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Love yourself to be the priority in your life

Are you taking enough time for you?
Do you prioritize yourself!
Are you always saying yes to everyone else?
Does that leave you feeling alone or perhaps even resentful?
Are your personal needs met?

As Mother’s Day is approaching, a day where mothers are being doted on for all that they do each day, it is often forgotten that self-care and prioritizing yourself is something that needs to stand always in the forefront.

I know first hand that this is easier said than done!

When my son was first hospitalized in 2007 and even the years to follow, my health (emotionally and physically) was definitely not number one. My priority was my son and his life as it took everything I had to keep him alive and so I continued to smoke and eat an unhealthy diet. I always told myself one day would it would all change, but for the moment my priorities were not with me.

You succumb to eating the processed cafeteria foods or take-out out of ease and comfort. And at times it can seriously feel like you don’t have any other choice. But you do. There’s always a choice.

How can you move from being everything to everyone and start being who you need to be for you?

  • Decide you deserve to be a priority
  • Decide how you will spend it
  • Evaluate the things that waste your time
  • Learn to say no!
  • Ask for help!
  • Schedule the things you must do
  • Commit to me time daily and make it a ritual!

We talk about nurture and self-care all the time but what sometimes you don’t even know what that means!

Self-care in its simplest form means taking it easy, take a break, do things that you love.

Self-care is doing things that feel good to your body and soul in that moment and time.

What they mean to each of us, can differ from individual to individual.

Self-care is really just allowing you some downtime from the daily hustle and bustle of work, parenting and whatever else usually keeps you overwhelmed. It’s a time to connect with yourself and allow your body some peace so it can rejuvenate itself.

And this can look so very different for everyone. Below you find some of the things I have used to support me.

1. Make time for food that nourishes your body and soul. How much junk are you fueling your body with that leaves you tired and exhausted? How much fresh food do you eat to really give your body what you need? When you feel good, the soul feels good because it knows you are taking care of yourself.

2. Exercise in some way through yoga, walking, running, Zumba, dancing or whatever call you to move your body. Allow it to feel good. It will help you from becoming to still and its just really really good for you feel positive especially if you have been feeling down.

3. Make bedtime a priority allowing you adequate rest time. For me, this is about 7-8 hours of sleep. For you, it could be a bit less or more. The important thing is that you rest your body!

4. Do one thing you truly enjoy. Write, paint, crochet! Do it because you will feel amazingly good afterward for having done it.

5. Connect with nature. Go outside, hug a tree, walk barefoot, sit in the sun. Allow yourself to feel the wind and the sun rays on your skin. Surround yourself with nature in each and every way.

6. Practice gratitude throughout the day for each moment. For the raindrop that falls to nourish the earth.  For the driver going too slow in front of you to keep you safe and quite without the speeding ticket. For the paycheck, you earn to provide a roof over your head. For life and the opportunity to experience it. Be grateful.

Self-care is respecting you enough to make time to be with just you.

Honoring who you are through the good days and tough days will help you learn to love yourself more, teach others that you are valuable and life will start to feel a whole lot better.

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It is time to love yourself!

Loving and nurturing yourself isn’t an achievement, but something you do every single day!

In a world where we are to give ourselves to others in the spirit of sacrifice, we have been forgotten.

It’s time to show yourself the same kind of love that you give to other people.

Join the 28-Day Nurture Course and love yourself every single day.

For 28 Days, you receive an exercise to connect with yourself, to learn who you are and find the thing you love so you can do more of them.

You deserve to nurture yourself.

You are powerful, brilliant and an amazing woman of love and most importantly, you deserve to love and honor yourself.

Every single day!

How do I know that?

Because I turned from giving so much of myself to others that I didn’t have time for myself into someone who not only honors myself and my energy, but I truly love myself for the fun, quirky sometimes crazy person that I am.

Was it easy? Not exactly.

Was it worth it! Absolutely!

Loving yourself is so much bigger than loving what you do and engaging in the things that bring you home to you every single day.

Loving yourself is doing all those things that honor you in some way while being true to yourself.

When you love yourself you :

  • Feel good about you
  • Have clarity about what’s important
  • Show other’s how you value yourself

There is no formula on how to love yourself the right or the wrong way!

But there is daring and exploring of what feels good and what doesn’t and reflect if you want more of the feel good in your life

Side effects of loving yourself may cause a healthy, happy you!

Creating art as a form of self-care

Do you self-care? Why or why not?

Engaging in self-care is a necessity like brushing your teeth. If you don’t brush your teeth every day, you get cavities and will have to go to the dentist for things that could have been prevented.

Self-care is pretty much the same thing. If you don’t engage in self-care regularly, you will burn out and then have to take a much-needed break that can literally turn your life upside down.

Every Friday is art day, that means I am creating something (wood-burning, crocheting, drawing or doodling or maybe jewelry making). I don’t focus on business or anything else that is going on. It is my time to pretty much forget about the world and nourish my soul in ways that feel good.

I am not one to do spa days (you know manicure, massages etc) and I had to find a different way to pamper myself, and creating art does just that – or going to the ocean but fall is almost here and there will be less of going to the water.

When I am able to create art, I get inspired with new ideas and I fill my well, so I can be the best version of me in my many facets.

I don’t self-care one day a week as my workouts also provide self-care but on a different level – they tend to balance my energy more.

If you are in a job, you get 2 days off (I hope) to recharge your well and do some of the fun activities not work related.  and if you are self-employed then building in a self-care routine of some kind is a necessity.

If you happen to be self-employed than building in a self-care routine of some kind is a necessity. You can make this a daily thing, 30-minutes to an hour a day or a full day when you can.

And I don’t have to tell you that when you are a mom, that this is essential to nurture and love yourself.  We can get so overwhelmed parenting and doing all the things that we put everyone else first but ourselves.

Now go and do some self-care and tell me in the comments what you are going to do!

 

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Self-care is not selfish!

When you sign up for 28 Days of Nurturing yourself you’ll get access to 28 action steps to recharge your battery, connect with your inner self and engage in activities that leave you feeling good! I’ll show you how to get out of your own way so you can create a daily practice of engaging in activities that allow you to disconnect from the world, acknowledge yourself to continue to habit of nurturing yourself. Read more

Nurture yourself through vision

This past weekend, I spent my afternoon painting with a free event hosted by Shiloh Sophia  called Visionary Woman. I was unsure what to expect, though one of my goals this year is to create more art – not the kind I usually do like Crochet or Pyrography. I am being drawn to have vibrant colors in my life.

Going into workshops and classes with an open mind can be challenging, I was moved to tears during various moments of the process. When tears come up, it resonates with us.

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