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Selfishness- aka Self Love

written by: Taylor Knoefel 

Hopefully everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend. All the hustle and bustle of this holiday season has me thinking about... me. The holidays are all about spending time with family, parties, eating sweets, spending way too much money on gifts, gaining 10 pounds, double booking yourself every night you’re free and losing sight of your goals. Doesn’t this sound like the most wonderful time of the year? In fact, it’s so great, that everyone is so guilty after, they have to make a long list of resolutions of things to change about themselves in the new year (next post topic). How do we MAINTAIN our lives in the midst of the crazy holiday season? BE SELFISH. I don’t mean selfish, like, get home late and make the family miss the white elephant gift exchange at grandma’s house because you are too busy meeting up with all your friends and said you’d be home at a certain time and expected everyone to wait for you. I mean go to the mall, cross everyone’s gift off the list, but don’t forget to treat yourself with something little while you’re at it. I mean, if you have 3 parties to attend in one night and you have to work at 7:00am the next day, don’t go to any of them, get some good sleep and be mentally and physically present at work the next day. Why do we over-extend ourselves for the people around us so often? I love my friends and family and I value my relationships with them immensely, but I’ll tell you what, I am a SCARY person to be around when I haven’t gotten sleep, haven’t worked out and haven’t eaten well. It’s Maslow’s hierarchy of needs; basic science. What is the base of your hierarchy of needs? What makes you happy? Do those things first, take care of you first. Show yourself some LOVE and your love for everyone else will naturally show. 

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