Sometimes you need to hear an obvious message from someone else. Today I heard my obvious message from the late Lou Tice of The Pacific Institute. He said, your most important relationship you have is with yourself. Think of how many times we forget this – I know I do.
It makes perfect sense. If you can’t provide love, care and good food to yourself, how can you provide it to those you love and care for? It’s not healthy and balanced to give all your support, encouragement and sympathy away. Reserve a healthy dose for yourself.
I’m taking the lead on this one. I am at a time in my life where I am focusing on what is important to me. Seriously my friends – if I don’t do it, who will? So, here are a few areas of focus for me now and in the near future.
Relationships: While this post is about focusing on my relationship with myself, this does include how I interact with others. My main focus in this area is to learn how to nurture my current relationships with family and friends. I will admit, I am not the best at keeping in touch. While I enjoy spending time with those close to me, I do prefer being alone. I never really learned how to be a true friend, so through this blog you will see posts on how I plan to figure this all out. The last thing I want to do is grow old with no friends to create a ruckus in our golden years.
Education: I am a life-long learner. Since my husband and I are planning a move within the next year I won’t be starting a true academic program just yet, however I am continuing my learning: I’ve registered for the following online classes:
I love reading, researching, attending seminars, and sopping up as much information as I can. The “learner” in me thrives in this environment, so I’m going to keep feeding it until a University environment surrounds me.
Physical Activity: I will admit, working out is NOT my favorite thing in the world. If I can mask exercise as fun activities, I will be successful at incorporating this into my life. So, you will find me dancing, walking/hiking, fishing, and doing DDP Yoga. The focus is not on losing weight – that will be a bi-product of moving my body. The focus is on an increase level of energy and great health. Let’s do this (mini pep talks do wonders)!
Nutrition: I have been a certified integrative nutrition coach for years, and I can always find some areas for improvement in the food category. I am still dealing with a systemic candida infection, so I am focusing on eating clean, whole, organic, unprocessed foods. A few dollars more at the check-out may add a few years to my life, not to mention the savings on medical bills. To learn more about gut health check out Donna Gates at Body Ecology. She is THE expert in this arena.
Career: I love my current day “job” but it’s just that – a job. If you had asked me 24 years ago if I would be working long-term in corporate American, and in Human Resources no less, I would have laughed. They recently did me a huge favor by deciding to move the headquarters operations to Texas, and I ain’t moving to Texas (been there, done that). So, the plan is to make my side-gig, Gray Ink Media, a full-time endeavor by early 2017. Lots goes in to building a business, and there is no time like the present to learn.
Corrie Ann Gray is a writer, researcher, coach, and cookie enthusiast who lives in Los Angeles, CA. She started the Clean Body Project to share all of her knowledge and resources with others who are interested in running their own experiment into clean holistic living. She is also known as The Renaissance Soul Writer at www.corrieanngray.com.