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“It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.” – Mandy Hale

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Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry, and Director, Lori Allen, discuss the importance of putting yourself first.

We’re all guilty of it. We don’t always eat right, or exercise, or go to the doctor when we need to. But who are we hurting when we don’t do those things? We’re actually hurting all of those around us.

It’s like Lori said in a previous podcast:

“You have to take care of yourself. If you don’t take care of yourself, you’re hurting your whole family.”

Lori has been pushing this same concept with our members recently.

“A lot of our members are heading into retirement. And they are also feeling the effects of aging. Their bodies are breaking down. Mentally they are still in their 30s. Physically, they’re not. Some of that comes down to choices—food, exercise and visiting the doctor.”

But if we take the time we need to make positive changes today, we’ll save ourselves months and years of struggles later—and we’ll be able to live life to its fullest.

This isn’t just about health, it’s about quality of life.

“When we’re miserable in our careers and not following our dreams because we think we don’t have time, we are stressed out. But again, who is paying the price for that? Your body, your family and your friends.”

We always hear the saying: “Life is short.”

But, the truth is, life is really really long. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. And if we want to make the most of it, we have to make the changes necessary to keep ourselves healthy and to follow our dreams.

If we don’t, everyone around us suffers.

As Lori points out…

“We sell courses on travel writing and photography. But that’s not what we’re really selling. What we’re really selling is the idea that there is a better way to live. A unique way to see the world. A way to make an income doing things that inspire you… things that inspire others.”

Listen in for more inspiration to not only take care of yourself but also your dreams.

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