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  • Writer's pictureAllison Karoly

Putting ME First...

Updated: Jul 7, 2021

2013 to 2019 - six years and a big difference…and I don’t mean physically with my weight loss. When I saw this picture the other day, I was reminded of how I felt at that time in my life…unhappy, stressed, overweight, overworked,, exhausted! Doing everything for everyone other than myself (by my own choice). I worked crazy hours, volunteered a lot (for a wonderful organization), and when I had down time, I filled it up to stay “busy”. Looking back, I was so uncomfortable in my own skin. I knew I didn’t feel like me and that something was missing, but I didn’t know what. Over the past 6 years, I kept searching and searching, trying to figure out what was missing. In the end, what was missing? Self-Love!

You hear people talk about self-care and self-love all the time. I thought I “got it” and was doing it, but I wasn’t…completely. Until one day I finally understood that it’s MY responsibility, to take care of ME and to love ME. It takes work - setting boundaries, saying “no” even when you want to say “yes”, exercising, going to therapy, eating healthy, reading instead of watching TV, doing things I want to do instead of what someone else deems I “should” do, and more. I still take time to help others, but I decide what’s best for me and that comes first.

It’s taken me 6 years to get to where I am today with hard work, lots of tears, and the desire, actually hunger, to change on the inside. Once I started to FEEL better, I knew there was no way I was going back to feeling the way I did in 2013 or even a year or two ago. Each year gets better, each day gets better.

I will continue to do the “inside” work to heal, grow, and change probably until my final days. Life is a journey, self-care and self-love are a part of that journey…put YOU first. Say yes to what makes you happy. Say yes to committing to you.

Contact me...would love to help you in your journey. 🙏🏼🌟💜


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