(and a quick shoutout to the these fierce beauties... Sarah, Jan, & Betsy, celebrating a year of FIERCE in Wellesley, MA!)
Whew! The rush of the holidays is winding down and we are settling back into our routines as we get ready to welcome a new year... and enjoy one more celebration this coming weekend.
Take a moment to give yourself a pat on the back for everything you have accomplished so far. Recognizing what is complete can help give us perspective on the positive side of things and keep us in a gratitude mindset.
Now we are getting organized, exchanging/returning gifts, marking things off our to-do lists, and slowly starting to feel that things are normalizing.
So, I want to know...were YOU on your list?
Did you take some time to remember YOU over the past few weeks? Perhaps you did pick something up for yourself as you were shopping but what about really taking care of you?
Did you get your sleep, move your body, drink your water, and keep the thoughts and self-talk positive during the rush and "stress" of the holiday?
If you didn't, it's ok. You are not alone. It is part of the female condition to not only put ourselves last but to sometimes forget about us all together!
While this is completely normal, it can quickly add up and create a space where we feel overwhelmed, unheard, & less than enthusiastic to keep trucking along, taking care of everyone else...
Why is it so easy to do this?
How can we change things up so YOU don't get lost in the shuffle?
Oh, let me count the ways...
Somewhere along the way, we learned that everyone else's needs come first and if we even think about doing something just for us, the guilty thoughts start rolling in full speed ahead.
This habit alone is enough to keep us stuck in this pattern.
How can we take care of ourselves & not feel selfish in the process?
I could give you a litany of ways to prioritize you, many of which you have heard before...
make time for your workouts
sleep 7-9 hours each night
schedule "me" time
let go of things that no longer serve
But it isn't the info we are lacking or even knowing why we do this in the first place that will change it.
It is in the understanding that when we do give ourselves the same opportunities to have fun, pursue our hobbies, exercise, eat healthy, and take a break now and then, everyone else in our life benefits!
When you feel healthy and happy instead of overwhelmed, exhausted and frustrated, you are a better mom, wife, friend, boss, employee, etc!
You have so much more energy to take care of the people you love, including yourself, and life just works better. Simple and true.
You can't pour from an empty cup
Running on empty has a very short shelf life
Your children are learning by example. Every time your kids see you put yourself last, you are telling them that is ok!
We know that we simply want our family to live to their fullest, reach for their dreams and shine as brightly as they possibly can.
What we may not know, as it turns out, that the best way for them to do that is for us to lead the way and shine as brightly as you can every chance you get!
Just try one thing this week to put you first and see how quickly it changes everything and everyone. Win, win without a doubt.
You are worth it!
~ Coach D.
Getting back to YOU is our theme for FIERCE 2018 , our 4-week program that begins on January 8th.
We have 28 days to strip away the layers, minutia, & overwhelm that has loaded us down & kept us stuck.
It is time to stop starting over as we unbury the things that YOU need to feel happy & healthy all year long!