Day 100 | 100 Days of Self Care

 

IMG_9929We’ve had a lot of rain this week. And I found this sprouting from a neighbor’s yard. From rain there is growth.

A simple dandelion may not seem like an impressive thing. But she holds the power and creativity that comes with metamorphosis and change. She contains the magic that comes only from releasing wishes into the air. She can be found among friends or standing alone and strong.

There is no shame or guilt. She just is. No one pushes her to be something else. Or places their expectations on her. Or tells her she’s not enough. She is enough.

More importantly, she doesn’t need to explain or apologize to those who choose not to understand. She is perfect in her imperfections and will grow – again and again – no matter how many times life knocks her down.

Today’s Self Care Stats:

Accomplished

  • 1 mile walk with the pup
  • Knee stretches and exercises
  • Ankle exercises
  • Mini watercolor study
  • Inspirational reading
  • Gratitude. So much gratitude. (Especially to you. Thank you for following me on this journey!)

How I felt

Something you might not know, I’ve been using a Fitbit this whole time and over the last 100 days I’ve managed to be more active, get more sleep, and take more steps. A woman asked me the other day if I found the Fitbit to be motivating. Actually, it doesn’t. The motivation came from within. The Fitbit is just a tool. I don’t even look at my data daily. I’ve been riding this wave and seeing how my body FEELS and then I’ll take a peek here or there. When I see that I’ve hit my goals (like nearly every single day), I’m doubly surprised and not surprised.

I’m surprised because I managed to hit my goal without keeping my eye on it to make sure I’m hitting it. But then again, I’m not surprised since I’ve been taking baby steps each day toward my goals. It’s been a natural process toward change.

Take away point

Happy 100 guys. This is only the beginning.

 


 

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Day 99 | 100 Days of Self Care

 

IMG_9931I love when my girl preps a Playdoh dinner for me. Today’s menu includes heart-shaped cookies, a chocolate donut and a sparkling pink lemonade. Complete with a knife for easy cutting. It was a little salty, but usually the best things in life are.

Today’s Self Care Stats:

Accomplished

  • Mini walk with the pup
  • Knee and ankle stretches/exercises
  • Held the second SPARK Series marketing class
  • Mile walk with the kids and pup
  • Made a lemon cream pie from scratch because I wanted to
  • Serious topic reading
  • Gratitude awareness
  • Bed early

How I felt

I get SO fired up teaching marketing. I love the little twinkle light effect that happens when we share, discuss, and throw around ideas. Seeing how one thing really connects to something else (and how we connect to each other) is pretty amazing.

Take away point

As this self care project is winding down, I’m realizing that my little feats are actually quite big. A good chunk of this project I’ve been managing to go to bed before midnight. Before midnight. This is no small feat.

 


 

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Day 98 | 100 Days of Self Care

 

IMG_9901“Why do we close our eyes when we pray, cry, kiss or dream? Because the most beautiful things in life are not seen, but felt by the heart.” – Denzel Washington

Today’s Self Care Stats:

Accomplished

  • Downtime with my girl
  • Knee and ankle stretches/exercises
  • Prepped for Series 2 of the marketing class
  • Inspirational reading
  • Hot, savored shower
  • Bed Early!

How I felt

Feeling accomplished and fired up about teaching tomorrow’s class. I’m getting even more excited about the class coming this fall. (Hopefully to be followed up by a weekend retreat next spring.)

Take away point

Self care is marrying a guy that says, “Go. Go to the coffee shop and get the work done. I’ll hold down the fort,” when you’re feeling tired and there’s stuff that needs to be done. Self care is actually listening and getting the stuff done before deadline.

 


 

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