February is the month of Love! Yes, Valentines Day is a reminder to celebrate the special people in our lives by showering them with tokens of affection. We are inundated with ads reminding us to make reservations, order flowers and purchase chocolate. All of these are lovely ways to show others we care. What is that saying about putting your own oxygen mask on first? Ahhhhh..... what if we took a little time for self love? Sometimes the greatest gift we can offer to others is to bring our best self, and that requires self-care.
How do you practice self care? Yoga, meditation,a walk outside, relaxing with a favorite book, music? How about creating a Personal Spa Day for yourself, with your favorite Young Living products. Begin by setting the stage with some relaxing music and candle light, don't forget your diffuse! Rose Essential Oil seems right for a little self love indulgence, or choose your personal favorite. Fill your tub add a Stress Away or Lavender Calming Bath Bomb and soothe away the cares of the day! Need something to read in the tub? Pick up our latest book "Barefoot and Sp'oiled", you will find many DIY recipes for self care!
An old farmer once told me... " the gardening does not begin in the spring- it begins in the dark of winter. That is the time to plan and prepare for a good harvest." That is true of everything in life isn't it? To create a successful harvest- first we need a Dream, it becomes a Goal when we write it down and make a plan. Once we have the Goal, the we need to have a specific set of Action steps that are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time Bound.
We love to set up 90 Day Challenges for ourselves around SMART Goals. It is so important to get very specific about each step of the goal and have a way to measure the results. be careful not to get caught in "pie in the sky" goals. Be realistic about what you think you can accomplish within the time frame. Do, have a written plan that you review daily or often. Checking off those "to do" items feels amazing!
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step! One of the best steps our company has taken was to enlist the aide of a coach to help us to understand our individual styles. This helped us to each utilize tools and goal strategies that worked for different team members. We found that some people like a paper calendar and post it notes, some prefer colored pencils and markers, pie charts, graphs. Still others like digital goals, spreadsheets and an electronic calendar with automated reminders.