I’m a woman.
I love being a woman.
I work hard.
I plan hard.
I take my various roles as a nurturer of humanity pretty seriously.
My husband, my kids, my friends, my home get a lot of my energy, time, and attention.
And they should.
I love taking care of the people and things in my life.
But I haven’t always been so good at taking care of myself.
I’m talking about habits like
- making sure I get enough sleep.
- taking the herbs and supplements I’m always sharing with everyone else.
- carving out time to exercise.
- stimulating my mind with good books and podcasts.
- doing things I enjoy, and that make me feel confident and refreshed.
- building a wardrobe of beautiful clothing that I love.
- listening to music, or learning a new song at the piano.
I agree that all these things are great for my body, soul and mind.
But do I consistently take time to do them?
I haven’t always.
When my “baby” turned one a few years ago, I woke up to a startling truth:
I’ve was putting off taking care of my health, simply because I was so busy just trying to get through each day.
I originally wrote this series – Healthy, Beautiful You– in 2014, sort of as a get-myself-motivated effort.
Now my youngest child is five years old, and I find myself in a very different season of life.
My kids are older.
My calendar is more full now than it’s ever been.
But two things haven’t changed:
- I’m still as busy as ever.
- Self-care is just as important as ever.
I’ve been writing a lot about self care this year.
My More Productive You series (which I’ll commence writing again this fall) includes a lot of posts about emotional and physical self-care.
So why am I focusing on this so much lately?
The older I get, the more I realize the importance of self care (or personal stewardship, if you will).
It’s not only part of achieving and sustaining physical and emotional health, but it glorifies and honors our Creator when we take care of the earthly vessels He have us.
And, as a woman, I can function better in my role of serving others when I’m taking care of myself too.
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only woman who feels like she sometimes takes care of everyone but herself.
So I’m revisiting this series.
I’m tweaking it a little from the original series, which focused primarily on moms.
We’re not all moms, but we all need self care.
And, honestly, I’m not the young-mom-with-babies that I was a few years ago.
But I need self care too!
If you want to get a jump start on reading, you can revisit the original posts I wrote for this series below.
- Embracing Womanhood, Rejecting the Lies
- Wacky Hormones, Natural Family Planning & Fertility
- Are You a Control Freak?
- Treating Varicose Veins Naturally
- How to Wear a Maxi Dress When You’re Breastfeeding
- Overcoming Candida Naturally During Pregnancy
Beautiful, Healthy You Series
We have a few weeks left of summer.
Let’s use them to rest, refresh, and start some healthy self-care habits if you don’t already have those in place.
Over the next few weeks, I’m going to share posts related to a woman’s self-care needs:
- physical self-care
- emotional self-care
- mental & spiritual self-care
Just so you know, this isn’t going to be anything Super Woman-ish.
I want this to be real, so I’m going to talk about the real-life challenges we women face, and how we can realistically overcome those challenges.
Sometimes the challenge is just getting enough sleep.
Sometimes it’s finding the motivation to educate ourselves about a health issue, and then muster the discipline to stick with a new and better lifestyle.
Sometimes the challenge is weight loss, or simply knowing how to build a wardrobe that you can really love.
We’re going to spend the rest of the summer focusing on being the most beautiful and healthy version of YOU!
- If you’re a Pinterest user, I’d love for you to follow my Women’s Health & Self Care board.
- You can also follow me on Instagram,
- and join my Living & Loving Well Community over on Facebook.
I’ll be sharing daily health, beauty and self care inspiration on social media… hope to see you there!
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Here’s to living & loving well-
What about you?
Do you feel like you need a little boost in taking care of your self?
What topics would you like to read about?