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Keri Hilson is an American singer-songwriter and actress who rose to fame with her debut album ‘In a Perfect World’. Her number one ‘Turning Me On’ with Lil Wayne was released as a single in the US which reached #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 list and peaked at #2 on the Hip-Hop / R&B charts. She performed live at the ‘VH1 Divas Salute the Troops’ and appeared on several talk shows including ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’. She made her acting debut in the comedy ‘Think Like a Man’, and has won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding New Artist and the Get Schooled Award for her philanthropic work in the field of education for the underprivileged. 

This renaissance woman recently sat down with me to talk about her self-care rituals and how she’s loved herself through the pandemic. 

On her morning routine…

I send gratitude in prayer before my feet touch the floor. Then I lay and reflect on my dreams while breathing as deeply as possible as many times as I feel it’s necessary, but never less than three times to center & ground myself. Next, I drink water and take my herbs, sit in my favorite place, and do a 3 minute or longer meditation all before turning my phone on (I sleep with it on Airplane mode). These 15 minutes are vital to me, and I’ve implemented this structure because I closely monitored how my days feel and move– I love the mental and spiritual stability it brings to each day.

On becoming the BEST version of herself…

Everything I do, all of my habits and self-care practices are equally important for a fully balanced and centered life. I will say that although the spiritual and mental aspects come easier for me, whenever I neglect my physical (diet & exercise), I don’t feel as whole or as full. 

On her biggest lesson learned this year…

I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned this year was acceptance & surrender. They go hand in hand– with all that was happening, and the many unfortunate circumstances it brought with it into my world, I felt very out of control and I had to learn to accept and surrender to circumstances I couldn’t control, while digging deeper into the things that I could. 

On her current read…

I’m currently reading “The Surrender Experiment.” 

On what’s next…

Oddly, I’ve gotten 3 lead roles in films within a year! I’m excited about those. One is for Lifetime, one is for TVOne, and the last is to be sold to a streaming site, as of yet unknown. The first two release next year, so look out for those announcements! I’ve also gotten to a place where releasing music is possible, and I’m working the music side of me back into my life. Very exciting stuff!

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