving one another and making this world a better place is the core of what I’m all about.

I know you’re a big reader. Do you have any favorite books?
I love all kinds of books, but here are the five books that have influenced me the most: 1) The Inner Voice of Love by Henry Nouwen, 2) Girl Meets God by Lauren Winner, 3) The Right to Write by Julia Cameron, 4) Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer and 5) Thirst by Mary Oliver. There’s a strong theme here, as all of these books are about uncovering and claiming one’s life path.

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A big part of your work is helping people cultivate their authentic selves. Do you have advice for anyone trying to do this?
I definitely have a method. Broadly speaking, it’s through deep listening to ourselves. For example, I’m a big believer in imagination exercises, to wake up the part of the brain that’s curious and creative and unafraid of taking risks. To do this, I might say: get into a position of silence and have a conversation with yourself in your 80s. Start asking her questions about her life. What does she say? Paint me a picture of her life. Where is she, and what has she done? Paint me a picture of her life. Visualizing your future can help you get clarity.

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Lydia and her mom at her brother’s wedding.

Are there any beauty tips you swear by?
A friend recommended organic virgin coconut oil as a natural makeup remover, and I am hooked. I just use a cotton pad, and voilà, my makeup is all gone!

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When’s one time in your life where you felt especially beautiful?
I took an advanced philosophy class in graduate school and went into it feeling really intimidated because I didn’t have a strong philosophy background. This intimidation ended up being beneficial, though, because it made me scrupulous in my reading and writing. By the middle of the semester, I was so confident that I participated actively in every class thereafter, and even disagreed with the professor a few times! I felt especially beautiful in the classroom and it became an important turning point in my life. I realized that I did have a gift for learning, articulating my thoughts and teaching, which I had always wanted to do but was afraid I wasn’t good enough.

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Last but certainly not least: what’s your overall beauty philosophy?
There is nothing sexier to me than people doing what they love. To me, people are most beautiful when they are most alive, regardless of what it is that makes them feel that way, whether that’s cooking, gardening, teaching a philosophy class or laughing with a friend.

Thank you so much, Lydia!

P.S. More women share their beauty uniforms, including a teacher and a photographer.

(Photos courtesy of Lydia Sohn.)

  1. rebecka says...

    have always found it curious how a minister could be married to god and also to a person at the same time. perhaps it is my catholic upbringing, but single minded devotion to the Lord seems the only way.

    • Meg says...

      Catholic priests being unable to marry originates from the Church not wanting priests’ children to inherit parcels of the land they grew up on and shrinking the Church’s properties. The easiest way to keep priests from having children was to prevent them from having wives. Devotion to God was just the spin they put on it to cover their greed.

  2. Diane says...

    I loved hearing about the way she journals. Maybe a future Cup of Jo on journaling and what it means in the lives of different women?

    • Sarah says...

      Love this idea! yes, cup of jo, would love a post about journaling!

    • Jessica A. Moran says...

      Yes, I would love this as well!

  3. I am really impressed with this woman’s evening dental routine. Take note of it commenters!!!

  4. Kristy says...

    This was such a lovely interview! Such a great philosophy about beauty in your brain, in your heart, and on your face. <3

  5. Rosemary says...

    Yaaas! A young Anglican priest here–delighted we finally have a clergy person featured. Thank you, Lydia!

  6. Rev. Kit Novotny says...

    Awww I love this post!!! Thank you for featuring a clergy woman and emphasizing that: 1. religious leaders are people too and 2. beauty shines from inside to out. I’m a young woman minister as well, and totally relate to Rev. Lydia’s experience (I always swear in front of new friends so they chill out and realize I’m not holier-than-thou). I have read your blog regularly for years (in fact, a friend in seminary introduced me to it!)… so I was so delighted to see this. We clergy women don’t get much representation (the vast majority of “ministers” on TV/movies are older men). Refreshing and inspiring! Yay for beautiful badass pastor ladies.

  7. Lilia says...

    Lydia seems amazing and thoughtful, a beautiful human being inside and out. I wish I could be her friend! Thank you for featuring her.

  8. june2 says...

