5 Things You Should Do…For You
You know how your kids have homework every day and you spend so much time and effort on it with them, helping them to better themselves and further their education?
Or how your boss has deadlines that you bust your butt for each and every time, in order to build their business and further their growth?
It’s time to do a little homework of your own, friends. Over the next few weeks, I am going to share some ideas of little things you can (and should!) do for yourself, your marriage, your kids, your friendships, etc. etc.
Think of it as a to-do list that requires your time and effort in order to further YOU.
Some of it is stuff I do, some of it is stuff I wish I would do, some of it is stuff I am scared to do.
You can do one thing, you can do them all, you can do none of them.
But take in the process, nonetheless.
Spend the time and the effort to take a look at each list and to think about how you can put yourself back on your to-do list every single day.
Right where you belong.
1) Take a selfie. Yes, I said it. Take a selfie. Take ten if you need to. Find an angle that you love, use natural light if possible and smile. Then look at your face and appreciate every single line, the light in your eyes, the shape of your brows. Find something about that selfie that you love. It could be your skin or your hair or your crooked nose (like mine). Publish it or don’t. That step doesn’t matter one bit. Just love that selfie. But if you do publish it, tag me so I can see and smile, too 😉
2) Say no to one thing. It can be a playdate request, it can be an optional brainstorm at work, it can be making dinner. Say no to one thing that will give your schedule – and your brain – a little breathing room. Even if you’re not feeling particularly stressed or busy or overworked…say no to one thing. Understand the power and control that can come with that one little word and remember that it’s always there for you when you need it.
3) Make a personal playlist. One that you save for those drives when you are all alone, whether they are long or short. Fill that playlist with every song that makes you smile, cry, laugh out loud, and dance in your seat. Think back to the songs you loved when you were a child and your parents controlled the playlist. Remember the one that played at your first high school dance. The one you listened to on-repeat the first time someone broke your heart. The one you danced to with all your best girlfriends at your wedding. Those songs. And keep it aside for yourself.
4) Find time every day for something you love. For me, on most days, that’s writing. Which is why I sat down to write this post. For you, it might be baking. Or list-making. Or pinning wedding bouquets. Or running. But find time for it every day. It can be ten minutes or it can be two hours. Just find time for it every day. On the days you don’t, forgive yourself. And find extra time tomorrow.
5) Give yourself a mental check-up. Take a minute here and now to check in with yourself, honestly. Assess what’s happening in your life, in your head, with your emotions. No need to obsess over it. Some times you may want to act on something, most times you won’t. But just take a look around at this little life of yours and take inventory. Do a little check-up to see what’s working right now, what isn’t, and what, if anything, you want to do about it. Some days it may spawn something bigger and some days it will just be a passing minute. But if you don’t pause for it, it will just keep passing you by.
Love it? Hate it? Tell me in the comments…but be nice, of course 😉 And let me know if you try anything out this week…or next. Or the week after that.