Wonderful Me Time

“Look for the woman in the dress. If there is no woman, there is no dress.” Coco Chanel

One of my great soap boxes is self-care.  It is critical that I make time for me since I need time to center and ground myself on a regular basis.  Otherwise, I feel so topsy turvy and that I am swayed by every breeze.

I’ve recently started going back to the gym.  It feels good to be doing something very consistent and concrete to take care of myself.  I’ve never been highly athletic, so I still find it a bit amusing that I “work out.”  However, I decided long ago that in order to maintain a healthy weight and manage my tendency to self-medicate with the likes of things like nutella and chewy chips ahoy cookies, I needed to maintain a work-out ritual.  For the most part, I do like it.  It just tends to get boring when I’m on the elliptical day in and day out and doing the same round of weight machines.

Sooo, I’ve jazzed things up with an mp3 player.  My sister loaded it with songs for me since I’m not so tech savvy.  I also take my little blue index cards with me that have affirmations, powerful quotes and my goals written out.  I listen to the beats of “Eye of the Tiger” and try to hold the idea in my minds eye of filling my next workshop to the brim with my most ideal audience at the same time.

In short, I do believe I am making my gym time some wonderful self-care “me time.”

And, by doing both – I believe the woman in the “dress” will be both 100% present and looking ravishing because she has taken time to reconnect with her sassy self, and has made her emotional and physical health a priority.  Coco Chanel would be so proud!