I hope you had a great, long weekend. Mine was thoroughly enjoyed and contained a lot of sunshine, BBQ, and quiet time with friends and family. I was thinking a bit about different types of self-care over the weekend. The types of self-care that really make a difference. And for me, while pedicures and facials are oh so nice, they don't elevate and impact my daily life.
It kind of sounds silly, but you know what does? Getting dressed. It means something to me when I slip on a favorite outfit in the morning. Not only that, but I feel remarkably better when I tune into what I want to wear and what feels good on my body. For a long time, I thought it was a waste of time; maybe even a little shallow to focus on what I I wear and my personal style. But more recently, I have grown to understand why what I wear is important to me and how it impacts the way I feel and show up in the world.
How I dress is a way for me to express myself. If I want an extra pep in my step, I throw on some cute leggings and some sneakers. If I am feeling overwhelmed and want to feel like I'm giving myself a big old hug, my favorite oversized sweater and comfy leggings are the call. And if Im feeling artsy, yup I go a little in that direction. I have realized recently that style to me isn't just a pile of clothes and some throw away accessories, but my personal style is a precursor to how I want to show up in the world. Its another way to listen and tune into how I feel and what best supports what I need on any given day and express that outwardly.
Some people don't understand it. They think style may be superfluous and maybe silly. But for me it is another mode in which I express who I am and how I feel or want to feel. Some people express themselves via decorating their homes, cooking, baking, or putting paint to paper. And others journal, dance, write, or talk. Some do a melange of several things. And I truly believe the more we learn to express ourselves in the various ways that speak to us, the healthier we become and the more we thrive. Not only that, but the more we express ourselves, I believe the less we reach for excess alcohol, junk food, and unhealthy behaviors to fill a void.
When you express yourself you are tapping into a deep part of who you are and how you feel. You uncover and bring forth a hidden gem from within and share it with the world. And it may not always be well received. It may not always be appreciated. But that my friend, does not matter.
I encourage you that any way you are able to express yourself, your joy, your creativity, your sadness, you go on. Try not to worry too much about what others may think of you. It does not matter. What matters is that you are being you, and you are walking through this world in a way only you know how. And by golly, enjoy it! The way in which you walk this world does not always have to make sense or be clearly useful. But expressing yourself in an authentic way is valuable. And the more you share and live from this place of authenticity and expressiveness the more you give others permission to do the same. Be radical. Be ordinary. Be colorful or quiet. Just do us all a favor and, as our kids say, "You do you."
You guys! On another note, I am getting excited to launch a new one on one health coaching option in a couple weeks. Stay tuned. If you are wanting some support around meeting your health goals, losing weight, and feeling fantastic ... but can't quite to commit to one of my bigger coaching packages, this is for you! Eeek..I'm so excited. Keep a look out. Xo