That's the message I've been receiving from the universe lately: It's time for me to focus on me. However, I'm finding the concept extremely difficult to swallow.

Taking time to focus on yourself is not only healthy, but necessary. I know this, but some of the best times of my life involve helping others or from actively participating in other people's lives. I'm having a hard time letting go.

I'm getting ready to relocate. I'm not even moving terribly far away, but I can't help but think this could be the beginning of the end for some of my friendships. That's what's so scary - the unknown.

I'm the person that gives 110% of herself to her relationships and friendships. I guess I'm afraid that once I'm out of sight, I will also become someone that's always out of mind.

While I'm absolutely terrified of life-long friendships potentially coming to an end, I've come to the conclusion that if that result comes to fruition, I'm okay with it. I never put myself first. Not because I'm a self-conscious person, but because it's important to me to be a rock for people in my life. However, it's time for me to prioritize myself.

It's time for me to love myself the way I show my love for everyone else in my life. It's time for me to take a step back and let others in my life show me they want to remain involved. It's time for me to go above and beyond for myself rather than compromising my wants and needs for others.

I always strive to do for others as much as I possibly can, however I've reached a crossroads in my life, both personally and professionally, at which I can either grasp the opportunity by the horns, or remain stagnant. Growth stems from stepping out of your comfort zone.

As hard as that is to swallow, it's time.