his photo is an oldie and an oh-so-goodie.❤
I am blessed to have William Gazda here in AZ chillin' with me this week. I got to chat with Mehgan Marie today and she gave me a boost I needed. And Emily Gazda, well she's just 24/7 amazing and always deserves a sister shoutout.
I shared earlier this week that my world has been rocked by the Grim Reaper. I am okay, however, it's amazing to watch the immediate jolt the presence of death can bring. It can bring the boldest to their knees. It can draw up tears from the strongest souls you know. It is inevitable and yet, still comes as a surprise.
In these times especially, restoration of your well being resigns supreme. "You cannot pour from an empty cup." In order to show up for others, we must start by showing up for ourselves. I have never seen this life lesson more true than this week.
I used to brush that lesson off as if I needed to be strong. My old way was to suffer and survive as I push through a problem or challenge. This week, I wore out my old athlete mentality to grin and bear it. I have done it for years. It always leads to exhaustion, isolation, and more suffering. That strategy hasn't been working in this case. Handling my emotions is mandatory this time around.
I have been practicing self care in many forms this week. I went to my favorite meditation. I went and got my monthly massage. I am getting a pedicure tonight and golfing tomorrow. I am doing everything that I know to get back to my 'being.' My cherry on top will be roller blading when it isn't 115° out!
That said, I hardly know any better self care than to surrender to love. My form is to let the love of your Tribe carry you when you are too weak to walk on.
When you are scared, they may be your light. When you are tired, may they be the chest you sleep on.
When you can't stop crying, may they be the shoulder you sob on.
When you are starved, may they feed you and lend their listening ear.
When you know you need support, ask.
Pick up the phone. Make the call. Send the text. Make the drive. Knock on that door.
I invite you to do whatever you need to do to surround yourself with support until you are ready to get back to your being.
Whatever you are dealing with will pass. You do not have to withstand the storm alone. Your loved ones don't even want you to. Let them know how to love you so you can get back to loving you too.
Whatever you are going through, you've got this. You are bigger than anything you are facing. Gather your Tribe and let love in.
I love You.
I love Me.
I love Love.
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