Investing In YourselfNov 24, 2021
As is appropriate for the season, I have been reflecting this week on gratitude. I feel like the more I slow down to consider all the blessings in my world, the more it clarifies my sense of purpose. This is because the things that hold me up are the same things that I also have to tend. The things I am grateful for aren’t particularly unique, but they are vital to me. Some of these things include:
- My family
- My strong body
- My dog
- My friends
- My home
- My garden
- My work
When I ask women in my masterclass what makes them feel like they are achieving their life purpose, it is almost always in service. Raising awesome kids, improving their community, making the world a safer, healthier, better place. We all have an intuitive understanding that the more we support what we love, the more fulfilled we feel. This is their inspiration, and mine as well.
The place where we often fall short on living this inspiration is when we try to serve everything and everyone else at the expense of our own needs. We deplete our energy in tasks and drama without replenishing ourselves. On the most basic level, our body and mind is like a gas tank that needs to have gas to function--if we don’t keep fuel in the tank that is when we break down. That fuel for a person is a combination of nutritious food, clean water, exercise, restful sleep, good relationships, self love and fulfilling work.
When we don’t get all of this “fuel”, the ways we break down can be numerous but often manifests in our hormones. This is when we start to feel:
- hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Weight gain
- Brain fog
- Intolerable cycles
- Digestive problems
The irony is that, the worse these symptoms get, the harder it is to do the things that inspire us.
So how do we get back into the “inspiration zone?” The first step is to put fuel in the tank--give your body and mind the energy they need to function. The next step is to transform that gas tank into an investment account. We can spend our time on thoughts and actions that deplete that account or we can invest in ourselves so that account grows into abundance.
So what am I choosing these days for my investment account? Getting intentional about where my mental and physical energy is being spent. We all have the opportunity to be a version of ourselves that feels good and makes us proud. But it takes small, intentional steps each day. You have to choose yourself first so you can care for everyone else. This means:
Eat foods that make you feel good at regular times during the day
Move your body every day
Carve out at least 8 hours to be in bed each night
CHOOSE FUN! What makes you smile when you do it? What makes you laugh and feel silly?
DREAM BIG--Remember (or discover) the awesome thing you want to create in this life, and go for it.
Be choosy about where your mental energy goes--don’t get on the mouse wheel if you can choose to think of something inspiring.
Wishing you a joyous and restful thanksgiving!
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