    She definitely embodies her beauty philosophy – I love that last photo especially. I also love her focused approach to skincare and finding a brand you love and letting it work for you. The journaling tips are super helpful, thank you! Last, I love the photo of her rocking those tall boots in her religious collar – at a women’s march, lol. YES! Loved it.

  9. Em says...

    Reading this made me wish I was one of Lydia’s congregation just so I could hear her speak every week, and get to talk to her (and I’m an atheist – she cuts through even on a beauty interview!). What a cool, cool woman. Also the birthday breakfast photo – whaaat?! She looks amazing!

  10. kristen says...

    One of my favorite beauty uniforms ever. Definitely looking up her reading list books!

  11. Lisa says...

    Everything about this makes me feel like I want to be her friend!

  12. Love how Lydia’s beauty truly comes from within. She mentioned a few books that were already my favorites and a few more that now I’m eager to read. I love that you featured a woman in ministry. Thank you!

  13. Tovah says...

    I can’t wait to try some of these journaling techniques. I want to write in it more but I never really know how to start!

  14. Ann Duncan says...

    Yay! I’m another faithful reader of Cup of Jo who happens to be a United Methodist clergywoman! I’m so glad to have found you, Lydia!

  15. Cynthia says...

    Beautiful soul. And thank you, Cup of Jo, for being so thoughtful and inclusive in whom and what you post. You cover everyone, and that is love.

  16. Becca says...

    I love Rev. Lydia Sohn—and seeing her in such a refreshing new context. Her article suggesting 2 marriage hacks blew me away. She’s so wise and empathetic.

  17. Sophia says...

    I really feel like this Beauty Uniform really focused on inner beauty and it made me so happy! Thanks so much for sharing; I loved it so much.

  18. Meredith says...

    Oh my, her comment on when she felt most beautiful is so wonderful!! And Henri Nouwen is amazing, that book really saved me at a very difficult time in my life. This is my favorite Beauty Uniform post to date. Thanks for this inspiring and thoughtful portrait.

  19. Laura says...

    So beautiful. Thank you for sharing, Lydia! :)

  20. Maryam Afaq says...

    I love this post – thank you for sharing. It’s so refreshing to see someone who’s pursuing something slightly non traditional and living in this world on her own terms.

    I would LOVE to see you all do one of these Mona Hayder, she is a phenomenal Muslim American artist, mama, and so many more things.

  21. Victoria says...

    This was the BEST Beauty Uniform I’ve ever seen on Cup of Jo! I’m gonna check out all of those books Lydia recommended from my public library.

  22. g says...

    What a lovely soul!

  23. Emilie says...

    This is my favorite beauty uniform ever. I am from a Jesuit background, and a lot of Lydia’s ideas about writing and using your imagination for discernment are very familiar to me. Kudos for featuring a woke religious person. She has inner and outer beauty!

  24. Andrea says...

    I love Henri Nouwen, too! One thing I always remember is a phrase from one of his books. He said you make all decisions from one of two places–the house of fear or the house of love. I often ask myself where my decision is coming from.

  25. Julie says...

    After a bad breakup in my second year of college, I totally randomly started journaling this way—asking myself questions and then responding. It’s been helpful over the last ten years in so many different situations, to know that I can actually talk with *myself*. You can check in and remember that your self is always running steady under your thoughts and emotions like a little underground river.

    • Lo says...

      Me too! You might like the moonlists.com newsletter– same idea, they interview interesting women on every full moon about what they’ve been thinking/doing the previous 28 days. I’ve started doing it myself, it’s about the only thing I can bring myself to do. I’ve never been a good nightly writer, no matter now much I try! but every 28 days– that I can do, and it’s amazing how many small, special things I remember about the past month.

  26. Love, love, love!!! Thank you for sharing.

  27. michaela says...

    Yay, Methodists! Reverend Lydia is beautiful in body, mind, and spirit. I loved her post on marriage hacks, which I think you shared here not long ago. I have found so many examples of strong, kind, thoughtful women engaging in their communities and impacting the world in important ways through this denomination. “Loving one another and making this world a better place is the core of what I’m all about.” Yes! Thank you for sharing Lydia’s story.

