Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Day 15 of Self Care - She Splendid With Kimberly Conrad



Going to be working late tonight but I’m taking a break for some laugh therapy! I bought a few seasons of I love Lucy on DVD after I had shoulder surgery in 2017, and I have to say it was the best therapy!! My mom was here caring for me, and we laughed ourselves silly. Laughter really is the best medicine..... second to grandbabies that is.

You Deserve Compassion and Love - She Splendid With Kimberly Conrad


GOOD MORNING! If you are on the east coast, it's already noon. Can you believe....I slept in AGAIN? This exercise in listening closely to body has been pretty enlightening. Two very long nights of sleep now. I think I'm going to continue to not set the alarm for a few more days, just to see what happens! Normally my coaching calls begin early, but due to Hubby's recent surgery, I had scheduled myself very lightly this week just in case, and it turned out to be exactly what my body needed. I am curious, is there anyone out there who as a regular practice, sleeps until your body wakes you, or does everyone set an alarm?

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Compassion - She Splendid With Kimberly Conrad



This is so true. Why is it that we are able to show compassion and mercy to others, but are so very hard on and unforgiving of ourselves? It can only be due to a lack of self love. Some women are aware of their lack of self-love, and others think they love themselves, but their self talk says otherwise. If you are constantly berating and criticizing yourself, there is work to be done. If you care for yourself last, after everyone else has been served and there is no time or energy left for yourself, there is work to be done. Self love is a lifetime work in progress, but the first step is being aware there is work to be done:)

Day 14 of Self Care - She Splendid With Kimberly Conrad


I chose not to set my alarm last night, and slept until 11:00 this morning, which means I got a record ten hours of sleep. I just thought I would let my body decide. In addition, I had a one hour phone call tonight with a dear friend, that nurtured my heart, and spirit! So two things from my list in one day!:)

Monday, April 8, 2019

Happiness - She Splendid With Kimberly Conrad

Day 13 of Self Care - She Splendid With Kimberly Conrad



Hi Ladies:) Well, I am still fighting this nasty spring cold, so my self care today was a nap in the middle of my work day. I am not getting very far down the list of special things I'd like to do for myself, so I may have to take my challenge past 30 days to get them all in!!:) Isn't this bed yummy? It reminds me of a place I stayed in Italy....fancier, but the same feel. Image credit-https://freshome.com

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Day 12 of Self Care - Miracles - She Splendid With Kimberly Conrad



Hi Ladies. Happy Sunday! Yoga, meditation and journaling were at the top of my self-care goals today. As the day progressed and my chore list grew, I resigned myself to the fact that none of those things would likely happen.

Out of the blue, a phrase for my book popped into my mind and I decided to stop and take just a moment to write it down. ( a book I shelved a couple of months ago, deciding it just wasn't the time.) Three hours later, I had the outline PLUS of 6 chapters, along with more than the bones of a new course.

I don't know how many of you are writers, but this used to happen to me all of the time when writing. It's almost like an out of body experience, where something just clicks and suddenly you're watching yourself confidently write at lightening speed as the words are divinely downloaded.

 I'm sick, tired, my houseguest just left this morning, and hubby is home recovering from heart surgery. This was NOT a writing day....and yet.... IT TOTALLY WAS!!

 And......I was so Jazzed after that, I managed both yoga and meditation! I am so happy that I followed that little voice. I know you have all had similar experiences, where you followed an unexpected whisper, and something miraculous happened.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Day Eleven of Self Care - She Splendid With Kimberly Conrad


Today I did not exercise, I am still a bit sick, BUT I ate amazingly well, AND did some shopping for new workout clothes and tennies!!:) Hubby's recovery from Wednesday's surgery is on track. I knew he needed some time to himself, and I needed to get out of the house:)

Friday, April 5, 2019

Day Ten of Self-Care - She Splendid With Kimberly Conrad

I think I picked up a little something at the hospital on Wednesday......so my self-care today was multiple doses of Emergen-C and a couple of work breaks for short naps. I guess this counts!!:):):

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Day Nine of Self Care - She Splendid With Kimberly Conrad



