Is everyone having a great week so far? The weather has been gorgeous here in LA with temps between 75-80. (Sorry East Coast Sistas) I am a summer girl and battle a bit in the winter with staying positive and upbeat so the sunshine and Vitamin D have been a nice boost this week. Do you get a touch of the winter blues? I have grown to expect the lull in my energy when Fall rolls around so I kick it into high gear with my prayer time, reading spiritually nourishing books and simply cutting myself some slack. I know you girls up North are giggling at me because our temps rarely fall below 50 here in Cali, but when you grow up in a hot, humid climate like Houston– I guess geography and atmosphere truly effects your personality for the rest of your life. (Yes, I just made that up! Ha Ha!) I thrive when it’s hot and wilt when it’s cold. I know lots of people who will go to the tanning bed in winter just to get the ‘sunshine’. Ok, my post today wasn’t suppose to be chatting about the weather…..
I want to know if you are checking in with yourself on a regular basis. Much like you ‘check in’ with your Mom, or a personal trainer, co-worker, client, etc……how often do you check in with yourself? I guess that’s why I brought up winter being a challenge for me because I find myself being more in-tune with what’s going on inside my head, heart, and spirit at this time of year. I’m a very sensitive person, but seem to be even more hyper-sensitive in the winter. Although I prefer the summer, this winter I’ve embraced being forced to stay indoors (we had lots of rain) cuddled up with my journal and being more introspective. Whew, talk about checking in with yourself and feeling the growing pains. It’s such a beautiful thing when we spend quality time alone with our thoughts and feelings. So, when was the last time you truly checked in and asked yourself… how you are doing and really examined your feelings? Women are so crazy busy asking how others are doing and they’re taking care of everyone else’s needs that they never really take the time for themselves.
Please love yourself enough to do regular check in’s with YOU! If we gloss over issues and make up excuses for not taking the time for ourselves we stunt our growth. Some people simply don’t want to feel the pain of growing and can’t sit still with themselves long enough to face their issues. I’m sorry, but bring on a little pain in order for me to keep getting better, stronger and healthier. One of my fave Spiritual teachers, Joyce Meyer always says, “I’m not where I want to be, but thank God I’m not where I use to be”. I didn’t always love myself in fact, it’s been a long journey for me. On the outside, I appeared to have an exciting life and a great career, but the reality was I didn’t know even know who I was much less truly love myself. I was too busy trying to be what everyone else wanted me to be. I’m still on the journey and yes, I slip up sometimes and beat myself up, but it’s few and far between now. The minute we all know and believe that we are a precious child of God we change our perception of ourselves. I hope you realize that truth today!
- Love yourself enough to take “me” time.
- Love yourself enough to set boundaries and let go of toxic relationships.
- Love yourself enough to eat nutrient rich organic foods instead of junk.
- Love yourself enough to rock a great outfit instead of “schlepping” around.
- Love yourself enough to treat yourself like a queen instead of a pauper.
- Love yourself whether they are a size 4 or a 24.
- Love yourself enough to speak up and say “no”… and on and on! I could go on for days. You get the point!
Enjoy the rest of your week and as always, I am interested to hear your thoughts on this topic.
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