13 Ways to Love Yourself Everyday

13 Ways to Love Yourself Everyday

Loving yourself...

That's a hot topic these days and with good reason.  While most people long for others to love them, the most important person that can love you is….YOU!  

When you love yourself, you respect yourself and appear stronger and confident.  You establish your self-worth and fire up your internal joy.  When all of this happens, you walk away from those that mistreat you because you know you deserve better.  

But, for a variety of reasons, most people fail to see the benefit of loving themselves and practicing self-love on a daily basis.  

While it may take some time to learn to love yourself, there are little things you can do every single day that will help you walk that path.

If you are ready to upgrade your life, then check out my 13 ways to love yourself each and every day...

Why Making Mistakes is a Good Thing

Why Making Mistakes is a Good Thing

People don’t like to fail.  They’ll go out of their way to prevent failure because they see it as ‘bad.'  While mistakes may not be quite the same as failure, they’re on the path, and they make people feel uncomfortable.

But, mistakes are actually a good thing!  They help you tweak things, so you stay on the right course.

You can’t help but make mistakes, so instead of cursing them, learn to embrace them so you can squeeze all the goodness out of them to take the most advantage of them.

How to Love Being Single

How to Love Being Single

Women aren’t supposed to love being single.  It flies in the face of convention.  Society (and nosy relatives) tell women they should be coupled up or on the constant quest to find the next man in their life.

But, to love being single means you love where you are in your life, regardless of who’s in it and that, my dear, is when you are living a life of your own design where you are fully in control.

Just because you love being single doesn’t mean you don’t want to be in a relationship (it might, but the don’t necessarily go hand in hand).

The beauty of loving being single is that it frees you up to be in control of your life, your choices, your place in life, and your happiness.

What a Midlife Awakening Feels Like

What a Midlife Awakening Feels Like

If you google ‘midlife crisis,' you’ll think men are the only ones that experience this rite of passage.

Wrong!

Women go through a midlife crisis phase, too.  Why? Because, to some degree, everyone experiences this as part of the aging process.

But, if you read through all the articles and books that focus on anything related to midlife crises, you’ll walk away with a very different picture of what this experience is like for women.

Spoiler alert...women are not like men.  Our experience of nearly everything, including a midlife crisis, is different.

I prefer to think of this phase of life as a Midlife Awakening.

Since there’s not a lot of resources out there for women who may be in the midst of this confusing time of life, I wanted to write about my experience with my Midlife Awakening.

Dating in Your 40s: Why You Should Never Settle

Dating in Your 40s:  Why You Should Never Settle

Dating in Your 40s is a different experience than dating in your 20s.  You’ve been around the block a few times and, likely have a marriage or long term relationship (or two!), in the rear view mirror.

You know relationships are hard, and you’re acutely aware of how challenging it is to find a quality partner.

You’re also hitting the phase of life where you’re questioning life and craving more purpose and meaning in how you spend your time.  While you’re not “old,” you’re starting to become aware of the passing of time, and that likely produces thoughts of who you will be spending all that time with as you start to enter a new phase of life.

As you’re looking ahead to your 50s, 60s, etc. you don’t want to spend those years alone.

So with that perfect storm brewing, if you’re like a lot of people, when you find someone, you settle.

Living a Fulfilling Life Leads to Your Purpose

Living a Fulfilling Life Leads to Your Purpose

As I’ve talked with women via my Coffee Chat project, I’ve discovered something...the more fulfilled a woman is in her life (family, friends, activities, job, etc.), the less of a quest she’s on to find her ‘purpose’ and the happier she is.

What an incredible discovery!

Some women are dying to figure out their ‘purpose, ’ and I think that’s a worthy exploration if that's you (I’ve been on it myself!).

But, it can be a lot easier to find things that fulfill you - even if your 'purpose' isn't tied to it - because, that alone, may be all you need to love your life fully.

Why You Should Reconnect with Your Inner Child

Why You Should Reconnect with Your Inner Child

Children have the right idea - they play, get dirty, laugh, and don’t take themselves too seriously.  Somewhere along the way, society says that to be an adult, you have to rein that in.

Most folks lose touch with their inner child as they navigate adulthood and take on the many responsibilities that come with being a grownup.  As a result, a lot of people lose sight of who they really are, and they forget to chase what they truly want.

Reconnecting with your inner child helps you stay connected to your true self and even get a glimpse into your purpose in life.

There are many benefits to reconnecting with your inner child, and even the most hardened adult has an inner child inside waiting to be rediscovered.

Your Permission Slip: Take a Break

Your Permission Slip: Take a Break

Too many of women work themselves to the point of exhaustion.

Between their job, families, social obligations (i.e. volunteering, church, etc.), they have zero time to take a break and just relax. It usually takes getting sick to force a lot of women to slow down (but that’s not re-energizing downtime).

On the rare occasion when they do take some time for themselves, they can’t fully enjoy it because of feeling guilty over not doing what they’re *supposed* to do or something for someone else.

It’s time to stop this nonsense and embrace the idea of taking breaks.

Finding Yourself After Divorce

Finding Yourself After Divorce

Almost ten years ago, I divorced my husband of three years.  I don’t regret it and consider both the marriage and divorce to be one of the more defining times of my life.

It can easy to envelope yourself in self-pity and bitter resentment, but I can promise you that won’t get you anywhere.

After going through a divorce, you have to rediscover who you are and what you want from your life.

Freedom after divorce is finding yourself and that place where you let go of the past and embrace the future...a future designed solely by you.

Why You Need Solo Adventures

Why You Need Solo Adventures

Adventure...it’s the #1 thing women tell me they are craving more of in their lives. Yet, they’re doing nothing to make it happen.

By the time we hit a certain age, most people start to feel like they’re in a rut and want to feel a bit more excitement.  The daily to-do’s and responsibilities become mundane.  

Life becomes a routine.

The thrill of adventure is something most people desire, but few put into practice.

Fear, time, lack of creativity, and money are just a few of the excuses I hear that get in the way of adding more adventure to life.

But, the thirst for something new and exciting persists.