Why oh why do we think it’s selfish to take superb care of ourselves? I don’t think that…anymore.
This is one of the many inner changes that came from traveling on a motorcycle for 23 months. (More on that here if you haven’t heard the story.)
I make way less money now than I’ve made in decades and yet, I spend more on self care than I ever have. Crazy, right?
As we prepared to return from our travels in South America last year, I remember thinking to myself, “I wonder what would happen if I committed to taking awesome care of myself for a year?” I daydreamed of joining a yoga studio, getting back into running, getting regular massages, eating well, and not overloading my plate with “to dos.” It hasn’t turned out exactly as I had envisioned, but it looks pretty close and the results, almost a year later, have been shocking. Here are a few:
- On the inside, it feels like I’m on my own side.
- I trust myself more often to do what I say I'm going to do for myself.
- I do my best to tend my energy rather than spend it until it’s over spent.
- None of that familiar whine, “I’m soooo tired.”
- I feel good in my body, stand taller, thrill in nudging myself further in yoga.
Now I think of self care as the special sauce for success!
I’m not preaching; I’m learning right along with you. Of course I’m not perfect at this, that’s not the aim. I’m with myself for the rest of my life so it just makes good sense to take care of myself. Why oh why is that such a whacky concept for us to get our heads around? Now it’s your turn…
What do you do for basic self-care?
Now kick it up a notch. What does superb self-care look like for you?
I double-dare you to try it for 3 months, 6 months, or a year!
In the spirit of knowing ourselves,
I help individuals make the jump from wishing to doing, and professional teams transform from awkward tension to potent interaction.
Here are 2 offerings for you. Give yourself the precious gift of time to learn more about who you are now and what's most important to you.
Women's Symposium located in Lincoln City, OR on June 23rd.
Befriend your Creative Self located at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology near Lincoln City, OR on August 12th.