Tonight I am aware that life is full of goodness.
With the goodness in my life comes lots of different commitments, desires, and activities. Often people will say to me, “you are so busy!” I remind them I am only as busy as I allow myself to be.
I enjoy the variety of engagement in my life.
I am fortunate to experience people of varied ages every day.
I am committed to places where I am in leadership.
I am committed to being in spaces where I am learning.
I am committed to expressing gratitude every day,
I am committed to being honest with someone about an area I feel vulnerable,
I am committed to doing something daily that challenges my brain to remain sharp.
I am challenged by my work, even after 19 years, and realize that the variety of activities every day allows me never to say “I am bored.” I know it is a gift to love my job and not a day goes by that I do not say “Thank You Jesus” for Visiting Angels of West Michigan and all the amazing people I have met on the journey.
I am committed to learning new things in 2021. I am starting with venturing away from my auto setting on my camera and trusting myself to play with various settings
I am enjoying the wonder of my new puppy Wilhelmina. She challenges me to get on the floor and play. She invites me to take walks and play in the snow and take naps after playing cause sometimes we just need to sleep!
I am keenly aware of the little things that feel like self-care for my soul in 2021. Last week it was a trip to Trader Joe’s with a friend to buy produce for my week. It is the warmth of my heated mattress pad every night at bedtime. The music plays out on my deck while I play with Willa in the snow connects me to the tender spaces in my heart.
I used to think that self-care was going out and spending money on something like a massage, manicure, or pedicure. Although that is delightful, it has been so good to discover that self-care is way more accessible than I ever believed.
Yes, life is busy, days are full, and the people I enjoy every day are delightful. All of these things make my soul feel intensely alive.
Playing with Willa, learning new things, practicing something new, and resting are choices I am prioritizing every day. I am grateful for the experiences that have taught me that self-care is essential.
I wonder what you do for self-care?
I wonder if you have taken your own self-care to a level that is accessible to you every day.
Remember, self-care is not selfish!
Self-care is essential!
Blessed Be His Name,