Hubby is home from the hospital and watching hockey with my visiting son. I have been upstairs in my big leather chair....sitting in the the dark just breathing. Now I am going to do some yoga. My favorite pose is feet on the wall...it is what I finish with- because after it, I just want to go to sleep:):) Photo credit www.beyogi.com 

Day 8 was surgery day, I did not do any self care, so I am 7 of out of nine right now:)

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Many Thanks - She Splendid With Kimberly Conrad




Hi Everyone! Thank you so very much for all of the calls and texts and emails this morning. Hubby is out of surgery and heading to recovery. The surgeon said the problem was actually in the right atrium as opposed to the left where all of his other surgeries have been- so apparently that is really good news and he says the chances of the work he did in there holding are 95%! So as long as all continues to go well he will get to come home tomorrow evening:) Thank you again for all of the love and prayers!

Solitude - She Splendid With Kimberly Conrad

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Day Seven of Self Care - She Splendid With Kimberly Conrad


Day Seven of Self Care- Today was an extra long day with the grandbabies, and tomorrow is hubby's heart surgery, so I am going to take a hot bath and be hopefully sound asleep by 9:00 p.m. Yesterday, Day Six, I did not do anything nurturing for myself, other than drink my green juice, so I guess I am 6 for 7 on this 30 day Challenge:):) Image Credit www.drweil.com

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Day Five of Self Care- Green Juice - She Splendid With Kimberly Conrad



This morning I got up and made myself two-three days worth of green juice and put it in glass jars in the fridge. I love juicing, but hate cleaning the juicer...thus the 2-3-days worth:) I made apple, celery, lemon this time. Photo credit lowcardiet.com

Give the Best of You - She Splendid With Kimberly Conrad

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Day Four of Self Care - She Splendid With Kimberly Conrad



Truthfully, I did not do any of the self care things I had thought to do today. I worked hard all day, and am actually still woking, however, if this counts, I did take the time out to order myself this lovely handbag with my Valentine money from my guy. Actually....not true.....I just remembered, I slept in until 11:00 a.m. this morning, which is unheard of for me. I guess that counts as self care:)

Friday, March 29, 2019

Day Three of Self Care - She Splendid With Kimberly Conrad



This morning was my regular manicure, face wax...... ( like...almost my whole face these days) and pedicure appointment, but I gave myself the extra time for the Paraffin Wax treatment on my feet. Usually I am in too much of a hurry. Just a little thing, but it felt so good, and meant extra time in the massage chair as well. These are not my feet:)

 Photo credit to livestrong.com

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Day 2 of Self Care - She Splendid With Kimberly Conrad


Today, around work, I got in my big leather chair three different times, and listened to uplifting podcasts and videos. Not business podcasts, not motivational ( get your rear out there and do it podcasts) just feel good podcasts:)

Thank You - She Splendid With Kimberly Conrad



Thank you for your sweet words and support sent after yesterday's post!
Apparently when you schedule time to cry.....it does not happen. As planned, I lit the candles, laid in the tub, played the moody music, but all of those tears I have been holding back went into hiding! I find this really annoying, because that means they will rear their little heads at the most inconvenient of times!!!! So.....what is your self care go-to?

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Self Care Challenge Day 1 - She Splendid With Kimberly Conrad



Hi Ladies.........sooooooo........remember a few months back when I began my fourth 30 day challenge? This one was regarding health and fitness. I think I shared for about two weeks, then the poop hit the fan around here and I fell off. It was the first 30 challenge I did not see through.

Then came the holidays, then I had some very tough business deadlines to meet....blah, blah, blah. So, when the most recent business deadline was met I said "Yay- now I can restart my 30 day challenge". 

Then..........hubby's most recent heart procedure failed, and we found out he will be having yet another heart surgery on April 3rd. So then I said to myself "okay, let me just get through this next surgery, and all that entails...(working 2-3 weeks ahead in my job, getting caught up in the house, the things I need to have in place to make this time run more smoothly)etc, then after that I can restart the challenge."

