Girlboss. Wonder Woman. Superwoman. Boss Lady. There are so many titles that can define you. Is that a bad thing? Not at all. But I imagine that even some days super woman didn’t feel so super.
I’ve been in a bit of a funk recently. The kind that’s not so strong I can’t be productive occasionally but is strong enough that I don’t feel like the kick butt girlboss I want to be. For me, my personal life and health have a lot to do with it. This last year of my life has seen more tragedies and changes than ever before. It’s been a journey of self discovery and self reliance. And some where along the way I lost touch with my inner superwoman.
But I’m happy to say I think she’s back. It’s been a process to get there but from that place of growth I can share today. So if you’re looking for your inner super person, I hope I can lend a hand. Here’s a few things that helped me find my inner superwoman again.
Super Woman Rx
Catchy right? Super Woman Rx* written by Dr. Taz Bhatia is one of the most recent things to really get my head back in the game. She shares her knowledges from years of practice and from all styles of medical approach to guide you towards finding your best self. Now, if you’re skeptical and think I’m full of crap, well I don’t blame you. To be quite honest, I wasn’t so sure at first.
However, we all know I’m a curious person. I love to take the random buzzfeed tests to see what I am. So with the idea that a test could tell me my type of personality, I quickly found myself on amazon purchasing her book. I’m a savvy chick by the way. And no, the irony of the name doesn’t escape me.
In most of my adult and teen life, I’ve struggled with my identity in some way. For me, I’ve struggled with not knowing where I fit and what’s the right job for me. I’ve tested well in both math and english. I’m both creative and logic. I didn’t fit one category and it bugged me. I couldn’t reconcile that my middle ground was it’s own category. Reading Super Woman Rx* changed my perspective and in some ways my life.
Dr. Taz’s approach has helped me find the mental balance I need between both sides of who I am. I no longer feel so confused about where I fit. I’m both creative and boss. And I’ve never been happier about it.
This actually turned out to be quite literal for me but it worked. On a whim last week, I rearranged my entire bedroom. It was a casual Wednesday night activity that also helped me get in my full body work out for the day. It was a win win! But sometimes you just have to reorganize your life.
Both my boss & creative sides thrive if a space is right. And for a while my space was set up simply to maximize storage. It wasn’t a place to relax or a place to work. It was just a place. So I threw around some furniture and gave myself a set up that invited me to have different areas. Now I feel much more at peace in my room and find that things just flow better for me.
Maybe your reorganizing doesn’t have to be so big. You might thrive on cleaning out things or reorganizing your schedule to make more me time. Whatever it is, make sure you take time to do it. It may seem like a small act but a little reorganizing can go a long way.
I learned this one from Super Woman Rx and it’s been the best advice I’ve gotten. I start my day as electronic free as possible. And I say “as possible” because I still use my phone as my alarm. Whoops.
But every morning I turn off my alarm, very rarely snoozing any more, and get up to start my day. No checking instagram and emails first. The one touch rule pushes me out of bed and into my day. One touch for me means that if I’m compromising on using my phone I can only touch it once. I’ll then make my morning tonic of choice (hot water, lemon, honey & either ginger or turmeric root) and sip on it while having a bit of quiet time.
I’ve learned that I do best with a bit of silence in the mornings when I can just be or do without others waking me up or being required to immediately respond to things. For some this may be a bit more difficult to accomplish. Spouses, kids and family can make it hard to do. However, I’ve found that I feel so much better mentally that I’ll get up earlier just to squeeze in that extra time alone. It’s become that valuable to me.
And while every one may not thrive with a bit of morning quiet time, I’m sure we could all do without the electronics at some point. Occasionally, we have to be reminded to just be. Whether it’s daily meditation in your car for 10 minutes before coming home at night or taking a walk without your phone, find your time to disconnect with the world and reconnect with yourself. Your inner superwoman will thank you.
Run Your Own Race
Social media is a wonderful and beautiful place. It’s allowed me to connect with so many I would have never met. It’s constantly teaching me things. And it can be a phenomenal resource to finding an amazing cup of coffee.
Yet it’s also a great way to beat your inner superwoman down. The comparison game is a dangerous place. And there have been plenty of times where I’ve need to step back because of it. But at the end of the day, you have to run your own race. You are uniquely made to run your own way and no one else can do it for you. Taking time to remember that daily has helped me to tune the world out a little more and just focus on being the best me I can be.
So whatever your race looks like for you. Whether your super woman is taking charge or taking a nap, know that it’s okay. You run your race. Take that time to find your best you and to dive a little more inward. You’ll find your inner superwoman again. And the journey to get there will be worth it.
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