How to Know When It’s Time for a Self-Care Tune-Up

Do you struggle often with physical pain? Mental worries, stress, or strife? Emotional unhappiness & discontent? 

Its-Tune-Up-TimeAs you probably already know, the foundation of a good life is good health.

While the concept of self-care can be applied to all areas of your life – career, spiritual well-being, relationships, and so on – what supports each of these areas is the care you provide for the amazing physical body & vehicle that takes you through life.

So how do you know when it’s time for a self-care tune-up?

First of all, let me just say that I believe deeply our body is a barometer for our soul.

Did you know emotional issues that go unaddressed over time can lead to physical issues and even chronic disease in the body?

For example, I’ve suffered on and off throughout my life with chronic low back pain.

According to Louise Hay, the author of You Can Heal Your Life, low back pain is associated with not feeling financially supported. AND, interestingly enough most of my childhood was spent without running water or electricity. I learned at an early age what it felt like to not feel financially supported and even today, if money is becomes “tight”, my low back flares up!

Can you see now how the health of our physical body can actually be a barometer for our emotional and mental state?

Conversely, if you’re experiencing chronic shame, guilt, depression, anger, or emotional discontent MORE than you are not (i.e. 50% or more of the time), it could be an indicator that something’s amiss and needs to be addressed in your life!

To identify if your body is in need of a tune-up, here are a few simple questions you can ask yourself which will help you take stock of your health and what you’re in need of:

  1. Is there a health-related issue that you’re concerned about?
  2. Is there something about your physical appearance that you feel self-conscious about?
  3. Are you experiencing chronic emotional unhappiness (i.e. more than 50% of the time)?
  4. Do you feel regularly feel foggy, exhausted, & unable to focus or concentrate?
  5. Are you in conflict regularly with others?
  6. Are you having a hard time staying positive & upbeat?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time for a self-care tune-up! 🙂

So now that you’ve identified if it’s time for a tune-up, here are just a few tips that you can follow for tuning up your life:

  1. Take Charge of Your Health: The only person that can change how you feel is YOU & that starts with taking responsibility for the choices that will positively impact your health.
  2. Listen to Your Body: Pay attention & heed any physical or emotional warnings that your physical or emotional body is giving you. Go inward & reflect on what you really need. Ignoring what’s wrong will only make it worse!
  3. Choose Health Partners To Support You: Find a health practitioner, massage therapist, nutritionist, counselor, coach, or someone who specializes in what you’re struggling with. It’s important to find & build the right support team to help you transform!
  4. Find the Right Emotional Support: Reach out to trusted friends & loved ones for love & support. It’s important not to isolate & do things on your own!
  5. Get Plenty of Downtime & Rest: Make sure that you’re getting plenty of rest each night AND that you’re taking regular & consistent time in your schedule for downtime and time away from your everyday stressors. As you know, all work & no play makes Jack & Jill a dull boy or girl!
  6. Eat Right & Exercise: Make sure that you are nourishing your body with high quality, healthy food & regular exercise. Your body needs fuel to keep your life force energy & fire stoked!
  7. Foster Your Creativity: Artistic & creative pursuits are a great way to foster deeper self-expression & can be incredibly healing!
  8. Make Time for Fun: Engage in hobbies & activities just for fun. In order to live a fulfilling life, fun needs to be a priority!

These are just a few ideas to get you started but the most important one is #1!

If you aren’t willing to take charge of your health and do what it takes to fine-tune your body, mind, & spirit, it’s likely nothing will change.

And imagine… if nothing changes, what will your life be like a year from now? Five years from now? Ten years from now? Probably not great.

So take back control of your life and make yourself a priority once again! You’re worth it. 🙂


Jess Bonasso, otherwise known as The Self Care Goddess, empowers others to break free from limitation & set themselves free!

Are you ready to be your very own hero?

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How to Heal Your Life & Set Yourself Free!

Transformation Hands_ButterflyHave you ever felt deprived of the change, happiness, freedom, & success you desire?

Wouldn’t it be great if you could end this cycle of deprivation once and for all?

The first thing that needs to happen is to become clear on WHAT exactly you are feeling deprived of.

For example, what items from the list below are you deprived of?

  • Sleep
  • Emotional support
  • Time to yourself
  • Physical energy
  • Companionship
  • Peace
  • Hope
  • Touch

Another way to determine areas of your life where you may be feeling deprived is to consider the following

  • On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being extraordinarily happy), what rating would you give to your current level of happiness?
  • What’s needed to fill in what’s missing?

