Independent You: A State of Well-Being

July 2012
Stress, bills, work, chores, jobs….no wonder most of us have a hard time feeling happy. Sometimes it seems like we live in a constant state of “being overwhelmed.”
But what about all the good we do? Are we ever praised for our efforts we make each day? What about the love we have for ourselves? When was the last time you patted yourself on the back and said, “good job?”
To be truly fulfilled in life, we have to find that love within us and give it to ourselves. No other person can do it. It is up to us. We have an opportunity to celebrate who we are for any reason and at any time. 
By taking time to celebrate every success, no matter how big or small, it will build your confidence and make it easier to keep pushing to reach those large scale future goals. A celebration can give you closure on goals you have been working toward for a while, provide encouragement to continue and make every success even more worthwhile.
As a woman, sometimes it’s hard to take pride in my accomplishments and be proud of myself. I give all I have and I don’t put myself on my list of priorities like I should. It is crucial for my self-esteem that I take time out for myself and learn to treat myself the way I treat my friends.
So….are you ready to celebrate you?
Your celebration doesn’t have to be a big deal. It can be something you do alone or something you share with others. It just has to make you feel good and help you enjoy your accomplishment.
Find a special way to treat yourself. Book a massage, buy an ice cream, go to the movies, talk a walk, or put a happy face on your calendar for the day!
Take care of yourself. Make time to eat healthy. Make time for things that relax and refresh you, even if it means you can’t be there 100% for someone else. Your needs are just as important as everyone else’s.
Surround yourself with people who lift you up instead of drag you down. Let the negative people go. Don’t feel like you always have to be the one lifting everyone else up. 
Don’t save celebration for only special occasions. You deserve to be recognized and appreciated fully, because what you focus on can only expand. 
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