When are you at your best?

I love the beginning of the New Year. Despite my short lived post Christmas blues, the new year typically brings about a renewed sense of purpose and passion. For me, it’s a time to reflect on the goals and plans made last year and evaluate whether or not they were accomplished. More important than the progress made is the process involved.

For example, one of my goals last year was to take our business to the next level. Although we experienced record growth (progress), the process involved left me extremely fatigue and weary. As the demand for my time increased, I began sacrificing more and more of my personal “me” time. Soon I was depleted. The result was a stress-induced health scare which set me back a few months.

give best.be best

With the stress of running a business, caring for children and meeting everyday demands, it was sometimes easy to give so much more than I received. But this experience is a constant reminder that in order to GIVE my best, I have to BE my best.

I am my best when:

  • I spend time in prayer and devotion
  • I run with my running group weekly/exercise
  • I eat relatively clean
  • I get biweekly alone time (to get a massage/pedi-mani/ shopping/ bookstore etc.)

When I am CONSISTENTLY my best, I able to be a better employer, wife, mother, sister and friend. No doubt it takes commitment and hard work to achieve goals, but as you make plans and set goals this year, please remember that it’s important to always invest in yourself first. Invest the time needed to make sure that you are functioning at your best. It’s just not worth the sacrifice to your spiritual, physical, emotional or mental well being.

  1. Have you ever put yourself last in order to achieve your goals?
  2. How do you invest in yourself? When are you at your best?
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11 thoughts on “When are you at your best?

  1. Allie

    First off I am so happy to see you back in this space! I have missed you!! Second, you are absolutely 100% right. I do this now more then ever and I make no apologies for it. You have to do right by YOU in order to do anything for anyone else. Good for you!
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    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      Thank you Allie. I feels so good to be here. It’s great that you take care of you and make no apologies for it. So awesome. I’m just learning…but better late than never

  2. Joi

    HEEEYYY! I was seriously thinking of you a few days ago! I was driving and I said I need to email Hope to check up on her! I’m sorry to hear that you have a bit of a time my friend. I hope that all is balanced out now and you are getting that me time in! I love this post as a reminder when getting 2015 started! So good to hear from you! Wishing you and ALL your family the best!
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    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      Hey Joi! You know how many times I’ve meant to email you….it’s a shame really: ) Thank you so much. Things are definitely on the up and up. Looking forward to being in the blogging mix a bit more this year (maybe monthly). I pray that all is well with you and your family!

  3. Alison

    Happy new year, Hope! Here’s wishing you a wonderfully productive and prosperous 2015.

    I fully get what you’re saying about putting oneself first. I recently read an article that reminded me that in airplanes, we’re told that in an emergency, we should put on our own oxygen mask first before helping anyone else. Same in regular real life. If we’re not at our best, who can we help? No one. But as you wisely noted, the demands of daily life can truly blind us to the need to keep our “temple” in order.

    Sorry to hear about the health scare! I do hope that you are on the mend, my dear. Our health is our wealth, as my colonic therapist likes to say.


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    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      Happy New Year Ali! Wow. That article is also a great reminder. It’s definitely about keeping our temple in order.
      I’m feeling great. I think as long as I remember to “follow” my own advice, I’ll be fine:)

      All the best to you my dear.

  4. Sherelle

    Hi Hope! It’s good to read your blog again! I think we all took a break from the blogosphere last year, lol! I’m at my best when I’m spending time with God, not over-extending myself, and taking time to make myself feel beautiful, whether it be getting my hair and nails done, or getting food from my favorite restaurant and watching a ‘girly’ movie. Get some good rest lady, and Happy Late New Year!
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