  28. Loved this one! Henri Nouwen’s “The Inner Voice of Love” is one of my favorites, too.

    I laughed about how she wants complete silence during her nighttime routine. I do, too, but for some reason, me standing at the bathroom mirror is like an invitation to my husband to pour out all his thoughts and feelings to me! :p

  29. Em says...

    *Loving one another and making this world a better place is the core of what I’m all about, along with helping people to be more alive in this world.* – This was so good! <3

  30. Kimberly says...

    As usual, I was all set to get my makeup/clothing click-link envy on after seeing that this was a beauty uniform post. After having fully read Lydia’s beauty uniform, however, I am reminded that beauty and peace can only truly work from the inside. (It’s a “duh!” but a needed “daily duh”!) Thank you for refocusing me on things that I can change and grow that are priceless rather than on things that merely cover and distract from an otherwise–and all too often–mindless daily routine. (I am a middle-aged Asian-American, a pastor’s wife, and a mother who loves cussing too!)

  31. Kara says...

    Oh my, how does a beauty uniform post make you cry!!? This really touched me. This will be a post I refer to often to remind myself of all the nuggets of wisdom. Excited to check out Lydia’s blog.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh, i’m so glad, kara xoxo

    • Ashley says...

      Right? I was like, this is a beauty post? This is a heart post. Real mom. Real wife. Real woman. Real beauty.

  32. Gen says...

    Really great journaling advice, Lydia, thank you!

  33. Liz says...

    what a beautiful, smart, warm person! Love her! thanks for sharing!

  34. Claire says...

    When I wish for a new friend I imagine someone like her- smart, fun, thoughtful, kind. She seems like a truly wonderful person. And she is very pretty! Nice routine.

  35. Grace says...

    Love this one! Can really relate to the putting on make-up to appear older so people will take you seriously.

  36. seattleheather says...

    I really love how this Beauty Uniform post focuses on inner beauty and how we can cultivate that vs. outer beauty. Lydia is obviously beautiful and dresses super cute but i loved her advice so much i pasted it into a word doc to keep at the ready and to help me with my journaling. Such great advice and this agnostic would TOTALLY attend her sermons (especially loved hearing how she provides a moment of silence to reflect on the sermon – brilliant!!)!

  37. Rose says...

    Amazing book recommendations. Thank you! I can’t wait to delve in. From the first line, I loved her answer to when she felt the most beautiful. And her thoughts on how people react to her career choice reminded me of the beginning of Gilead!

  38. She had me at, “I love drinking and I love cursing.” Thank you for featuring such a smart, considerate person! I gleaned so much from this post!

  39. Alison says...

    I have been thinking a lot lately about the future and what I want in regards to staying in my job or taking a leap and moving elsewhere. It’s harder to make these changes the older we get I think. The reflecting idea of asking your 80 year old self about your life really hit home for me. Sometimes it’s easy to neglect what you actually want in life and get caught up in being successful in other ways. This was a great method to get me to think about what I REALLY want. Thank you for the very helpful tip.

  40. Caroline says...

    Love that she mentioned Henri Nouwen- he is the best!

  41. Nina says...

    I love how this focused on inner beauty. Glorious. I’m curious to check out her book recommendations.

  42. Rachel Anderson says...

    Lydia, you speak to my heart! You are beautiful inside and out.

    • Sheena says...

      Boy Brow is my desert island item.
      I love the Wowder too.

  43. Alex says...

    Excited to try that glossier lipstick. I’ve heard such great things about their products. Any other glossier ‘keepers’ I should try?

    ALSO, so glad to hear about Lydia’s morning and evening routines. They sound so full of peace and so lifegiving. Feeling moved to update my quiet time at the beginning and end of the day.

    Thanks for this awesome feature, CoJ!

    • Catherine says...

      I love Glossier’s stretch concealer and their liquid blushes, the cloud paints, are fantastic!

    • Kitty says...

      Boy Brow is a must!

    • Carrie says...

      Boy brow is a great product (perfect little tiny brush).

    • diana k. says...

      Their concealer is great! It’s super sheer so I use it on 70% of my face. It’s imperceptible and always makes me feel “done.”

      Their mascara is actually amazing- it makes your lashes look naturally glam, like definitely longer but not crazy dramatic volume. It also doesn’t budge until you take it off.

