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?
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.