Finding Love In The Most Valuable Place of All

Who do you put first? Society tells us that love in and of itself is selfless. That it is wrong to love yourself first. Radical Christians say, God comes first. Some men say, the husband comes first. Single moms say, their kids must come first. But tell me, what is she giving you if she loves herself last? Who is she giving you if she doesn’t have enough love left for herself at all?

#LovingYourselfFirst is about knowing who you are, whose you are, what you deserve and why. It’s about having healthy self-esteem and self-confidence, exercising self-care. You are the only you, you’re going to get, so take good care of your body, mind, soul and spirit! It’s about Finding Your Voice, Speaking Your Truth and Living in Peace! It’s about getting healed from the past, educated in the present and excited about the future. It’s simply about loving you.   

Changes in our society in the last fifty years, have made life harder on women. The number of fathers in the home are less. The number of divorces are up. Domestic violence is up. The number of working mothers is up. The number of neighbors you could trust to watch your children are down. We’ve completely lost Big Mama. And the cost of everything has gone sky high. All of these issues and some unnamed ones, make the role of the woman in our society – to say the least, a stretched one.

How is today’s woman, in a healthy manner, to work through the issues of her past, take on the emergencies of the present and plan for the future? How is she to process and forgive the abusive relationship of her past, give her best on the job, pickup a sick child from school, get the child to the doctor, make her night class, meet her Boaz, encourage her child when Dad didn’t show-up as promised and save for college tuition all at the same time?

By making the time to love herself first!

By making the time to nurture sister-girl relationships.

By making the time to go to the spa.

By making the time to get coaching or counseling.

By making the time to do what you enjoy and find fulfilling.

Let me know how you #LoveYourselfFirst! Leave your self-care regimen in my comment section below. 

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Anita Washington

CEO & Founder at That Anita Live
Anita Washington, M.Ed. & M.B.A., CEO & Founder of That Anita Live, LLC, host of the TV show That Anita Live and The Emotional Happiness Podcast with That Anita Live provides a platform for women to learn, laugh and more importantly heal emotionally by learning from the challenges and successes of others. 

A former school and community agency counselor and creator of the 7-Step Method, Anita’s helped guide people from the ages of eleven to fifty through their own life issues, personal transformations and professional endeavors. With an old soul and a comedic, honest voice. She uses many southern colloquialisms and colorful expressions to unwrap personal stories of surviving a homicidal alcoholic father, a mother in denial and four physically and emotionally abusive brothers and relates them to guiding principles and healing techniques.

Through her powerful and uplifting interviews at ThatAnitaLive.TV and The Emotional Happiness Podcast women get to see and hear real women with resourceful stories living relentless lives after life's most devastating events. Through her charismatic and compelling speaking, Anita helps women use the tools and resources they already have to reveal and release success blockers such as childhood trauma and family dysfunction so they can build self-confidence, boost their self-esteem and feel free to live true to their own personality, spirit and character.

In her newly released ebook, 7 Simple Steps to Beat Emotional Baggage, Anita shares actionable techniques that will walk women through letting go of the past and rising above the glass ceiling to reach higher levels of success and satisfaction in life.

From nine-to-five, Anita is a Senior Acquisition Support Specialist, possessing over nineteen years of performing and administering program management and cradle-to-grave commercial and federal contracting activities for acquisitions ranging from $500,000 to over $2 Billion. She has progressively worked her way up the federal acquisition lifecycle and commercial supply chain through various positions from pre-award and requirements definition to commodities buying to contract close-out. In her career, she has mastered the art of transitioning to level-up.

Anita is a graduate of Limestone College, Virginia State University, and Strayer University with a B.S. in Mathematics, an M.Ed. in Guidance & Counseling, and an M.B.A. in Contracts & Acquisitions. You can find Anita online at ThatAnitaLive.com, Twitter, Periscope, Instagram and Facebook. Her handle is That Anita Live on all four social media platforms.
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