Posts Tagged ‘butterfly’
In a self-care workshop I conducted for mothers, one of the participants said that she would love to build self-care and pampering time into her life, but she didn’t know how and didn’t know where to begin. For each of us, novice or experienced, let us pledge to ourselves that we will take the necessary time to celebrate ourselves on a daily basis.
Guilt is one of the main barriers keeping women from spending the necessary time on self-care. First, you must decide if you love yourself enough to take good care of yourself. Second, you must come to the realization that if you are not mentally, physically or spiritually healthy, and if you are depleted in any of these areas, you cannot fulfill any of your obligations well.
For those of you who might say, “I don’t have time in my busy schedule,” I challenge you to find out otherwise! Very simply put – if it is important to you, you will make the time. If the only time you can spare is five minutes, start with five minutes a day. Any one of the first three items on the list below can be done in five minutes or less. Pick one you would like to focus on and go with it. Gradually increase the time you spend until you reach a level that is appropriate for your needs. (more…)
For most members of my high school graduating class, 2011 marked our 50th birthdays. For some, 50 is a milestone achievement, while for others it is approached with dread. My plan is to celebrate myself, my life, my achievements — I plan to have an astounding second act!
There is a healthy debate regarding whether women actually have midlife crises. Is it a midlife crisis, or, is it that when we can finally take a breather from years of raising a family, managing a household, or building a career, we wake up to the fact that our lives are not quite what we expected them to be? Or maybe we are happy and satisfied, but just too tired to enjoy everything that we have worked so hard for?
When we reach our 40s and 50s, we often begin to experience loss firsthand – family, friends, and classmates. It makes us think about our own mortality and we often begin to take stock of our lives. If we died today, what would be our epitaph, what would people remember most about us? Many times we begin to look back over our lives, remembering the dreams we left behind, remembering the things we may have given up to have families or careers. Sometimes we are left wondering if our life has any meaning.