I was talking to a friend yesterday morning and telling him about my upcoming events and changes in my life.
• SoulCollage® mini retreat for professionals the 3rd Saturday of each month
• SoulCollage® workshop for community the 4th Saturday of each month
• Sacred Body retreats beginning in March of this year in Bodega Bay area
• EDRS conference workshop with Anita Johnston PhD in February
• New Love Warrior Community Site Launch this month
• 10 minute Self-Love writing event for January of this year
• Decision to not take insurance in my private practice any more
• Awareness of needing to take more consistent care of my body as I age
• Goal of having my book published this year
• First birthday party for our first grandchild in Maui in May – Luau Style
• Upcoming wedding for our daughter this coming December
He suggested I let my acupuncturist know how full I make my life. He thought it might be helpful in her ability to help me if she knows more about me.
When I spoke with my acupuncturist about my type A personality traits, she had the following to say:
• Focus on your sense of self coming from who you are, not what you do
• Create mini “treats” for yourself, perhaps a soak in the tub, or lighting candles and eating a meal mindfully without reading something or having music playing.
• Break these new behaviors into small “bite size” pieces so they’re easier to start doing.
• Have a goal of doing less.
I smiled to myself as she was speaking, and put on the mindset of a beginner. These are concepts that I tell my clients about, write about, and am very familiar with. There is a difference between being familiar and “knowing” something and doing it. In this case Doing less is more.
Last night instead of coming home after work and getting on the computer to look at the comments from the 10 minute Self-Love Challenge, I ate dinner with my family, changed into my pajamas, and watched “Family Man” with my husband. He has wanted to watch this movie for the whole month of December with me. I decided before getting out of the car last night to come into my house that it would be the night I would “Do less”. It did turn out to be “more” time with those I love.
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!
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