January Issue: Renewal, Rejuvenation is More Than Just Going to a Spa

by Jacquie Johnson, founder of Jacquie ooh

As I have been thinking about what to write for this month’s issue, I began to think about the topic of relationships.  How do relationships fit with the theme of renewal and rejuvenation? I started thinking about the topic more, and I realized that renewal and rejuvenation are necessary components of establishing, maintaining, and ending relationships.

If we look at intimate relationships, many people try to figure out ways to navigate their relationships; some are dealing with recent breakups, some are struggling in their current relationships, and some are searching for new relationships.  Building and creating healthy relationships is all about renewal and rejuvenation. There are certain times in relationships where renewal and rejuvenation can be instrumental in our relationship growth and development.

Meaning…

We all know the saying, “the only way to move forward is to leave something else behind,” but when relationships end, sometimes we aren’t quite ready to just leave everything behind.  We need to find time for renewal, which can take many different forms. We need time to grieve, we need time to process, and we need time to reflect on the experiences in the relationship to grow.  We should be able to reflect on the end of a relationship and mourn the loss of someone instrumental in our life. It allows time to process, reflect, and renew ourselves, before we begin the next relationship.  Often, we think to move forward, we must leave everything behind. In fact, I think it is just the opposite, we need time to reflect and to learn about our patterns in relationships to start anew. 

Relationships (and this does not have to just be an intimate relationship; it can be friends, or business relationships) can be some of the greatest teachers and learning experiences in our lives. Sometimes, we need to rejuvenate a current relationship that just doesn’t seem to be working properly.  It’s okay to take a step back and reevaluate the toxic patterns that may be holding us back in our relationships. It’s okay to hit the reset button! Maybe it is resetting how we talk to one another, maybe it is resetting the focus of a relationship, or maybe we need to rejuvenate the relationship sexually, spiritually, or in some other way.  It’s also possible that we just need to find time for ourselves, independent of the relationship! 

I think renewal and rejuvenation of ourselves can be the very way we discover our life partners, and a way to start new, healthy relationships.  When we take time to work on, invest in, and learn more about who we are, we become attuned to our own needs. When we are more aware of our needs, we can communicate these needs, and goals.

Relationships are not always easy; they require a time commitment and an emotional investment but thinking about renewal and rejuvenation can be helpful in the growth and development of these relationships. 

Contributing Writer, Jacquie “ooh” Johnson

Jacquie Johnson is a native Texan who resides in Denton, TX with her husband and two daughters. She has two older sons who reside in California, and one grandson. Jacquie is the founder of Jacquie ooh an online resource hub for women. Her goal is to provide resources to help women think well and live well. She is the creator of the Glow Collection by Jacquie ooh, an organic skincare line where she provides gourmet food for your skin. Jacquie is heavily involved in her community where she has been sworn in as a precinct chair for the Democrats of Denton County. She is also a new author to two books: Glow Through It 21 Day Devotional Journal for Women and Dare to Sparkle Entrepreneur Startup Guide+Dream Big 4 Day Devotional. For more information on Jacquie “ooh” Johnson please visit her website at http://www.jacquieooh.com

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