Did you know September is Self-Improvement Month?
Yup, it sure is.
When August was ending and I was looking ahead to September, I wanted to make sure I was moving ahead in various areas of my life.
I identified five key areas to work on:
Multigenerational family: Slowing down to spend more time together. Focusing on communication to avoid the bumpy patches we had experienced in the spring.
Work: Transitioning from my faculty position to work on my personal/professional coaching business full-time. Writing and blogging more.
Marriage: Being intentional about spending quality time together as a couple to keep our connection strong.
Friends: Shrinking my circle to sustain true and enduring relationships.
Self-care: Taking better care of myself by listening to my body, relaxing my mind, nurturing my spirit, and igniting my creativity.
I created my September list in hopes of making sure I was tending to all five areas on my list. By the middle of the month, I noticed I was doing well with the top four areas, and not so well with the last area on my list – self-care. (Now, I’m wondering why I listed self-care as the fifth item. Hmm…)
I found myself excited and working hard on writing and coaching. I was losing time creating and this felt exhilarating. At the same time, my brain was tired and I wasn’t exercising. I had so many ideas swirling that I found it hard to rest in the evenings. I was out of balance with resting and playing. I was not tending to my own self-care.
Then, I happened upon Pam Slim’s presentation on 10 Ways to Maintain Your Sanity While Hustling Your Startup. This was right on time.
I paid particular attention to Pam’s fifth Sanity Keeper: choose wheatgrass juice over a crack pipe.
My takeaway was I needed to be taking exceptional care of myself – right now – so I could have the health and energy to master my list of five.
That day (in mid-September), I immediately got up from my desk, took a 10 minute walk, and put myself on a self-care diet. Yup, a self-care diet.
I tapered my to-do list. I scheduled more time for physical activity. I started eating lunch slowly, making more crafts, and resting more. I tracked my progress on my self-care diet by making sure I was nurturing my mind, body, spirit, and creativity daily. This meant I had to say no to other things – a lot – and that felt great.
September is wrapping up which means Self-Improvement Month is coming to a close. BUT, this does not mean my self-care diet is ending. I’m committed to maintaining my self-care practices and I have shared my intentions with my multigenerational family. They are going on this self-care diet, too. Yay!
I would love for you to join us! I’m kicking off a fun (and FREE) self-care series called:
The aim is for you (well, all of us) to use the next four weeks to nourish your mind, body, spirit, and creativity – at your own pace. Go as fast or as slow as you want. Stop and restart the series whenever you want.
I will be doing the same activities, with my multigenerational family, and would love some cyber company.
If you would like to find out more or are interested in signing-up, click here.
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