Tell Us: What’s Your Advice to Yourself?

new_year_party-mdAs I reflect, I think of 2013 as the year of the ups and downs. I had huge tumbles, taking really big falls. And, then I had huge highs, enjoying amazing moments.

With reflection comes lessons learned and a hope for better. In 2014, I want to achieve a more even stride. My advice to myself to hit that steady pace is: Put your needs first because that’s the only way you can be truly available to meet others’ needs. When you hide or minimize or overlook your needs, you step off the cliff. And, most important, you will enjoy your day much more when you understand what you need and then, without shame or reservation, simply go for it.

How would you recap your 2013? And, what advice would you like to give yourself in order to make the most of 2014? Tell us in our comments section, below.

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About Denise Brown

I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues. I've written several caregiving books, including "The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey," "Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers" and "After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again." You can purchase my books and schedule a coaching call with me in our store.

4 thoughts on “Tell Us: What’s Your Advice to Yourself?

  1. Avatar of Gail KrollGail Kroll

    My resolve is to not try to save everyone else. Try to save myself. I can mature and be true to my Mom and me the best if I only worry about us first right now. Let go of the issues my two sisters have taken on. They will only cause me grief.

  2. Avatar of PegiPegi

    For 2014 ad infinitum, do not put off fun things, enjoyable outings together. You may not get another chance. Do and go while you can. Once hubby is back to whatever new normal we end up with that’s what we will do. There will be no more “maybe tomorrow, I don’t feel like it” or if within reason “we really shouldn’t spend that money right now”. We will do we will go, and heaven help my bookkeepers brain we will spend.


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