Give Yourself the Ultimate Gift: You
This is a guest post by Melissa Gorzelanczyk of Peace & Projects. Melissa and I decided to swap guest posts today. We call it a “gift swap”. We’re exchanging our ideas on gift giving with each other and with our readers. Be sure to head over to her blog to see my gift to Melissa. This is her gift to me.
This year, I learned a lot about what I really want for Christmas. It started early in the season with my post about stuff on Rowdy Kittens. As I recalled my memories as a bin-aholic, my heart sank. Christmas morning would bring another wave of stuff. Another wave with me wondering, “Where does this fit in?”
My Christmas wish became clearer when I wrote how to have a rich Christmas without spending more. I was already living the frugal life, so shopping mindfully became a top priority.
Then came the final straw – Leo’s case against buying Christmas presents.
That was it.
I was officially turned off presents.
I didn’t want any.
There was nothing the stores could offer to eclipse what I’d learned. All of that stuff – and I mean literal stuff – didn’t matter to me anymore.
That’s when I realized something.
I’ve already given myself the ultimate gift.
Let me explain.
2010 was a year of incredible personal discovery. My family of four accomplished some incredible goals.
We found and donated a meteorite.
We (finally) killed $42,000 dollars of consumer debt.
I quit my day job to work and be at home.
… to name a few.
Yes, 2010 was the year I gave myself the ultimate gift: Me.
My focus changed. I reached some monumental turning points in my search to find my truest self.
How did I do it?
I listened. To me.
This year do yourself a favor by giving yourself the ultimate gift: You.
Because behind the woman that’s trying to do it all is that beautiful, pure self.
She’s waiting to emerge from a sea of consumer debt.
She’s ready to be set free from years of poor eating choices.
Even if she’s spent, distracted, pressured and worn out … trust me. She believes you can do it.
Bring your pure self back to life.
Maybe you feel like you don’t know who you are anymore. I’ve been there.
I’ve felt helpless inside a life full of obligations. I’ve wondered, “How did I get here?”
Then, a harder question: “How did I give up the things that used to matter most?”
Today can be a fresh start.
Choose to give yourself a gift that will keep on giving for a lifetime.
Find your way by harnessing the power of:
Take the first step to clarity. Ask yourself these five questions.
- Who am I?
- What do I stand for?
- When do I feel my best?
- Where do I want to grow?
- How will I do it?
You will begin to see more clearly.
The time has come to move freely. Give up the tired, old self. Find a new spark in your step. Try to:
Do something good for your body.
We’ve all felt overwhelmed at times. Grab onto that feeling! It’s the momentum behind change.
Here are some life changes to help form a new American dream.
Change comes slowly. Believe me, I know.
Maybe you are reading this thinking, “This new self is years away.” Then, the helpless feeling sets in.
Fight it. Let the giving start today.
Change only comes if you keep trying.
Take the first step, then another, then more.
Keep building momentum.
You will thank you.
Are you ready to unwrap the ultimate gift to yourself?
Melissa shares her journey to live simply and find beauty in everyday life on her blog, Peace & Projects.
Photo by Mike Peters.