“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” ~Aristotle
I am a self-care junkie. For me and countless others out there self-care is a ritual. I write about it. I talk about it in my coaching practice. In fact, it would be fair to say, self-care is a non-negotiable. Lately self-care seems to be taking on a whole new meaning. If I were to be honest, I would say it has something to do with turning 50.
When did 50 get here? I always knew it would come, I was painfully aware it was closer than ever on my 49th birthday last year. My last year in my forties. Now I am in my last few days of my forties and change is on the horizon.
I recently became diagnosed with some minor health related issues. Nothing too terrible, it does mean that I have to take better care of myself. I knew it was coming, after all I had dodged those proverbial bullets for a long time. It only made sense that my body would decide to show modest changes now. As my body changes so does my self-care tool box.
My self-care tool box now contains a myriad of supplements to keep me in optimal health. The ingredients for my detox bath are in industrial sized containers from a warehouse store. I now keep several bottles of lavender oil in the “medicine” cabinet. I would hate to run out.
There are other changes to the rituals as well.
Meditation feels more meaningful. The undeniable connection to the Universe feels stronger. Journaling takes a little longer as I consider the next half of my life. Time with family and friends is more valuable. Yoga has become another non-negotiable, it fills my soul and strengthens my body.
Maybe I haven’t changed my self-care regimen, perhaps it has simply grown more meaningful over the last several months. It may sound trite, however, I think there is a new wisdom with 50. At least there is for me. I feel calmer, I feel more at peace. I am even beginning to feel more comfortable in my own skin. What a beautiful place to reside. I like living here, it feels good.
We all strive to find that place inside of us, the one that makes us feel like we are home. I think I have found it. It wasn’t without its growing pains. The road to 50 has been an interesting one. Still, we never stop growing, learning. The journey continues, it never really stops does it? 50 is a milestone. I’m embracing it every step of the way, with grace and dignity; and little self-care never hurts. Besides now I can say,
I am 50 and fabulous!
Caren Schmidt is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Life Strategist with a passion for helping women achieve a joyful life. A spiritual seeker who describes herself as “a late bloomer”, having only discovered her spiritual self in the last ten years. Caren practices a holistic approach with a focus on the mind-body connection; and believes everyone should make self care a priority.
Born and raised in Texas, Caren describes herself as a non-traditionalist. Learning her own core values at a young age and then taking them with her along her journey has made her who she is today. Caren always knew she wanted to be a writer, writing short stories and poetry since high school. She shelved her dream when she entered the workforce. Since then, Caren has written several blogs and is working on her book, You Have Such a Pretty Face…..If You’d Just Lose the Weight.
She is a supporter of the empowerment of women, working with them to find their own voice and teaching them to step into their higher self. Caren focuses on body image coaching and life strategies. Her background in wellness is always at the foundation of her coaching. Caren believes that when you nourish your body, you nourish your mind.
Caren lives in Arizona with her Rat Terrier, Harley. Her desert lifestyle is a far cry from the concrete jungle of San Francisco, the most recent place she called home. She is learning to navigate the suburban lifestyle with her city mentality. After all, Caren believes, it’s just part of the journey….