Welcome to the first post of “You First,” the blog that’s all about putting yourself first! It’s my hope that you’ve found this blog as part of your path to self-improvement. In fact, I started this blog as part of my path to self-improvement.
My path to self-improvement started slowly. I’ve always had a desire to be a “better” person, but what does that really look like? And it’s not like I thought I was bad, but I’ve always believed I should aspire to do more, learn more, be more.
I’ve been to counseling and therapy for most of my adult life (more on that later). Over the past few years, my therapy sessions have evolved into how I could work on being a better partner in my relationship. As time went by, I realized I couldn’t be a better partner, friend, family member, etc. unless I was truly being the best version of myself.
This is how I started my quest for self-improvement.
It started with podcasts. I found one, binge-listened (if that’s not a thing, I just made it one) to almost every episode in about a week. I immediately began putting into practice what I was hearing. But it wasn’t enough. I wanted to know more; I needed to know more. I found more podcasts and began furiously taking notes on what I was hearing in a journal that I carry with me every day. I read a few books and thanks to Amazon’s recommendations, I found even more to read. I started talking to other women about their journeys and realized I wasn’t alone.
I also realized I wasn’t making myself a priority. I spent so much time doing for others, making sure everyone else was taken care of that I barely had any time left for myself. I was exhausted, frustrated, and often felt defeated. I decided that if I was really going to do this “self-improvement thing,” I needed to go all in and learn how to take care of and love myself better. I had to put me first or I was wasting my time and effort on being a better person.
The purpose of this blog is to share what I’ve learned and how I’m working on being the best version of myself. Everyone’s journey is different, but maybe you’ll find some inspiration here, just as I found in many of the resources I utilized to get to where I am.
I am so excited about the journey I’m on and I hope you’ll come along with me!