I Choose Me

I have had a pretty busy week, I am trying to get my walking in daily...  it's a challenge but I am trying to push through until it is easier. My past experience proves that it will be easier and more enjoyable with time. It's still a bit too chilly here and frankly I can't wait until I don't have to wear so many layers.  Also, I know for me that I need to have accountability for being healthy, it is much too simple to give into my weaknesses if I don't have to be accountable to myself. 

I don't want my life to be all about what I eat and how much exercise I do but for a little while that is what I need... saying this I need balance in all aspects of becoming healthy. I have lost my way and have used any and all excuses to do as I pleased... I don't want to say I need to get on track but I do need to become focused. I believe we have to choose ourselves... often we put ourselves on the back burner and when we do, we essentially are choosing others... I am all for serving one another but I also know that if we don't choose to take care of ourselves, we have nothing to give to others. 
Things are coming together for me with being able to work from home, I had been looking for a place to live but that idea had to be put away for a few years due to the fact that my Valentina is going to need braces. I was despondent thinking about still having to travel back and forth to work for many years to come but... one of the people I follow through a blog helped me come up with a solution... This may not work for everyone but I am giving up my bedroom to use as my dedicated office and I will be separating my large living room into two sections and have my bed at one end. 

I am totally excited about how this solves my travel issues. I have spoken with my team leader... it's not something that can happen tomorrow but it is in the works. I have people coming to my home this week to help me declutter and organize so that I will be ready when the opportunity comes about.  Part of the problem with throwing things out here is that we have limitations of what and how much we can discard every two weeks. Thankfully one of the ladies coming is going to take many of the bags to the dumpster for me... I am so happy about this... I know that if I have others helping me I am going to be more motivated.
I have put myself on the back burner for far too long, when I injured myself I gave myself permission to be do and eat what I wanted... and if I am being totally honest I was already giving up on myself before I was hurt... I felt like if I could continue to exercise that I could do as I please otherwise... I now know getting hurt was my wake up call, I needed to see that I was over using exercise to keep my excuses that I had given up on me.

I need to choose me again, I did that a few years ago when I focused on becoming healthy in all ways. As much as exercise is important in my life, I don't need to do it to excess... As I wrote before I had some challenges that I wasn't dealing with in the way I should, instead I walked a great deal... I didn't want to look at it, it was so much easier to just go out and exercise it off... After talking with my physio therapist at great length, she explained that I was probably injured and that I ignored it and then really did damage that made me stop... Challenges come into our lives to wake us up... I decided that I needed to go back to basics and choose me... 
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  1. I'm glad the working from home thkng is in process, and that you have help clearing out your space.

  2. I love the way you explain every experience you live and the reflexions. Your posts always teach me about life!
    kss Launna

  3. We definitely need to take time for ourselves and invest in ourselves!

    It's wonderful you have a plan to avoid long travel times, and that you're excited about everything to come. Hope the decluttering goes well! :) Having people to be help is brilliant.

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  4. Its always you!! You are the most important person in your life! Why? Only when you are fine, healthy and strong, Valentina can be as well. Its what you teach her and Im pretty sure that you is recognizing your strength!!! Never forget who you are or where you come from its part of your life, history and future! Im happy to hear that you found a solution that works for you!! To separate the room sounds great!! Really think that could work out.

    Hope you can take off you layers soon and that the weather will be warm enough to walk outside in shorts and shirts!!

    1000 hugs from your traveling friend :)


  5. I'm very happy about you being able to work from home in the near future. I do too and it's great to manage your time and enjoy little things. Have a wonderful week ahead!

    Jasmine ♥♥♥

  6. There's nothing wrong in taking a step back to reflect, to improve oneself and to continue to dream of a healthy life, and actually work toward achieving that goal. Life is all about growth and replenishment, of the body, mind and soul.
    Greetings to you and best wishes!

  7. Such a hard thing to do sometimes- choose to put ourselves and our needs first. I have a horrible time doing that. For me, I have always felt some guilt at the 'selfishness' of putting myself first---at least that is the way I felt (sometimes still feel). Why do we do that to ourselves?

    Good luck to you. I am starting to purge my house, too, in anticipation of a move in the future to downsize. There is something scary about letting some things go for me. For years I 'collected' this or that and maybe, in some way, it defined me....and now I need to let those 'things' go. And- that is what they are---just things.

