By: Alexis Meads, Guest Blogger
Before I dive in with all the juicy details about my holiday challenge, I’m going to share with you a delightful story about how the little things have made a big difference in my life and those I love.
I started my journey in self-love when I was 25 years old. I was burnt out from grad school at Harvard, a broken heart, a string of bad relationships, and from treating my body like garbage with too much alcohol and food. I felt slightly broken, exhausted, dis-empowered, and like I was being taken along for the ride.
So I made a conscious decision to move to Hawaii for four months and work on a farm in exchange for a place to sleep and $50 a week for food.
I was terrified. But it was something I had to do, and it launched me into a lifelong practice of self-love.
I didn’t have to answer to or feel obligated to anyone. If I wanted to spend an entire weekend reading I would do it. My days had a flow and ease to them, and I also learned the value of hard work. I woke up at 5:30 am to dance, do yoga, or write in my journal before tackling the days chores. I nourished my body with wholesome foods. I tried new things like hitch hiking, snorkeling, playing in drum circles (my inner hippie), and camping under the stars. I learned how to say no and when to say YES. I learned to love myself and let go of past love and heartache. Most importantly I learned that I could create my life with intention and joy.
Now let me tell you how the little things have made a difference from the people I love.
When I was a kid, my mom used to leave notes hidden around the house for me. She had a stack of cards that said fun things and she’d always sign them “xoxo mama.”
I’d find one in my violin case, in my lunch box, on my pillow. It was a game between the two of us that reminded me in small ways on a daily basis that I was loved.
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I’m also lucky enough to be married to a man who knows the value of showing our love for each other consistently.
When he was on a business trip, he sent me a postcard with our picture on the front and the story of our relationship on the back. “It all started with a cold ride on a motorcycle, a glass of wine and takeout Chinese food…” (more on that in another post).
I find it equally important and beneficial to give ourselves a little token of love each day.
I also know that, especially women, we tend to put ourselves last. And during the holiday season we can particularly feel stressed-out, burnt-out. and out of control.
This is why I’ve created a fun and easy way to help you spend some time this holiday season creating the most joyous, luminous life you can imagine.
Starting on December 1st, I’m hosting my annual Crazy Wild Love Holiday Challenge and it’s completely free. We had an amazing turnout last year for the challenge, some women even said that it launched them into a lifetime practice of self-love.
While we may not have 4 months in Hawaii, we can spend 14 days together creating our lives with intention and joy.
Everyday, you’ll receive little prompts, pep-talks, affirmations, and inspiration to fill your day with calm, love, and joy with the support of the Crazy Wild Love community.
Think gifting yourself things like fresh flowers, sitting quietly for 10 minutes, or going for a long walk (yes, even if it’s cold!).
Because self-love isn’t about being selfish. It’s about giving ourselves enough love and energy that we are literally bursting with it so that everyone and everything around us will benefit.
With the framework of the challenge and the amazing community we have, you can’t help but make sustainable change.
Because those people who take time to enjoy their lives get…well….to enjoy their life.
You can sign up here. I’d love to have you join us and tell your friends to come along. The more the merrier! AND the winner of the #cwlchallenge gets a FULL free lifetime scholarship to the Crazy Wild Love Academy!
You may be wondering why I’d take this on during such a crazy time of the year? Well, because I’m a little crazy, and I want to thank you for always making Crazy Wild Love so special to me.
Believe it or not, the holidays are the perfect time to dig into self-love and self-care. Join in Alexis' self-care holiday challenge or tell us about some other ways you might take time for YOU during this busy season!
Alexis Meads received her M.A. at Harvard University. She is a Certified Wellness Coach and Self-Love Expert. She helps women to fall madly in love, feel sexy and confident every day and create a life full of adventure. For more articles, visit www.AlexisMeads.com or get your FREE Digital Book from Alexis here http://alexismeads.com/gift