Most would not expect an article about alcoholism and addiction in a series about self love. But honestly, it’s a huge blocker in many individual’s lives that prevents the most abundant form of self love. Alcoholism is a term that is thrown around loosely without a full definition of what it is. I wonder if a full discussion on what it is really like to have a problem with alcohol and other forms of addiction, how many people would benefit and grow. So, I decided to interview a few of my closest friends and loved ones on their experience with alcoholism and addiction. I wanted to learn more about what it feels like, what happens, and how they got to a place of self love.
I can’t believe I am writing this blog article. In fact, had someone whispered in my ear years ago, “you’ll teach other women how to love their body,” I would have laughed and then went into a major cry fest. I had a hatred for my body growing up. I didn’t realized that wasn’t normal, but it felt very normal to me. So if anyone out there is reading this and can deadly relate already, hang in there because this story is going to get so much better. I’ll share my journey in learning how to love my body, and why it is vital to love your body too.
You guys, I am beyond excited to share this edition with you! The February LOVE Edition is a 3 week series that encapsulates what it means to truly love ourselves, how to have healthy and loving relationships, as well as what it looks like to build confidence as a form of self love. I am not one of those romantics at heart, I am very realistic and authentic when it comes to love, but I do have a weak spot for truly loving who we are. It’s one of the most fundamental parts of being an incredible human! With that said, let’s dive into what the series will look like.
I remember vividly when I learned this lesson. I was in High School religion class. We just finished watching Gandhi, it was the second time watching the film for me. The teacher asked the class, what lessons did you take from the story of Gandhi. I rarely shared my opinion, but the lesson I learned was so strong my hand shot up. The teacher called on me and I said, “The right thing to do in life is often the hardest”.
I am writing this out of suggestion. I recently took three flights in four days. Each day I had a big meeting or event to attending while away. I think I slept two nights while I was gone and barely recouped from the month of hard work prior to leaving. Needless to say, I was beyond exhausted when I arrived back to New York City. But I had no clue exactly how exhausted I was. I kept thinking to myself, “I am fine, I can handle it”.
The scary reality hit when I was walking to the gym and I felt all the blood rush to my feet and I saw flashes of me about to fall down. I intuitively knew if I kept walking I was seconds away from fainting. I turned away from the busy intersection and sat down on a cement fence with my head between my legs. I never in my life felt that sensation before where I had no control over my body and it felt like I was about to topple over.
It’s that time of year where the schedule is jammed packed. It’s a new year, with new goals, new work assignments, and everyone is back from the holidays.
For me personally, my schedule is packed to the brim and not looking to lighten up anytime soon. When I am faced with time crunches like these, I often see where I can clear scale back or if there are commitments that can be placed on the back burner. When that isn’t even a solution, this is how I create balance during chaos!
I don’t know about you but my phone is practically attached to my hand. All through the day, I am constantly checking emails, messages, voicemails, calls, social media, the news. The list goes on. I can’t recall a time where I didn’t have my phone on me or a screen glaring in my face. At times, it feels like a strange obsessive habit where I filter through all the usual apps to see if anything has changed. It only hit recently that this isn’t normal behavior when I knew nothing had changed yet I was about to check again. It made me question, “Why is it so hard to put our phones down?”
After devouring everything but the kitchen sink in November and December, many may turn to cleanses to jump-start their new health routine. If you are looking for the perfect cleanse, here are my top favorites that can either be ordered online, made yourself, or bought in stores.
I personally have seen a huge change in my eating habits once following a cleanse. The few days of detoxing really shifts the way I saw food and how important it is to cut the junk. I also have had great success in jump-starting weight loss after a cleanse. Not to mention, my skin was glowing from all the key nutrients and hydration I was missing out on prior. So yes, these cleanses may be challenging at first, but all the healthy benefits make up for it.
Today is a big topic that affects the majority of the population. Self-sabotage or self sabotaging, is the act of ruining or hurting our chances of obtaining something we long for. It could be a career goal, a relationship, personal health goal, or even the chance of daily happiness.
Often times, we don’t realize we are self sabotaging. The reason being is, it is so instinctive that it has become the norm of living. To demonstrate and explain more, I’ll use my own personal experiences when it comes to self sabotage, because after all, I was once a queen at it.
A lot of times we’ve heard the phrase “Trust Your Gut Instincts”, that very quiet guiding voice directing our steps. This article isn’t about that voice. This article is about combating that really loud, obnoxious self-doubting, self-defeating voice that flares up every time we try something new.
You did it! We made it to day 21. Today we are discussing the very last lesson in the series and it’s probably the most important one of all. That is to reward ourselves and continue to practice what we have learned. Repeat all of these lessons until they become second nature. Many people start the process but forget to continue what they’ve discovered works for them. We’ll dive into the reason why it’s important to reward ourselves and how to continue the momentum.
It is easy to get caught up in a routine that feels comfortable and safe. The problem with doing the same things over and over is that we aren’t learning, growing, or progressing. Our soul needs new experiences to stay alive, vibrant, ambitious, and expansive. Today, we are discussing the benefits of adding new things to our daily schedule. I’ll also list out suggestions on how to get started. Let’s begin!
Soulmate doesn’t necessary mean a husband or wife, they can be friends who are equaling as important and connected. I have plenty of soul sisters, or soulmates who are my best friends. They’ve been there through the hardest moments of my life and the best moments. They are often the ones who shed a new light on a situation, or talk me off the ledge during times of stress. Having people in your life who love you unconditionally, will show up, and hold you accountable is what makes this journey so special.
Meeting new friends not only breaks the cycle of isolation, but also widens our world. You never know who you’ll meet and how they will impact your life. Not every single one needs to be a soulmate or soul sister status, but it’s important to allow others to come in and broaden our vision or experiences. Today I am sharing more on why it’s important to meet new friends and how to cultivate a community.
When is the last time you let go and let down for a moment to really enjoy life? How about the last time you did something because it was fun not because you had to? We face many responsibilities each day as adults, which is even more reason why it’s important to play.
Today I am sharing the benefits of playing as adults as well as my personal experience with the concept. It’s one of those ideas that seems silly at first, but the benefits are significant.