Well ladies, that is just not going to work. If any of you have had an ill spouse, parent or child, then I know you can relate. I love my sweetheart dearly. Having said that, the truth is, we are starting year 15 of his ongoing health issues (heart, cancer, heart again) More than ever, I need self care.

 So, instead of restarting the health and fitness challenge, I am going to start the 30 day self care challenge, RIGHT NOW, TONIGHT. I am not complaining, and I want this to be a forum where we share and build each other up, but I would just like to know someone can relate. And if you are in a similar situation, I want you to know that I can relate. I know I am not alone in this. Is there anyone at all who is able to just say "I've been there"? The emotional rollercoaster is exhausting. I am a life coach for heaven's sake. My job is helping other women to navigate their life's journey personally and professionally, so at the risk of totally losing my credibility,.

I am just going to say it.....I AM EMOTIONALLY EXHAUSTED at this moment.......there I said it ......publicly....to all of you. ( well, not really publicly, this is a private group.) I cannot wait another couple of weeks for extreme self care. I was going to ride the peloton, then work until midnight, but instead, I am going to light some candles, run myself a hot bath, and allow myself to cry the tears I have been holding back for weeks.

It's not a pity party, it's therapy. Did you know that when we cry, our tears are full of cortisol( the stress hormone)? That is why we usually feel so much better after a good cry...we are physically releasing stress. So this is DAY 1 of my 30 day self care challenge. I am going to take a bath and cry:):):) Hugs to all of you, and before I begin that cry, I am going spend a few minutes in a quite state sending love, light, joy and healing to each and every one of you:)

Friday, March 1, 2019

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Happy Birthday Ollie - She Splendid With Kimberly Conrad



Happy Wednesday Ladies!
Tuesdays we have our sweet grandsons ( they are cousins) Ziggy and Ollie. Today is our sweet Ollie's first birthday! Yesterday we celebrated a day early with birthday Mac & Cheese and warm Cookie Sundaes at Nordys Cafe.

This little darling is just about to walk...any day now. Our little 4.5 lb newborn is now about the size of a 5-6 month old, with the brain and skills of a one year old, so it is just soooo cute to watch this little tiny guy doing things that he looks way too young to be doing. What a beautiful light he is in the Conrad family. He's giving Ziggy some competition these days in the toy arena- we are working on sharing:):)

Every stage of life is so very unique and precious. I think the Grammy stage is my favorite time of life so far! Sometimes I think "how could life possibly get better?" And yet, it does.....every stage seems to be more rewarding than the last. I try to stay in the moment and savor every day, and yet sometimes I have to work to harness the excitement over what tomorrow might bring.......because I know it's just going to get better and better!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Personal Growth - She Splendid With Kimberly Conrad



I had planned to share something else today, but I saw this online yesterday, and it really spoke to me. I thought it might speak to you as well! And I might add to it..."the person I am becoming owes no other an explanation!"

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Confession Time - She Splendid With Kimberly Conrad



Hi Ladies! I have been MIA for a few weeks here. I had four large commissioned paintings to do starting December 26th which were delivered and installed 2 weeks ago, then straight to painting for a 14 piece show that I hung last Friday, and in between there my hubby was hospitalized for his 9th heart procedure. I know...blah, blah, blah.... I can hear it in my own ears.


In the interest of total transparency.......my Christmas tree is still up!!!!!!! and the kennels I got out at Christmas for the granddogs are still out as well.... Tomorrow night is my show, and then I have to get my business tax data to hubby by next weekend, so it will probably be two more weeks until they are all put away!! Maybe I should redecorate the tree with an Oscars theme for Sunday night.....oh......but that would require time....not happening. All of that being said, my business and life in general are off to a fabulous start this year.....so I keep telling myself what I tell my clients." you CAN be fabulous at all of it....just not all at the same time:):) I love wearing lots of hats, in life and on my head. I just have not yet mastered how to wear them all at the same time. I am open to suggestions of you have any!!?:):)

Friday, January 25, 2019

Too Busy - She Splendid With Kimberly Conrad


                                            I needed this reminder today!!