12 YEARS… to get out of my own way and follow my dreams.
The first time I remember the dream, I remember being on the trip of a lifetime, and telling my friend in passing, as we soaked up the sun.
At the time I wasn’t aware that I was my own worst enemy. After my vacation of a lifetime, I went home, and entered the struggle.
Get up, eat breakfast, go to work, stay for way too long because I needed the extra money, don’t eat lunch because there’s no time, go home too exhausted to cook, eat out, go to bed and do it all over again.
There was a time I was working 16+ hour days. 7 days a week. For months.
I made myself sick. Literally. I physically and mentally worked myself to the point that I developed an autoimmune disease. My body was so mad at me, it started attacking itself.
Yet, I still didn’t stop and take care of myself.
Instead, I worked more. I was harder on myself questioning why I wasn’t able to push through and it wasn’t until I had an EPIC meltdown of body, mind and soul that I was forced to stop.
I was I forced to stop and take care of myself.
I became a holistic nutritionist and it was 12 years after the thought initially registered in my brain, I became a yoga teacher. It was more than I ever could have dreamed of and exactly what I needed.
I treated myself to following my dreams and there was a domino effect on the rest of my life. My health improved, relationships healed and I was able to truly smile again.
Self-care is one of the hardest things to do. For some reason it’s easy to put yourself last, to struggle and think that struggle is just a way of life. I am here to tell you that this is not true. You do not have to struggle. And if you do not take the time to take care of yourself, you cannot take care of anything else.
I still have days that it is hard to eat properly or to get enough exercise, but self care has become a priority for me.
It has now been 15 years since I first had that dream and my journey has made me an expert on what-not-to-do when it comes to your own health and wellbeing.
It is going to be magic!
Treat yourself with kindness. Take care of yourself. You are worth it!