Welcome! My name is Lisa Kimrey, RN.
My Life Nurse is the perfect resource to help you be healthy, happy, and refreshed.
Among other things, it will show you how to:
I’m a nurse, speaker, and Bible study author of The Self-care Impact: Motivation and Inspiration for Wellness.
This blog was created because I get you.
I’ve been where you are, and so, I know how you feel.
I know what it’s like to have the passion – perhaps even a calling to serve and take care of others.
I’m also familiar with the struggle of taking care of yourself while taking care of others.
It’s very real.
I’ve been a nurse for 29 years, and I’m passionate about sharing simple strategies to help you stay focused on your self-care.
But not because I’ve always had it figured out.
Nope, I’ve learned self-care the hard way. You see, for most of my career, I’ve taught people how to make lifestyle changes to help them manage their chronic disease or symptoms (like high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, anxiety, asthma, COPD, heart disease, high cholesterol, etc.).
The thing is, while I shared a lot of lifestyle improvement advice and helped a lot of people, behind the scenes, I was practically living off of diet soda and candy-coated peanuts (you know which ones I mean;)!
Even though I was helping others, I didn’t take care of myself.
Honestly, I told myself I needed to focus on my self-care, but I always felt like it should wait. So, I never made my self-care my priority; it was always something I would do after completing seemingly more important activities.
But I was miserable! I was dealing with a rising cholesterol level, and I didn’t feel well. I had zero energy, zero creativity, and whew, was I cranky. Still, I was convinced that I didn’t have time for self-care. Plus, every time I tried to focus on my personal needs, it seemed like someone demanded something else out of me, and I quickly became overwhelmed and couldn’t muster the motivation to continue.
Then, for a while, I was a stay-at-home mom. A mom who learned that life alone all day with a colicky baby-who never wanted to sleep-wasn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be. I was lonely, and I still felt bad. I was at least 15 pounds heavier and but still could never find time for myself.
Even more, I felt pressured, like I should be fixing myself.
But I felt like I had ‘lost’ so much of myself that only a major overhaul would get me feeling good again.
But, in a way that I couldn’t even articulate, I felt called to improve my self-care and do more for the Lord.
So, I prayed that the Lord would give me a passion. One day God led me to 5 specific verses in the Bible, and I felt this incredible burden to learn more.
When I implemented the steps I share at My Life Nurse, I became more consistent with my self-care (it’s a journey).
As I’ve learned more and more about the success I can have with small, consistent steps; I’ve been able to build on my small changes and create powerful new self-care habits.
- I finally have a reliable way to keep my self-care as a priority in my life without feeling guilty about making time to care for me.
- My prayer life and time in scripture became more robust as I desired to be obedient, and I accepted that I was worthy of self-care.
- I have the energy and motivation to follow through on my self-care activities and meet my self-care goal(s).
- I learned how to weave small self-care activities into my day – even when my day looks full. I found I was more productive, and even today, I feel so much better!
What I learned literally changed my life.
Now, I’m hoping it will change yours. I hope you consider subscribing (and getting your free Bible Study as a thank-you gift) HERE.