      Their boy brow is good, but not as pigmented as I’d like and i feel as though it runs out quickly.

      The lipsticks look great and even fade beautifully throughout the day, but they can be a little drying. That being said, I own four.

      I love their priming moisturizer, but it’s a little pricey for the tube. Looks amazing under makeup.

      The cloud paint is a great value. SOOOOO much in the tube and it’s very pigmented. Finding the right color is tricky, I always end up mixing mine. Dusk is a nice mauve-y brown and Puff is like cotton candy pink. Look up videos of Katie Jane Hughes using them, she works magic with these things.

      Their highlighter is overrated. It’s convenient because it’s in a tube, but there are much better ones on the market (I like Milk makeup ones).

      Their perfume is also worth trying, you can usually score a sample at checkout.

      Can you tell I love makeup?

    • michaela says...

      The Boy Brow is 100% worth the hype. It totally transforms my shaggy brows that I’ve been trying to grow out into groomed, filled-in, envy-inspiring brows. I love that it just takes a few swipes, too—when I’m going out for a special occasion, I’ll take a little more time to fill in my brows with a pencil and set them with the Boy Brow, but for day-to-day, Boy Brow is perfect on its own.

      I also love the Milky Jelly Cleanser. As someone with chronic dry eye, the fact that it uses the same surfactants as contact solutions is a tremendous help. It removes all my eye makeup without leaving my eyes irritated.

      Those are the two from Glossier that I will always, always purchase. I also like their Priming Moisturizer, and the Priming Moisturizer Rich feels so soft and luxurious, and the smell is divine (hints of lavender)—it feels like more of a splurgey expensive face cream, but the price isn’t exorbitant. The rest of the makeup is fun and good if you like fool-proof application and a natural look. I know a lot of people have been disappointed with it, because they expect more color payoff or a bigger impact, but if you purchase with the expectation that these are products designed to enhance your natural beauty and have a light application, these really hit the spot.

    • Susan says...

      I love Boy Brow and their new mascara. Those are two that I may never need to try another brand again. A lot of people like the Milky Jelly, but my skin hates it. It leaves my skin dry and irritated. I hear a lot of people saying it’s super gentle and moisturizing but it’s the opposite for me.

  44. Ro says...

    I love the way she thinks! So balanced and rational and centered. I also admire her evening routine. I almost always get caught up staring at my phone and before I know it, the night is over and I’m all stressed out. Love the idea of shunning everyone for a few hours so that I can relax and think about my day.

  45. So much beauty and wisdom in this post! My husband’s best friend is a priest, and it’s true…people forget that people in the ministry are people first and you can be yourselves with them. It’s definitely something he has struggled with when making friends as an adult.

    Also, a while ago I read Lydia’s article where she interviewed some of her older parishioners and it was life changing. Highly recommend!
    https://medium.com/s/youthnow/what-its-like-to-be-90-something-368780082573

  46. meredith says...

    I love her! I don’t care at all about her makeup or beauty, just about her life and philosophy. What a cool woman.

  47. Bernadette says...

    This is so lovely and inspiring. Thank you!

  48. Laura says...

    So pleased you included a minister! Gorgeous skin :)

  49. jill says...

    This was lovely – her skin is gorgeous! And her little boy is such a cutie. Thanks for featuring her.

  50. Meredith Jones says...

    This post was exactly what I needed to start my day today! I am excited to add Rev. Lydia to my circle of “Internet friends” I keep up with via blog reading. What a wise and encouraging spirit :)

  51. Naima says...

    Wow, Lydia is amazing! She seems like someone who puts a lot of good out into the world, and who knows how to nourish herself so that she can then serve others. Can’t wait to try the exercise of talking to my 80-year-old self!

  52. One of the best “beauty uniforms” I have read here. She is gorgeous.

  53. B. says...

    Love this! What a true beauty!!!

  54. meg says...

    Both her skin and her advice are great.

