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!).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.