I recently attended an eWomen event where Sandra Yancey was speaking. I absolutely adore her and am so impressed by her. I’ve heard her speak several times and I have to say that she was the inspiration for me to join the eWomen organization.
At this event she spoke about a lot of things and I could write any number of posts about various points she made. She really is a wonderful speaker and if you get the chance to hear her, you should take it.
One of her points was that you really need to take care of yourself! We often are so busy taking care of everyone and everything else that we never get around to really taking care of ourselves. We put ourselves at the bottom of the list. That is really going to lead to burn-out and fatigue and depression and unhappiness. How does that help anyone? Sandra has been on a quest to take care of herself, in body, mind, and soul, and she encourages all of us to do the same.
But one thing really jumped out for me, and it was really an answer to a question that somebody asked her. She was asked if she could say how long after she started doing the workouts and eating better, etc. that she started feeling better and how much better. She said 100 days to 100% better. WOW!
So a 100 days seems like a long time, but like she said, those 100 days are going to pass anyway. Why not make a commitment to yourself and make those 100 days work for you.
She reminded me that I had been neglecting my personal self for awhile. For many years (being young and unrealistic) I took my body and my health for granted. Then I hit 50 and all of a sudden I realized I wasn’t getting any younger (surprise, surprise) and that I needed to make some changes. I changed careers, I started exercising, I made some changes in my eating habits, I started getting more sleep, I spent more time reflecting and doing things I liked to do. I did notice some changes and I felt better and looked better and was happier. Woo hoo!
But then I opened my new brick and mortar retail shop and all of a sudden I started neglecting myself in order to put more into the shop. I am in the start-up phase and all my energy, my time, my money, my thoughts, all go to the shop. And of course, it does need me. There is no doubt that having a new business requires much of you. I knew that going in and am willing to do what I need to do.
It is easy to get complacent about our journey. We work out diligently and eat healthy and are happy with our results, only to start slacking off a bit here and there – not too much, just a little bit – and then before we know it we are only working out once in awhile and we start grabbing something at the drive-thru because it is easy, and we start staying up late working, and bang! we are right back where we started from and we didn’t even realize it happened.
Yet, Sandra helped me to understand that if I neglect myself for someone or something else, then pretty soon I won’t be able to give anything more. I will be used up! I don’t want that. I want to feel good, I want to be healthy, I want to have the energy I need to give to my shop to help it grow.
So I am ready to start my new challenge of 100 day to 100%. I aim to add more exercise back into my schedule, and get back to eating better again, and to nourish my soul too. The reflections and self-discovery that are part of knowing exactly who I am and what I want will be part of that 100 days too. 100 days puts us about the end of August. I’m excited to see where I am at the end of my 100 days.
Who wants to join me on this journey? Who wants to take back their lives and be happier and healthier in the process? We can do it together! I will be posting here telling you about my progress and I hope you share with me about your progress. I will also post to Instagram and Facebook and Twitter using #100daysto100%.
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