Become Obsessed with Yourself (Part 1)

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When I tell people I have been obsessed with myself, they always chuckle. I imagine they thought I would say something else, like maybe I’ve been obsessed with a new song, the latest political scandal, or some sort of meaningless pieces of arbitrary gossip. Their chuckles make me wonder –– what or who else am I supposed to be obsessed with, and why aren’t we all this obsessed with ourselves? Granted, I don’t have small children, and my career and personal life are on track, so maybe this is a concept that stands as a reward for getting your shit together. Or, maybe, just maybe, being obsessed with yourself is exactly what it takes in order to get your shit together! Let’s explore.

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Get Obsessed with Your Career

It’s unsettling to watch people working jobs that have absolutely nothing to do with their passion, purpose, or life’s work. I hate it that people work just for money, that they get into traffic every morning and commute for hours, just to sit at a desk and help make someone else’s dream come true, while completely ignoring theirs. Working for someone else isn’t the problem –- working in a field that doesn’t connect with your passion is the problem. If this sounds like you, you need to get obsessed with your career. Decipher your passion, let it lead to your purpose, and that’s where you’ll find your life’s work.

The truth is that when we do what we love, it doesn’t feel like work at all –– because it isn’t! It’s the fulfilment of our purpose and the manifestation of the person we want to become! So, put yourself into alignment. Imagine yourself inside the life you want to live, and then, reverse engineer a plan on how to get there, starting with your passion.

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Get Obsessed with Your Money

Everyday, you should be aware of your money –– how much is in your checking and savings accounts, how much you owe for your monthly bills and credit cards. All your bills should be listed on your electronic calendar, so you can see what needs to be paid, or will be automatically deducted from your account, with alerts set to remind you of each.

Your credit cards should have no more than 30% of their balances used, with 10% being ideal. Never pay minimums when paying down 0% interest, special financing purchases, and never let other credit balances carry. Call your credit card company, find out when they report to the credit bureaus (usually 2-3 days after your bill is due) and be sure to pay your cards off or down to atleast 30% before that time.

Automatically save atleast $25 each week, and have it transferred to a bank other than the o]ne you use everyday, preferably a credit union account. And speaking of credit unions, be sure to join one to help you build credit with loans and credit cards. Also, be sure to take advantage of their low rates on home and auto insurance.

Be sure to use programs like Honey to save money when shopping online, as well as to earn cash back. Download store apps and use their coupons every time you shop (CVS and grocery store apps, for instance). Call your utility providers and search for discounts and bundles every few months. Get obsessed with your financial health, keep your attitude light around money; never be nervous about it. Spend what you need to spend, save everything you can!

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Get Obsessed with Your Skin

Career on track. Money right. Now, let’s luxuriate! Give yourself a mini facial everyday. Take the time to pamper your skin in the morning, when you first wake up, and at night, just before bed. At the end of of the day, take off that icky makeup with a facial oil (avocado or almond, for instance) and a steaming washcloth. Follow-up with a gentle, natural, and organic cleanser, to make sure your face and neck are completely clean. Then, take care of your face with a natural toner, serum, and moisturizing cream with a few drops of facial oil. Repeat this routine when you wake up, and be sure to drink about 12 ounces of water first thing in the morning, as well. This revives your organs after a long night’s sleep, and hydrates skin.

Speaking of moisture, don’t forget about your hands, elbows, knees, and feet. Moisturize each with an all-natural, organic balm, or thick cream and oils. Do this in the morning and at night. Everyday, use exfoliating gloves on the shower; these will remove dead skin, which accumulates every single day. Dead skin traps oils and dirt, and leaves an icky gray film on the skin. If you aren’t using exfoliating gloves instead of a washcloth, you’re not getting clean! get obsessed with having healthy, beautiful, glowing, and healthy skin. Pamper yourself a little bit everyday.

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Get Obsessed with Your Health and Fitness

There’s no way around it; being physically fit and healthy is the only way to be. There are just too many health issues associated with eating unhealthily, not working out, and continuing bad habits like smoking, vaping, or excessive drinking. The time has come for you to drink 2 to 4 liters of water every single day, get a full 8 hours of sleep each night, eat smaller portions, take your supplements, and hit a 30-minute workout 5 days a week. Get obsessed with your body, inside and out.

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These are just a few of the things I have been obsessed with, lately. And even though these are practices I have been doing for many years, they are now major obsessions. I am doing more research on each topic, and trying new products and apps to help maximize my experiences. And there’s more –– hair, nails, teeth, cosmetics, eyebrows, wardrobe, perfumes, underwear, medical grade beauty treatments –– I have been obsessing over all of it. So, expect more on the topic of self-obsession.

Thus far, being so acutely focused on repairing and restoring myself has been wonderful! Like most women, I often find myself falling into a rut, wearing the same yoga pants several times a week, keeping my hair in a greasy bun, choosing glasses over contacts, running errands, taking care of my family, and working on an endless loop. Well, I’ve had enough.

Last month, I turned 41. This is the beginning of the 2nd half of my life, and I plan on living it to the fullest, looking and feeling my best!

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