Setting Aside time for Self Care in your Personal Development Plan

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As we push forward on our journey of personal development, we can get so caught up in the overall goal, that we may overlook  the need for a little self-care. (TLC, as we called in back in the day.) It may come easy to get less sleep, push our self throughout the day, eat less healthier (because it’s convenient), allow our minds to roam in a variety of directions, or simply not take time out for self.

Yes! Our bodies are equipped to handled a lot. It’s amazing to me of just how beautifully crafted and created we are. It is quite known that we can go for long periods at a time (especially when were in our early years) with being on a constant move in life without much time for self. However, in the long run, it can take a toll on our health. Growing older gracefully and healthy is surely on my radar and growing older doesn’t necessary mean health problems. There are plenty of healthy senior/older people still very active (jogging, making their own groceries, making a difference in the world, etc.) So Speak Life! and take action.

We wear many “hats” in our lives as mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, uncles, aunts, business persons, caretaker of family members, friends and maybe even entrepreneurs. So, I can definitely understand how we can easily focus on others’ needs more so than our own needs.

While we are aware that self care is important, I’d like to break down why and how it’s vital to our wellbeing (mind, body and spirit.)

  • It’s helps in regaining focus. Self-care allows your mind and body a moment’s rest, which gives you time to refocus, refresh, and rejuvenate.
  • It prevents overload and burnout. Overwork does not only have the potential to stunt your body through lack of sleep, nutrition, and exercise, it could possibly also stunt your brain function. Don’t hesitate to work with your healthcare professional on this one. You need to take a break so you can be your best for that next step in development.
  • Proper rest and/or sleep helps your body to literally heal itself, fine tune all systems, and help you function properly throughout the day (focus, memory and concentration.)
  • Self care activates feel good hormones. Knowing that you’re doing something for yourself is rewarding and fulfilling.
  • Taking time for your interests, your joys, hobbies, etc. is satisfying.
  • What good is accomplishing your goals, desires and dreams if you’re not in the right mindset and health state to enjoy it or carry it out? 
  • Through self-care, we gain the vital benefit of reducing the toxic effect of mental, emotional or physical stress. Okay, so we know it’s hard to avoid stress 24/7.  As we go through our day striving, we discover through circumstances and situations what we want/don’t want, like and dislike, what works and doesn’t work.  We learn, grown and develop from that. A healthy dose of stress cause us to make a prompt decision for instance and bad stress can cause to freeze up, shut down, act out towards someone or a situation that we may later regret.
  • Self care is sometimes knowing when to simply say “no” before you commit yourself at the drop of a dime.
  • I encourage you to do things you enjoy. Taking time for you is not selfish.
  • Stress relief and self care is sometimes doing nothing at all!

I also want to share some physical signs of having too much stress. Please know that our thoughts, moods, and feelings have a direct effect and connection to our bodies and the way we feel which effects the state of our spirit. Mind, Body and Spirit are connected. So, I encourage you to take time to guard your thoughts, (Speak life!), take care of your body, take time for self and lastly, take time for your Spirit. I’ll be going deeper into these areas at a later time. But, for now here’s the list of signs of too much stress.

  • Decreased Energy and Insomnia
  • Headaches
  •   Digestive Issues 
  •   Appetite Changes 
  •   Body aches 
  •   Irritability (more angry or anxious than usual)
  •  Inability to concentrate or complete tasks  
  •   Stuttering or stammering 
  •   Gritting, grinding teeth  

I enjoy seeing people at their best! So, I truly hope that this was beneficial to you in any way. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and take care of yourself.  Sending peace, love and prosperity to you and yours! Once again, I believe in you and the power of the creator that’s in you! “A better you provides a better quality of life!” I’m a gift, and so are you!!

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Self Awareness: A Key Component on the Personal Development Journey

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Personal Development has many layers. Today, I’d like to discuss the Self Awareness aspect of the topic. We all know that Personal Development, simply put, means “developing self.” However, it’s much deeper than that.

The Wikipedia description says that Personal development covers activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and facilitate employability, enhance the quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations.

Development of self is a journey of a lifetime. We’re constantly changing, growing, and reaching new heights, things, goals, desires, etc.

With the fact in mind that everything starts with a thought, I feel that speaking on Self Awareness is an appropriate starting point.

Being aware of self awareness is crucial.
* Who are you exactly? 
*What does your distinct blueprint consist of?
*What are your values and beliefs?
*What makes you unique from another?
*What drives you and keeps you moving forward?

Being true to self and knowing thyself is a treasure and a gift that will reap great rewards. This is valuable for you and those around you. There’s a great deal of personal fulfillment gained when it comes to fulfilling a dream, taking action, or doing something that YOU wanted to do. At times, we may not know exactly WHO we are. It may take a situation or circumstance to help us realize last what we REALLY want or don’t want. There are subtle clues and hints to guide us, so don’t ignore them. If may come about as a gut feeling, an intuitive thought, a feeling of discomfort or a good or bad vibe. Knowing yourself, not being too hard on yourself, taking time out to nourish, relax, pamper, or treat yourself is comforting and gratifying. So take time to love yourself, know yourself and give yourself just as much encouragement as you would give a loved one or friend.

We all have our weaknesses and strengths. Take time to acknowledge and honor the awareness of these. Because these are the things that make you– you. There is always room to develop, grow and learn. With the help of self-help books, affirmations, coaches, proven methods of like-minded successful people, programs, attention and take the needed time to allow yourself to develop and focus. You can reach new heights! I believe in you and me pray that you find your life’s true path and fulfill your life’s purpose.

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Philippians 4:13 ESV

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Meet Katrina Marie!

Hi everyone! Elyssa here! I am SO excited to introduce you to the newest team member of Say Life!, Katrina Marie! She is joining us as our new enrollment coach, so chances are, you’ll get to connect with her one-on-one. She loves the Lord, she loves people, and she’s got such a bright light, y’all. Can’t wait for you to meet her!

My name is Katrina Marie and I’d like to send out a great big, cheerful hello to the current and future Say Life! Family members and to the general readers of this post! It is with great pleasure that I introduce myself to you. First and foremost, I’d like to say I’m excited to be a part of the Say Life! Family and I look forward to a great journey growing right along with Say Life! and helping you be your best self! I’ve been writing since I could remember. I have a great need to be creative and express, as well as being a help in the lives of others where I can.

I simply love to shine my high vibrational light and positive energy wherever I go. I genuinely enjoy the dynamics of the many beautiful souls of the world! We all have our different goals, dreams, backgrounds, personalities, passions, skills, abilities, and gifts to say the least. I’m here to motivate and inspire, to support and encourage. I personally enjoy learning, absorbing, and applying knowledge (wisdom) and using it in a beneficial way. I love to read and I’m CONSTANTLY reading a variety of topics from a vast selection of sources. I often fact check resources and compare information, statistics, etc. Therefore, you’ll get the most accurate information. On top of fact checking, I also love to share informational tips, tricks, and helpful things that have helped me in my life. Some of the most successful people have gained a host of wisdom from other successful/great people. I believe in passing it FORWARD. Helping others is my main agenda! As I stated before, we ALL have gifts to share! I’m a gift and so are you! So, let your inner light shine today! I’m wishing you peace, blessings, guidance, and direction towards your purpose and all that you strive for!!!  My first post will be concerning Personal development. I look forward going deeper into what that truly consists of, how you can benefit from it, and applying it to different areas of your life.  So, I hope you’re excited about personal growth and development, motivation, encouragement, inspiration and a good dose of POSITIVE ENERGY because I’m excited about sharing my passion with you.