Your responses to the exercise above is what you’re deprived of!

At this point, simply prioritize and determine what area of your life you’d like to fill in first. You now have clarity on where you are now AND a goal or intention for change!

From here, it’s time to create and implement a self-care ritual that will allow you to begin taking steps to fill in what’s missing. For example, if I am missing physical energy in my life there are a number of actions I could take, such as:

  • Eat organic healthy fruits, vegetables, & grass-fed meat that heals my body & increases my physical energy
  • Exercise more and regularly
  • Schedule consistent downtime
  • Load balance energy-fueling & energy-draining tasks in my calendar
  • Set better boundaries with myself & others
  • Sleep at least 8 hours/night
  • etc….

The most important part of taking action is to practice your self-care regularly and consistently so that you can eventually reach the point of self-mastery. This is the point where you’ve set yourself free & become your very own hero!

AND, if blocks or limitations are preventing you from taking regular and consistent action, either reach out and ask for support or commit yourself to growth. Surround yourself with positive people who uplift and inspire you. Hire a coach. See a therapist. Face and transform your darkness. Learn how to let go of the past. Practice forgiving yourself and others. Learn new skills.

Just remember, take small actions and steps until you can increase your confidence and improve your competency. Over time, this will build up momentum and help you create repeatable change in your life in a way that seems simple and easy!

Are you willing to ask for, work toward, and receive what’s currently missing for you so that you can set yourself free & heal your life? 🙂


Jess Bonasso, otherwise known as The Self Care Goddess, empowers others to break free from limitation & set themselves free!

Are you ready to be your very own hero?

For more information, click HERE to learn about Jess OR call 720-333-6796 TODAY to schedule a *COMPLIMENTARY* Self Care Wellness Consult!

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How to Be Your Very Own Hero

Wonder WomanHave you ever felt stuck & unable to create the change, happiness, & success you desire?

Wouldn’t it be great if you had a simple & proven formula for success that allowed you to break free from barriers & become your very own hero?

Would that be of benefit to you? Of course it would. 🙂

By nature, humans are hard-wired to learn through the experiences we go through, whether those experiences are good or bad. Repetition & consistency of ANYTHING we are exposed to over time shapes our reactions & responses to life!

So what if you had a systematic, repeatable approach that allowed you to gain true mastery over yourself and accomplish anything you desire?

Believe it or not, creating change in your life CAN be systematic if you understand how humans gain confidence & self-mastery.

A couple of years ago, I was exposed for the first time to a concept that made me realize with certainty that I could literally accomplish ANYTHING I desire.

The concept I’m referring to is not a new concept, but it’s a large part of the systematic approach I take with myself and with clients to help them create real, lasting change in their life!

In a nutshell, the concept is simple – in order for us to master anything in life, there are levels of competency we must go through or attain to mastery.

These levels of competency are as follows:

  1. Unconscious Incompetence: Otherwise known as ignorance (i.e. not knowing what we don’t know) this is when you are operating from a place of unconsciousness in some area of your life. This could be an area that’s not serving you OR an area you’ve never explored before.
  2. Conscious Incompetence: This represents the point at which you become consciously aware of either what’s not working OR what you need to learn/create in order to become competent.
  3. Conscious Competence: This level of competence represents the steps, actions, & rituals you are undertaking to become competent in a certain area of your life. *NOTE: Repetitious & consistent practice is necessary at this level to get to the next level!
  4. Unconscious Competence: This is the point where you are now so competent that you can do whatever you’ve been practicing without even thinking about it. In other words, it’s now a habit (vs. a ritual that requires effort & intention).

Here’s the good news! Every single one of us has experienced these levels first-hand in life many time over. 🙂

For example, think of something that you know how to do VERY well.

You probably weren’t the master in that area coming right out of the gate! In the beginning, you stumbled. You made mistakes. You course-corrected. And you had to practice (a lot!) to get to a point where you felt you could do it without even thinking about it.

THIS is the process by which we gain confidence & self-mastery.

So how can YOU become your very own hero?

Simply follow these steps to increase competency, confidence, & self-mastery in your life:

  1. Choose an area of your life that you’d like to change & identify what you need to be, do, or learn in order to become more competent (Conscious Incompetence).
  2. Consider the steps, actions, or rituals that will increase your competency & implement the #1 thing you can do that will increase your competency (Conscious Competence).
  3. Repeat this process over & over again (with self-assessment along the way!) until you feel completely competent in that area (Unconscious Competence).

