When I was raising my daughters and working full time ten years ago, I did not make time for myself, and it cost me my health. In fact, I was so busy working long hours, leading events, driving kids to after-school activities, and caring for elderly parents, that I had forgotten to make time for myself. I thought I was superwoman, and it took a toll on me!

At 47, I had arthritis and I was overweight. I remember going all day at work without eating or even drinking a glass of water. At night, after taking care of everyone else, I’d pass out, only to get up and do it all over again the next day.

When my step-father had lung cancer, I knew something had to give. My arthritis had gotten so bad that I had to be pushed in a wheel chair while touring the retirement home for my parents that I was visiting.

I was done, and this was my wake-up call!

I know I’m not alone in my story. It often takes a big moment like our health to get our attention, but it doesn’t need to be this way. Why not add yourself to the top of the top of list today?

Because I had set up systems and a team so my business could run without me. I was able to sell my practice and retire financially free to follow my passion of helping women prepare for life’s unexpected and expected events, to create encore careers, and to set the stage for a joyful retirement.

Being prosperous and prepared is not just about money! What women are really looking for is happiness, vibrant health, and financial security. Prosperity includes all three. This is where the “self-care” comes in.

Please don’t wait until a crisis occurs. Start your self-care plan today.  I now spend my mornings working out. In the summer, I ride my bike on the nature trails and swim in the lake.  In the winter, I belong to a sports club where I have many wonderful female friends who are all over 60 – some in their 80s.  These ladies do yoga almost every day and look fabulous! I see how happy they are traveling and enjoying their lives. They are my inspiration to keep going!

I have also taken up Plein Air painting on Saturdays. This is where I meet other artists at one of our fabulous Michigan parks that is filled with wonderful lakes, lily pads, and amazing views. The key is that this type of paining incorporates all of your senses: sight, sound (like the sand cranes flying overhead), smell (like the most air at dusk), and I’m connected to Mother Earth – which is so grounding.  These artists do this year-round!

Create your own mind, body, and spirit self-care plan now!

To learn where to start, you can listen to our two fabulous interviews this month.  Chris Crowley, author of, Younger Next Year: A Guide to Living Like 50 Until You’re 80 and Beyond, will inspire and educate you on why it is important to exercise every day so you can take your vitality into your 80s and 90s.  Wait until you hear what he is doing in his 80s!

Acharya Shunya will be sharing tips from her book:  Ayurveda LIfestyle Wisdom:  A Complete Prescription to Optimize Your Health, Prevent Disease, and Live with Vitality and Joy.

I believe these interviews will arm you with smart tips you can easily implement into YOUR life. Just give yourself permission to put yourself on the top of the list so you can live with purpose, passion and prosperity now and for the rest of your life!


Katana Abbott, CFP®, is a Retirement Coach, founder of the Smart Women Companies, and the host Smart Women Talk Radio with over a million subscribers.  For over 30 years, Katana has shown women how to take charge of their life and finances and believes it’s never too early to plan for expected and unexpected events like retirement, encore careers, moving abroad, or preparing for long-term care.  She has written several books, created a financial literacy course, and is a popular speaker. Katana has been honored by NAWBO as one of Detroit’s Top 10 Business Women, receiving the Breakthrough Award. To download her new ebook, The Five Biggest Money Mistakes Women Make and How to Fix Them, visit www.katanaabbott.com