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What Is Close To Your Heart?

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What is close to my heart? When I saw this question, two things came to mind. My first thought was my family. I can not deny that my husband and my sons mean the world to me. I want all of them to succeed in every aspect of their life.

And after my family, I thought of my life’s impact on others. How am I purposely leaving the world better than it was before I entered? Am I making the impact that I was designed to make?

With this reflection, I realize that if I am going to be a part of my family’s life and impacting them as well as those who are in my sphere of influence, there are things that I need to do for my physical and emotional well-being.

Proper diet and exercise

I need to pay better attention to this area of my life. Self-care is important. My motivation should be those who are close to my heart. I want to be around for a long time to see my boys grow into the young men. I want to grow old with my husband. I understand some things are out of my control. But I can control proper diet and exercise. Finding time to exercise is not only important for me, but also important for my family.

For purposeful living, I also need stamina. I need to be aware of balancing when it is time to be engaged and when it is time to rest. How do you balance it all physically? We can do more for our family and social causes when we are at our physical best.

Emotional Well Being

As a mother, I know that I cannot be anxious about my family all of the time. I cannot be everything and do everything. Trying will run me ragged. If I am going to be effective, I have to take care of my emotional health. Utilizing coping mechanisms for stress and being proactive with my emotional health is just as important as my physical health.

I made the discovery of being grateful for things around me helps with my emotional well-being. Also, giving to others instead of always expecting to get something back relieves stress and anxiety. Looking for opportunities to give back and be useful is something that I hold dear. From checking on a friend to volunteering at my church or even giving a kind word to a stranger, all of these things not only benefit someone else, but they also help me.

That’s why, this month UnitedHealthCare’s We Dare You Campaign dares you to share what is dear to your heart. Come on over to the site. Share photos of what you hold dear. Take the quiz. Watch the video resources. And enter to win some fantastic prizes. I took a simple quiz that entered me to win a Kindle Fire HDX.

It’s very simple. Just click on this link and please share this article with your friends.

And I ask again, what’s close to your heart? Don’t forget to go over to WeDareYouToShare.Com and let us know. Take a quiz. Enter a contest. And enter a chance to win prizes. It’s that’s simple.

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Vaneese
Vaneese

What's close to my heart is peace. I can't be there for my family, friends, co-workers, etc without it. I'm the type of person whose life is in shambles when I'm not centered. And everything around me suffers. I know this so there's really no reason not to change things, right? Great post as always, Val!

Val
Val

Thanks Brandi! This is important that we take care of us so we can be there for them. I am learning this more and more. Thanks for sharing.

Brandi
Brandi

My family, of course. Right now they're more of a priority to me than even myself. I feel as if I don't give enough time to give them. Part of it was b/c I wasn't taking care of myself (exhausted all of the time b/c of low iron), so now I'm almost feeling like myself, and I'm ready to get back to them!

Yolo Spin
Yolo Spin

My girls are close to my heart. I am starting back to work every morning and called and checked on a local gym. I want to add more options to my workout. Matters of the heart are always important.

Sharelle D. Lowery
Sharelle D. Lowery

I loved this post! A LOT of time women in general do not out themselves first and then cannot take care of those that we say mean the most to us....Honey you know that I am ALL about the self care!!! <3 Awesome!!!

Val Boaten
Val Boaten

Thank you Rachée Fagg. Indeed, we have to take care of ourselves so we won't be spent.

Rachée Fagg
Rachée Fagg

What Mandi said, times 1000! I cannot allow myself not to have time to take care of me. I love my family but I need to nurture myself if I want to provide the best for them.

Mandi Buckner
Mandi Buckner

I'm starting to find that what's close to my heart is changing. I love my husband and kids but if I don't take care of me and my well being inside and out, then there is nothing left for them.

Val
Val

Vaneese. Thanks so much. Yes, self care is important because no one benefits when we don't take care of ourselves. Appreciate you stopping by.

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