And voila! A systematic approach for creating change in ANY area of your life. 🙂

Over time & with practice, you’ll be able to apply this systematic approach to anything you want to change or bring into your life.

If along the way you need help removing an obstacle or getting clarity on what the steps, actions, or rituals will be to take you where you want to go, ask for help. Hire a coach. Practice self-growth & discovery. Do whatever it takes to bridge the gap between incompetence & competence!

WHY?

Because this is the path of the hero & it is here where you will learn true self-mastery. 🙂


Jess Bonasso, otherwise known as The Self Care Goddess, empowers others to love their self, health, & life through radical self-love, radiant self-care, & empowered self-mastery!

Are you ready to be your very own hero?

For more information, click HERE to learn about Jess OR call 720-333-6796 TODAY to schedule a *COMPLIMENTARY* Self Care Wellness Consult!

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How to Cleanse Your Life With Forgiveness

Are you finding it difficult to create what you REALLY desire?

Is it difficult for you to let go of expectations for how things should look?

Do you sometimes find it difficult to truly forgive yourself & others?

If you answered yes, you may find it helpful to cleanse your life through the practice of FORGIVENESS.

How can cleansing & forgiveness help you create what you desire?

According to the Vacuum Law of Prosperity, it is stated that “nature abhors a void”.

Learning to let go of things, people and relationships that no longer serve you can be hard, but once you do it, it has the power to cleanse negativity from your life & opens you up to a flow of good that can come your way.

Forgiveness is a great way to practice the art of letting go but at times, it can be difficult to truly forgive our self & others!

To help you more readily find forgiveness, I’d like to share a self-care ritual that I’ve found to be personally helpful.

First, it’s important to note that forgiveness is more likely to happen when the following core values, qualities, or characteristics are in place:

DESIRE, CURIOSITY, CLARITY, WISDOM, GRATITUDE, COMPASSION, EMPATHY, ACCEPTANCE, NON-JUDGMENT

With these qualities in mind, there is a very simple forgiveness ritual that you can engage in (daily, weekly, or as needed) which is as follows:

  1. Identify the people (this could be yourself or someone else) & experiences in your life where lack of forgiveness is keeping you stuck & holding you back. Ask yourself the following questions:
    • What is it costing you not to forgive?
    • What are the benefits you’d receive if you could let go & move on?
    • What do you really want to experience?
    • What’s currently missing from that experience?
  2. Write a letter or empty out loud about how you feel about this situation (does NOT need to be in person) & then ask yourself the following questions:
    • What am I meant to learn from this experience that’s of positive benefit to me?
    • What core values, tools, or resources am I learning that will be of benefit to me going forward?
    • How can I actually be grateful for this experience as a tool for my growth & transformation?
  3. If another person is involved, imagine stepping into them (at a soul level) for a moment to experience what they were going through or feeling at the time & ask yourself the following questions:
    • What were they feeling & experiencing at the time that might’ve driven their thoughts, words, & behavior?
    • What percentage of how they felt actually had anything to do with you personally?
    • Are any of these feelings a mirror for how YOU were feeling/acting at the time?
  4. Next, consider your role in the experience & ask yourself the following questions:
    • Is there anything you could’ve done differently to prevent the situation at hand?
    • What needs to happen (within YOUR control) in order for you to forgive & move on?

Believe it or not, this level of curiosity about the situation at hand fosters ALL the qualities & characteristics of forgiveness! Not only that but it can be incredibly cleansing to learn, to grow, to evolve, & to find gratitude in anything painful that you’re experiencing.

Is it easy to go through this process every time?

No, sometimes it’s not but if you practice as much as you possibly can to find the benefit & the good in EVERY situation that comes your way, you’ll experience more forgiveness (and all the qualities that come with it!) in your life.

The consistent void that you create with a consistent practice of forgiveness will not only cleanse your life but it will also eventually lead to more prosperity & abundance! 🙂


Jess Bonasso, otherwise known as The Self Care Goddess, empowers others to LOVE them SELF, their HEALTH, and their LIFE!

For more information, click HERE to learn about Jess OR call 720-333-6796 TODAY to schedule a *COMPLIMENTARY* Self Care Wellness Consult!

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Why Self-Care Actually Leads to Abundance

Did you know that a dedicated practice of self-care can actually lead to more abundance?

abundance - jianiteo websiteApproximately 10 years ago (before I even knew about the Law of Attraction, manifestation, and abundance), I suffered from a very unhealthy habit known as “self-sacrifice”.

I was good at “giving to others” but not so good at “receiving for myself”.

