Once Upon A Time…
…there was a woman, who was thriving. She had time for exercise, introspection, socializing, prayer, and was taking care of all her needs pretty well. Life wasn’t perfect, but somehow she managed. She had a career, a great relationship with her boyfriend, and things were going pretty well, and her proverbial “cup” was full.
Then that woman became a step-mom. And overnight her responsibilities shifted heavily towards the care and nurture of two bright and sensitive little boys and a husband. Along with that came the responsibility of home-ownership, moving, co-parenting, and dealing with snakes that lived in between the walls of the house (true). Time for herself dwindled, but she somehow managed with a half-full “cup”.
Then she gave birth to a little bundle of joy… wait, let me rephrase, a bundle of “OMG-he’s-the-love-of-my-life-but-I-will-never-sleep-again-but-this-love-is-so-pure-but-WTF?” kind of joy. She nurtured this new little being along with the rest of her family with all she had… but something had to give, and so her cup ran out.
And she cried. And panicked. She got stressed/lost/exhausted/sad/doomy. She acquired a bad Starbucks drive-thru habit (Grande Americano, one Splenda, a splash of milk. Oh! And a cranberry orange scone, please!), stopped exercising, and slowly forgot what made her, well, HER! The cup was empty, the fumes were running out, and things needed to change. ASAP.
You’ve probably already guessed that this is MY story. I’m Mariana. Hi! My cup runneth on an empty / kind-of-not-empty cycle. And I’m so freakin’ tired of it.
My story, the cliff notes of which you just read, is one that is difficult for me to face, hard to write about, and makes me kind of nervous to share with you. The thing is, that I feel some solace in the fact that I’m not the only one with a story like this.
You guys, there is a huge crisis of self-neglect going on in our community! People are suffering, crying for help, and not knowing where to turn. They hear of self-care suggestions, drink some wine, and take a lame bubble bath thinking that THAT is self-care, but then they’re back where they started! Why? I strongly believe its because we are not tackling the SOURCE of our stress/worry/guilt/dis-ease! It’s time to start adulting and take our self-care to the next level.
I’m committed to making a difference in my community as well as in my own life, and I want you to come on this journey with me. I see you, and you need it too. I’ve done the work of getting to what’s wrong with so many of us, and I’m putting it out there to make a difference somehow. This is Reset & Thrive.
So, What IS Reset & Thrive?
Before I tell you what Reset & Thrive IS, I will tell you what it IS NOT.
It is NOT “Bubble Baths & Wine Every Day” self-care.
It is NOT a guilty pleasure.
It is NOT a luxury.
It is NOT selfish.
It is NOT easy.
And most importantly, it is NOT a Reward.
Repeat after me…
Self-care is NOT a reward.
Self-Care is an integral part of our survival and well-being. It is a survival skill that may have somehow slipped through the cracks and wasn’t passed on to us. You don’t earn it, it is intrinsically yours and all you have to do is stake your claim. There is no guilt surrounding Reset & Thrive. No excuses either. This is you showing up for your fearless, thriving self.
Reset & Thrive is a program to help set the foundation for you to thrive in. One for the conscious, committed, and compassionate care of YOURself. It is a radical approach to establish daily practices that will tackle obstacles from the root, and hopefully result in a better, more balanced YOU.
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