Before making the decision to live well every day, I was unforgiving of myself. It was relentless. I had strict and high expectations on how to support the world around me, especially for my family . . . but very little expectations for my personal well-being. I was encouraging everyone in my life to live better, love themselves, and be happy. I had loads of great advice but wasn’t sharing it with myself. That all came to a head 1 year ago. Bad news is that it manifested itself in high levels of stress, insomnia and anxiety. The great news is that it eventually sparked an idea in me to live better. It struck the core of me and it generated the thought, “Paula, you deserve to be happy!” That one positive thought came quickly, and the energy from that thought flowed through my body with unimaginable ease. The hard part would be living in that truth. What do I want my life to look like? How do I want to feel on a daily basis? What does happiness mean to me? What will my family think about this change? How do I start over?
Turns out that pausing, resetting and then hitting play is something I would have to do every day. Unhealthy habits are hard to give up. It will take reconnecting with myself, my family and my community in a whole new light. Watch me make small changes in my life that have moved me down the road of living well mind, body and spirit.