As a result, I was stressed-out, burnt-out and energetically depleted more often than not.

AND, because I wasn’t consistently taking care of myself, I wasn’t able to foster, build, and grow the energy I needed to attract what I wanted with ease.

As I started to learn about the various energetic laws of the Universe, I realized that by NOT taking care of myself I was inadvertently blocking abundance from coming into my life!

Did you know that there are actually spiritual laws of the universe that aid us ALL in manifesting and attracting what we desire?

AND, did you know that the practice of self-care can greatly enhance this ability?

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about these energetic & spiritual laws and found that there are 3 main components of abundance that must be considered for a person to manifest with more ease and grace.

To help you learn how self-care can actually lead to abundance I’d like to share with you these 3 main components of abundance that I’ve learned, which are as follows:

  1. Your ability to receive. This represents your willingness to receive abundance with gratitude and grace (instead of resistance and unworthiness). With this ability in place you are energetically telling the Universe that you are “worthy” of abundance instead of resisting it’s efforts to bring you what you desire. For example, if someone gave you a compliment, a gift, or a monetary offering would you accept with gratitude and grace? Or would you feel resistant to accepting that gift because you’re worried that the other person wants something in return. Or concern that the compliment, gift, or offering they are giving you is “too much”?
  2. Your ability to build & sustain. This represents your ability to foster, build, and grow any abundance that comes your way. Without this level of self-discipline in place you are energetically telling the Universe that you only want abundance if it’s “easy”. Although manifesting and attracting CAN be easy, it often requires at least some amount of dedication, desire, and effort on your part to for the Universe to know that you are not taking your abundance lightly. For example, are you squandering the abundance (whether it be time, energy, or money) you attract thoughtlessly? Or do you have a schedule, a budget, an investment plan, or a practice of self-care & discipline that helps you build and sustain any abundance you’ve received?
  3. Your ability to reciprocate. This represents your ability to reciprocate and give back others in some way. It also represents your willingness to give back to yourself! It’s important to note that this does NOT need to be immediate reciprocation upon receiving abundance, but rather something that allows you “to pay forward” the abundance you’ve received at a future date and time to a future recipient. This gift could be in the form of time, energy, or money and because the Universe abhors a void, this willingness to pay it forwrad can make you more magnetic to future forms of abundance that come your way.

When we practice all 3 of these components regularly in our life (as it relates to our time, our energy, or our money) it becomes much easier for us to manifest and attract what we desire!

So, why does self-care actually lead to abundance?

First, a self-care practice meets all 3 of the components related to abundance so that you can manifest with more ease and grace!! Here’s why:

  • Self-care represents your willingness to receive your own self-love, health & harmony into your life.
  • Self-care can be a daily/weekly/monthly practice of self-discipline that represents your willingness to foster, build, & grow that self-love, health & harmony.
  • Self-care is the ultimate gift you can give to yourself because it represents your willingness to reciprocate and give back to yourself.

With all of the above in place, not only will you feel great about yourself, your health, AND your life but you will also be activating the Law of Attraction with a much higher vibration and frequency in place!

Which of course, is what leads to our ability to manifest and attract with EASE. 🙂

Second, self-care is nurturing and “feminine” in nature, which is greatly needed to balance all of the “masculine” energy (“doing”, taking action, prioritizing,  etc..) we as humans need to employ in order to meet our daily tasks, priorities, and obligations.

With women especially, operating in our masculine energy all the time can be highly draining and exhausting. A regular self-care practice offsets all the energy we’re putting out and refuels our body, mind, & spirit, allowing us to be more feminine in nature AND even more effective when we do need to be in our masculine energy!

AND, this feminine energy is what allows to just “be” in the moment more easily, helps us go with the flow, has an energy of “allowing” (vs. forcing), and it encourages creativity which are ALL huge components to attracting abundance with more ease!

Third, self-care = self-love, which is considered to be the highest frequency and emotional experience available to us as humans.

In fact, love also vibrates at the same frequency as gratitude which ties in to our ability to “receive” more readily the gifts that each life experience brings.

Not only that, but self-love has the ability to heal old emotional wounds, allows us to have more compassion and patience others, and is ultimately what will result in a change in our external world.

