It’s that time of year when thoughts turn to love. Romantic love, love for your friends – hello, Galentine’s Day – love for your kids. During this season of love, I want you to remember to show love for one very important person… you!
We’re women. And many of us are moms. That means we spend most of our time doing for others. Taking care of our families and friends. Driving the kids where they need to go, planning and making dinner, working… all the things.
We forget to leave time in our busy schedules for ourselves.
That changes today. Today I want to talk to you about small ways you can show love to yourself.
Think for a minute. If you could do anything for yourself, what would it be? Dream big or keep it small.
Do you dare to even think about it? Or does it feel selfish?
It’s never selfish to do something just for you.
It’s like the cabin attendants say before your flight takes off. You have to put your own oxygen mask on before you can help someone else with theirs. It’s hard to remember this because, as women, we’ve been trained to help others first.
Self-care and self-love look different for everyone. What refreshes me and feeds my soul is different than what does the same for you.
I challenge you to list five things you love to do just for yourself. And then do them!
I’m sharing my top five with you to help you get started on your own list.
1. Getting my hair done.
If you’ve been around here for any amount of time, you already know my obsession with my hair. 🤣 It’s not that my hair is better than anyone else’s – it’s quite normal, actually. But having someone wash and style my hair makes me feel beautiful. It makes me stand taller and feel more confident and excited to take on the day.
I highly recommend making an appointment at your local blowdry bar ASAP. But be careful… you might get addicted, too!
2. Binging Netflix.
Yep, I said it. I like to chill out and watch TV.
I work a lot. And when I’m working, my brain is going nonstop. I’m thinking about my business, getting my kids where they need to go, what’s for dinner, etc.
Blocking off an afternoon or evening and focusing on something completely different – something that doesn’t need anything from me or require much brainpower – refreshes me.
3. Wearing new clothes.
Do you feel different when you put on a new shirt instead of the one you’ve been rocking for the past four months? I sure do. Sometimes it just takes a new tee or new bag to brighten my morning routine.
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4. Taking a trip.
I LOVE to travel. In a recent blog about planning, I talked about my love for travel and my goal of doing more of it this year!
I love seeing new places, experiencing new things, just taking myself out of my normal everyday setting. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate trip to an exotic location. Take a simple road trip by yourself, with a friend, or with your family.
5. Taking long walks on the beach.
I’m kidding but not kidding. If you saw me on Instagram or Facebook when I took my Warehouse team on vacation, you know how much I LOVE the beach. Sadly, since I live in Texas nowhere near the ocean, the beach isn’t always an option.
A walk, no matter what the setting, always helps me. Just taking a break in the afternoon or evening to go for a walk makes me feel better. It gives me space to think, to be healthier, and to just be a better version of myself.
One last way I want to encourage you to show love to yourself might be the most important.
I want you to show yourself grace.
Every day is not going to be perfect. Everything you try is not going to work out just right. You’ll be late for an appointment, you’ll burn dinner, you’ll lose your patience with one of your kids. Or your husband. Or yourself.
Take the time to breathe, to remind yourself you’re giving it your all, and that being human means not being perfect. So give yourself a break.
Show yourself the same level of kindness you’d show your best friend. That’s what it means to love yourself!
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