Sunday Sparkle

self-care

For the longest time, I struggled with self-care. It was a weird cycle—I took care of the people in my life and I hoped (and half-expected) them to take care of me in return. As you can expect, this kind of relationship scenario allowed guilt, resentment, and frustration become big players. Not fun.

#YES

#YES

It took time, but I was finally able to see the dysfunction going on. Once I did, I started to set healthier boundaries, learned to do things for myself, and forced myself to say no to things I didn’t want to do. Did I feel guilty? Yes. Did I feel alone? Yes. Did it rattle me to my very core? Yes. But I stuck to my guns and did it anyway.

Truth bomb!

Truth bomb!

And so I did. It wasn’t easy—especially since changing myself also meant that the people around me had to adjust, too. It was worth it though. I had to start living for myself and stop being the girl who was always seeking reassurance from other people. I began to rebuild my foundation, practiced trusting myself, and began making decisions based on what I really wanted. In a nutshell, I grew up—and it was awesome. ♥