People use the phrase “high maintenance” as if it’s always a bad thing. In the diva-like, self-centered, it’s all about status symbols way it is, but in taking care of yourself and your things it is a great thing!
By taking care of yourself – physically and emotionally – you are respecting yourself and preparing yourself to take on the world at your best. Regular doctor appointments, eating healthy food, exercising and making time for spiritual and emotional rejuvenation keeps you running in optimal form. I know when I am running at peak form, and when I am not I can usually identify where I have been slacking off.
By taking care of your things you are also exhibiting respect for yourself in that you maintain a certain level of quality and cleanliness in your surroundings and belongings. This includes your home, office, and vehicle as well as your clothing and accessories. While it is true that you should never judge a book by its cover, it is also true that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. When you are in peaceful, clean surroundings you are in an environment that enhances your experience. Think about how wonderful it is to be in a beautiful hotel room – part of the beauty for me is the lack of clutter and things I need to take care of, clean or put away! When you are proud of your appearance you have a different level of confidence – whether you are going to the gym, food shopping or working – how you look on the outside does affect how you feel on the inside.
You can be high maintenance, and be proud of it – just make sure it’s the kind of high maintenance that makes you shine inside and out!