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Being Nanekia: Refreshed & Renewed

nik2This month I’ve been focusing a lot on self-care. It’s something I wouldn’t normally embrace as I live and breathe for my family (at least that’s what they like to think.)  I have noticed though that I do need to take better care of myself physically, mentally, emotionally, financially, and spiritually.  These are all aspects of my life that when out of alignment cause me a great deal of hurt.  Why would I ever want to hurt myself when I could just make a plan to take better care of me?  So for this installment of Being Nanekia, taking care of me, in some way, shape or form.

This month has been an eye opening, game changing month for me. I could say I began to meditate and I cried a river of tears to cleanse my soul, I could say I worked out every day and ate well portioned meals, I could say I saved a bunch of money by switching my car insurance.  That sounds great, sounds like I did some self-caring, none of that happened.  Instead I choose to embrace God’s vision for my life and noted that I had lacked in really taking care of myself spiritually.  If you’ve read any other post this month you may note they are faith based.  This has been heavy on me so I just let it flow through and whatever developed did.  When it came to self-caring for my spiritual state I knew exactly what I had to do.  For so long I have had a vision of helping others, women in particular be the best them they can be and to enjoy every moment of this thing we call life.  It’s hard to focus on that vision when there are so many other things to focus on, but in March I’ve felt such a strong pull to plant seeds, reap what I’ve sown and focus on the vision God has given me.  Why hadn’t I done this before?  I have no clue, was I scared, maybe, was I lazy, I’m sure on some days, was I distracted, I’m always distracted.  So what made me stop now and decide to focus in on my vision, my calling, nothing but God.

See what I know for sure is that when God has called you to do something He will make sure you get it done. We may think that someone else can do it or someone else is doing it, but no one and I mean no one can do what God has called you to do as an individual.  We each have a purpose here, there’s a reason your journey is your journey and no one else can take that trip for you.  My journey started many years ago.  I’ve always had it in my mind to be helpful, but it took some lessons and growing to be able to speak life into others without giving too much of who I am and need to be for myself and family away.  The need to help people never went away, no matter how I tried to alter my journey it was always there.  I read and study a lot.  I’m always drawn to a particular scripture or book focusing on using your gifts and talents to help others, mine just always focused on helping other women.  So I’m going to nurture and develop this gift and use it as often as possible.  I’m going to focus on getting my spiritual self together so that I can help others without harming myself.  Please pray for me.

How are you self-caring? Is there an area you should focus on a little more?  Be sure to take care of yourself, you’re the only you we have.

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