  55. Sarah says...

    Thank you, Lydia, for your honesty. I LOVED your description of the time you felt most beautiful. You’re so right…it really is more about how confident and “in your true self” you feel than how you look. I think this will help me explain beauty in a better way to my 5 year old. As a side note, my husband is a minister and I really enjoy any time that people in ministry openly share their real routines, thoughts, and feelings. I think it’s hard for people to remember that you’re people too! :)

  56. Kristin says...

    Thank you for including a minister in this series, awesome! Loved her thoughtful answers :)

  57. Laura C. says...

    This is not a beauty uniform, this is a lifestyle and beauty uniform!
    Lovely. So lovely. Thank you Lydia and Caroline!

  58. Sarah says...

    Loved “Girl Meets God.” May be time I re-read it. Thanks for sharing. Will have to try asking myself questions when journaling. Lydia seems beautiful inside and out! Her mom is so beautiful too!

  59. A says...

    I am much less interested in her make-up tips than in her wisdom! I love the way that what could have been a shallow series about beauty (on some other site) runs so much deeper on CoJ.

  60. Alice says...

    I wish I could hear Lydia give a sermon. I like be dermalogica too! Best find in my 30s as well as a Australian brand – ultraceuticals. I think Lydia is grounded, positive and motivating! Thank you. I always look forward to reading these beauty uniforms.

  61. I loved this from start to finish – beautifully written – I read every word

    Rebecca

  62. Mandy says...

    I love your beauty uniform posts but this one takes it to another level, Lydia’s depth and genuineness shines through. She sounds an incredible person, considered and thoughtful. I bet she is an amazing friend and minister xx

  63. Mary says...

    This was lovely. I really liked her anecdote about feeling beautiful when she realized her strengths in the lecture theatre and her philosophy about people being beautiful when they are absorbed in something they love doing.

  64. Lindsay says...

    So inspiring, can’t wait to check out those books. Wish I could consult with her about my life ha!

  65. Ann says...

    Love this! I am going to try some of her reflective journaling prompts. I’m an overthinker, and I think that would help me let go of interaction deliberation etc. I so wish I could give myself the gift of 2 hours at 5:00 am. Alas, my 2 year old loves to wake up anytime between 4:45 and 6:00.

  66. Lena says...

    I really appreciate Lydia’s wisdom and creativity. She’s beautiful all around.

  67. Es says...

    This is my favourite beauty uniform! Thank you! I love love love Lydia’s understanding of beauty. (And all she has to say, really…)

  68. Jo says...

    Thanks, Cup of Jo, team for featuring under-represented demographics (Asians and Believers)! I hope the lack of comments doesn’t steer you away from continuing your good, honest work!

  69. Amber says...

    I really enjoyed this one! I too liked how she answered the question “When’s one time in your life where you felt especially beautiful? “

  70. CS says...

    This was such a beautiful post! I love her answer to your last question: “ People are most beautiful when they are most alive”. That really is true beauty! Inspiring. She’s the kind of gal I would love to be friends with!

  71. Claire says...

    Oh I love this beauty uniform! Love the photo where she is sitting in her office- that fabulous grey sweater and lip color, and how at peace and in tune she seems with herself. Also I had never thought to use coconut oil as a makeup remover, genius!

  72. Callie says...

    I love what Lydia does in her service by having silence after prayer. I grew up as a Midwest Quaker and we always had “open worship” or “silent worship” as part of our service. It might be silent the whole time, or someone might speak (or even SING! Imagine how brave!)… whatever they feel in their heart at that time. You become comfortable with silence and become aware of power it has to move you.

  73. Kate says...

    What a beauty! Your warmth shines through. I love henri nouwens’s writings. You may also want to look into Jesuit teachings – the spiritual exercises engage the imagination to seek a connection to a deep inner knowing.

  74. Rebecca says...

    So wonderful! Loved her last comment. I recently changed careers and I couldn’t feel happier about that decision. There is just something beautiful about a person doing what they love daily. You can feel it radiate from inside them. Loved all of her wisdom and would so love to hear her words in church now!

  75. Eliza Candice Mast says...

    A beautiful and wise woman! Thanks for featuring her! She’s so interesting.

  76. Caitlin says...

    This was wonderful – Thank you.

  77. Natasha says...

    Wow, Lydia is so, so lovely. She gives off such a peaceful vibe. I’m curious to try some of her methods of self-reflection. Thanks for this beautiful interview!

