Okay, so I want to start by apologizing for my lack of posts last week. I was sick in bed with the flu, or H3N2, as I am calling it. To all my readers out there, please take care of yourself this cold and flu season. It has been 6 years since I was definably sick, ironically it was the flu last time that took me down. However, this flu this season is especially difficult and hard to shake once you’ve come down with it. This post is in light of some of the thoughts that ran through my mind as I was bed-bound.
1. Self-care is Non-Negotiable – This flu was a big reminder and huge wake up call as to how serious this statement is. I generally considered myself pretty good about self-care, and felt that my long-running health was measure to that. However, I did notice that the month prior to my coming down with the flu, I was not listening to my body like I should have. I was goal oriented and deadline set on getting tasks done. I kept putting off that de-stress activity for another date, and I allowed the stress of what could be to rule my mind far more than it ever should. My body was trying to tell me with tense muscles and unusual headaches, but I kept chopping it up to outside influences. All the while forgetting what I know all too well…outside influences can energetically become inside problems. Well, H3N2 reminded me good and hard about that fact. The bottom line, there is no substitute for great self-care. This includes all areas of our human self – physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally. Thanks to learning from life’s lessons, I will continue throughout my 2018 year with a non-negotiable take on my personal self-care.
2. Good Health is CRUCIAL to Happy Living – Because I am generally a very healthy person, I took for granted how important good health is to happy living. It is very difficult to not feel good most of the day. This type of living can reek havoc on your mind. As a newly practicing life coach, I think this was especially important for me to learn. Not every person is as blessed with vibrant health as I have been. For various reasons, there are people who have to struggle with their health every day. Thanks to the H3N2 virus, I will be much more aware of this reality and of all that I can do professionally to work with and encourage any individuals who may find themselves in this unfortunate fate.
3. Goals are ONLY good when they suit you best – With a fast approaching launch date of January 31st for my Life Coaching practice, I was starting to feel incredibly stressed about being available as much as I could for all my potential clients. After all, I am opening this practice to help people, so I want to be as accommodating as possible. However, this was slowly seeping into a people-pleasing mission. That’s when internal stress arose and my career enjoyment level went down. I was loosing sight of my actual goals. The reality is that I am a VERY busy mom with a part-time job in transportation and motherly duties. This is a solid reality, and one that my husband is unable to share. For these reasons, my career pursuit is a part-time reality, for now. Although I have an ambitious career pursuit, to become a published author with a major publishing company and a successful life coach, it is not impossible to accomplish. The fact is that I knew this. In fact, I have done my due diligence and created a business plan where both of these outlets can exist and thrive. The trouble had come from letting the how’s and what if’s overrule the action and enjoyment of simply doing what I had set out to do.
Thankfully, I am feeling better and I know that this too shall pass. I appreciate the reminders I gained from the experience, but hope I do not need reminded of them again. Going after your dreams is exciting and something I hope we all find ourselves doing. However, it is unrealistic to think it will come without stress, worry, or personal demons. After all, we are each only human. I guess the greatest gift we can give to ourselves is a gentle awareness. An awareness of what really matters, with an eye on where we really aim to go. All the rest will eventually fade away.