We are nearing the end of this super fun self-care series, and I have to admit, I'm sad to see it go! I've truly enjoyed speaking with each of these women and sharing their stories with you. I hope that you've found this blog series and the self-care challenge on Instagram to be inspiring and helpful. Today, I'm excited to share Nicole's story with you.
Head over to Instagram and check out the #31dayselfcarechallenge hashtag to view each of the challenges. I hope you'll get some great ideas for ways to take care of yourself.
Self-care has been a part of my life since my early teens. I remember being in my bedroom. at my mother’s house, closing the door, cranking Madonna on my “boom box” and “working out”. I don’t know what made me start doing it, but what I do know is that it made me feel good. Looking back, I can see it was probably a way to relieve stress and decompress from the day. It was at this young age that my passion for health, nutrition and overall self-care was cultivated - I just didn’t know it at the time.
My passion for nutrition led me to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Nutrition was deeply rooted in my self-care routine. It fascinated me that what we eat can have such a profound effect on our bodies, both positively and negatively. I wanted to share this knowledge with other people so that they could make better choices for their own self-care. I made sure that I was practicing what I preached by making healthy food choices and finding regular time to exercise. I quickly found that through this career in healthcare, as much as I wanted people to understand that their food and exercise choices can have a positive impact on their life, I couldn’t make them do it. I could only be there to share what it had done for me, and educate and provide the information, then I had to let them make their own decisions.
I still work in healthcare, but I am also working with women who are ready and willing to make the necessary changes in their lives to reach their goals. I run private challenge groups that provide motivation, support, accountability, education and even friendship. These women are realizing how vital self-care is, They are also growing stronger, both physically and mentally. This provides me with the utmost joy. To be able to be a part of their transformation story leaves me speechless at times.
Self-care is part of who I am, it is ingrained in me and has evolved as I have grown older. At first, I think my self-care routine was all about fitness and nutrition. As I've aged, I've learned it is also about educating myself and continuing to grow mentally through personal development. Personal development has become a huge part of my self-care routine. Whether it's reading a book or listening to a podcast or audiobook in the car, personal development has helped me become more self aware.
Finding time for myself on a daily basis can be a struggle when you are a mom of 3 young boys, but it is part of what keeps me happy. As a mother, I felt guilty for taking time during the day for myself and thought I was being selfish if I did. Now I know I that if I don’t make time to do what makes me happy and keeps me grounded, then I am not being the best mother to my boys. If that happens, then no one wins. Creating balance is what has worked for me and my family. Sometimes I get up a half hour early to exercise, other times I'll listen to a new podcast while folding laundry, or I'll meal prep on Sunday afternoons, These acts are all a part of my routine, and my whole family knows it. They are happy, I am happy, we are ALL happy.
My self-care routine of proper nutrition, exercise, and personal development is a positive thing for our family and for my career. I am sharing with my children that taking care of yourself is a priority, and I am proud of that. I am also finding my purpose by sharing all that I continue to learn, and for that I am truly grateful.
Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, Nicole! As a mother, I can definitely identify with your story. I am so glad you've made self-care such a huge part of your life.