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  • I believe that...

    "Happiest girls are the prettiest girls..." Audrey Hepburn

    And I believe that the happiest girls are those who take care of all parts of themselves: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Therefore, in the interest of great skin, I try to remember that I am a whole being. Yes, even on the days I don't have time. Especially on the days I don't have time.

    Here are a few suggestions for self care:

    1. Physical. Take a yoga class. Go for a run or a walk on the beach. Make a large salad or a green smoothie. Sleep 8 hours.

    2. Mental. Organize your planner. Journal your thoughts. Read a good book. Follow an inspiring blog. Start a creative project.

    3. Emotional. Cuddle your pet or walk a potential one. Talk through it with a friend. Call your mom. Listen to music that moves you.

    4. Spiritual. Meditate. Seek spaces that feel sacred to you. Be curious. Ask why.

  • January thoughts

    Following the example of this inspiring woman and this one, for the last several years in place of New Year's resolutions, I have instead chosen a word for my year. The word is meant to encapsulate my intentions and my hopes for the coming months.

    My word for 2012 was peaceful, a thought that now makes me want to laugh so hard that my sides ache. This last year was not peaceful. It began with a north-south cross-country move, a new living space, a new job, and new colleagues. It brought opportunities for growth: the loss of my oldest friend, an illness, an automobile collision, a frustratingly delayed building permit, and the failed execution of several leases for medical office space. Yes, 2012 was exciting and challenging, but peaceful it was not.

    By June I had decided to change my word to fearless. I integrated into my new environment and made new friends. I conquered a childhood phobia and learned to swim. I traveled alone internationally for the first time. I climbed a mountain, I ran a marathon, and I started my own practice. Was I truly fearless? No, most of the time I was scared silly. But I was pretending to be fearless, and somehow that made all the difference.

    My word for 2013 is sustainable. A little dull on first glance, perhaps (Maybe 2014 will be sparkling...), but it's an authentic assessment of my intentions for this year--a sustainable balance of caring for others and self care.

    And you? What is your word for 2013?


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