What a year!Â No seriously, what a year right? Not just within the entire world, but within my worldâ€”so much growth, along with highs and lows, how about you?
Have you taken the time to reflect on your self-care over the year and your successes; defined by you?Â What does that look like for you?
What have you learned and processed for continued growth next year?
So, in my opinion, this is what I believe matters…
APPRECIATEâ€¦ in order for you to ACHIEVE deeper and deeper each time you GO FOR ITâ€”for whatever that is you want, crave, and need.
I encourage you give this exercise, (stop, reflect, feel, and appreciate) a try and below I share what I have learned about self-care and success this year!
What I learned about Self-Care and Success this Year
1. Thereâ€™s so much strength and power in my resistance and mind control.
We must learn and lean into discomfort. We must push our limits in order to stretch and gain new strengths. We have to be humble enough to say, â€œWhere am I missing the mark and what’s not there?â€Â
Over the year Iâ€™ve learned to stop resisting when I should and resist when I need. For exampleâ€¦follow my intuition more on my passions and lead and inspire by example and showingâ€¦ So I let go of the fear of judgement from others.
Itâ€™s been a powerful year and I have so many to thank for impacting my strength and powerâ€”especially the women Iâ€™ve been coaching in health and fitness.
Resistance: the refusal to accept or comply with something; the attempt to prevent something by action or argument.
Where did YOU succeed in this area?
2.Your confidence, self-love, and self-care is the most important one.
So yea, you hear this over and over and over right? BUT, there is a reason why you continue to hear itâ€¦. BECAUSE ITâ€™S THE TRUTH.
Creating a healthy relationship with yourself is never a task checked off on your to-do list. You canâ€™t fuel your tank up once and then drive forever. You must continue to fill the tank.
Itâ€™s in nurturing our inner goddess that we find the courage to be more of ourselves, stand up for ourselves, and embrace, own, and thrive through the elements of our journey. When we implement this, we find the courage to stand up for others as well.
3. Life is both an evolution and revolution.
I turned 37 this year and experienced some transformations. You better believe my plan is to continue to evolve and to thrive year-after-year.
Why would I stop? Why should you stop?
When I continue to practice self-awareness, living as conscious as I can, and embracing the journeyâ€”rather than a series of deadlines and goals to reachâ€¦it releases pressure and stress overall, itâ€™s really quite refreshing.
How? Because I know the journey, this game I call life, is slow and steady, I donâ€™t have to follow the speed of everybody else and I donâ€™t have to get it right; I have to keep going. I have to keep thriving, creating more and more positive energyâ€”to continue with my passions.
What are some of your passions?
Our life is made up of the big moments that change us dramatically (a revolution) and the smaller, quieter ones that we learn through self-care and reflection (an evolution). We need both to survive and THRIVE.Â
How will you wrap up the year and how will you enter and evolve through the next?Â Self-care and Success IS PLANNED, so be sure to make them a priority in the NEW YEAR!
Identity Magazine is all about guiding women to discover their powersÂ of Self-Acceptance,Â Appreciation, and PersonalÂ Achievement.Â We ask that every contributor and expert answerÂ Â the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. Their answers can be random and in the moment or they can be aligned with theÂ current article they have written.Â In that way, and as a team, we hope toÂ encourageÂ and motivateÂ each other, thus inspiringÂ you to Get All A’s.
1. What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally?Â Additionally, what are youÂ still working on accepting? Now, weâ€™re talking about resignation, rather stepping into, embraced, and owned.
Around the holiday, December of 2016 I finally was fed up with having constant lower back and accepted the fact that I had to get x-rays. Itâ€™s not normal at the age of 36 to not be able to put my pants on.
So I went for help and ended up going to physical therapy. Â Which, I was told I could not work out, do laundry, or pick my kids up! Â I was out of commission. Once I got the go ahead I committed toÂ coachingÂ other into getting stronger and healthier.Â It’s been almost a YEAR now and I’m completely transformed with the ability to do SOO much!
2. What have you learned to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally?Â On the other handÂ OR in contrast,Â are there elements of who you are that youâ€™re still working onÂ appreciating?
Iâ€™m grateful that I have the mental strength to lead, to heal, and to serve. Therefore, Iâ€™m appreciate my courage.
3. What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? Tell usÂ not onlyÂ what makes YOU most proudÂ but alsoÂ share theÂ goals and dreams that you still have.
Most recently, Iâ€™m most proud of my weight loss and building strength journey. With that said, Â I share a little of thisÂ HERE.
4.Â Of course, weÂ all have imperfections,Â orÂ so we think.Â In truth,Â we are all perfectly imperfect. So, what are your not-so-perfect ways?Â Likewise,Â what imperfections and quirks create who you areâ€”your Identity?
Ugh, as I get even more fit and fab, my boobs are shrinking! Oh, and I have uneven breasts, like a solid cup size difference. Â Sooo, physically Â imperfect I am, LOL.
5. â€œI Love Myâ€¦â€ is an outlet for you toÂ appreciate and expressÂ all the positive traits that make youâ€¦wellâ€¦YOU!Â In fact, sharingÂ what you love about yourself will make you smile, feel empowered, and uplift your spirit and soul. (We assure you!)Â Therefore,Â Identity challenges you to complete the phrase â€œI Love Myâ€¦?â€
I love my butt and I love my back muscles that are forming from being consistent and last, hittingÂ PLAY EVERYDAY!.