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What the @!#$ Does Self-Care Mean?

What the hell does self-care even mean?! And who has time for it??? Have you thought that as you scroll through yet another meme on Facebook? My client Deborah* has unlocked the mystery of self-care and is fully embodying it. Her story just might inspire you! In the past the only time she would take for herself was when she wasn't feeling well. Sound familiar? Deborah used to drop everything if her kids, spouse, siblings, friends or co-workers needed her. It was important to be there for others. Until it all started to feel like something she should do or had to rather than it being important to her. She started to examine the why that drove her and found that she was more concern

Not Humble?!

I was listening to a podcast when the host said that perfectionists are secretly not humble. What the what?! If you've been around here for a minute you know that I consider myself a "recovering" perfectionist. I also really value the quality of humility. So, I was a little indignant. I'm glad I decided to listen with an open mind rather than turn the podcast off in an offended huff. I've worked with clients on comparison, I teach about it in workshops and in my private Facebook group, but hearing it referred to as not humble really struck a chord with me. Trying to be perfect requires comparison and judgement about whether you're doing it "right" or better. Not measuring up can lead

The One Thing to Change

If you could change one thing right now what would it be? I asked this in a social media post recently and the number one response was... Motivation to take care of me instead of others. We feel so guilty when we take time for ourselves. Yet I’d bet none of you would look at your best friend who is exhausted and tell her that she needs to suck it up or that she doesn’t deserve some down time. But what about when you’re tired or want to do something for yourself? If you would never tell your BFF that she can’t take a nap because she has too much to do or that she’s lazy for spending an hour with a good book...why don’t you have that kind of compassion for you? Most women think self-care is se

A Hot Damn!

I love me a “hot damn” moment. In my book, that is when a client hits on a big a-ha, stands up for themselves or faces something they’ve been avoiding. I love to call it out and celebrate with her. Maggie had a hot damn recently. She said to me in a coaching session, “I just realized that there is no amount of bending myself into a pretzel or trying to control everything I say and do that will make people like me”. I was jumping up and down, hooting and hollering for her! That was a hot damn. She realized the truth, actually she felt it like electricity through her body: No matter what you do, people will have their own feelings and opinions. You can carefully script what you are going to sa

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