I said no to an engagement and gave no explanation or reason behind why I didn’t want to go and it felt good. I wouldn’t say that I am a people pleaser, but I am definitely a “people close to me pleaser.” I like to feel like I’m there for close family and friends and even if I am dreading something with all my being, I will go anyway just to receive my “Good Family Member” gold star. But I am telling you that it felt so amazing deciding to choose me first. I am getting more and more comfortable with the word, no or better yet and more politely no thank you.
Self-care has been this huge buzzword lately. But like anything that gains social buzz, it’s important to define what it actually means and sift through all the hi-jacked gurus that reason they are an expert on the subject. I am not now nor have I ever claimed to be an expert on anything really, but in our last Dear Love Brunch where we discussed Settling vs. Compromise, it seemed to be an underlying topic that needed to be brought to the forefront.
Next up in the Growing Into Grace series is Ivy Cooper. I began following her movement through a collaboration that we were both a part of. I love that her message is all about loving ourselves even as we work to become our best selves in health and wellness.
Ivy is a certified Holistic Health Coach and Body Image Expert. Her commitment to teach men and women how to have a loving relationship with their bodies is inspiring! She helps her clients develop personalized lifestyle plans that will help them develop wellness habits without body shaming. Also a co-host of Chat, Chew, & You, Ivy spreads her message in a variety of ways!
Death. It’s the one thing that we know for certain yet never really seem ready for. I don’t know, something about the death of Stuart Scott at 49 from his battle with cancer made me think about our mortality. It also makes me think about how sometimes even a valiant fight will end with what we’ve come to think of as a tragic end. But in reality, we always know that it’s pending, that we indeed cannot live forever. Yet, just the thought of leaving this Earth is enough to bring tears to my eyes every time.