The beginning of the year has been a whirlwind. I’m living in the Queen City (Charlotte, NC), got engaged, and have survived my first year as a full-time, home-based entrepreneur. This personal and professional journey required so many adjustments and a huge part of that was my workspace. My home transformed into my office unexpectedly, and I had to be deliberate about making it a space that was healthy and productive for my sanity and my sales. In working with Staples, I learned about the principles of Feng Shui from expert Susan Chan and considered them when I decorated my new loft apartment.
I have gotten sick more in the last two years than I have in my whole entire life. I moved to Atlanta and have been getting beat up by ear infections, sinus infections, colds, flus, a red ant attack (I wish I was kidding) and quite a few sore throats. When the Staples Business Advantage program asked me to partner with them to bring you guys tips for cold and flu season, I jumped on it, because nobody knows cold and flu like this girl right here.
Ok sis, we can sit here and pretend that you don't care about your belly, the cellulite, the weight gain, your oily skin, your acne, or them acne scars. But you know you do. If someone gave you the opportunity to have perfect skin or the body you dreamed of, you would take it in a heartbeat. You know what your problem is? The same problem that we all have in every area of life: consistency and impatience.
A few years ago, I wanted to be a chef. When I launched my personal branding firm, The Branding Muse, I spent a lot of evenings after work cranking out blog posts and watching Chopped on Food Network. The more that I watched the channel, the more obsessed I became with food, hospitality and catering to people. Making someone a meal from the heart is one of the best ways to show love, in my opinion. Unfortunately, the busier I got, the less I cooked and ate. I'm already skinny, so skipping meals was the last thing I needed to be doing, but I just couldn't find the time. Over the years, I have learned some lessons, recipes and hacks to make sure I eat good and dedicate time to something that I love.
Before we go any further, let me make one thing clear: Self-care isn't selfish. Putting yourself first isn't selfish either. As a woman, especially a Latina, we are born and bred to nurture and serve. We are taught to take care of others in the most dedicated way, but never taught to invest in ourselves. Growing up, Abuela (my grandma) would insist on all of us having our nails and hair done on a weekly basis. I always thought she was extra, but as an adult I realized that it was her version of self-care. Taking time out of the weekend to take care of the outside, naturally boosted our spirits and made us feel good inside. Now I dedicate my Sundays to those same things. You need to find the things that fuel you instead of drain you.