Kind Kindred : Jo Anna Rothman

Kind Kindred

Happiest of Mondays to you! This week Amanda & I would like to introduce you to the newest member of our soul tribe, Jo Anna Rothman. She has such a sweet heart & a really fun message, we hope you enjoy her post as much as we did! Peace to you, in abundance. – Jenn

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Few years ago, I decided that I needed to be kinder to myself. So I set off on a process to designed to treat myself well. I started giving myself a present every day. I love presents. I have promised myself that I would never gripe about getting older if it meant I could have birthdays and therefore get presents. A bit of me wanted to make everyday like my birthday. And more of me wanted to take greater responsibility for my life; for my experience of joy and happiness. When I got presents from other people, it felt like I was being taken care of. I reasoned that if I gave myself presents, then I would be caring for me.

I committed to a month of giving myself a present every day. I did not buy myself a present every day. In fact, I rarely spent any extra money at all. I made a list of things things and activities that I loved. I made sure these were things that I truly enjoyed and not things I thought I should do in order to take care of myself. I wrote down things like taking a long hot shower, putting on yummy lotion and taking a drive through the canyons. I did not include things like clean my house, because even though I enjoy the end product the actual action does not thrill me. Everyday, I made sure I did at least one nice thing for myself. Everyday, I made sure that I knew that I loved and valued myself.

After a month, something had shifted. I realized how easy it was to be kind to myself. There were so many things that I had been doing that were going unacknowledged. Just by noticing, they became presents. Every time I hit the snooze alarm, every time I make myself a meal, every time I buy myself something pretty, I acknowledge myself for taking care of myself. I revel in the gift I have just given and received. It’s been over 5 years now, and I can’t even remember the last time a day went by without at least one gift from myself.

So I dare you to start giving yourself presents. For the first few days, don’t even do anything new. Just start looking for the things you do already that get taken for granted. Acknowledge how good it feels when you take time to stretch in the morning or when you allow yourself to eat a yummy meal. Begin thinking about the little things that you can do for yourself that nurture your body, your mind, your emotions and your soul. Notice the difference between what you think you should want and things you actually do want. Listen to all the parts of yourself and see what presents they want. Make it a game. And have fun!

Jo Anna Rothman, MA is inspired and wants you to be too!  She specializes in assisting people in releasing the blocks that hold them back from consciously creating the life of their dreams and remembering their divine, joy-filled selves.  She is an experienced counselor, intuitive guide, energy healer and bodyworker. Check out her blog or find her on Twitter!


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