2014 has already proven to be a busy one for me. The JSHealth brand is growing quickly and organically.
Every cell in my body thanks the universe daily for allowing me the opportunity to create a business out of my passion. To have the chance to express myself on this platform of health is a true blessing. I get to do what I love to do every day. I get to wake up and practice my passion, preach what I love and immerse myself in all things health. I am living my dream job. Thank you so, so much because I couldn’t do it without you and your very loyal support. I feel like I know you all so well. I consider you friends and I have a lot of love for you.
In the JSHealth world, things are getting a little crazy – in the best possible way! My head (and inbox) is exploding. I am so excited to be introducing a very inspiring lady to all of you, Kate Summers.
Kate has been part of the JSHealth team for a couple of months now as my blog and social media sidekick. I feel so lucky to have found this gorgeous girl. She will be taking good care of things while I’m gone, and I hope you’ll welcome her as she shares a bit about herself in her first JSHealth blog post.
Kate’s Tools for Self Love
I am thrilled to be working with Jessica as she builds her practice and outreach. Like you, I’ve been inspired to take a holistic approach to my health and lifestyle, and I truly believe in Jessica’s approach. In the past few years, I’ve learned so much about my body; what I put in to it, how it responds, and how to best care for it. Like so many things in life, it is a constant experiment. But the one thing that remains constant – and the thing that so many of us struggle with on a fundamental level – is self love. I am a firm believer in the practice of self love; I know how my body and mind respond when I’m being unkind to myself – and it isn’t pretty.
It’s said that you can’t love someone else until you truly love yourself – I’d like to encourage all of us practice a little self lovin. Here, my favorite tools:
Nourish your body
What you choose to put in your body tells a great deal about the respect you have for it. You deserve nothing but the best – real, whole, nourishing foods that make you feel alive. Carve out the necessary time for food prep and for the actual act of eating. Self love means savoring your food and paying attention to how it makes you feel. You deserve the time and space to eat peacefully and without distraction.
Our bodies are made to move. It’s something to celebrate! But the only way to find pleasure in movement is by doing something we love. Ignore the fitness magazines with their “best body moves” and workout plans. They don’t know you, and they don’t know what makes your heart race. Whether it’s yoga, running, boxing, or dancing around your bedroom – if it makes you feel good, it’s doing good things for every part of you.
Identify ‘your people’
A big component of self love is surrounding yourself with people who love you – just exactly the way you are. Seek out those who build you up and encourage you. It’s important, too, that they support you in behavior that makes you feel good. Engaging in activities that don’t sit well only lead to doubt and frustration, and it certainly doesn’t do anything to nurture your best self. You deserve to spend your precious time and energy with people who love and respect you.
Communication is key in any relationship – including the one you have with yourself. Move beyond the fear of voicing your needs aloud to others. Not expressing these feelings and opinions will only cause them to fester and build, and the negative emotions will ultimately block the work you’re doing to care for yourself. And you need to communicate with yourself, too. Journaling is one of my favorite ways to cut through the issues, figure out the root of what’s troubling me, and find a solution that feels right.
Full disclosure: this is new facet of my self-love practice. I’ve always appreciated the idea of mediation, but never prioritized it. I’m ready to add a new facet to my self love arsenal. Want to try it with me? (See, this is me asking for support.) I’ve downloaded the nifty Buddhify2 app as a guide, and look forward to sharing my (super zen) thoughts about it with you soon.
Move on from what isn’t serving you
Whether it’s a relationship, a job, or even a hobby…if it causes you more anxiety than joy, it’s not meant to be. That’s not to say we shouldn’t put in effort, but your heart knows when something just isn’t right. Love yourself enough to remove yourself, and give yourself a big hug for treating yourself like the amazing human being you are.
And you are, sweet friends. I so look forward getting to know you better and to learn more about what you want to explore. When I’m not working with Jess, you can find me on Instagram and Twitter at @radiatekate, and Facebook at Time to Radiate.