These days, UMI has committed to a “grounded morning routine” that includes journaling and spending time in nature (preferably barefoot). She writes down what she wishes for and wants to manifest on a given day. “Before I check my phone, before I re-enter society for the day, I create my own world,” she explains. When she meditates, UMI focuses on chakra meditations. Sometimes she’ll wear the color of the chakra she’s honing in on. “Lately I’ve been working on my throat chakra and wearing a lot of blue and imagining that energy in my throat opening up,” she says. Sound bowls have become a key part of her healing practice as well. When she’s not giving sound baths to friends and family, she brings the bowls to her recording sessions to calm her, and they’ve found their way into her songs.
In March, as the pandemic made itself apparent in the States, UMI launched a texting service to provide some of that same grounding to her fans, promising daily affirmations, meditations, and “wholesome notifications.” She’s found it to be a positive place to connect during a time of social distancing.
When it comes to outer beauty, her approach is simple. Lately she’s been relying on cleanser and face oil by Youth to the People to keep her complexion clear, and Ms. Jessie’s curl creams for her hair.
Now, as she works on her next album, UMI is bringing her confidence lessons to the process. “I’ve learned throughout my journey that it’s safe for me to be myself,” she says. “There’s no reason for me to hide anything. That’s been really a great practice. I feel more alive when I’m more myself. By being myself, I mean being able to express my inner thoughts and embracing my goofy side and my gentle sides, wearing the things that make me happy, and doing that despite what I feel people might think. I let those judgments go.”