You might change but don’t forget who you are.
There’s a lot of hype around self-development & growth at the moment, and I’ll admit I’m well on the band wagon. So much so that I started a business, quit my safe well-paying corporate job, stopped partying and even started yoga & manifesting… all within 12 months!
And as much as I’ve loved cultivating a new, more authentic, heart/passion driven version of me… I’ve recently realised it wasn’t without loss.
When you stumble upon a life that’s totally new, a life that seems like a dream, its really easy to get caught up in the thrill of it all. I’ve been working 12-14 hour days, I’m always on call, I’m constantly “on” thinking about my business, about how I can add more value, about the community of women I’m a part of, about how I can best serve the women of the world, about how I’m going to impact my children etc etc. And while this gives me SO much happiness… I forgot some of the rituals that make me…well me!
Steph’s Fave Rituals:
- Listening to “Lazy Sunday” playlist on Spotify while cooking dinner
- Drinking a glass of wine in the bath (or while cooking dinner)
- Reading a book
- Sun tanning in the back yard
- Working in a café or book store
- Having conversations that go for hours (and allowing time for it)
- Alone time
These seem like really simple things… and they are! But for some reason while working so hard on who I wanted to be, I kind of forgot who I was.
In my journey with body image… I’ve come a long way and I’m proud of that. But there’s a fine line with “not giving a f**k” about what people think and rocking your natural beauty and also craving feeling beautiful. Growing up I was taught “to take pride in my appearance” and to always make an effort. That’s ingrained in me and that’s part of who I am… so while I’m adopting a new level of self-love – I know that I need to honour my desire to get my nails done, get my hair coloured & wear makeup (on weekends)…. Because that’s who I am!
There are so many ways in which we can grow… but my advice is, just remember the things that make you YOU… and don’t forget to practice those rituals!
Currently blogging with my Lazy Sunday Playlist and a glass of wine :)