WHY? Because your external world is always a reflection for what’s going on inside. Remember, according to the Law of Attraction, “like attracts like”. 🙂

To see if self-care actually can lead to more abundance for YOU (whether it be more self-love, prosperity, health, happiness, joy, etc…!), consider implementing the following:

  • Pay attention to your willingness to 1) receive, 2) build/foster/grow, and 3) reciprocate in ALL areas of your life for a period of 1-2 weeks. If you find that one of the 3 components is regularly NOT in place, create and implement a simple self-care ritual that will foster/build/grow that missing area for a month and see what changes.
  • Notice how much time you spend in both “masculine” and “feminine” energy mode to see if there’s an imbalance. Free up some time in your schedule so that you can incorporate more “feminine” energy activities (i.e. these would be activities that energize, inspire, delight, empower, or allow you to be more creative!) to balance out all the “masculine” activities that you engage in.
  • On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being extraordinary), rate how much you LOVE yourself. If it’s less than a 10, determine the #1, simplest thing you could do to create change in that area & turn it into a self-care practice for ONE month.

At the end of one month, notice any new forms of abundance that arise in your life as a result of these changes! 🙂

If you’re diligent with these recommendations, you’ll likely notice a difference in how you’re feeling AND how you’re attracting.

Imagine… how much easier would it be to manifest, attract, and create what you desire if you truly loved your self, your health, & your life?!

Self-care is the answer. 🙂


Jess Bonasso, otherwise known as The Self Care Goddess, empowers others to LOVE them SELF, their HEALTH, and their LIFE!

For more information, click HERE to learn about Jess OR call 720-333-6796 TODAY to schedule a *COMPLIMENTARY* Self Care Wellness Consult!

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How to Be of Service Without Self-Sacrifice

Most of us have heard the saying “give unto others as you would have done to you” but how do you know when the gifts you give to others are no longer serving you OR those you are trying to serve?

 

Early on in my business as a self-care & soul guidance coach, I learned some important lessons about giving TOO much of myself.
When I first started seeing clients, I desperately wanted to provide them with the best service I could render.

 

I knew the importance of good customer service and there was a part of me that believed if I bent over backwards to take care of my client that it would result in happier clients, more referrals, and greater financial prosperity!

On one hand, my desire to be of service was greatly beneficial to me because it taught me all the best ways to take care of my clients.On the other hand, I was so focused on my desire to be of service that I said “YES” far more often then was healthy, which resulted in me sacrificing myself more often than not.

Fortunately, this experience helped me better understand the difference between self-sacrifice and self-care!

It also taught me the importance of setting boundaries with my time, energy, and money.

Whether you have clients of your own or just friends and family in your life that you are offering your gift of service to, there IS a way to offer even GREATER service than you do now without the self-sacrifice!

To help you provide service that takes care of BOTH you and others, here are a few simple recommendations to create service-based results that are WIN-WIN all the way around:

  1. Only offer your gift of service from a place of  joy and true choice. Offering a service that you “have to or feel “forced” to offer is going to make you feel angry, bitter, or resentful will only set up everyone involved for failure. As a general rule of thumb, offer up your time, energy, and commitment to things that feel joyful, light, and free of resistance.
  2. Take time to consider the ripple effects if heaviness or resistance is present. If necessary, ask for time to think about the level of time, energy, and commitment that will be needed to provide the service you desire. Also, consider delegating, de-committing, or delaying the task to another time to make things feel more joyful, light, or free for everyone involved.
  3. Take responsibility for the decisions you make. If you don’t like the outcome of something, consider how the choices and decisions you make might prevent it from happening next time.
  4. Avoid over-committing yourself.  Jam-packing your schedule full of commitments will drain you of your energy, create emotional discontent, and make it more difficult to render the service you desire.
  5. Prioritize, reorganize, and adhere to your schedule daily so that you can focus only on the most important things, one thing at a time.
  6. Refuel your energy stores regularly. To keep from feeling depleted, exhausted, or overwhelmed by your commitments say “YES” to yourself by setting aside regular, consistent time for self-care, downtime, hobbies, creativity, exercise, etc… Not only will this recharge and make you more effective in the service that you’re rendering but it also keeps others from taking advantage of you.
  7. Load-balance energy-fueling and energy-draining activities throughout your day and week to prevent burnout.

Of course, there are many unique and different ways to provide service without sacrificing yourself.

In addition to implementing some of the above recommendations, you might also want to consider what this might look like for yourself by asking yourself the following questions:

  • In what ways have I sacrificed my health & well-being to take care of others?
  • What has this cost me?
  • How could I prevent this kind of self-sacrifice in the future in a way that’s WIN-WIN for all involved?

Going through this process will help you determine ways to take better care of yourself while still providing the service you desire.

