1/5/11 Day 5 of the Self-Love Challenge
I was up at 5:30 am this morning. My back and leg pain did not let me sleep well last night. I ambled into the kitchen to get my energy drink, but it barely gave me enough oomph to do some work on the computer, get ready, and prepare my lunch and dinner before I had to leave for the chiropractor, before my first 9 am session.
I bought myself a latte before my first session, and was feeling vital again.
I realized I did not have my meditation time, nor did I choose a SoulCollage® card, and I did not even tell myself that I loved myself while getting ready.
I consciously made a commitment to slip some Self-Love into my day somehow.
I ended up with a cancellation after lunch which coincided with the sun coming out for a visit! I changed into my walking shoes, put on my jacket, hat, and gloves, and took off for a walk. I only had 15 or 20 minutes of walking because of some phone calls I needed to make, but it was just what the doctor ordered.
The love slipped into my spirit as I noticed the energy of the trees, the colorful plants, and the warmth of the sun on my face, as I strode past the Victorian houses in Petaluma. I felt alive and well in my body, and energized by the movement.
Once back in my office, I stretched out my back, legs, and hips. I drank more water, and felt refreshed.
I finished my day, and prepared for an important meeting.
Tonight was the EDRS (Eating Disorders Recovery Support) meeting at my office to organize the upcoming annual conference this February. One month to go, and so much left to do!
I set a time limit for myself, and left at 7:30 pm before the meeting was actually over, knowing, I still had some work to do when I got home, and this blog to write!
As I look over my day, I can see myself practicing Self-Love that I didn’t notice at first glance.
#1 I took the time to make myself a healthy and delicious breakfast, as well as packed my lunch and dinner, and brought it to work.
#2 I enjoyed my sessions, and realized that I chose a career that feeds my soul; that’s a loving choice I made many years ago that still serves me.
#3 I did not beat myself up for not having the “perfect” Self-Love morning, instead, I committed to keep my eyes open for ways to act on Self-Love.
#4 I went for a walk. Even though it is not the “mandatory 30 minutes” prescribed by my chiropractor, it was uplifting, and made me feel better.
#5 I loved myself enough to figure out how to give my energy to my passions, in this case the EDRS meeting, and still take care of myself, by leaving at a designated time.
#6 I followed through on my pledge to myself to blog each day about Self-Love.
#7 I will now go to bed, and it is 9:18 pm!
Visit my Self-Love website to find out more about the Love Warrior Community. It will launch this Friday. Visit Daylle Deanna Scwartz’ website to take the 31 Days of Self-Love Pledge and to receive her free e-book, How Do I Love Me? Let Me Count The Ways.
I look forward to seeing what self-love actions you take!
Blessings, and Sweet Dreams!
Michelle Minero is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. She created an intensive outpatient eating disorder program in 2000, brought ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc.) to Petaluma shortly after and founded EDRS (Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc.), a Marin and Sonoma County based 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2005. In 2011, Michelle co-founded the Love Warrior Community with her daughter, Emelina, an online community that helps people cultivate self-love, self-acceptance and body acceptance through creative expression. Michelle is finishing her book, Self-Love: The Only Diet That Works, and her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies. Connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter and help spread the Self-Love Movement!