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The GLOWrious Effect

What does being GLOWrious mean to me?

It means a lot of things, but the one thing it means to me at this point in my life is self-care.  As in taking care of myself before I take care of others.  Not saying that my family and my kids don’t come before me (believe me, I make sure our lives are in order and everyone is taken care of lol!).

While some may have strong opinions about self-care or may feel that some of the things in this post come across as selfish, I’m a strong believer that if I take care of myself, it means the relationships I cherish the most in my life will be healthy, positive and fulfilling because I feel healthy, positive and fulfilled.

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How I stay GLOWrious:

never neglect yourself 

I made a conscious promise to myself that no matter what happens once my kids entered my life, I would never neglect myself.  This means taking uninterrupted showers once a day, doing my hair and my makeup in the mornings, and scheduling regular beauty maintenance appointments (a girl’s gotta look good!).  Now, I’m not going to lie – the showers and getting myself ready happen on a daily basis, but the beauty appointments?  They do get pushed onto the back burner if life gets too busy!

                                                                                                                         spend time with your partner

A healthy relationship with your partner or significant other will do wonders for your surrounding relationships.  My husband and I have always showed affection in front of our children, we always converse with a very sarcastic sense of humour (something the kids definitely picked up on), we laugh 1,000 times a day and we (sometimes reluctantly) talk about the trials and tribulations of our lives.  You know, the things we’re ashamed of and things we want to change to personally better ourselves and our relationship.  Marriage, and relationships in general, take a lot of work!

I often complain about how tired I am and my 18 year old step-daughter told me it was because I don’t got to bed early enough because I watch tv with my husband until late.  She’s probably right, but here’s the thing:  it’s our thing.  An hour or two of alone time after the kids go to bed is healthy for us to wind down, de-stress, cuddle on the couch while binge watching The Crown, and reflecting on the day and the world around us.  It may look silly or boring to the kids, but they’ll be eating their words one day when they get to where we are!

feed your soul

I’m not sure about you, but I feel like I literally grew up on burgers, frozen food and pre-packaged foods.  It’s definitely a North American thing, but it’s not a thing in our household.  I live for home cooked meals and it’s probably because of the influence from hubby and my mother-in-law.  The fact that you know what you’re putting in your food is gold.  And it makes you feel good!  I love experimenting with foods from different cultures and incorporating the dishes in our home, but I don’t love cooking (isn’t that the way it always is?!).  Luckily, we have some balance in the kitchen where hubby will cook a majority of the time (blessed!).  So, it’s basically a fair 70/30 split and I win, haha!

                                                                beauty sleep

I’d feel more GLOWrious every day if I actually got more than 4-5 hours of sleep a night.  I know that.  So, it’s my ongoing goal to go to bed a bit earlier, manage my time better and get that beauty sleep!

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So now you know how I stay GLOWrious each and every day!  It’s always a work in progress and is never as simple as it sounds.  I have to constantly work at these aspects of my life and remind myself that consistency really is key.  After all, if you’re happy and glowing on the inside, you can bet you’ll see that contagious GLOWrious glow come out on the outside!

What Does GLOWrious Mean to YOU?

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Disclosure:  This is not a sponsored post, but I did receive an #iamGLOWrious tee from Project Skin MD with the intention of fully supporting their GLOWrious cause.  The opinions and views in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinion or views of Project Skin MD and/or their affiliates.

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