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 Bianca Mitsuko, a Los Angeles based model. In addition to her modeling work, Bianca is a children’s book author.
What is the first thing you do in the morning?
The first thing I do in the morning is pray. I reflect on how I want my day to go. I set goals, take deep breathes, but I am not perfect, so there are days where I just get up and go straight to my iced coffee.
What is the last thing you do in your day?
The last thing I do is also pray. I know that sounds typical, but it helps me reflect on my day because everyday is different. Something might have happened that changed the course of my routine, so I reflect before I go to sleep.
What is the hardest part of the day for you — and how do you overcome it?
In the past, I would settle a lot in my relationships and friendships and I noticed it was causing me to be very sad and depressed. So for the past 2 1/2 years, I have been single and celibate. I needed time to figure myself out and what I will and will not allow into my space. It’s been extremely healthy for me. I now know when to say no and when to walk away from a situation. I know my value and I know what’s right and what’s wrong. If it disturbs my peace, I just simply don’t allow it in my space.
Do you have any “cannot live without” products in your everyday routine?
AQUAPHOR! I always have it on me. I use it on my face, lips, and hands.
Do you have any rituals and if so, what are they?
I pray and I write. I know that sounds cliche, but it works for me. I think speaking things out loud or even writing it down helps keep my peace.
What would you tell your younger self about health and wellness?
I struggled with bulimia throughout high school and college. That was hard and I was actually at my smallest during that time. I’m now a size 14 and I am the most confident ever. I would tell my younger self to not sweat the small stuff and everything always works out the way it should. I think we worry about how we look or what people are going to think of us, but really, it’s only your opinion that matters.
What is something that you look forward to everyday?
I look forward to being an aunt. I love my nephews with all of my heart. I had a niece Mila and nephew Tyson that passed away, so being an aunt is something I will never take for granted.
How do you “reset” yourself after a night out, a bad date, etc.
I love to do a self care Sunday all about relaxing, hydrating, and skin care. As far as a bad date, I just remind myself that what’s meant for me will be for me