I haven’t written a Sunday Sparkle post in a long time. Mostly because I don’t even know where to begin.
Inhale courage, exhale fear.
So I revisited my past posts just to see what they were like…but really, I was procrastinating. Surprisingly though, my old Sunday Sparkle posts (like this one, this one, and this one) were actually kinda nice. They reminded me of how far I’ve come and how I always tried to be the best version of myself that I could possibly be.
Over the past years, I was trying to overcome a lot of my fears. More recently though, it’s vulnerability that I’ve been struggling with. After taking some time off for myself, and well, falling in love, it seems like some of my old walls came back up again. And it became harder for me to speak to and look into my own heart. Continue reading →
A lovely reminder from one of the women I continue to learn from, Terri Cole.
I noticed that I’m a lot harder on myself when I don’t take time to prioritize, well, me. I also noticed that I become a lot harder on other people, too. So for the last week of October, self-care is going to be a huge priority for me. Even if it means waking myself up earlier to meditate, forcing myself to work out, and making sure that I’m in bed by 10 p.m. Super corny stuff, but I know it’s going to help me (and those around me) feel a lot more sparkly ASAP.
What about you? What are some of the things you can do to take better care of yourself? ♥
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.
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.
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. ♥