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‘GO GREEN DRESS’ EXCLUSIVE COLUMN BY THI NGUYEN

FROM WITHIN

THIS IS WHERE KINDNESS BEGINS A while back I decided to spend a little more time being kind to myself. I find it extremely hard to do this because life gets in the way. You go through the motions of a routine and forget to take care of yourself. Maybe work keeps you busy, your focus is shifted to family and friends while you forget the most important person in your life: YOU.

When was the last time you took some time for yourself?

When was the last time you asked yourself how am I doing?

When was the last time you did something for yourself?

For me, I find it difficult to do this consistently. My life is a fast moving train with many things going on at any given time. I guess you can say I don't like sitting still, until Covid. To those close to me looking in, Covid seems to negatively impact my life, but I saw it as a blessing in disguise. It was a chance for me to slow down and take care of myself without all the distractions.

Prior to Covid, I was on the road 90% of the time traveling for work. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love to travel. But between my trips came reports, meetings and, the expectation of being on 100% of the time. This can be very taxing. I didn't think much of it because I absolutely love the work but I realized with a force shutdown how much I needed the break. It couldn't have come at a better time allowing me to take a step back, relax and slow down.

“I realize the kindness I show to my friends, family or complete strangers need to first begin from within.”

Through life experiences I started to realize what is important, what I want and what I need to live a happy and fulfilled life. For me it is an ongoing journey of self discovery, change, improvement and development. I realize the kindness I show to my friends, family or complete strangers need to first begin from within. Understanding the energy around me, the energy I display and the energy needed for my own well being was critical.

I removed myself from negativity, surrounded myself with positivity and focused on doing things that benefited me. Through this process of self love, I made friends, traveled extensively, picked up new skills and learned what it really meant to be kind... to yourself. This continuous process of growth and self discovery is difficult to do but I know it is absolutely necessary in order for me to have the energy to help others. Remember to always:

Believe in your potential

Engage with positive energy

Keep an open mindset

Invest in your development

Nurture your body and soul

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