I hope you’ve found this helpful and if you have other ideas or ways to provide service without self-sacrifice, please share in the comments below! 🙂


Jess Bonasso, otherwise known as The Self Care Goddess, empowers others to LOVE them SELF, their HEALTH, and their LIFE!

For more information, click HERE to learn about Jess OR call 720-333-6796 TODAY to schedule a *COMPLIMENTARY* Self Care Wellness Consult!

To receive daily inspiration on how to LOVE your SELF, your HEALTH, and your LIFE, be sure to follow me on social media! 🙂

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108 Ways to Practice Self-Care

Self-care 1What does self-care mean to you?

After empowering my clients to love them self, their health, and their life for almost 8 years now, I’ve found that self-care is different and unique for everyone.

Sadly, some consider self-care to be selfish or the lowest priority on the list amidst all the daily responsibilities, commitments, and distractions.

In fact, self-sacrificing tendencies happen to be the #1 ego fixation or compulsion that show up in my clients, resulting in self-inflicted bitterness, anger, and resentment that poisons their relationship to self and others.

Worse, I’ve worked with many who are so disconnected from themselves that they don’t even know what energizes, fuels, and inspires them (qualities that I consider to be prerequisites for what could be considered self-care!).

It’s not until these clients realize that self-care is actually the #1 thing they can do in they life that will not only bring them all that they desire, but it will also allow them to show up and contribute to the world from a place of fullness (vs. emptiness and drain).

Not only that but self-care is what allows us to take back control of our self, our health, and our life in a complete and whole  way! 🙂

To give you ideas of what self-care could look like, I want to share 108 ways to practice self-care that just might completely change your life!

 

108 Ways to Practice Self-Care

1.    Practice gratitude daily
2.    Spend time in nature
3.    Drink lots of water
4.    Set boundaries with your money, time, & energy
5.    Eat a well-balanced, healthy diet
6.    Fuel & energize your body consistently
7.    Exercise regularly
8.    Learn from setbacks & mistakes
9.    Take time for downtime or meditation
10.    Practice breath work
11.    Eat lots of organic fruits & vegetables
12.    Recycle
13.    Gently speak your truth
14.    Ask for help
15.    Practice generosity
16.    Nurture & soothe yourself when hurt
17.    Be willing to receive
18.    Grow your own garden
19.    Paint your cares away
20.    Dance like no one’s watching
21.    Play & have fun
22.    Let yourself putter
23.    Do things just for the joy of it
24.    Draw or doodle
25.    Journal
26.    Set intentions for your day, week, month, year, & life
27.    Get a massage
28.    Learn to say no
29.    Carry snacks with you
30.    Take a hot bath
31.    Disconnect from the hustle & bustle
32.    Take a nap if you need it
33.    Watch a funny movie
34.    Sing or listen to music
35.    Meet or call a good friend just to hang out
36.    Write poetry
37.    Do a cleanse
38.    Use essential oils for health & well-being
39.    Get a babysitter
40.    Have a date night
41.    Spend time at the beach
42.    Spend time in the mountains
43.    Go camping
44.    Read a good book
45.    Find a hobby or craft project to work on
46.    Go to the park & swing on a swing
47.    Take photos for fun
48.    Listen to or read personal development books or programs
49.    Practice creative visualization
50.    Assess your progress after every setback AND success
51.    Go for a walk
52.    Take a vacation
53.    Sit in a hot spring pool or tub
54.    Face your fears
55.    Buy yourself flowers
56.    Let go of clutter (environmental & emotional)
57.    Nurture, love, & heal your inner child
58.    Drink herbal tea
59.    Shield yourself from negativity
60.    Immerse yourself in positivity
61.    Practice tai-chi, qi gong, or yoga
62.    Set up email rules
63.    Unsubscribe from newsletters
64.    Manage your time effectively
65.    Work smart (vs. hard)
66.    Take leisurely drives
67.    Make a bucket list
68.    Brighten up your wardrobe
69.    Book a healing session
70.    Hire a coach
71.    Spend time reconnecting with family
72.    Create affirmation cards
73.    Create a vision board
74.    Pay it forward
75.    Smile & be nice… just because.
76.    Practice mindfulness
77.    Actively listen to yourself & others
78.    Make love
79.    Laugh out loud
80.    Spend time with your pets
81.    Get enough rest
82.    Go for a hike in nature
83.    Cuddle or hug someone
84.    Remove what no longer serves you
85.    Celebrate your successes
86.    Turn off the T.V. & the news
87.    Take a break from social media
88.    Have fun with cooking
89.    Surround yourself with loving, supportive people
90.    Re-decorate your office or your home
91.    Schedule ALL life activities into your calendar, including self-care!
92.    Go for a bike ride
93.    Know your strengths & core values
94.    Embrace & transform your imperfections
95.    Put yourself first (instead of last)
96.    Go inward for guidance
97.    Surrender to the unknown
98.    Stop comparing yourself to others
99.    Practice unconditional love
100.    Take risks
101.    Reduce/eliminate animal products & processed foods from your diet
102.    Forgive yourself & others
103.    Stand up for yourself
104.    Take time to feel & identify your emotions
105.    Be of service
106.    Walk or lay in the grass with your bare feet
107.    Sit in the sun for a few minutes every day
108.    Determine your life’s purpose or deepest desires

