Self-Love: Safe for Work Edition

One of last year's self-care assignments. Seriously, join in!

One of last year’s self-care assignments. Seriously, join in!

I’m not going to keep blaming Hurricane Sandy for feeling off-kilter. At some point, I have to take responsibility for this unbalanced, stuffed-calendar, eating Teddy Grahams from the box, sniffing laundry to see if it’s clean, forgetting birthdays, honking at traffic life I’ve been leading.

I’ve tried to let go of things I thought were superfluous: I’m on extended leave-of-absence from my book group, I’ve said no to some PTA school activities, I cut down on clients, I ignored (some) requests for volunteers. Still, much like the junk drawer in my kitchen, little by little, new items I hardly recognize started appearing to cover up the important stuff, and I never seem to find the time to sweep them away. I’ve decided I need to be proactive and just a little more selfish. But – ironically – I don’t trust myself to maintain a selfish demeanor. And I’d rather not graduate from being selfish about the box of Teddy Grahams to being selfish about the Costco-sized bin of Two-Bite Brownies.

Enter the Queen of Woman Warriors! No, not Xena (although I still miss that show). Eloiza! This Self-Care Warrior is running a FREE month-long self-love fest — okay, she calls it a Self-Care Challenge — over on her blog. I did this last year, and I lasted about a week before returning to bad habits. I intend to complete it in good faith this year. I think I can…I think I can…

You can be anywhere in the world — as long as you have access to email. Totally low-key, totally non-judgmental, totally about you.

Every day, Elo sends out a self-care task — sometimes it’s giving yourself quiet, other times it’s more active — but it’s always something most of us just don’t do often enough for ourselves.  There are over 75 women signed up already, and now it’s one more. Join me?

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If you want to go the extra mile in Self-Love (or Self-Care…), consider the more intensive small group session. Read more about Elo’s small-group (over the phone) program here: coaching sessions in small groups.

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Adjusting to the car culture, dealing with leaving a career I love, and spouting off along the way.
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21 Responses to Self-Love: Safe for Work Edition

  1. That’s a really great idea! I need something like that in my life right now. Somehow I manage to make time for another paper or chaperoning a 50 kindergarteners but I can’t seem to find the time to do stuff like meditate or shower everyday. I’ll make a point of the checking this out!

  2. anna says:

    Sounds great. I’m just not sure if I have time…

  3. I was going to say it sounds great but the thought of another commitment seems daunting (and I’m serious) then I saw Anna’s comment! It does sound like something I need, I’ve been running on fumes for months now. Going to check it out.

  4. johar1 says:

    Done! Thanks. This comes at a great time for me. See you at the finish line 🙂

  5. outlawmama says:

    Love the first two paragraphs and the self care theme.

  6. Put on your own oxygen mask first and all that… does self care maybe also include regular pedicures? That would be good, right? Sign me up!

  7. Karen says:

    I love your intro. The sniffing laundry line made me laugh. I’ll be part of the self-care warrior army. It sounds like a great thing. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I could have written those first few paragraphs. (Well, other than the affected by hurricane Sandy part.) I’ve chalked mine up to perimeno hormones, dad dying, 50th birthday looming. (Did I really write that? I guess I’m beginning to acquiesce to the inevitable.) This sounds really cool. I’m definitely going to click on the link and check it out.

  9. I definitely need to learn to practice self-care. I’m learning, but it’s hard to stop years of self-bashing…I’m trying, though. Thanks for the suggestion! I’m checking it out right now…

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