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The Self-Care Challenge


As a new mom, it’s difficult to make myself a priority. So many people needing something from me, depending on me, and wanting me to do something (as in, NOW mom!). Well, needless to say I’ve been feeling drained but didn’t know how to fix it and then I read this article that a friend had shared on Facebook. It’s about a three step Self-Care Challenge.

The first step is to “Practice” by asking yourself what can you do to take care of YOU and why you don’t. The next is to “Reflect” on your answer. The third is to “Share” what you learned. So, I’m writing this blog to check off that last part, but let me tell you about my journey with the first two…

My answer was that I feel guilty when I take time away from my family and need to take a “time out” for me. The article literally came back with an answer that spoke to me, saying “What if I treated yourself more like a valued resource and less like old TV you’ve got to bang around to make it work?” That’s exactly what I’ve been doing… explains why my brain has been feeling a little static-y lately! haha!

The article encourages you to find four to six specific things that you can do to take better care of yourself. Mine are to sleep, exercise, outsource a couple of my household duties (like using Kroger ClickList do to my grocery shopping!) and last but not least, I want a monthly massage. Just an hour away from the world, no phones, no cleaning up messes, and no melt-downs. Having the stress literally melt away from my knotted up, tired, tense muscles. Ahhhh…

It’s easy to lose track of time and forget if you got a massage that month or not. Or make an excuse about not having time. Or start letting the guilt creep back in that you should be using that money for something else. I pass by a Massage Envy every time I’m on my way home, and I know they have monthly memberships where you get a monthly massage for a discounted rate. You can also get discounted and free massage/other spa services if you want to get extras for others.

That’s PERFECT for me because I run a business and use things like this for staff incentives, reader giveaways, and client gifts. It’s also great for things like Mother’s Day gifts because no matter where mom my mom is (she loves to travel now that she’s retired) there’s probably a Massage Envy.

More importantly, it’s perfect for me because it puts ME on my own calendar. Through this Self-Care Challenge, I learned that I just needed to find the specific things that made me feel better and more balanced. I kept filling my schedule and time with things that needed me, but didn’t listen to what I needed. Just this one little getaway a month helps me to stop that cycle. Instead of banging around that old TV, I’m getting it tuned up, and I’ve honestly never felt better. Highly recommended!

I encourage you to check out the article and share your self-care story, too!

Product Review: Massage Envy

I agreed to be one of the dancers in this year’s “Dancing for the Stars” which benefits the Cincinnati Arts Association’s Overture Awards (click here to read the write-up about it on Cincinnati.com). I haven’t really danced since my high school cheerleader days ….or my Elaine from Seinfeld-esque dancing at weddings! haha! But it’s a great cause AND the perfect opportunity to get in great shape! I’ve been going to dance lessons twice a week, and I promised myself to do cardio and weight lifting three times a week so I fit into the fab dress I’m designing with Amy Kirchen. Needless to say, I’ve been waking up tired and achy…muscles I didn’t even know I had are super sore!

I decided that I’d reward myself with a monthly massage if I kept up with the routine. I figured it would help with the aches and would also be motivation to keep up the workouts!

One of our new clients at Cincy Chic is Massage Envy, and the PR rep I work with there had just been emailing me about their new products and add-ons (for example, you can add-on aromatherapy, or upgrade to deep tissue). They are also based on a membership system, so you get a monthly massage (you can use them another month or give them away if you don’t use them each month), and that brings down your per-massage price, which is perfect for my new monthly massage promise to myself!

So, I decided to try it out and book an hour massage with deep tissue upgrade and I also added on one of their Enzyme Acne facials. I had a few break-outs I needed to have calmed down before all our events this week! (we have three fashion shows this week, and I didn’t want my breakouts to take away attention from my new shoes! haha!)

Let me just tell you, this was the most relaxing two hours of my life. My body felt like jelly afterward, and my face STILL feels like a baby’s bottom four days later! I got the massage first (Linda Kantor LMT was my massage therapist, by the way, she was awesome). She broke up all those knots, and eased all the tension I was holding in my poor sore muscles. I also got the aromatherapy – I’m such a sucker for ANYTHING lavender – which just sent me to la-la-land. So relaxing, but it wasn’t just a froo-froo massage. I definitely felt more limber and less tense after the massage.

Then, after the massage I got my facial, which was perfect because they did everything in the same room and I didn’t have to move one little pampered muscle! Missy Smith was my esthetician. She was amazing. Very knowledgeable about the products (I have really sensitive skin, so I was asking which product did what, and what was in each, if they reacted like previous products I’ve had a reaction to, etc). They use Murad products which I had heard of before, but never used before. Now, it’s been several days since my facial and I’ve been using some of the sample lotions they gave me, and I’m definitely going back for more. I don’t know if it’s because it’s winter and I just keep caking on lotions to keep my skin from flaking, but this facial felt like it sloughed off a bunch of junk and my pores are finally able to breathe. And the lotion is keeping my skin hydrated without it feeling weighed down, which is always good so I don’t start that caking-on downward spiral again!

So, long story short, I wanted to let you know about my experience at Massage Envy (I went to the one in Kenwood – right across from Nordstrom). I give the whole experience – from the products to the people – an A+ and will definitely be back again. And from the looks of the choreography my dance instructor just sent over, I’m going to need it!

By the way, Dancing for the Stars tickets are available for patrons ($100), corporate tables ($1,000) and the front-row “celebrity circle” tables ($1,500) from the Aronoff Center ticket office Downtown, 513-977-4104, or www.CincinnatiArts.org. I need lots of loud people in my cheering section! 🙂