Now that you have a clearer sense of what self-care looks like, feel free to expand upon this list!

The number of ways to practice self-care are limitless and totally unique to you, your likes, your interests, etc…

In addition, anything that fuels, energizes, or inspires you is fueling in nature so pick something that meets one of these criteria.

AND, if you’re not sure where to start here’s a hint:

Start by doing something brings you JOY! 🙂


Jess Bonasso, otherwise known as The Self Care Goddess, empowers others to LOVE them SELF, their HEALTH, and their LIFE!

For more information, click HERE to learn about Jess OR call 720-333-6796 TODAY to schedule a *COMPLIMENTARY* Self Care Wellness Consult!

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How to Re-Ignite & LIGHT Up Your Life!

Ignite Your PassionDo you feel stuck, like you are drifting through life without direction?

Do you wonder what it would be like to love yourself more completely without judgment, shame, or regret?

Would you like to take better care of your health and your life?!

If you’re like me (i.e. human), there’s always room for improvement in your life. This is not because you’re a bad person or just can’t get it right, but because the very nature of human existence is change and evolution.

Ironically, change is something we tend to resist for many reasons – fear, safety, security,lack of self-esteem, etc…

That being said, change is also the thing (when embraced) that could re-ignite and LIGHT up our lives!

So, if you answered yes to even ONE of the questions above, I’m curious…

What would it take for you to step outside your comfort zone? To change what’s not working? To truly love your SELF, your HEALTH, or your LIFE?!

To help you figure this out, I’d like to offer up some personal recommendations that I have found very helpful for re-igniting & LIGHT-ing up my own life when needed.

My recommendation is an 8-step process that works as follows:

  1. Determine where you are NOW. On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being extraordinary), measure your satisfaction in each of the following areas:
    • SELF (representing your mindset, your opinion of yourself as a person, your mental or spiritual health)
    • HEALTH (representing your satisfaction with your physical, emotional, or financial health)
    • LIFE (representing your satisfaction in life as it relates to your hobbies, your passions, your purpose, or your creativity)
  2. Determine what’s missing. In each of the 3 areas, write down what’s missing. This represents what you really desire!
  3. Determine what’s possible. For everything that’s missing or that you desire, write down all the possible ways you might bring that thing into fruition.
  4. Set intentions. For each area, choose the ONE new action you could take or ritual you could implement that would make the biggest difference in each area. TIP: Choose actions and rituals that are believe-able (to yourself), realistic, and enjoyable. The higher your belief that you can accomplish this action or ritual and the more enjoyable it is, the more likely you are to succeed!
  5. Create an agreement. Make a commitment to yourself to implement the action or ritual you have chosen. Create time in your schedule and schedule it! Make it a priority to create change in your life and set the intention to embrace the journey along the way. Outline what you will do if you get off track and imagine how good it will feel once your goal is accomplished!
  6. Assess your progress. As you work and play toward your goal, assess your progress by checking in regularly to ask yourself questions that will help you transform setbacks into success. What works? What doesn’t work? What can you do differently as you move forward or when you make mistakes?
  7. Be patient. Accomplishments rarely occur overnight. Be prepared to course-correct when you fall off the wagon or make mistakes along the way. This is a normal part of the process and there are many lessons, gifts, and wisdom that can be gained from these setbacks! Use these lessons and this wisdom to help you get back on track.
  8. Celebrate your successes. Along the way, celebrate the small wins and successes you have. When you accomplish your final goal, celebrate the end result! Reward yourself for a job well-done. Honor yourself with self-talk and self-motivation that’s kind and loving in nature!

There you have it! 🙂

If you’re serious about creating change and you’re really ready to re-ignite and LIGHT up your life, I encourage you sit down and spend an hour going through the steps outlined above.

Would it be worth the one hour you spend today getting clarity on how to create change if the end result re-ignites and LIGHTS up your life?!

