SELF CARE: My process is to push through and power on no matter what. Until my body breaks down and a doctor gives me ‘permission’ to cocoon myself and recover. Then I start the process all over again. Spend myself, crash, recover. This time it’s different. This time it was up to me to give myself the permission to observe my limits. I could hear my body say “Really? Are you going to wait until I have to put you to bed AGAIN on doctor’s orders before you start choosing your own well-being?” I’ve always assumed that self care is a time to withdraw from everything and get better. But I’m starting to understand that it’s about staying engaged and learning how to show up differently.