Self Care as Service?


I had an “AHA moment” on a subject I thought I knew everything about.

If you could do ANYTHING, what would you do? This is the question I was asked by Ben Nemtin, the amazing speaker who helped found The Buried Life Movement  (If you don’t know this group of guys, I encourage you to check them out.) This particular day, at this conference, Ben was talking about goal-setting and fulfilling our dreams. He said something that nearly knocked me off my seat. 

“By putting yourself first, you put yourself in a position to help others. This is not selfish. It’s service.” 

Taking care of yourself is a service to others. Pow! Mind-blowing!  You guys, we HAVE to take care of ourselves. I rant and rave this message all over this nation of ours. Somehow, worded this way - it sinks in - even for me - a little deeper. 

When we care for ourselves we operate at our best, physically, emotionally, and mentally. Think about it. We can better serve the world and those we love if we are ABLE to help them. And as you all know so well, by serving others - whether on organizations, people in our communities, or social movements, the act of service is an essential part of living your best life. Science is clear that helping and serving others makes us happier, lowers our blood pressure, and gives us a greater purpose.

I am always amazed at how we can go deep with even the simplest of facts when we make ourselves available for them. 

Seven more reasons why being of service is good for you from the good folks over at Mental Floss


Speaking of service…

I was in Australia of all places last week SERVING as a delegate from the American Dental Hygienist Association, to the International Federation of Dental Hygienists. And I lived the message of service being self care. One of my favorite memories of the trip: I’m sitting in a room, around a big square table with people from all over the world. We all came from different backgrounds, different life experiences, and we spent the afternoon working together towards policies, motions, and actions to better the oral health care of the world. It was fascinating, and wonderful! I smile as I write this, thinking about the opportunity I had to share my voice and perspective with this powerful collective of oral health professionals. So exhausting, and so powerful. Today I am grateful to serve my profession.

(Ben Nemtin knows what he’s talking about.)

For more about where I was last week: 


So now it’s your turn to share. What is your heart calling you to do? Who will you serve?

And here I go to San Francisco! 

I can’t wait to see old friends and colleagues at the World Dental Congress in San Francisco September 5th and 6th! The conference serves more than 20,000 people, ranging from seasoned dentists/hygienists to new dentists/hygienists. It was nice to hear that both of my presentations are sold out - who knows how many people I’ll have the opportunity to serve? It’s going to be a blast. #ADAFDI 

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Self-Care Share

When I’m traveling, I take extra care to get the probiotics I need for my gut and digestion. I’m telling you guys, if your gut ain’t happy, nobody is happy. I take probiotics 1-2x a day when traveling. I’m eating different foods, at different times of day than usual and I want to stay healthy! Here is one of my favorite products that also combats internal yeast.

Kelli Jaecks