Bonjour, beaux amis!! As this blog series continues to bloom, up next is Self-Care Mentor, Elena Lipson, a fellow B-School Babe. We got to know each other when she signed-up for my 'Mandala Meditations' program, where we took a little break to focus-in and play with paints amidst growing our businesses. It was delightful! If there was one thing I've learned about being an entrepreneur, it's this: You've got to take time out to pamper yourself - do it, it's okay...you deserve it! Step back for a minute (or heck, take a mini-vacay) and take care of you. When you allow yourself to do this, you will be better prepared to serve others in the best way possible.
This is where Elena comes in...she is a self-care queen - AND, this self-care stuff isn't just for entrepreneurs: It's for all the busy women - yes, including career executives and hustling moms. It's for those who always seem to put others first. Today, Elena shares the importance of self-care and putting yourself first, especially when it comes to manifesting abundance in your life. Because, you have to make room for it somehow, right? And that begins by making room for YOU. Enjoy!
WHAT WOULD SOMEONE HAVE TO BELIEVE IN ORDER TO HAVE ABUNDANCE?
BY ELENA LIPSON
When I think about abundance, my mind brings up visions of ease, flow and bringing into reality those beautiful images that I put on my dream vision boards each year. So why is it that so many people set their goals, create their vision boards and yet for some reason, they never realize their goals of wealth, abundance and a healthy lifestyle?
What exactly is abundance? How can you get it?And how exactly do you block the flow of abundance when it’s not showing up?
These are the most common questions I hear from my clients and the women I work with.
When it comes to living a life in the flow of abundance, the beliefs that you hold deep in your heart and mind can shape your life in ways that you may not even realize.
We all sort of know what abundance means, but when was the last time you sat down and actually thought about what abundance looks like in your life? Asking this question and taking the time to answer it for you is a powerful launching off point to opening yourself to the flow of abundance.
Why is clarity so important? Well, imagine walking into a restaurant and, when the server came to take your order, you replied, “Bring me something delicious.” So the server goes back into the kitchen and brings out a plate of deep-fried onions, a platter of raw broccoli and a piece of grilled chicken.
Now, maybe this is the exact combination of food that makes your tummy jump with delight. And you may even enjoy certain elements of the meal. Chances are that you won’t be happy with those choices and you won’t enjoy the meal. And you probably won’t want to pay the bill for this meal that you didn’t even want. Yet, there you are ordering something so vague that when it arrives, it’s nothing like you expected or wanted.
That’s exactly how life can unfold. Unless you carve out the time to create, to refine, to ask for exactly what you want in all areas of life, chances are that what shows up may be ok, it may even be great. But it won’t be what you want or what you are working to create.
SO WHAT DOES SELF-CARE HAVE TO DO WITH MANIFESTING ABUNDANCE?
Well, there is a key element to getting clear on what abundance looks like for you. This missing piece is the feeling and the knowing that you are worthyof receiving what you want and what you dream of in life.
This is where self-care comes in.
By creating sacred space for yourself and implementing self-care habits into your life, you teach yourself and the world around you that you are worthy of time, attention and love. When you begin to take self-care seriously and create a self-care lifestyle that more often puts your needs at the top of your list, you are sending a message to those around you that you are valuable, worthy and ready to receive.
If self-care is something you know you need, don’t wait for the right time or to have enough money. You can begin taking care of yourself right now with small daily habits like stillness, writing, reading or getting yourself a beautiful journal. These small acts of self-love will grow and bloom into a knowing that you are worthy of your dreams.
A FINAL NOTE ON ABUNDANCE
In order to really tap into the flow of abundance, it’s important to practice recognizing the abundance that is already present in your life. Learning to appreciate, acknowledge and welcome all that you already have is the secret sauce to activating more of it.
I invite you to do this right now:
Grab a pen and paper and make a list of 100 things that you are grateful for in your life RIGHT NOW. It may be slow going at first, but I guarantee that if you keep going, starting with identifying the smallest things in your life that you are thankful for, by the time you get to 100, you will realize that you are in fact already in the flow of abundance. The only thing left to do is to say ‘Thank you, more please.'
In gratitude and abundance,Elena Lipson, Your Divine Self-Care Mentor
Elena Lipson is a kick-ass Self-Care Mentor & Strategist who helps budding women entrepreneurs take care of their most important asset: Themselves! Women work so hard in their businesses and in their lives as mothers, friends, wives, etc. But what is it all worth if they are too tired, sick and stressed-out to enjoy it? That’s the focus of Elena’s programs & retreats. Elena’s passion is to help tune the mind, body & spirit of women entrepreneurs into income, balance & inspiration. That’s how Elena kicks-ass.