When I was in my 20’s, I lived much of my life for myself. I didn’t have anyone else to care for and was able to experience life as I saw fit. I took a few classes at the local university, tended bar at a popular club and hung out with my friends. I was having a ton of fun and put little thought into the years to come. Once I married and had a baby, I shifted my priorities. I got a day job, stopped going to the club and hung out with my family more and with my friends less. I was so busy raising my kids and being a homemaker, the next 15 years went flying by me. When I took the time to review my life, I saw I was not living my life to the fullest. I was living my life for my family, but not so much for myself. But isn’t that what a stay at home mom was supposed to do?
My job was to look after my family and my home, right? But the reality was, the more I cared for my family, the less I cared for myself. I had stopped eating properly, exercising, meditating, reading, listening to music and so many things I enjoyed doing. What my family was actually getting was an overweight, overworked, tired and resentful woman. When I received a pre-diabetes diagnosis from my doctor, I knew I needed to make some big changes or my family was not going to have me at all! When I took the Abbott “LIFE. TO THE FULLEST.” Quiz, I began to do some self-examining. So, I was able to explore what my #fullosophy was.
What is #fullosophy? Well, it’s your own unique way of living that gets you to your most fulfilled life. This would mean living your joyfullest, your peacefullest, your hopefullest or even your healhfullest. So basically, you need to ask yourself, what is at the heart of who you really are, and what can you do to become your best possible self? How we get to that place is different for each of us. For me, it means taking time to live my life to my healhfullest, so me and my family get me at my complete full self. This quest is going to look different for each of us. For me, it means changing my diet, joining the gym and actually going.
It means taking time out just for Kelly to do the things that I enjoy doing. I realized when I meditate, color in an adult coloring book or put on my favorite music, I am not being selfish. I am actually doing the opposite. When I take time for me, my family gets a more complete me and so do I! What that will result in is a woman who is more present for herself as well as her family. That is MY #fullosophy! What is YOURS? It’s time to take a stand and declare your #fullosophy! So head over to the Abbott website and take the Abbott “LIFE. TO THE FULLEST.” Quiz.
While you are at the Abbott site, be sure to see their great videos, articles and fun facts. What is most important for the folks at Abbott is they help you live fully and strive to be a happier, healthier version of yourself. This commitment is characterized in the belief that good health (in fact, the best health possible) is absolutely key to achieving your goals, constantly looking for ways to maximize your life, the lives of those around you, and the broader community and just being extraordinary in all that you do!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
What can you do to live your life more fully?