Why you need intentional self care

We got some snow over the weekend, and everything got cancelled, so my family and I spent a little extra quiet time together and time catching up around the house. Aside from a few shop things and catching up on laundry I really spent some intentional quality time in with the family and time to do some deep thinking about 2017.

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I mentioned before that my word for 2017 is ‘Intentional’, and there is an awesome quote by Crystal Paine on one of the first pages of my planner that goes along with my word:

“Time doesn’t expand limitlessly. When I say yes to one thing, I must say no to something else.”

It’s so easy to want to do it ALL! And usually it’s a lot of really good things which is usually my problem. I want to be a nutritional expert so I read article after article trying to come up with the perfect menu plan for my husband’s diet change, I want to never get behind on the laundry, I want to send Christmas cards out to our extended family’s extended family (’cause I just love people ?), I want to make sure I’m spending quality time with my family, I just want to do it all…

But this week I hit a wall. I broke.

Because the reality is, nobody can do it all. We all have gifts and strengths in certain areas, and while we should always be growing and striving to improve, we can’t do it all at once. Yes, there will always be laundry to do, people to contact, and errands that need to be run… but don’t forget to take care of you.

When they go through the emergency protocol for flying on a commercial flight, they always tell you to secure your own air mask first before attempting to help anyone else. There is a reason for that. If you are running on fumes, eventually you will pass out before being able to help the people around you. The same is true in life.

Take care of yourself this week. Those dishes can wait just a little bit. ?


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