Do You Put Yourself First?

How often do you put yourself first and not feel like your being selfish?

For me, not very often.  I have no idea why this is, but I am learning how critical it is to put yourself first and not feel bad about it.  

We all know that we should take care of ourselves.  We talk about it all the time.  Fill in the blank for you.  “I should {…………………………} to take better care of myself”.  

What did you say?  

Have you been able to work this into your life on a regular basis?  

What changes do you need to make in your life in order for this to happen?

Renee Peterson Trudeau mentions 7 reasons why we should all begin to put ourselves first.  Below, please find an excerpt from her blog (Renee’s full blog can be found here):

“When we renew ourselves by attuning and responding to our needs,

We feel more generous and can avoid building resentment toward others who demand our energy and time

We naturally feel more loving, which makes us better friends, partners, and parents, and more enjoyable to be around

We validate and honor our own worth, which naturally enhances confidence and self-esteem, and lowers susceptibility to depression and anxiety

We renew and restore our energy supply and create energy reserves so we’re able to weather unforeseen challenges more easily

We’re more present and calm; we can respond wisely, intuitively, and effectively to a variety of circumstances

We begin to step into our personal power (and fully express our potential), which is our birthright

We feel good on the inside, which leads to looking good on the outside. Nurturing your essence promotes well-being and vitality.”


Please consider joining me and other women this fall as we work our way through Renee’s book, “The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal: How to Reclaim, Rejuvenate and Re-balance Your Life”.  

We will talk about self-care and how we can add this into our daily lives.  

Classes begin September in Southeast Aurora in the Denver metro area. More information can be found under PRGs, or by contacting me here.

Waking Up.

Renee Trudeau recently wrote,  

“It’s so easy to fall asleep, to move through our days on auto pilot, to keep doing what “seems to work”–rather than finding the energy to stretch and come into a higher expression of who we are professionally and personally.”

For me, the status-quo is changing.  I am transitioning from a relatively low-stress, part-time job that I’ve had for 4 years since my youngest daughter started kindergarten.  I needed a great deal of flexibility when she was 5.  When she was getting sick from all the germs of kiddos not washing their hands.  I wanted to be home to help with the homework.  Oh the 1st grade homework…  My son is a 7th grader.  Now, in a blink of an eye, my little girl is turning 10 and going to be entering 5th grade.  She’ll be in middle school before I know it.  So, for me, it’s time to turn off auto pilot.

So I’m jumping in.  Feet first.  Into freezing cold water.  Waking up.   I am entering this scary, unknown world of complete self-employment as an:

  • Independent Human Resources Consultant
  • Contract Hiring Specialist
  • Personal Renewal Group Facilitator

Three different things.  Possibly too many moving parts in the air?  If I’m being completely honest, part of me is thinking, “What in the hell am I doing?”

It’s scary.  Terrifying, actually. 

My paycheck is going to be variable.  I have no idea what will stick, and what won’t.  I am not naive enough to believe that everything will work out, yet I can’t afford to fail at all of them at once.

And still, there are other things I dream about doing one day.  Writing a book. Facilitating women’s retreats.  Combining my renewed-found love for mountain biking with something that I’m already doing.  Yet, I’ve learned.  I pause.  Because I know that I can’t do more than I have on my plate right now.  I can’t do more without sacrificing my well-being.  My families’ well being.  So I pause. 

As much as I need to wake up, I also need to find time to rest.  To rejuvenate. And this is the art of Self-Care. Finding the harmony of both waking up and finding time to rest.  This is Spring Symphony.  

If you would like to join me on a journey of Self-Renewal, and discover what it means for you how to reclaim, rejuvenate and re-balance your life as a mother, contact me. Personal Renewal Groups are starting in September.

Renee’s blog can be found here:   Embracing the Status Quo

Spring is here. Change is coming.

It seems like spring is a time for change, growth, rebirth.

Personally, I am launching this new venture, Spring Symphony Personal Renewal Groups for Mothers, transitioning out of my day job that I have been at the last four years, and beginning a different part-time job in a few weeks. In addition to all that, I am trying to take as much time as I can for myself to relax, recharge, stay sane and enjoy what usually amounts to a crazy, yet fun summer with friends and family.

Here is a wonderful post written by Renee Trudeau about being in transition.  It spoke to me, and I hope it will do the same for you.

If you are interested in joining me and others on a life changing journey through a Personal Renewal Group* in the fall, please contact me.

*Personal Renewal Group is based on the Award Winning Book, “A Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal” by Renee Trudeau.