Be a Rebel Woman

2018: Time To Refuel

At this moment, two years ago, I was sitting at my desk, after a two-week holiday break, staring at my computer screen and having a conversation with myself about what my future was going to look like for myself and my family.

I decided that I was going to put my trust into the Universe, and have faith that the previous five years of creating and building a foundation would payoff. I launched a 'secret' Facebook group that day, and my years of hard work paid off. Huge. 

I have become acutely aware of just how important a strong foundation is to survive hardships, setbacks, heartbreaks, and successes.

In 2014, I found myself at a place in my divorce where I was finally able to focus on me. I was done with the binge-drinking, diet-pill-popping lifestyle that I was living as a newly single woman. I started to practice yoga, went to Barre classes five days a week (sometimes 2x a day), did thousands of sets of stairs, drank my daily quota of water, and my sleep schedule was seriously on point.

I felt amazing, and I looked even more amazing!  

I kept that lifestyle going for most of that year. Until my ex started really fucking up and making shitty choices. At which point, my focus shifted from me to my kids and trying to stay one step ahead of his spiraling addictions.

Anyone who has had an addict in their lives knows how emotionally and mentally consuming/draining it is to deal with that person on a daily basis. When things took a serious turn at the beginning of 2015, I had to take on a massive amount of responsibility and make some pretty intense decisions.

Had I not spent the previous year working on a strong body, mind, and Soul, I honestly doubt I would have been able to survive. 

Once I launched my Facebook group, I had something to focus on, and I was creating content and connecting with women, and I felt like my life was back on track. I was practicing what I preached, being present and staying in a place of gratitude, and I could feel my emotional and spiritual reservoirs being replenished.

And then my Dad died.

Losing someone who was my biggest supporter and advocate, was devastating. I was able to tap into my emotional reservoirs, and survive the loss because I had created a foundation that was based on being present and grateful for whatever lesson or experience I was challenged with. I didn't have to like the hand that was dealt to me, but it was in my control how I played the game. 

As 2017 comes to an end, I realize that I am running on empty.

My diet is lacking any sort of nutritional focus, my sleep is more like 'napping', my body is no longer strong, and I feel disconnected from my Soul. All of that awesomeness that I had accumulated in 2014 is pretty much tapped out. I haven't adequately refilled those reservoirs, and eventually, they have run dry. 

I can look back and see where I was extremely blessed to have had a strong body, mind, and Soul to carry me through a few pretty gnarly years, and I want to truly believe that those will be the worst of the years that I will experience. But I now know that there is no such thing as reaching a bad-shit quota, and you have to be prepared to take on whatever life throws your way. 

So, this year I plan on taking care of my emotional and physical deficits. Mind. Body. And Soul. I need to make my foundation strong again. I can't succeed and thrive when my footing is not secure and my focus has no direction.

Maybe you don't do New Year's Resolutions or goals, but you have to start taking action and being proactive in creating a version of yourself that will carry you through the ups and downs that life is all about.

Do something every day that feeds your energy and strengthens your mind. No one likes to tap into their Emergency Fund, but everyone sure as fuck is happy that they have one when the shit hits the fan. 

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