The other day my sweet friend posted a picture on facebook of an empty cup of coffee with the words...
"You can't pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first."
It was just what I needed to see. I myself struggle with this. Do you? You rush around taking care of everyone and everything else and you are exhausted. And then when you think there will be time for you, there isn't. I know if I don't exercise first think in the morning, it will not happen.
I often jump out of bed in the morning and think of the millions of things I need/want to get done in a day and I just start working.
The mornings that I pause and meditate before I start rushing around and then fit in some form of working out, my day is SO much better.
I go through periods in my life when I am really great about putting myself first and I KNOW life falls into place much more smoothly when I do. But then I just slip away from what I know is best for me ie. regular exercise, drinking lots of water, getting a good amount of sleep, meditation.... and all of a sudden I am letting go of my self care practice.
Why am I sharing this with you? Because I dare bet we are a lot a like. We have similar struggles, dreams, desires. I need reminding that if I put myself first, everything else in life will be better and so I figured that you might need that reminder too.
I surround myself with house plants. I love them. They add life and energy to the rooms in my home and they keep me company while working at home.
***sidenote, did you know that if you talk kindly to your plants they will grow bigger and stronger? Try it. It works. ;)
I always make sure to water my plants regularly (of course I make sure to take care of them, lol) and my plants perk up each and every time I come around with their weekly nourishment. I think we are a lot like the plants around us. We need to be nourished too. We need to be watered and spoken nicely to as well. That includes the way we speak to ourselves! Remember that. The thoughts we think effect our life. Make sure you are speaking kindly to YOU. Super important.
There you go ( and me too!), our reminder to put ourselves first. Take care of yourself so you are better able to take care of others and/or take care of the things that are important in your life.
I have a saying in regards to the practice of taking care of me, "don't think, just do." It is so easy to talk ourselves out of taking care of #1. So the next time you are laying in bed in the morning and thinking, I can just workout later or I need to just get something taken care of really quick (before you take care of you), say to yourself "Don't think, just do." Put those running shoes on or yoga pants (but really go to yoga) and like Nike says, "Just Do It."
I am rooting for you. We got this.
And of course, if you are thinking of starting your hand & footprint business, drop me a line. I am here to help you. That is what I do!
Sending love and motivation your way today!