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Making a Little Time for Yourself #cz30DaysofThankful

4f - 30 Days of Thankful 6x8 Mini Book | 2015 Gratitude Project by Julie Gagen, How I Sustain Blog
CZ Design’s 30 Days of Thankful project gives you a chance to reflect on the people, places, and things that you’re grateful for. You can also follow along on Cathy’s Blog or follow me on Instagram to see what I’m thankful for this year. And here’s a link to my 2012 project, my 2013 Project, and my 2014 Project. You can read all of my posts for this project under the tag 30 Days of Thankful.

If you’re just joining in, you can catch up on this project using the tag 30 Days of Thankful. It’s helpful to have the background of the project and a few alternatives to document your gratitude this month (the month of Thanksgiving).

Today’s post is about making time for yourself and why that’s so important.

Last month I did A LOT of work for a lot of different (and awesome) projects. It was amazing and exhausting. And while I still wish I could stretch time and complete everything to the level of perfection I can only dream of, it’s all over. Past is past. And it all worked out really well.

For the most part.

Except that I’m exhausted, strained, irritable, grumpy, short-tempered, and quick to assume the worst.

I’m exhausted, friends, and my guess is you know exactly where I’m coming from.

So when a friend asked if I was interested in grabbing a coffee and heading to the nail salon on Sunday, I was ALL IN. With both feet, purse in hand, is-it-time-to-go-yet?!?!

And it was WONDERFUL.

The dads watched our kids while four of us traveled downtown. We enjoyed tea and had two hours to chat about everything – and I mean everything – while we had our toes painted and our shoulders massaged (YES, friends, they do that there!).

30 Days of Thankful 6x8 Mini Book | 2015 Gratitude Project by Julie Gagen, How I Sustain Blog

Just thinking about it brings me back to this wonderfully relaxed state of being, where time no longer matters, and all I can do is sit and wait for my toe nail polish to dry.

And be with friends.

30 Days of Thankful 6x8 Mini Book | 2015 Gratitude Project by Julie Gagen, How I Sustain Blog

When I came back home, the short fuse was gone and my patience had returned. I spent an hour with the boys while they made mixed-media pictures of Halloween, talked about what they saw, and made plans for next year. It definitely required patience (a 3-yr old using markers? Yikes). But I was happy to do it. And I appreciated my life, and my family, for all that I have.

30 Days of Thankful 6x8 Mini Book | 2015 Gratitude Project by Julie Gagen, How I Sustain Blog

Later in the day, I had time to clean out my office and quickly recognized how much the stress of clutter affected my ability to get work done. With the stuff gone, with things organized, and everything in a place, I was able to get started on this album. A clear table, organized supplies, and just me, my iPhone, and my memory keeping stuff.

30 Days of Thankful 6x8 Mini Book | 2015 Gratitude Project by Julie Gagen, How I Sustain Blog

It was bliss.

And I’m better now, though not perfect. And I’m finding ways to be happier. And I’m BLOGGING AGAIN, friends! It’s been a long month. I’m happy to be back.

30 Days of Thankful 6x8 Mini Book | 2015 Gratitude Project by Julie Gagen, How I Sustain Blog

So I’ll end this post with a challenge: what can you do today, this week, this coming weekend, to indulge in your own care. Who can you spend time with? What can you do? And what do you need to get back to yourself, just a little bit?

Want to learn more about working on your well-being? Check out my new FAVORITE way to get back to myself: diffusing essential oils. Learn more here.

xoxo,

julie.

 

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