I decided to take care of myself and do what’s best for me and decided not to feel guilty about it.

As a woman, a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister — our personalities are to do for everyone else and put ourselves on the back burner. I’m always taking care of people with what I do.

I always felt sluggish, not good about myself and overwhelmed. I was not taking care of myself. I needed to make changes with how I ate and worked out. To make time for me for acupuncture and exercise.

I’m changing my life and myself. I’ve lost 10 pounds and I listen to my gut and myself. Little by little, in my life each day, I’m starting to feel better. My one regret in life is that I should have taken better care of my skin with treatments and facials.

I always thought 37 was the perfect age for me, but I’m embracing my age, gracefully. What can I do but be the best 50 I can be? Age is just a number.

We are ultimately responsible for our own happiness. I’m responsible for me — I have to live for me. We can’t rely on others and things to make us happy.

Theresa Caputo is the star of “Long Island Medium” on TLC, and has been a practicing medium for more than a decade. Her newest book, Good Grief: Heal Your Soul, Heal Your Loved Ones, and Learn to Live Again hits stores this week and can be purchased HERE
Photo courtesy of Richard Marchisotto, Sherwood Photography