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Vote for YOU!

“Voting is not only our right, it is our power. When we vote, we take back our power to choose, to speak up, and to stand with those who support us and each other.”

— Loung Ung

Election day is right around the corner. And while I believe that it is extremely important to exercise your right to vote I’d like for you to consider another vote- the vote for YOU! In today’s world, we vote for all kinds of things. We don’t always call it that, but that’s what we are doing. Whether it’s volunteering in our community, choosing who to hang out with, spending our hard-earned dollars, or heading to the polls to cast our vote. Your vote is a choice. And we make numerous choices every day.

We are in week four of our 30-Day Self-Care Challenge. Over the last three weeks, we have shared various ways to sleep better, to spend time in meditation and ideas for moving your body. In this final week of our self-care challenge, we shift to the topic of nutrition. More opportunities to vote. Because we have the power to fuel our body for optimal health or to ignore the whisper to make a change. Intuitively, we know the foods that support us, but how often do we choose those foods?

A couple of years ago I made the decision to vote for me by dedicating time every week to changing my habits. It wasn’t easy. Every Friday when Rachel and I met we would share how our week went with each of The Four Seeds of Self-Care. Some days were better than others. Heck, some weeks were better than others. But regardless of if we had a “good week”, or a “bad week” we were there to listen and support each other- without judgment. We encouraged each other to keep going.

You matter. Your health matters. Living a full life matters. Your dreams matter. I believe that each and every one of us can do hard things. I believe that each and every one of us can make a difference in our community. But the most important vote we’ve got to cast is the vote for ourselves. When we choose to consistently take care of ourselves first ONLY then can we accomplish our personal goals, foster more meaningful relationships, and reconnect with our community.

As we focus on eating real food this week I hope that you will follow along. Yes, I am asking for your vote. I am asking you to choose to take a few moments each day to read our posts and consider ways you can improve your diet. Because nutrition is crucial for good health. I know that it may not be easy to make changes to what, or how you eat, but I do know that it’s worth it. But, you’ve got to be willing to hang in there! You’ve got to be willing to veer off the path and get right back on. Sometimes we think the small changes aren’t making an impact. Know that they are. Know that with every small step towards eating better you are changing your body and your mind. Know that as you acknowledge each victory you WILL gain momentum.