Our self-care series continues, as we dive into sharing successful women and their self-care routines each week. I hope you are loving this fascinating look into the inner lives of these amazing women! I know I am.
If you're enjoying this series, be sure to head over to my Instagram, where I'm sharing a 31 day self-care challenge. Each day, I'm sharing one thing you can do to take care of yourself. It's been a wonderful way to start off a fresh month, and it's not too late to join in! We're using this challenge to get ready for our Wake Up Call Retreat in April, and it's been wonderful so far. Be sure to tag your photos with #31dayselfcarechallenge. I'll pick one photo at the end of the month, and the winner will receive $200 off a ticket to the retreat!
Today is an extra special day, because I get to share the co-host of our upcoming retreat with you!
Emily has more than 15 years of experience providing individual and group instruction in the areas of pilates, yoga, personal training, cycling, and pre/post natal fitness.
I never really thought much about self-care until I became a health coach. When I was in training with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, I became my first client. One of the exercises I had to go through was to deconstruct my cravings. I craved a bowl of ice cream every night after my kids went to bed. I had recently moved to NJ from NYC and had my third child. Once, I remember thinking right before having the first spoonful, “I deserve this.” One of the lectures I listened to mentioned that those who craved sweet, soft and creamy foods were individuals that needed a hug. When I heard this I said to myself, “I don’t need a hug!” and didn't give it another thought. During the program I learned so much about myself and how food affected my energy. I started to notice that when I was working too much, I would start craving the sweet, soft and creamy treats! At the end of the day, it was all about self-care.
Once I had that breakthrough, I did a little experiment. I wanted to see if I could get rid of my late night ice cream craving when I was alone and the kids were finally asleep. When that craving started, instead of indulging, I treated myself to one thing that had nothing to do with my work or a sweet dessert. When someone canceled, I used the opening in my schedule to invite a friend to meet for coffee. For a period of five weeks, I did something for myself one day a week. Each night, I had less and less desire to have that bowl of ice cream. At some point, the cravings completely disappeared! This process taught me that I didn’t need much to take care of myself, and it didn’t need to cost money. I was just treating myself with more love!
I went on to open a boutique studio where I offer Pilates, yoga and health coaching. We work with small groups to give each person the attention they need. I do my best to practice what I preach, but sometimes it’s not easy. There are still days I am overwhelmed with running a small business and raising three kids. Because of this, I make time to plan my days. On Sundays, I plan my schedule for the week. I plan my meals, my exercise routine, and time off to enjoy a cup of coffee with a friend or by myself. I practice yoga and Pilates to help me feel grounded, I swim and ride my bike because it calms me down and makes me happy. I schedule time to call my parents, because I truly enjoy speaking with them. I make time to talk and get silly with my kids. I enjoy my work but I limit my hours. I love to read. I enjoy going into NYC to walk around or visit a museum. I take time to sit and bring my awareness to my breath and feel grateful for being alive. I believe in the power of prayer. I don’t take things for granted.
It makes me happy when my clients tell me that they feel stronger, happier, more aware of their bodies, energized, or eating healthier. I love making a difference.This is the power of self-care. Every experience and every person in my life is a blessing!. There are many things I can probably do better, but the one I make sure I never forget is to love and care for myself. Everything else will work out.
Thank you so much for sharing your inspiring journey with us, Emily! I am so looking forward to leading the retreat together next month.
If you're interested in learning more about the retreat, please let me know! We still have some spaces available.