You. 

I have learned, especially recently, that it is MOST Important to believe in yourself, count in yourself, and above all else, love yourself. When it comes down to it all, you are your own constant. Friends can come and go. Family can change. Relationships can end. Though, I hope they don’t. YOU are a permanent fixture in YOUR life. If you are anything like me, you will bend over backwards for anyone and everyone. You love so much that it hurts. You are everyone else’s constant, their go-to. And that’s okay. At some point, however, you will break. Your batteries will die. The thing is… We forgot to take care of ourselves. We all have our daily struggles…some more than others. We somehow have to become gymnastic Olympians and perform ridiculous routines on the balance beam. We are bound to fall off. I mean, shit! We can’t be perfect. Though, we try like hell. Balance is key. Find something that makes YOU happy, whatever that may be. When we juggle so many things, we tend to loose ourselves. Who are you? What do you like? What will make you happy? Can you answer these? Obviously, keep your dreams and wishes realistic. Reach for the stars, not another universe. You want to be able to actually achieve a goal. I, too, want to be a millionaire who never ages and has her own solo album with a shoe closet the size of a small country and a man who looks like David Beckham. But…. I can’t. What I can do is spend an hour during the week taking a class of some sort. I can write this blog in my spare time because I enjoy it. I can paint a room in my house while drinking wine and jamming to tunes. When are you the happiest? Is it when you have 5 minutes alone in the bathroom? Make it 15. Is it creating something? Take a class. Start crafting. Is it pushing yourself farther to succeed? Hustle, baby. Whatever makes you happy… DO IT!Be diligent. Don’t give up on yourself. Better yet, don’t forget about yourself. We always end up learning that the hard way.WORK TO LIVE, NOT LIVE TO WORK. That’s means for other people, too. Don’t always be a fall back. And don’t spend your whole life busting your buns at work so much that you forget to experience moments of simple life. OVERCOME YOUR STRESS! Finding some you time may not cure your stress, but you will be a better you and with that, stress will affect you less. And guess what? DON’T FEEL GUILTY ABOUT IT! Without taking the time to care for yourself, your work, relationships, and health will suffer.PRIORITIZE YOUR NEEDS! And it is okay to ask for help. Hey! You are there for everyone else! And say no. We cannot be superheroes. Try as we might, we can’t do it all.

Recent studies have shown women are less happy than they have been in over 40 years.

Think of it this way. We are first responders. Would you want your EMT running on fumes? Nope. We need to be rested and fulfilled to properly do our jobs as a worker, mother, wife, friend. Put yourself in the calendar. And do not cancel. Make it as important as a doctor’s appointment. And do not multitask. Don’t take work emails while you are at the nail salon. Stay present in YOUR moment. My favorite quote is:

The greatest thing you will ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.

The funny thing is, I never thought of returning love to myself. 

Everyday, I am trying to practice what I preach here. And though I am no where near where I want to be nor have what I want to have. I am vowing to make a conscious effort to focus on me, step out of the drama, and to ask for help. But I’ll take it slow. My future self will thank me. And eventually my friends, family, and coworkers will thank me.Happy Finding You! 

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