Picture this: two years ago, I received a golden ticket from my family —a gift certificate to Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts. Little did I know that this simple piece of paper would lead me to a life-changing experience, teaching me the incredible importance of taking time for oneself.
In the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, it's all too easy for us, especially us women, to get swept away in the chaos. Between being mothers, daughters, partners, and professionals, finding a moment to focus on ourselves can seem like an impossible task. But let me tell you, self-care? It's not a luxury. It's a necessity, a fundamental building block for our overall well-being.
It took me two whole years to find that perfect moment to embark on this adventure of self-discovery. Four days at Canyon Ranch, all by my lonesome. Now, the idea of heading to a wellness spa solo raised more than a few eyebrows. People couldn't help but ask, "What on earth will you do there all by yourself?" To them, I simply smiled and replied, "I'm going to be with myself."
Canyon Ranch welcomed me with open arms into its warm and supportive embrace, nestled amidst the awe-inspiring beauty of nature. This place wasn't just a spa; it was my sanctuary for mental, spiritual, and physical rejuvenation. It became the space where I could freely explore my emotions, reconnect with my body, and most importantly, just breathe.
Being alone gifted me the chance to step out of my comfort zone. I embraced new experiences with open arms, seizing every opportunity to learn and grow. I attended classes delving into the science of happiness, indulged in heavenly spa treatments, and even tried my hand (or rather, my body) at activities I had never even dreamt of trying—like aerial yoga. Each moment spent in my own company was a celebration of self-love.
One of the most eye-opening experiences was a session on hypnotherapy. It opened my mind to the incredible power of my subconscious, helping me confront and heal wounds from my past. I soon realized that being alone wasn't a negative thing; it was an opportunity to love and nurture myself in ways I had never considered before.
Spending time with myself gave me the chance to reflect on my life, my dreams, and my aspirations. It offered me the freedom to explore new passions and connect with incredible, like-minded individuals. I met extraordinary people who, like me, were on their personal journeys of self-discovery.
Through all this, I learned a powerful truth: self-love isn't selfish; it's absolutely essential. It forms the very foundation upon which we can build meaningful relationships, chase after our passions, and lead a truly fulfilling life. It's about recognizing our worth, embracing our flaws, and celebrating our unique selves.
So, to all the incredible women out there, I implore you: take the time for yourself. Whether it's a solo spa retreat, a peaceful day in nature, or just a few moments of quiet meditation, prioritize your own well-being. Embrace solitude as an opportunity to strengthen the beautiful relationship you have with yourself. You are so deserving of love, especially from the person who knows you best—YOU.
And remember, being alone? It's not a sign of weakness. It's a testament to your strength and resilience. So, go ahead, love yourself fiercely, explore your passions passionately, and revel in the sheer beauty of your own company. Because guess what? You absolutely deserve it.
With all my love and light,
Co-Founder of EpicLight Beauty