• lakishadean

The holidays are a time for family, friends, and loved ones. And while it's important to pour into those relationships, it's also important to make sure you're taking the time to recharge your own batteries. Here are three reasons why taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of others this holiday season.

1. You can't pour from an empty cup.

The first and most important reason to take care of yourself is that you can't pour from an empty cup. In order to take care of others, you have to make sure you're taking care of yourself first. When you're running on empty, it's impossible to be the best version of yourself for your loved ones. So, make sure you're taking the time to do things that make you happy and that help you relax. Whether that's getting a massage, going for a run, or just taking a few minutes each day to read or meditate, do what you need to do to make sure you're recharged and ready to take on the world.

As you know I loooove my hot yoga class every Sunday and I’ve started going back to the gym twice a week.It has really helped with my stress levels.I have more energy to get me through the day.

2. You deserve it.

Another important reason to focus on your own wellbeing this holiday season is because you deserve it! You work hard all year long, and the holidays should be a time for you to relax and enjoy yourself. So, don't feel guilty about taking some time for yourself—you've earned it! Use the long weekend to binge watch your favorite shows with your favorite blanket.I’m going to pull out my weighted blanket and watch Netflix.I’ve heard good things about the Watchers so I’m going all in….

3. It sets a good example for your loved ones.

Finally, another reason why taking care of yourself during the holidays is important is because it sets a good example for your loved ones. Just like you can't pour from an empty cup, your loved ones can't either. By making sure you're taking care of yourself, you're showing them that it's important to do so as well. And not only will they be better off for it, but so will you!

This holiday season, don't forget to take care of Yourself! Between work, family obligations, and other commitments, it's easy to let your own wellbeing fall by the wayside. But it's so important to make sure you're taking care of yourself so that you can be the best version of yourself for your loved ones. Here's to a happy and healthy holiday season!

Take care,


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  • lakishadean

Seventeen years ago, I was blessed to become a mom for the first time when my beautiful daughter was born. It seems like only yesterday that I was rocking her to sleep and now she's a beautiful young lady celebrating her 17th birthday. Time really does fly!

In honor of my daughter's birthday, I wanted to share seventeen of the most important lessons I've learned since becoming a parent. These are lessons that I hope will stay with her long into adulthood.

1. Being a parent is the hardest job you'll ever have—but it's also the most rewarding.

2. You'll make mistakes—but your children will forgive you because they know you're doing your best.

3. Sometimes, all your child needs is a hug.

4. Children grow up too fast—enjoy every minute while you can.

5. You'll never be grateful for a good night's sleep until you don't get one.

6. Patience is a virtue—especially when dealing with children!

7. A sense of humor goes a long way when parenting—you'll need it to get through the tough times.

8. Your child will always be your baby—no matter how old they get.

9. You'll never be alone as long as you have your children by your side.

10. Your child will teach you as much as you teach them—if not more!

11. No matter what, always tell your children that you love them—they need to hear it from you.

12. There will be days when you feel like yo

u're failing as a parent—but those days will pass.

13. Being a parent means sacrificing your own wants and needs for your child's—but it's worth it in the end.

14. No two children are alike—and that's okay! Embrace their differences and help them to grow into their own unique selves.

15. Always be there for your children when they need you—they'll remember it when they're grown up and dealing with their own children one day.

16. Getting angry won't solve anything—try to stay calm and collected, even in the most trying of situations.

17. Parenting isn't easy, but it's definitely worth it. Seeing my daughter grow up into an amazing young woman has been one of the greatest joys of my life. I'm so proud of the person she has become and I can't wait to see all the wonderful things she'll do in the future. Thanks for reading

and happy birthday, Djassi!

Take care,


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At this time of the year as the leaves are falling and the season is changing, I always feel a slight sense of loss and a little sadness. Fall has always reminded me of having to go back to school and leave the comfort of my home. I have come to realize that this is a form of grief that is pretty normal.

Grieving is a process that is as unique as the individual experiencing it. There is no one right or wrong way to grieve, and often, the process looks different for each person. Some may find themselves withdrawing from social activities and others may seek out support groups. Some may cry often while others may feel numb. There is no one way to grieve, and that is okay.

The Good One of the good things about grief is that it is a natural process that allows us to come to terms with our loss. Grief can be a powerful motivator for change and growth. It can help us to appreciate life more fully and can motivate us to make positive changes in our lives.

The overall experience of grief does not have to be bad. We can experience grief and gratitude at the same time. Parents, think about how it feels when you have to drop your children off at daycare for the first time or drop them off at college. While we celebrate the milestones, we grieve the loss of our children’s tender years.

The Bad Grief can also be a very painful experience. It can be overwhelming and confusing. Grief can cause physical symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, and upset stomach. It can lead to sleep problems, anxiety, and depression.

The Ugly Grief can sometimes lead us to do things that we would not normally do. We may say things that we later regret or behave in ways that are out of character for us. This is because when we are grieving, we are not thinking clearly. We may make impulsive decisions or lash out at those around us.

Oftentimes, when my clients are going through a divorce, they experience various levels of grief. This often manifests itself in heated arguments and rash decisions that they may regret later. Therefore, I strongly advise my clients to seek as much therapeutic support as they can when going through this process.

Take care,


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