What #iDiscovered

carrie_tree_620x349 Last Saturday night, for the first Saturday night in a very long time, I decided to have a night in and do something productive. You know – catch up on work, browse some jobs, do a facemask, finally send a Facebook message reply to my London-based girlfriend who just got engaged. Instead, I crawled into my bed, binge-watched five hours of almost uninterrupted television, and ate an entire bag of popcorn. Resisting was futile – I succumbed to what I wanted to do, rather than what I intended to do.

There’s a certain amount of guilt attached to spending five hours of a weekend night curled up in bed, unless you’re getting cozy with a significant other, or maybe with the unabridged edition of The Feminine Mystique – depends what your friends would rather hear over brunch the next day. But one of the most important personal discoveries I’ve made over the last few years is that 30-something doesn’t have to mean 30-everything. And relaxing doesn’t always mean picking at a plate of cheese and crackers and sipping mimosas with your girlfriends. It can mean comfy sweatpants and zoning out to something you can’t even remember the title of.

I think I speak for most millennial women – well, most women in general – when I say that I spend almost every waking moment thinking about work, relationships, or what I’m doing this weekend (what I’m eating for my next meal takes up a large chunk too). When we’re plugged in 24/7 — I can’t even get to sleep without knowing my phone is sufficiently charged and within arm’s reach – clocking off physically doesn’t mean clocking off mentally.

Then there’s that constant pressure to always be engaging in some form of self-improvement. If you finished work early, shouldn’t you go to a kick-boxing or yoga class? If you’re not going out, you might as well browse LinkedIn for opportunities, or latest high-salary job listings, no?


Perhaps the most difficult part is discerning between things people say are relaxing and things I actually enjoy. Cooking a healthy meal is good for the mind, body, and soul, but I save the best recipes for when I have time to browse a farmer’s market rather than deal with screaming kids in a supermarket check-out line. Exercise? Love it – but only when it’s on my time schedule. And don’t even talk to me about detoxes.  

My thirties have been exciting, overwhelming, and unpredictable. But my biggest discovery has been that spending an extra two hours at work every day isn’t going to change that. Accessorising with popcorn kernels won’t either, but it will make the ride a whole lot more enjoyable.

Each week Dr. LeWinn’s will be giving 20 lucky fans the chance to win a full size Line Smoothing Complex S8 Hydrating Day Cream or Eternal Youth Cream, valued at $69.95 each! Share your own discoveries on Instagram with the hashtag #iDiscovered to enter. The 20 most inspiring images will win each week and feature on our #iDiscovered Facebook tab. Make sure to also tag @dailyaddict in all your entries for the chance to win a $100 Westfield gift card, as I’ll be picking my favourite one with the winner to be revealed in my follow up editorial! Good luck!

This message is sponsored by personal discoveries seeker Dr. LeWinn’s

About the author

Carrie is the Founder of Daily Addict. She's an uncanny ability to uncover social experiences and must-have things that interest and inspire. Consider her your go-to-lady (you have on speed dial) to reveal the lesser-known gems compelling you to get more out of life.


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