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  • Writer's pictureMia Rose

Finding My Center

I've started about three blog entries in the last three weeks, none of them complete. I've been running in circles driving kids to practices, putting way too much on my "to do" list at work, finishing some online classes, helping out my family, having some fun outings with friends and keeping up with my health appointments. Life is spinning uncontrollably fast. When I realized the other day that I haven't even been able to sit down and actually focus on completing a blog entry which honestly is something I enjoy doing so much, I realized it's time to change my priorities. I haven't been as diligent getting my workouts in because I've lost a little faith in my goals taking too long to achieve. This is another aspect of my life that most of the time brings me so much happiness and I've been neglecting it. If I"m being honest, I've lost sight of myself...again. The survivorship rollercoaster that I'm on, got to me a little bit and I had a little pity party which resulted in letting many of the things that fuel me fall to the wayside. Raise your hand if you've been there?! Well, today I'm hitting reset. I have a list of things to do, but I'm choosing to do this. Write and reflect. Before I got sick, I felt like my life was always crazy. That "crazy" really didn't suit me well. Knowing that, I am making it a priority to not fall back into old habits. There is beauty in stillness or at least less chaos. There is also beauty in realizing I need to take care of myself body, mind and spirit. Someone always seems to want or need something from me. I'm at a point in my life where I want to be there for everyone but taking care of myself and feeling centered is right there at the top of the list of things to do, maybe right next to breathing, haha! I crave the kind of quiet I can only find when my mind is at peace. When I've taken time out of my day to fuel myself in a way that only I can do. This "me" time makes me calmer, less distracted, happier and actually more completely present for the people who need me. Grab that cup of coffee and sit down with it for a couple of minutes...don't just go through the drive thru and take in along for the ride (guilty). Read a few pages each day in that book that has been sitting on your night stand all summer (guilty). Workout outdoors and don't feel like you're racing the clock (guilty)...instead look around and see the beautiful changes fall is bringing us. When you are with someone you care about, don't be scrolling through your to do list in your mind (guilty) present and savor your interactions. Finding my center helps me take in the beauty of all of these things because I'm living life, not just letting life happen. Even with everything I've been through, I need to keep reminding myself of the valuable life lessons that I've learned. I hope my experiences can inspire you to know that it is ok and so important to just be there and show up for yourself. It is the quickest way to acknowledge your passions, open your heart and uncover your soul. -M

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