  78. Leah says...

    That’s one of the most gorgeous wedding photos I’ve ever seen. They both look so happy!

  79. Sherry says...

    I took Lydia’s class on Skillshare and it delves deeper into these strategies of how to make spiritual decisions or get in touch with what you really want in a complicated issue- highly recommend!

  80. Renee says...

    Lydia seems like a such a warm and wise person! Loved that last sentiment about people doing what they love.

  81. Laura C. says...

    Um, I kind of love Lydia. She is so inspiring in her pursuit of clarity in her personal life and encouraging people to be their authentic selves. I also like to journal (and be in bed by 9 p.m., ha!), and I’m going to borrow some of her tricks for asking and answering questions to work through life events. Thanks for posting this great interview!

  82. Meghan says...

    I just love her! I plan to sign up for her skillshare workshop, which I think I stumbled upon through this website?

  83. Teresa says...

    A true beauty inside and out. Thank you for introducing us to this thoughtful and inspiring woman… I love that wedding picture of her!!

  84. Charissa P says...

    What the whaaaaat!?? I know Lydia and am delighted to see her featured here! Great pick – a beauty inside and out. <3

  85. Laura B says...

    I want to be Lydia’s friend, parishioner, or both.

  86. Mjay says...

    Lydia, you are inspiring! I wake up early for my “me” time and usually fritter it away watching the news and drinking coffee. I am going to start reflecting more in the morning – what a nice way to wake up.

  87. B says...

    She is absolutely radiant and and just seems so wise and super cool. I discovered her blog when CoJ linked to it a while back and I remember thinking, I do not belong to her religious denomination, but her voice really speaks to me. The exercises she has outlined here seem really powerful. And oh, she has absolutely gorgeous skin. Sign me up for dermalogica, ha.

  88. Kirsten says...

    Love that journaling strategy! Thank you for sharing-I need to try that.

  89. Lauren Hawkins says...

    Oh my goodness. I needed to read about a person like her. I want to be her friend! She seems like such a wonderful person.

    • Speaking as her friend since 10th grade, she really is a wonderful girlfriend through and through! <3

  90. Carol says...

    I loved this beauty uniform! She’s right. People are the sexiest and most alive when they are doing what they love.

  91. Colleen Wenos says...

    What a whole content person. I want to read the books and buy the eye makeup!

  92. Kate says...

    This is the best beauty uniform post yet. Inspiring and a very wide lens on what “beauty” means. Thanks so much for sharing.

  93. Chelsea says...

    Loved this! And Girl Meets God is one of my favorite books too, I love Lauren Winner!

  94. Savannah says...

    I love Nouwen! I always find his life and his writing so challenging to live.

  95. Jen says...

    I adored this — and also immediately made a personal note to begin having conversations with my 80-year-old self. What a pleasure to read.

  96. Jillian says...

    Oh my heavens… this was good. So good. A woman who says that being awesome in a class is when she felt most beautiful? How great is that??

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      agreed!!!

  97. Laura says...

    What a great beauty uniform – full of wisdom! I love the last statement about people being the most beautiful when they are doing what they love. Thank you for sharing.

  98. Tanya says...

    Loved her response to a time in her life when she felt beautiful.

    • Emily says...

      Me too :) putting myself/my thoughts out there in a smart, confident, articulate manner makes me feel like a beautiful badass ;)

    • Jenna says...

      ah, me too! I came here just to say that.

  99. Julka says...

    It is wonderful when you finally find a product line that works on a stubborn skin problem.
    Dermalogica’s
    Clear Start line is the only thing that works when I get a breakout.

  100. Sonja says...

    Rock on, Lydia! And I’m sure I’m not the only one who will begin journaling like that. I’ve been feeling a discontent as of late and I think it’s the meaningless that gets in the way of the meaningful. I’m about to go chat with my 80 year old self. I hope she’s curses just as much, laughs a bit more, and doesn’t have regrets.

  101. Amy says...

    She seems like such a thoughtful, considerate person (both of herself and others!) Her love shines through.

  102. Hollye says...

    I love her! This is such a beautiful testament to beauty being something we cultivate on the inside as well as the outside. Thank you!