Relationships are all about balance, you know? Give too little, and they wither on the vine. Give too much, and you run the risk of losing your sense of self. Oh, yeah. . .been there, done that, bought the whole truckload of tee shirts!
Why do we give ourselves away so easily after we’ve worked so hard to become the bright, radiant, sassy, sexy, capable goddesses that we are? I don’t think it’s because we’re flawed. I think it’s because we are so amazing, that we care so completely. Our well of compassion is so full and so deep, it feels like we have an endless supply to give to those we love. We have so much love to give that it seems impossible to give too much. Unfortunately, we’re also conditioned to put ourselves at the end of that people-to-love, list so that after we’re done doing for others and doing for others and doing for others, our well runs dry and we snap like on old dry twig. It’s easy to get lost in love. Thank goodness, we have our girlfriends, our sisters, our daughters, to remind us to ‘put our own oxygen mask on first.’
Here’s the thing about goals: they have a way to completing themselves when you write them down. Like magic! I suggest that you make three goals for self care and that you share them with your best friend, who will monitor your progress and help you celebrate when you achieve them.
1. Take time for yourself each day. Even if it’s only five minutes locked in the bathroom, listening to your favorite music on your iPod. Do it.
2. Do one nice thing for yourself each month. Get a pedi. Take a bubblebath. Go for high tea at the Four Seasons. Do it.
3. Once a year, get away. Plan a girls weekend. Go on a retreat. Take a seminar. Do it.
This isn’t about indulgence. Okay, maybe it is. But the point is this: make you the focus of you once in a while. Give yourself some of that sweet lovin’ you rain on everyone around you. Nurture yourself. Love yourself. You’ll be a better person for it. Love, C
My two cents: remember, you are a goddess! Treat yourself like one.
I was just having three hour coffee with my dear friend discussing this very subject. I have been dealing with resistance and working through that. I feel as if I have made some headway, and this was a big one for me. When I am single, I have no problem filling myself up, and taking time for me. I have my weekly massage, and a pedi once a month, got that down no problem. Even being a mom, I make time for me. I think that is being a good role model for my daughter, take care of you, then give to others. Makes sense, right? I was just having a little anxiety around still taking care of me, doing the things I like to do and not putting myself last when I have a man in my life. I have lost myself before, but you know what? I know now, that I will consciously care for myself. Between chatting with my friend for hours around this and now reading C’s post, I know that I can stay me even when I become a we.
Maybe, just to be safe I will print this out and post it on my bathroom mirror as a reminder. xo-K
My two cents: Be true to you!