Well, I must say it has been an interesting spring. Too much work and school and some travel mixed in there have all taken it's toll on me. Yesterday, someone asked me if a picture of me taken two years ago was a picture of my daughter. I could be offended (do I look old enough to have a daughter my age?), but I know that stress and weight gain and a too busy life and lack of sleep all make us age. I have become my ideal client - ha ha. So, it's time to get back to what I wanted to do at the beginning of the year. Heal myself first. I say yes when I should say no. I over-commit my time and energy to the needs of others way too often, and so I find myself here... 15 pounds heavier than I want to be (at least), feeling a bit uncomfortable in my own skin, making poor nutritional decisions in the rush between this or that... and not sleeping well. Enough is enough. What is the point of all of this if I can't take care of myself first.
And so off I go again - this time to Thailand :) It has been a dream of mine to visit Thailand and spend some time there to complete the Thai massage training I started years ago. I will be in Chiang Mai (northern Thailand) for close to a month! Whoa! Good stuff, right? I will be taking yoga classes, walking a lot, hopefully eating some really great fresh foods and living my life at a slower pace. I have the luxury of being just a student - both with my online program and at my Thai school. To say I can't wait is the understatement of the century, but I am trying to just breathe in each moment of anticipation of the adventure.
In preparation, I have been spending the weekend in a Thai massage class. Since I already have some experience, I have been receiving a lot of bodywork - just what I needed. My sore, stressed out body is getting lots of stretching and working out. I have been eating LOTS of fruits and veggies and drinking lots of water. I feel like I am embarking on my biggest wellness adventure to date. The best part is just around the corner, but I get to have what I crave right here - right now.
The biggest gift we can give to the people in our lives is taking care of ourselves. We are kinder, less stressed out, happier and more peaceful. I plan on continuing to say yes - but more so to myself first. If I am taking care of me, the rest is more of a joy than a series of tasks.
If you want to follow along with me to Thailand, I will be blogging throughout the trip. I am certain I will come back a new woman ;)