    God bless you, Launna. I pray for you all the time. I hope the work-from-home thing works out for you. You will not regret putting your move on hold so that you can have braces for your Valentina. When she smiles at you many years down the road and you see her beautiful, straight teeth and she is not embarrassed to smile freely at everyone, you will thank yourself for being patient about the move. lol

    Have a wonderful week full of good nutrition, proper exercise, job success and life at home. xoDiana

  8. Sounds like things are moving in the right direction, yay!

  9. It's very important to choose yourself, and don't loose the focus to become healthy in all ways!!! This is the best idea!!!
    Hope you an awesome week as well!!!
    Lots of love!
    Kisses, Paola.


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  10. Hi sweetie! You are so right, in life it is very important to give priority to our needs!
    Big hug to you and your beautiful daughters!
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  11. Love these quotes! Oh..to declutter! I wish you all the best on that one! I hope you had a wonderful Mother's day with your girls and all. Sounds like a lot of changes. I hope it works out. Keep smiling and focused on the future.

    This past weekend, we got some smoke from the fires in Alberta. It was a sad feeling. Hope all the folks in Alberta are doing OK and out your way too.

  12. You're very inspiring, Launna. There's nothing wrong with taking care of yourself and choosing YOU. Your life starts with you. :)

  13. It's true that if we don't take care of ourselves first, we have nothing left to give others. I struggle with making this choice too. I hope the weather warms up more for you soon. Good luck with setting up your office at home the way you'd like to have it. :-) Have a great week!

  14. Que nunca deixe de se forca na realidade da sua vida,
    postagem ótima tenha uma semana Vitoriosa.

  15. Your plans and how things are progressing sound so good and you sound so positive, which is just great.

    Life is about balance, and sometimes it is so hard to find this balance, we can be pulled this way and that! Staying focused can and does help.

    I think you could be in for an excellent few months ahead ... and beyond!
    Exciting times for sure.

    Good wishes to you and Valentina

    All the best Jan

  16. Good to hear you will be working from home soon! It is nice to take time for yourselves. Hope everything works out for you. Happy New week and hope you had a great Mother's Day weekend.


  17. Launna,

    I'd been waiting for your new post! I'd check your space everyday hoping for a new post and I'm glad I got to read one today! Your posts are so motivating. In each and every post, somewhere I'm able to relate myself. Your words are magic, really!

    And you're so true in your words! - We need to live for ourselves. Sometimes, I feel lost in the middle where I just break the routine and do sacrifices for others, only to realize later that I'd paid less-to-no attention to myself.. my health and my life! It happens very often! For an example, I'm badly underweight now and I know it's unhealthy for me. I stand at 97 pounds and I'm tall. I've been trying to pack on some pounds. But before I could fix on a proper diet routine, I get this and that to do! Then I end up starving myself for the work I do for others. I need to take care of my family members; I cook three meals a day and amidst of all this, it's almost getting impossible for me to take care of my work! Nevertheless, I'm still trying my best!

    Thankfully, my home is my workplace too, which is a good thing! It's so great to know that you're creating an office space inside your house. I hope that's going to help you a lot! It will spare you a lot of time for yourself. Even I'm thinking to create an office space inside my house, but instead of splitting my bed room (which is already small) I'm thinking to split my living room into two and make one the office space. Did you give this a thought?

    My best wishes for you! Please do take care of your health!

    Nothing is more important than that! :)

  18. Dear Launna,
    I'm ho happy for your home office, it takes more than a hour for me to go to the office everyday, it's quite hard. I have to learn from you to choose me...
    A big hug!

  19. I am reading a very motivated person today, it's great to hear the changes you want to do on your life and everything sound very promising. As you say with exercise you need to start slowly and you will become faster without noticing :)
    Have a lovely week

  20. It's wonderful to read so much positivity from your post! It sounds as if things are falling into place for you, and that is truly what you deserve! I pray that everything works out for you, step by little step. Keep believing in yourself and you will soar! Sending you so much love xoxo

  21. Getting back to the basics is a good thing. Best of luck with staying on task!

  22. Great to hear you can working Home office! i am happy for you :)
    Your Words sound positive to me, you on a good Way Launna <3

    much love from and kisses!

