I couldn’t have said it better than Miss Lycia! This year I decided to start taking care of ME. I was run ragged, worn out, stretched too thin, and just plain exhausted. I was overweight, unhappy with myself, and I couldn’t stand to look myself in the mirror anymore because I didn’t even recognize myself. I have been a mom since I was 18, I’ve been married twice, I now have five beautiful children, and I can’t remember the last time I took care of ME. Sure, I’d treated myself to a few nice things over the years, but nothing substantial and certainly nothing long-term. I had decided that it was time to take back my life, to take care of ME, to learn who I am again; after all, it’s been so long that I don’t know who the real ME is anymore. So far, I have committed to going to the gym at least 5-6 days a week. I have already lost 17 lbs. And I was told twice at my daughter’s back-to-school night that I look like I’m my two oldest daughters sister (they are 13 and 14 🙂 ) and I feel AMAZING! I also got braces and changed nearly my entire wardrobe out for better clothes, and I have committed to keeping my wardrobe up so that I’m not wearing worn out clothes that don’t fit me anymore. I have also purchased a motorcycle and am enjoying riding (yes, there’s an economic piece to that as well). I find that because I am taking care of ME I have more energy to help others out and when I do help them I do it much more willingly and with a bigger heart than before.
When will you start taking care of YOU?