You stand in front of the mirror, brushing your teeth, enjoying a brief moment of solitude before the day gets going, and you admire yourself. Sometimes this catches you by surprise, as you spent SO MANY years picking yourself apart any time you caught a glimpse of your reflection.
Now, it’s different. You’re different. You appreciate your WHOLE self for reasons far beyond physical appearance, and you finally get that a woman’s body is a sacred creation, not just an object to be admired or consumed by others.
While enjoying a nourishing breakfast of foods your body actually desires, you remember how you used to put everyone else’s needs ahead of your own. You do not miss feeling burnt out, tired and resentful as a result!
Around mid-day, the phone rings. It’s a loved one you used to really struggle with. It feels awesome to take a few breaths and answer with poise, instead of a pit in your stomach. Ever since you stopped people-pleasing, you’re not afraid to honor your needs and set a boundary if you need to. You no longer need to avoid these calls. Whatever it is, you know you can handle it.
You turn your attention back to the day’s meaningful work. That might be taking care of your family, heading to an appointment, or to a job where you get to help people, and put your gifts to good use.
As the day winds down, you take a moment to check your to-do list (which used to run your life and seemed never-ending). While there’s always more to be done, you forego forcing yourself to stay up late to cross one or two more things off the list. Former you was a pro at that. You even notice a few things you can actually ask someone else to help you with and make a note to do that first thing tomorrow. That was good enough for today and you need your rest.
Finally, your head hits the pillow. You feel the best kind of tired -- knowing you did your best and whatever tomorrow brings, you’ve got this. And... you’re out.