  23. You're so right. Sometiems we can over-exercise or use exercise to push some issues way...There is a right way and a wrong way to approach physical activity and I myself have chosen the wrong way more than a few times! exercise should make us feel better, it should make us healthier and it should never be stressful or too much. I hope your injury is alright now. I hope that you will find a walking pace that works best for you. Eating healthy is important too, but that is something that can also be taken too far. As you said, it is all about finding balance!

    good luck with your home office project!

  24. Oh, glad you're going to be able to work from home and love that you're making all these changes in your personal space- nothing gets me as light as decluttering!!!! I feel sooo happy when I can take a step back and look at all the space and solution I've been able to come up with, Lol.
    Maybe it's because my husband is a bit of a hoarder and I, on the other hand, have always been a minimalist so I'm always happy to throw out stuff he's brought in! Lol.
    It is well with you all round Launna! (I've been off blogs for a while just trying to sort some things out in my life...) Xox... :)

  25. Launna, I miss reading your thoughts.
    That's a wise choice, my dear. Keep spreading your positive energy.

  26. we should never forget ourselves. good luck with your home office project launna! :)

    xoxo, rae

  27. I get the strong motivation vibe from you, Launna and it's been so positive for you and seems like you're getting everything on the right track. Good for you and seems like you have very good and supportive people in your life too. I'm so happy for you. xx

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  28. This is so true, but difficult for women, especially mothers, to do. I'm so proud of you for making such positive strides to move forward! One day at a time!

  29. Good to know that things are getting better and enjoy being yourself. Have a lovely day!

  30. Vow I am happy that u r getting what u want like working for home and also u are making time for walks..putting oneself first is a must now a days and so often we forget that.. i hope u have a lovely week ahead Launna ♥

  31. Your posts are always so nice.. I hate winters too.. and yes.. it took me time to make walking in my daily routine. Later I just figured I should make it 'me' time and downloaded a lot of songs

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  32. I love the title ofthepost,sometimes its better to chooseourselves
    Am glad to read that you are back to exercing.hope all goes well with converting one of your bedrooms to an office

  33. I'm very happy to hear you so positive and with so many project to do, dear Launna!
    Don't worry about the food and workout, st the start seems your life is all about it but with time it will become normal for you and you'll don't have to think about no more! :)
    And I bet that even with the work at home you'll fid the right solution with this good attitude! :D
    Keep on going like this, dear, and everything will be ok!

  34. Estava sim! hehehe! ;)

    É importante se colocar em primeiro lugar. Porque a dura realidade é que ninguém mais vai fazer isso por você! E quanto a ser saudável, tenho certeza que você consegue, Launna!

    Ótima terça!

    Beijo! ^^

  35. I’m excited about your decluttering and moving around stuff to dedicate your room as an office. In the long run it’ll work out better than cramming your office into living room space where you wouldn’t be able to concentrate.

    Ouch to the damage that eventually made you stop! I have walked with a pain in my knee or hip hoping to “walk out the kinks” and of course that doesn’t always work then I have to take a day or two off.

  36. You make a very valid and important point about if you fail to take care of yourself, then you can't care for others either. It's SO important to take time out for you!!!

    I'm cheering you on as you get back on the healthy path and get your diet right and fitness goals revved and going again!!

    I hope you have a great week!!

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  37. Launna I'm so glad to hear you're putting yourself first, and turning your dream of working from home into a reality, by taking definite practical steps and accepting the support of others. What you said is very true. If we neglect ourselves, how can we be expected to be helpful to others? Self-care is a must, and enables us to be more helpful to others.

    I hope you have a lovely week.

    Saba xx


  38. I am so happy that a blogging friend helped you come up with a solution for your work traveling problem! That is exciting and it is awesome to get to take steps in the right direction. :) I am so happy you are putting yourself first. I am trying to do that more because I find I put what others need ahead of what I need and I say yes to obligations that I really do not want to have to do. This post was a good reminder for me. Thanks for sharing! Have a great week!

  39. Oh that's a really good idea to turn your room into an office! Will you be able to sleep ok in the living area room? Hopefully you can! But that's a great idea for being able to work from home.

