I recently took the Myer Brigg personality test. I’ve taken it before – a long time ago – but I had forgotten my results. I wanted to get a better understanding of myself, to really grasp who I am and how I operate in this world.

My results told me that I’m an ENFP – Assertive Campaigner.

“Campaigners (ENFPs) are true free spirits โ€“ outgoing, openhearted, and open-minded. With their lively, upbeat approach to life, they stand out in any crowd. But even though they can be the life of the party, Campaigners donโ€™t just care about having a good time. These personality types run deep โ€“ as does their longing for meaningful, emotional connections with other people.”

Sounds about right.

I thought about all the goals I have and how most of them revolve around feeling my best and encouraging others to feel their best as well. No wonder I’m so passionate about being a health coach.

But how can I encourage others to be happy, healthy, and energetic when I’m not prioritizing those things for myself? Where is the disconnect?

Then I started thinking about self-care, community, and routines. If I don’t prioritize the things that matter the most to me, the things that fill me up and ignite my passion then how am I supposed to show up in the world as my best self, much less help others do the same.

Showing up authentically isn’t always pretty. In fact, most the time it isn’t pretty at all. It’s often messy, chaotic, awkward, or even a little uncomfortable. But if it takes me admitting that I’m not always shiny and polished to help someone else feel encouraged to show up exactly as they are, well then I think that itself is a win.

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At the end of the day, you have to be your number one priority. I can’t help but think about my mom and her maternal nature. She’s so determined to make sure her family is healthy and happy. I know her intentions are pure and loving. And maybe this is the way it has to be, maybe we have to continually pester ourselves to make sure we’re happy and healthy, to make sure that we aren’t scraping the bottom of the barrel, forcing ourselves to operate from a place of emptiness.

So, today, whatever filling your cup looks like, take some time to do that.

Onward.