For me, in 2022, in addition to working with my coaching clients, I continued to navigate the Atlanta Natural Health Clinic's future while also finally embracing the immanent end that was more and more clearly coming. Details of that story can be understood best HERE.
After the season of care-giving for my step-dad and his passing last November, I have just paused...moving through the necessary processes, but without the urgency that I experienced for SO long. Giving space to hold a lighter client load, take a few extra days to send the session summaries, schedule with support for my own well-being now that his schedule isn't consuming mine.
Having become a Mom at 15, I recently realized that this is the first time in my entire adult Life that the only person I am in charge of keeping alive is ME...and taking one step at a time to restore some normalcy and Peace after a rough season is the only way I can and will move forward.
Mind you, I do still have a kid at home. She's learning to drive though...she doesn't "need me" in the same ways. I still have a college student and 3 adult kids who I am GRATEFUL to be in relationship with. I have grandchildren and still change the occasional diaper, play the round of Candyland, load up and unload kids in car seats, attend parent / teacher things, etc.
In a client session, just this morning, I reminded a client after she said "I know I need to take care of me because I wouldn't be able to take care of everyone else" and I reframed the statement to be "I know I need to take care of me because I am responsible for my body and my Life"...it isn't for others, it's because YOU ARE WORTH TAKING CARE OF. Period.
What is one step in your Self Care you can take today? Is it a cup of tea and quiet moments? Is it to connect with someone who cares? After Philip passed, I created a menu for myself...what might be on your menu? If you need help figuring that out, you're not alone and I'd be honored to "walk with" for a leg of your journey to your healthiest and happiest Self.