The other night I found myself deep into a bag of Cadbury Eggs mindlessly scrolling through Facebook . . . and before I knew it, that damn bag of chocolate eggs was empty!
I don’t even really like chocolate, but somehow I had managed to digest a bazillion calories in less than 5 minutes and did I mention it was 9 o clock at night! WTF??
As I came out of my sugar induced brain fog and realized what had just happened, I immediately began berating myself for my Chocolate Egg Craziness as I shamefully hid the empty candy bag DEEP into the trash can!
My “mean girl mind chatter” sounded something like this, “Really Amy, you have NO self control.” “What were you thinking, you know better.” “You’re a fraud!” “You suck.”
I felt ashamed and disgusted with myself. And the worst part was going to bed with a stomachache!
Thank goodness for my 6 am spin class the next morning. I was able to quiet my “mean girl mind chatter” a bit, reset my body and think about WHY I emptied that chocolate egg bag in record time last night.
The “ah ha moment” came to me in the middle of a Stevie Nicks song . . . I am not nourishing myself enough!
It’s been a busy couple of weeks – good busy – life is full and I love that, but it also means I tend to put myself at the bottom of my “to do” list (and let’s be honest, do we EVER get down to the bottom of our “to do” lists)??
Boys need to be driven to music gigs, bills need to be paid, summer camp forms need to be filled out, teenagers need to be nudged to schedule college interviews, clients need to feel the love and OMG . . . I have to cook dinner again???
Sound familiar? Where do you put yourself on your “to do” list?
So it’s time to revisit what “nourishing myself” looks like, and I have a hunch all of you beautiful people could use a friendly reminder too! (You’re Welcome)
I truly believe we all need these 5 Bliss Elements in our lives to nourish ourselves and live as kick ass moms, partners, friends, and human beings . . .
love yourself – take time – eat well
move now – clear out
These 5 Bliss Elements will look different for each of us, and I realize that life gets busy and messy . . . so maybe not all 5 elements will show up in “imperfect harmony” all of the time . . . and that’s OK!
But what I DO realize is that when we take care of ourselves, when we attempt to put ourselves at the top of our “to do” list (most of the time), we ROCK our lives!
We are stronger, healthier and clearer.
Our eyes shine bright, our cheeks glow and our feet stay grounded.
Our days feel more in flow and the bumps and messes of our life don’t throw us off balance as much.
We are blissed out!
So my lovies, I have a plan!!
For the next month or so, I will be sharing lots of juicy insight about each of my Bliss Elements. What works for me, what doesn’t, “ah ha” moments from my clients, ideas and views I have collected over the years from books, articles, other fabulous life coaches and writers.
I have binders bursting with amazing content that I can’t wait to share with you . . . so stayed tuned!
For now, ask yourself, “Where do I put ME on my to do list? Am I nourishing myself enough? At all? What needs to change?”
Then . . . make yourself a priority AT LEAST once this week. Take a nap instead of folding the laundry (the kiddos will survive without their favorite t-shirt). Sign up for a fitness class, put it in your calendar and actually GO to it! Enjoy your iced coffee while sitting in a patch of sunshine for 10 minutes. Get take out for dinner (you can thank me later)!!