Self-care–mind, body and spirit is very important. Very often we do so much for others that taking care of ourselves is not in our list of priorities; but we must change that thought process. Bryant McGill states that “taking care of yourself is the most powerful way to begin to take care of others.” The is an ongoing life lesson for me. So I challenge each of you to take the following pledge:
- To ask for what you want in life.
- To remember that you cannot control other people’s actions. Just your reactions.
- To define what happiness means and looks like to you.
- To be more grateful for who’s in your life, instead of who’s not in your life.
- To celebrate each victory, no matter how small.
- To make time for the little things that bring you joy.
Taking time for self-care will empower and strengthen you to take care of others.
Make the pledge today!
Celebrating You Ministries hosted its inaugural women’s empowerment event on Saturday, May 5 in Dearborn, MI. The room was filled with love and support for one another. Comedian Dani Thomas had us laughing from the core and Nicole Thomas inspired us all with a message entitled, “You have the Capacity,” The event also included self-awareness and self-development exercises that helped us focus on our goals and dreams.
Celebrating You! Mind, Body, and Spirit was created to inspire women to celebrate ourselves. We play so many roles in life; Mother, Daughter, Wife, Sister, Friend, Aunt, Grandmother, Employee/Employer and Caregiver. Sometimes we lose the person (woman) that we are, while fulfilling our obligations. The Celebrating You! blog and women’s empowerment events are created to encourage, empower, motivate, and inspire you to value not only who you, are but whose you are! The scripture says that you are a masterpiece that has been wonderfully and fearfully made in His likeness. You are worth celebrating your wins, everything that you have gone through has made you stronger. Now It’s time to celebrate you!
Urban dictionary states that a tribe is a group of friends who have been together for a decade or a day, but are loyal, loving, honest and fun-loving. I would like to add people who you can be transparent with, without judgement. In this life, you need God and a good support system to help you navigate through its’ journey. Both will provide directions when you are lost and will help get you back on course. I am very grateful to have my tribe, it’s like iron sharpening iron when we connect. Do you have a tribe, if so how do you find it helpful?
No matter what, don’t stop following your dreams, and seeking the best version of yourself. Continue to learn, grow and evolve as a person. Don’t just live a life of mere existence filled with depression, sadness or fear. When these emotions knock on your door of life, be still and allow your faith in God and the promises of His Word– answer.
But Don’t Give Up!
As we travel on life’s journey, we will make some wrong turns, u-turns and we will get lost along the way. And that’s okay! We should count them all as lessons and experiences to make us better and to help us learn more about ourselves and life. Everything that happens in our life is there to teach us. Are you listening and watching the signs in your life? Each of us should listen to the small, stilled voice that gives us directions, ideas and provide answers to questions that we are seeking within. Then we should take the next best step toward our goals and our dreams. When you don’t know what to, I submit to you to consider meditating on Proverbs 3:4-6 and trust the process.
I read recently that mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment (Wikipedia) and in my opinion mindfulness simply means being fully present in the moment. Most of us are challenged living in the moment because we were taught that multi-tasking is the way to go. I am committed to live more mindfully because I realize that I have wasted a lot of time, which is a valuable asset. You see once the time has come and gone you can’t it back! I have lost keys, cell phones, I have gotten distracted while conversing with friends and loved ones, and misplaced my wallet or purse more times that I would like to count! all due to not being fully present.
So the next time you are at a movie, worship service, engaged in a conversation or out to lunch or dinner with a friend, please think about putting your cell phone away and certainly no texting while driving. Life is too short, so give each moment your full undivided attention and I promise you that you will create beautiful, lasting memories. You will be blessed, as well as you will be a blessing to others.
During the holidays we tend to focus on buying gifts for family and friends as well as make plans to spend time with them. What I invite you to consider is that there are many who experience a sadness around the holidays due to loss of family and friends due to death, divorce, or separation and we want to keep them in our prayers. Some people may have even experienced loss of employment or one of their four legged family members. Whatever the case may be, I pray that our eyes are opened and we are sensitive and supportive to those around us. I challenge each of us to be a light in this dark world and show love to those in need
In case you are interested each Thursday evening from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve –Style By Britt’s Facebook Page is offering support by hosting interviews with people who have experienced loss and the interviewees share their stories of how they cope with grief during the holidays. Check it out and be encouraged.