How areeee you? We are a few weeks into the new year and I’m doing a little check in because, well, we’ve already been through a bit. Some of you are waiting to hear whether or not you’ll be going back into lockdown, some of you already are. Some of you, well I should say us (because I live here too) are in the US and chewing a fingernail or two as we approach inauguration day and some of us are dealing with the day to day stresses of being a human being. Period. Whatever you are dealing with, I want to encourage you and let you know that you are not dealing with it alone.
One thing I’ve learned this past year is that we RARELY struggle alone. We may isolate ourselves and feel as though we are alone, but in reality there is always someone out there who understands or can empathize with how you are feeling. I think that’s been the biggest blessing of choosing to be authentic with my feelings and vulnerable with my life. Where I felt I would be judged, laughed at or mocked I actually formed deep connections. I bonded with people who were either feeling the same as I was, who had overcome what I was going through or who were going through something completley different but related to me or felt comfortable chatting with me because they could relate to what I was sharing. It helped me to realize that EVERYONE struggles and that everyone can use a hand everyonce in a while. So, be encouraged, take some time to care for yourself whatever that looks like, and keep going. We’re rooting for you.
The past few weeks for me I’ve been at a pretty heightened stress level. I lost my debit card again (it has since been found, thank God), found myself pretty overwhelmed in the time department, my period started (shout out fo FLO Gummies tho because my symptoms have DRAMATICALLY decreased since taking them so, that’s a plus) and people were just getting on my nerves (not period related…I think). Initially I let it get to me, but eventually was able to catch myself and took some moments to breathe and really check in with how I was feeling. I got my feet done with some friends, deep cleaned my apartment, got back into a nighttime routine to calm my brain before sleep and took mental breaks when needed. I’m not 100% but I’m defnintly not dangling from an emotional cliff like I was before, so that for sure is a win.
I have some news.
I did something pretty big the other day. Feels impulsive for me only because the process is moving along very quickly, but in reality I’ve been talking about this for a long time. I just got a push that I needed the other day and here we are. I enrolled in an online certification program to become a Certified Holistic Health Coach. It is a total 12 month program that will certify me in Holistic Nutrition along with Health & Wellness Coaching. I’m both excited and nervous. Excited because I’ve always wanted to go back to school and now I’m doing it, nervous because it’s school. I plan on taking you guys along with me on this journey. Wellness is something that I talk about in this space, on instagram and on YouTube pretty regularly anyway, but now I’ll be learning about it while talking about it and I’m pretty excited to bring some expertise into all of those areas. If you’re interested, I encourage you to follow me on YouTube if you haven’t already to see a bit more of the day to day happenings of my life. I haven’t posted in a little bit (because busy, stress, mental everything) but I plan on documenting most if not all of this school journey there and would love to have you there with me 🙂
Alrighty, that’s it for me and my check in / life updates. I hope you have a great week and I hope you all feel loved!
xx Nicole Eva
p.s. Heres a little photo dump of my past weeks for ya.
Yeah….2020 was A LOT for many of us and some of the issues spilled into 2021 (with the pandemic being at the top of that list). It’s truly sad that so many have lost their lives to this virus. On top of that, so many people still won’t take it seriously as new cases continue to rise. I know that life doesn’t stop because of the virus, but many have a hard time understanding that we all have to make sacrifices for the well-being of others. We all have to be considerate of others and treat others the way we want to be treated. Yes, this includes making sacrifices, but we gotta stay strong through this!
I definitely agree that it’s important for us to take care of ourselves. We can’t help others or give our very best if we’re broken. It’s not selfish for us to take breaks and sometimes say “No” to certain things in order to maintain our sanity. A lot of people around us will not look out for our mental well-being, so we have to do it. Period. It also helps to talk with others, like you mentioned in your post. Keeping all those feelings bottled up inside is just gonna eat you up. You gotta relieve yourself of the weight so you can breathe.
God bless, Happy New Year, and stay safe!
Exactly! It’s not selfish to take breaks when we need them. It’s actually beneficial to us and everyone around us haha. It’s almost doing them a favor! Happy New Year to you as well! Health and safety to you and yours friend!