In doing my Financial Fast (AKA Frugal February/Money Minimalism Challenge), I had many “Aha” moments and self discoveries. One of which was the fact that sometimes I can be a little too tough on myself when it comes to self love.
I believe that taking care of yourself encompasses honouring your; physical health, mental health, relationships and spiritual connections as well as intellectual and financial health. Each carry equal importance but are not always in perfect balance at any point in our lives.
Every 3 months I review my quarterly goals and see how successful I have been, what has worked, what didn’t and what key differences impacted the outcome. These short term goals are aligned to my annual goals and in analysing the short term results, lets me fine tune my strategy to improve my efficiency and success of my long term goals. So it is an important process.
But in doing my “self review” analysis, I realised I cannot only be a little mean towards myself on setting these initial goals, but also sometimes set goals that are a little too ambitious or potentially inflict additional worry that isn’t exactly brilliant for my stress levels.
Don’t get me wrong, I am passionate about striving to achieve meaningful personal goals that are going to give me more self satisfaction, fulfilment and comfort. But in doing this Financial Fast/Money Minimalism Challenge, I realised that I need to not only spend more time nurturing my body and mind but also not feel guilty about it.
I realised that if I am going to “aim for the stars”, I need to take better care of myself on this journey and show myself more love, respect and appreciation.
So I have added a new personal goal of Self Love to my list. And for me, this meant booking myself in for a massage and spa treatment. I grabbed two of my closest girlfriends, who were also in desperate need of some self kindness after working hard on their businesses whilst balancing motherhood and we headed straight to the crème de la crème of Day Spas, The Park Hyatt Sydney.
Our treatments were beyond heavenly…the staff were warm, inviting and went above and beyond to ensure that we had everything that we needed to switch off, recharge and recalibrate. I felt like I was lying in a cocoon of tranquility.
Their holistic treatments are actually based around the essence of Australia, and the Aboriginal Dreaming. Which is a term used by Aborigines to describe the relations and balance between the spiritual, natural and moral elements of the world. It is an English word but its meaning goes beyond any suggestion of a spiritual or dream-related state.
After our treatments, we literally “floated” home, in a Zen like state but amazingly with our minds feeling fresh, inspired and motivated again. Plus I had the BEST night sleep….I think this goal of Self Love is going to be my favourite.
Canna Campbell is the founder and director of SASS Financial Services, a boutique financial planning firm. She is Channel 9’s exclusive ‘money expert’, founder of financial media platform SugarMamma.TV and best selling author of The $1000 Project and Mindful Money.