Self-care has always been something I’ve understood in theory, but have never been very good at in practice. We all know that we should be taking care of ourselves; for me, it’s the actual doing it part that gets in the way.
So, every time I’m going through a rough patch or feeling overworked or overwhelmed and someone says, “Are you taking care of yourself?” I want to shout back: “NO, I’M NOT TAKING CARE OF MYSELF. WHO HAS THE FUCKING TIME?!” (I don’t, of course, because I’m a hardcore ‘good girl’ who can only nod politely and smile.)
But when I started pairing the old “Who has time?” argument with my true and utter dream to live a life full of luscious self-care, I decided it was time to cut the bullshit and get real:
If I want to be living the life I say I want to live, I’ve got to start taking baby steps to get there.
Which leads us here, my friends … to me creating a website to keep myself—and you, if you’re so inclined—baby-stepping forward on my way to my very own dream life.
The idea is that by doing one small and beautiful thing for ourselves each day, we’ll soon make self-care second nature, and those beautiful lives we want to be living? We’ll actually be living them, every day.
So who am I? Well, that’s me up there, gazing adoringly at … probably something on my kitchen counter? I don’t know, but I’m Kim. I’m a 40-something wife and mother who’s spent the past many years flicking through Pinterest and Instagram and yoga magazines, wanting very badly to be living my life like those pictures I was so busy pinning and liking and tearing out of those glossy pages. Wanting to be the kind of person who is mindful and intentional about treating myself and my body well. Wanting to live and breathe a life I chose instead of a life that felt like it kind of landed in my lap.
And finally, one day, not so long ago, I decided that I was going to find my way to get there … one small and beautiful thing at a time.
So here I am. And here you are! And I’m so glad you are because this idea has much more ‘stick’ when we’re all here rooting each other on.