    Don't be too hard on yourself though Launna, we all go off track, I do and I still am off track at the moment with my food as I can't break the cravings I keep getting. As long as we notice the things we're doing and try our best to avoid them and take care of ourselves, I think that's half the battle. But I am glad you are doing better!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  40. Hey! This post really relates to the one I just wrote! I'm glad you look out for your daughters like that. Sorry I couldn't come by your blog last month- I've been in finals month writing mode the past 4 weeks really- but I am done on Monday... so hopefully I can have more time for blogging. :) God bless you!

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  41. Launna I am so happy to hear working from home is happening. It's so important to take time out for yourself, I know I function better when i do that. Glad to hear you are staying motivated.

  42. It is definitely important to take time for yourself! Sometimes it's hard to put yourself and your needs first as we feel guilty but it is so necessary.

  43. This is something I really don't think about that much because there's so much go, go, go about life. However, I had similar thoughts after the car accident. My back and neck are still a mess and many of the normal activities are a no go. I'll probably never play tennis again based on my injuries. Still, it's the little victories, right? Sleeping without pain. Walking a greater distance than before. Sitting at the computer for more than a hour without being miserable... And it all gives me excuses to lay down and read--even if the kids need something. There are definitely seasons when our care is what matters.

  44. Hi launna.. thats right balancing is key for healthy. Eventhought is not easy to do all, we must do the priority and choose what we want to be. I do, how can we take care others if we dont care about our self first. I am happy for you. yups to know there some one beside us give us more motivate. Keep healty dear

  45. Many years ago I read the book "The Virtue of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand. While I don't agree with all of her ideas it really helped me. You do have to put yourself first sometimes so that you can be everything you need to be for everyone else. So glad you are walking again. HUGS!

  46. Dear Launna,
    I'm writing right now with little Raffaele on my knees, he's watching Peppa Pig... I try to eat well every day, it's not always easy, byt I can see some good results. Here's autumn again... I hope you feel well and send you a super kiss...

  47. Good for you and for reaching to that conclusion, Launna. You seem to be facing some unexpected changes in your life and holding on to the idea of making you a priority is a good call. As you said, choosing yourself doesn't mean that you won't simply care about anyone else. It means recognising your true value, and that's not slefish at all.
    I feel happy for you and for the positive tone of this post. Keep up that way, my friend!

  48. Launna! Aquele perfume é encantador! Estou realmente apaixonada pelo aroma. Virou uma colônia favorita!

    Ótima quinta!

    Beijo! ^^

  49. I think it's wonderful that you'll be able to work from home! Much less stress! Years ago when I ran a big Avon business, I had to convert half of my living room into my office. It didn't look great but I was very thankful to be able to work at home and take care of my kids at the same time. Best decision I ever made!

  50. Life is full of challenges... That's so true!
    But I am so happy to know that people are crossing them and winning it!
    You nailed it! Love this post, Launna!
    Missed reading your blog, so sorry it took me so long to get back to it - travelling to Europe was challenging too but beautiful! ;)

    Have A Wonderful Weekend!
    xoxo Suzy ( ˘ ³˘)♥

  51. Hi dear Launna. It is very important to choose sometimes for yourself! Really nice that you can work from home! I wish you a wonderful weekend!


  52. It takes courage to choose themselves, it seems easy but it is not, you are a woman with so many resources, dear Launna, keep it up!

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  53. Yeah about working from home. That's great and yes yes yes - as difficult as it is, we need to remember to choose us first. Hugs.

  54. I'm glad that things are working well for you. I like how you emphasize self caring because no one cares except you.Balance is the key to success. Make sure to always make a room for yourself.


  55. I love the pics that you have posted on FB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Kisses, Paola.


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  56. Most of us, especially females, are so into nurturing the people around us, we do forget to take care of ourselves, too. It's great that your life is getting back in balance again.

    Take care, kiddo. (But don't overdo with the exercise!)

  57. Hey Launna, I'm glad to know that your home office is almost getting ready. I wish that you find the 'Best of You' there- and your life gets more bright and beautiful, and easy in every way.

    We definitely need to make this decision of choosing ourselves at some point in time. Because being someone for everyone can take a toll on us...I have completely stopped being available to everyone in my life now. Because choosing me was important for myself and my kids, my family.

    Another lovely read Dear.


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