I was raised to give, give, give. Give of your best always. If there’s one piece of anything left, give it to your friend. While I am so thankful for this lesson, it has come at a cost as I misinterpreted it; of which I am only now realizing.
I understand it now, because I have kids and I spend much time dreaming about their future.
As I was reading/writing this morning, I realized that what I want most for my kids is to Yes, be giving; but not at the cost of their own needs and dreams.
In order to truly give authentically, you have to give to yourself. Which means you treat YOU just as you would those you love most. Because giving all you have to others, leaves you feeling depleted emotionally and your spirit will suffer.
What does giving to yourself look like? Tangibly…
Take a walk in the sun and take in the beauty around you.
Say no to elements which robs you of your happiness.
Surround yourself with positive like-minded people who truly care about your happiness and goals. And who stand by you even at your lowest.
Eat to nourish your body.
Move to feel alive.
Share, connect, be courageous enough to be vulnerable, listen, be honest and impeccable with your word.
Take time in silence every day. Turn off the TV. Put down your phone.
Read a book in the most comfiest corner of your home and sip your coffee/tea slowly. Remember we are on a lifelong quest to grow in grace, strength, character and knowledge. THAT is what will aid you in giving more to others. The investment in yourself.
Take a day trip to somewhere that makes your soul happy and your eyes thirsty for more.
Smile freely, laugh often, love deeply.
Be selfish with your time as you honour what YOU need in order to move forward in life. And to be clear, it’s not selfish at all, it’s called “self-care”. I often have to sit back and think “Am I doing this because it’s what THEY need, or is it what I need?” And sometimes you need to recharge yourself and take time to think things through. And that’s OK! I know after taking time for me, I’ll come out of it with kick-ass positivity that will transcend into every element of my life. Friendships, parenting, careers, new experiences…all toward the greater good of living my best life, which I am designing by my thoughts and actions.
As important as it is to GIVE, please remember to give to yourself too. Hold yourself in as high-esteem as you do those you love most. And just watch what amazing experiences/people/opportunities unfold in your life as a result.
From my heart to yours,