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I know it’s February and the holidays are almost two months behind us, but I’m just barely starting to feel like a regular person in a normal routine. Don’t get me wrong. I love all the thinking of others and giving that the winter season entails, but it can take a lot of physical and emotional energy out of a person. Just like home does at the end of a vacation, daily life that doesn’t have to be “special” sounds good.
Of course, here we are in the middle of another holiday that’s chock full of pressure to make people feel special and to feel special yourself. Today, on Valentine’s Day, which might feel like it’s way too close on the heels of the holidays we’re still recovering from and might feel like a day you’d rather skip for more reasons than one, we’re going to take the wheel.
Rather than being a merry-maker for others and rather than hoping the day makes you feel loved rather than disappointed, we’re going to focus some energy on making ourselves feel happy with some self care. The result will not only be the joy of filling our buckets, but will allow us to give to the ones we want to pour into from a place of abundance rather that burnout.
This Weekend: Do one thing you want to do in the name of self care.
Treat this time like an appointment you’ll get a late fee for skipping, or a date with a friend you’d never flake on. By penciling yourself in, you get to do something for yourself deliberately and guilt-free, rather than as a squeezed-in afterthought that rarely happens. This is an act of love and you’ll come out of it feeling rich and full.
Try to plan exactly what you’ll do so that you don’t waste any of your you time figuring out what you’re going to do with your newfound freedom. This way you’ll also enjoy looking forward to your special time.
Here are some ideas for what you can do during the time that’s just for you:
Remember: This is about improvement, not perfection. Each week you can either choose to work on the assignment we’ve sent you, or tackle another project you’ve been meaning to get to. It’s also completely okay to skip a weekend if you’re busy or not feeling the assignment.