And We’re Back!

And just like that we’re back with another session of A Look in the Mirror!

I am just extremely excited to be back in the presence of such wonderful young ladies, all ready to learn about self-esteem, their worth and so many other things. I had almost all my girls from last session sign up, which was an amazing feeling! Needless to say, I was ready for a new session!

This year I broke the ages down into three separate sessions: girls ages 10-12, 13-15 and 16-18. The girls were all so amazing! I can’t wait to see what the next several weeks bring!

So, a lot of my sign-ups had prior plans or did not show…and I got really discouraged. I wondered if I was supposed to be doing this, or if I was doing something wrong, but I introduced a new function to my classes this session and so far it has blessed me tremendously. The girls write how they feel at the start of class and at the end of class, so that I can keep track of their progress. I came home after a long day yesterday and decided to open my “mailbox” and got the note that confirmed it all for me:

Not only that, but today I saw a few of my parents and they just gave me such encouragement and THAT is what this is all about. I do this so my girls can be heard, understood and so that they can know how to handle what this world gives them. Life is rough, but my prayer is that they can build their foundational truth and rely on that when things get rough.

Protect your peace, honey!

Listen…life is nuts maintenant, but guess who is thankful to be working towards something!

So, I am really good at extending myself to things that do not serve me and I’m good at holding on to relationships for longer than I need to.  These are my confessions.

I am also a magnet for people who need a hug and a friend, but sometimes maintaining relationships with people who are in repair can be draining, and I don’t think that it’s selfish to put yourself first sometimes.  So, I’ve lived by the following rules for the past few months:

  1. Will the world end if I don’t attend?

  2. Is it going to cause me stress and a very large mess?

  3. Am I going to have to talk through my feelings afterwards?

Is it worth it to get the short end of the stick all the time or should you care for yourself?

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GIRL, IF YOU DON’T PUT YOURSELF FIRST!

Of course it’s easier said than done, but it’s so much easier done once said.  You’re more inclined to do the things you speak about.  No more putting everyone else’s feelings before yours.  Who’s going to take care of you?  Your needs come first because you wake up and lay down with yourself every day.  Put yourself first and protect your peace, honey!

Can you keep up? Cuz, I’m surely ’bout to lose my breath…

Hey y’all!

So it seems like overnight my life became crazy busy.  I find myself sometimes at work making to-do list, working on blog stuff, figuring out business stuff and trying to plan dinner meals and workouts.  And I am just pooped!

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Lately, my mind has been filled with thousands of ideas.  Lots of sleep has been lost, but I’m grateful because I prayed for ideas and I prayed to be busy and I surely prayed for God to stretch me and use me.  But what do ya do when your self care is compromised?

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Keep working, but take some time to treat yourself!  In the midst of my busy life, I got a promotion at work (yay!).  Now that I earn a little more, I can treat myself to something nice, even if it’s just an ice cream cone.  If money isn’t something readily available to you, have a night in with some wine and Netflix, paint your fingernails, anything that is truly relaxing to you.

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It is just so hard for me to say no, but I’m slowly learning that saying no and putting things in order by priority are key to my success.  You don’t want to burn out…it’s very rare to come back from a burn out.  So, don’t be afraid to say no or not at this moment.  I’ve tried to say no to things that are not going to benefit me in the long run and that has worked for me, so I’m sure it’ll work for you!  You’ve got to put yourself first because no one else will.