The Ritual Diaries is a bi-weekly editorial series where we talk to our favorite creators, experts, and change-makers about how they take care of themselves in a busy world. This week, we spoke to Victoria ‘SkateMoss’ Taylor, a skateboarder and fashion designer. In 2021, Victoria designed and launched her very own headwear brand that saw incredible success with additional design drops to be seen in the future. Through her content, she is a thought leader spreading a message of inclusion and confidence in a male-dominated sport, to women all around the world.
What is the first thing you do in the morning?
I hit snooze on my 8AM alarm clock and pull my chubby pug into me so we can spoon for another 30 minutes. Once I crawl out of bed, I feed my dog breakfast and I quickly take her out to go to the bathroom before she pees in my house. After Frankie does her business, I’m usually running back inside to inhale my iced coffee.
What is the last thing you do in your day?
The last few seconds before my eyes close is either spent closing a book or putting my phone on the charger. Sometimes I’ll even imagine fake scenarios in my head of me and a cute boy or being stupid crazy rich before fully knocking out for the night. Of course, before all of this, I’m washing my face real good because I strongly dislike acne and I’m a skateboarder so I sweat more than I should.
What role does skating play your life?
I started skateboarding to have something fun to do in college. I never had the intention to become a pro skateboarder. I believe I got to where I am today because men hated that I was skating, but I grew up heavily bullied, so the sexism in skateboarding world was nothing new to me. I just want to normalize girls skateboarding!
What is the hardest part of the day for you — and how do you overcome it?
The hardest part of the day is either getting out of bed when my cat and dog are so snuggled up to me or when its after 2 o’clock and I need to leave my house to go skateboarding. If you live in West Hollywood, you know the traffic that you’re about to deal with is the absolute worst.
What boundaries do you set for yourself for your own health?
I don’t read the comments under my social media posts or in my DMs. It’s unfortunate because there are a handful of girls that reach out to me asking for skate advice, clothing advice, or business advice, but they are always tangled up within the other messages that hurt to see. I have made it known via stories that I don’t go through my DMs so they don’t feel like I am ignoring them. Going through hateful messages from men is the last thing I want to see, so I’m better off setting the boundary. If I don’t see the message, how can it hurt me?
Do you have any “cannot live without” products in your everyday routine?
I can’t live without my Telescopic Mascara. I SWEAR by this mascara. I’ve used this religiously
since middle school.
Do you have any rituals and if so, what are they?
I read a spiritual book every morning. I journal my manifestations everyday as well as the feelings I am processing through the present moment. I typically will take 3 psilocybin gummies 2-3 times a week and show how grateful I am whether that is speaking aloud when I’m alone in nature or writing it down in my journal. Meditation is also great for me because I am an overthinker.
What would you tell your younger self about health and wellness?
Without health, you have nothing.
What is something that you look forward to everyday?
I look forward to my morning coffee, the fog in the sky during a cold morning, walking my Frankie, and adventuring.
What is something that you’ve done lately that you’re proud of?
I’m starting to get really good at noticing when my happiness starts to drift and I become quiet and uninspired. Once I notice this, I start to evaluate what is going on in my life that I need to quickly switch up. I usually fix these situations by leaving LA and traveling to Joshua Tree, sequoia, Saint George, or driving back home to Utah.
I’m also so dang proud that I finally launched my brand, Skatemoss. I can’t wait till I am finally selling out on actual pieces of clothing.
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