A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of going to the Chi Spa at the Shangri-la Hotel here in Vancouver. I got to spend the day with my mom and sister, blissed out and relaxed.
The experience was amazing. The spa is beautiful and the service was impeccable. The receptionist even noticed we all had different addresses, and realized this must be a special occasion (it was!). To help us celebrate, she surprised us with a delicious chocolate cake and bottle of champagne – on the house! Now THAT is customer service. And if you’re ever in Vancouver, I highly recommend Chi Spa.
If you can believe it, the experience goes beyond champagne and chocolate cake.
I want to tell you the biggest thing I got out of my day at the spa (beyond relaxation, quality time with family, bliss, champs and cake).
For the spa day, I booked myself a facial. And I went into my facial frustrated with my skin.
To be honest, lately my skin has been acting up. I’ve had more zits than usual.
And as I’m now in my 30’s, to me, I see more and more fine lines. How the heck am I supposed to deal with acne AND lines?!
Needless to say, I was annoyed with my skin.
Almost immediately, my facialist started stroking my skin. She gently touched my skin and told me “your skin is so beautiful!”
I looked at her like she was blind.
“What? My skin? No. No. My skin is awful. I have acne. Sun damage. Fine lines. Wrinkles. Look – see this here? Not beautiful.”
She looked at me like I was crazy.
And she said something incredibly profound.
She asked me “how do you expect your skin to be more beautiful if that’s what you say to it?”
Insert mic drop here.
Uhh… that was a freakin’ good question.
How could I expect my skin to be beautiful and happy if I treated my skin like it was disgusting and embarrassing?
Through-out my facial, she gave my skin a lot of hands-on attention and love. At one point, she even said "I love you" to my skin.
Initially this might sound silly. Maybe weird.
But it felt amazing. I could literally feel my skin glowing in her hands. And it was about way more than just the product.
In my facial I was reminded of one of life’s truest rules: We get back what we put into the world.
When we tell our skin we hate it, it hates us back.
When we tell ourselves we aren't good enough, we will never be good enough. And then we wonder why we lack motivation, passion and inspiration.
When we tell ourselves we aren’t smart enough, our brain starts turning off. We don’t learn as effectively. We can’t possibly grow as much as we deserve to.
I haven't even realized how awful the things I was saying to myself were. Sometimes it takes a mirror (real or literal) to see our true selves.
This is your mirror.
I know I’m not the only one who’s hard on myself. I’m not the only one whoforgets to give self-love. I’m not the only one who has wonderful words for all those around me… and none for myself.
This is your wakeup!
I challenge you to listen deep to yourself. Listen to what you are telling yourself and what messages you are giving your amazing self.
Keep your words loving. Keep your words kind. Keep your words uplifting.
Start telling yourself:
I am smart
I am beautiful
I am worthy
I got this
I can totally do this
I'm gonna crush this
I'm a goal-getter
I'm unlocking my potential!
This week, say these mantras every day. Add to them. Make them your own. Say what it is you know to be true about yourself (the really, really good stuff you know makes you incredible).
Say these mantras in the morning. Before a tough meeting. At bedtime. Whenever works for you. And don't forget them.
Set a reminder in your calendar for each evening. Set an alarm for lunch time mantras. Put a post-it note on your mirror to see each morning.
Just do it. Every day. However works for you.
Because you are beautiful. Amazing. Worthy. Smart. And just like this challenge, whatever comes your way, I know, you got this.
Positive in. Positive out.
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