If you’re like me, the answer is a resounding YES! Try it for yourself and let me know how it goes. 🙂


 

Jess Bonasso, otherwise known as The Self Care Goddess, empowers others to LOVE them SELF, their HEALTH, and their LIFE!

For more information, click HERE to learn about Jess OR call 720-333-6796 TODAY to schedule a *COMPLIMENTARY* Self Care Wellness Consult!

To receive daily inspiration on how to LOVE your SELF, your HEALTH, and your LIFE, be sure to follow me on social media! 🙂

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90 Day Self Care Challenge – Week 4 & 5

Week 4 & 5 updates are in!!

October was an incredibly busy month for me & I found myself over-committed in many areas. This prevented me from staying “on task” as much as I would’ve liked w/ my 90 Day Self Care Challenge AND oddly enough, I am still making rapid progress in ALL areas!

YAY, me! 🙂

Here are updates for each area:

Career – Progress on my new website & logo design are slowed down a bit due to over-commitment. I’m taking steps to alleviate the over-committment & plan to have this complete by the end of November!

Physical – Although I wanted to created DAILY routine, I’m finding that’s not what works best for me. I get far more benefit & see faster results when I do my core-strengthening when I’m INSPIRED vs. OBLIGATED. WOW! What an amazing concept! My back has been feeling amazing & I’m getting stronger every day. 🙂

Emotional – I’m reconnecting with an old friend from college who I’d lost contact with, deepened my connection w/ several family members, & am waiting to hear back about getting together for lunch/dinner with a few others. All in all, my relationships are getting richer & more vibrant! AND, I got to spend some much needed Soulie time w/ some of my favorite girlfriends over Halloween & we had a blast. AHHHHH, the power of women! 🙂

That’s all for now! Feel free to check out the video update I created for these 2 weeks below & if you’d like to learn more about how I can support you in embracing YOUR greatness, visit my website at www.Awaken-Within.com or call today for a complimentary exploratory session where you can experience first hand the benefits I can offer you!

90 Day Self Care Challenge - Week 4 & 5

90 Day Self Care Challenge – Week 3

Week 3 updates are now available!!!
 
Originally, I’d intended to post & email my weekly updatesout to everyone but I realized last week that creates quite a bit more work for me… not to mention the fact that it increases how often you receive email from me! Although I know everyone is interested in the updates they’re getting, I’d still like to honor everyone’s time on email so going forward I will be updating the Awaken Within community twice a month in my bi-monthly newsletter & then posting on my blog/Facebook/LinkedIn/Twitter during the off weeks.

 

If you’d like be updated weekly, the best thing to do is to subscribe to my blog at www.TheSelfCareGoddess.com! 🙂
 
So here are my updates:

 

FINANCIAL HEALTH
– My new website design is near completion & I will be able to start updating it with content in the next week or so!
– I’ve gotten back rave reviews on the Self Care Goddess photo shoot I did a month ago about the pictures that were taken & am super excited to start uploading those to my new website. If you’d like to see these for yourself, you can visit my Facebook profile page & look for the post via Snapfish from Thursday October 14th.
– This week you’ll see a new Self Care for the Soul video on the importance of Bath Time!

 

PHYSICAL HEALTH
– Last week I mentioned not feeling well & this continued throughout much of this week. It wasn’t until Wednesday of this week that the pain in my chest, solar plexus, & heart subsided & my breathing returned to normal. What’s really fascinating is that it all disappeared when I did some emotional release work with a friend on Wednesday afternoon! I love that the pain in our body is always related to something emotional taking place! 🙂 At any rate, this prevented me from working on my physical health the way I would’ve liked; however, the pain & discomfort led to some areas of awareness that were still extremely beneficial to me. Thank goodness for that! 🙂
EMOTIONAL HEALTH
– One of my family members was in the hospital this week & I left a very heartfelt message for them that allowed me to express myself openly, not something I’ve always felt comfortable with. This was a good push outside my comfort zone & resulted in this person giving me a very heartfelt thanks for my message. 🙂
– I’ve reached out to another person who is close to me & expressed that I felt disconnected & wanted to work on having a deeper connection. I am hopeful this will result in some beautiful sharing & time spent with one another in the near future! 🙂
Ok, that’s it for this week! For those of you that wanted a video update, my energy level was low because of the physical stuff I was dealing with last week. Please forgive me & know that I’ll continue to blog & post videos of my progress throughout the end of the year! 🙂
Hugs, love, & light…
Jess