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The Supplement to Self-Care

When I’m experiencing challenges, I always find it hard to focus on self-care. It shows in my hair, my weight, and my eating habits in particular. While I do believe that self-care is extremely important and must be made a priority, it’s often far easier to speak about it and suggest it than it is to actually practice it. What I have found helpful when my motivation for self-sustenance wanes has been the care of my community. Whether it has been a safe space to vent or laugh, a workout buddy to motivate me to get moving, or a non-judgmental listening ear, my community has always been there for me when I was not able to be there for myself. Curating a community of care is an essential component of our personal and professional growth. You do not have to do it all alone. Here are a few strategies to consider as you build or grow your success support group. Mastermind Group. My mastermind group consists of a mindset coach (me), a therapist, a clarity coach, and an operations coach. We've met every Thursday morning at 7:30 am via phone for almost two years now. Even though we live in different cities and states, we intentionally inspire and challenge one other to grow personally and professionally. We start each call by taking turns sharing our wins, then we discuss topics that range from online marketing to relationships. It doesn’t have to “get lonely at the top” if you carefully select and commit to a like-minded community of care. Accountability Partner. Over the years my accountability buddy and I have checked in regularly about our personal and professional projects and goals. Now we’ve shifted to holding one another accountable for improving our health. As much as I love and know the importance of physical fitness, I have waves where I don’t feel motivated to do anything. I’m in the midst of one of those seasons now. Despite how I feel, I still trudge down to the treadmill every weekday morning at 7:30 am and either initiate or respond to the text that we send to let each other know that we have both started our walking or running workouts. Soul Tribe. This started off as the name of my group coaching program, but it has become so much more based on what the members have created and cultivated. I’ve watched this group leverage one another’s talents and strengths to build their businesses and meet their needs for social and emotional support. Their connection started with the shared experience of being in a coaching space together, but they’ve given it life far beyond that. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but as adults, we need our village just the same. This week I challenge you to tap into community care as a supplement to your self-care. Ask for help. Schedule time to connect (via phone if you are Zoomed out) with a trusted person or group for personal or professional support, or simply for fun. You don’t have to do it all alone. Your community is waiting to embrace you. Manifestation Affirmations I am supported by a community of care. I am surrounded by generous and loving souls. I am protected by my village.

Master Your Mindset to Manifest a Life You Love. Most Sincerely, Monica Marie Jones Your Soul Journey Guide

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