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A Story About Mom | Why Self-Care is Vital to Healthcare

Updated: May 19, 2020

I am Sheryl Smikle-Russell, and I am a life coach. I was close to turning 50, and I wanted to focus on doing something that I enjoyed and could do from anywhere in the world. I always had the mindset that anything I put my mind to was within reach, which is how I ended up with so many careers. But this time, I was looking to do something that would take care of me. My mother always told me that I should “focus on doing the things that only I could do." Then, I did not realize the tremendous impact those words would have on my life. I saw myself as a faith-driven, strong-minded woman, and believed that there was nothing that I could not do. I did everything, and I thought that I had to do everything. There was nothing I would not do if I felt that I needed to do it. I would do anything for anyone, and I would do everything for everyone who needed me. I did not know how to say no to helping others. I was Sheryl, the yes, ok, sure, I will, and I can do whatever you need me to do woman. In all of the things that I took on, my mother became my right hand. She tried to do the things for me that she thought I should not be doing. She believed that I should focus on the things that only I could do.

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