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Self-Care Sanity: Idea #8 – The Gift of Making Someone’s Day

8-gift-of-making-someones-dayI was in the card aisle picking out a birthday card and I happened to notice the encouragement card section. For some reason I was drawn to that area and picked up a card that expressed exactly how I feel about my friend, Wendy.

When I got home wrote a quick note to her in the card and put it in the mail. A few days later I received this email:

Thank you, my dear friend, for the card you sent me. I’ve had an extremely hard week at work with lots of personnel issues and my accounting software had a big failure which cost us days of extra work. That card just was like the Balm of Gilead – soothing to my weary soul.

I appreciate you right back and love you.

Take time today to write a note to a friend. You never know how your note may make their day.

When I asked Wendy if I could have her permission to share what she wrote she told me:

I know you are ALWAYS there for me – no doubt in my mind. Thank you for listening to God’s prompt and reaching out to me – it really did touch my spirit.

What are you9-gaye-card waiting for?

PS  The day I wrote this post I received an encouragement card from my dear friend Gaye. How perfect is that?!


Self-Care Sanity: Idea #7 – The Gift of a Time Out

7-matineeI’m a firm believer in dedicated work hours.  But, I also believe if you’ve given all you’ve got and you’re feeling you have no more left to give – it’s time for a break. A time out from your business.

What better break then going to a mid-afternoon matinee?! First of all, it’s a lot cheaper than an evening movie, but more importantly a  good movie,  well written, and well-acted, can take you out of your own life for a while and give you a much needed break that most of us need at some point.

Get on Google right now and check out the movies for the upcoming week and grab a matinee this week.

What are you waiting for?

Self-Care Sanity: Idea #6 – The Gift of Not Thinking About Calories

6-gift-of-no-caloriesYes, I know we’re all watching our calories and cutting back on what is not good for us.  This is key to living a healthy lifestyle. That’s fantastic!

A big piece of self-care is taking care of our body.  But, I want you to know that once in awhile it is absolutely ok to splurge with a really yummy dessert and enjoy every single bite.

Yes, every single bite! My favorite splurge is Haagen-Daaz ice cream. Addi’s is frosted Valentine cookies!

What are you waiting for?

Self-Care Sanity: Idea #5 – The GIft of Rest

5-take-a-nap-Many of us have a tendency to fill our lives up to the brim. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn’t. Most of the time it leaves us stressed and really, really tired.

The National Sleep Foundation suggests adults get 7-9 hours of sleep. How much sleep are you getting?  It may be time to take this seriously.

But, what about during the day?  Is a nap a good thing? I don’t think it is if you are using it to avoid a project you’ve been putting off. When you feel overwhelmed you may tell yourself “I am so tired. I’ll just take a quick nap and then tackle this task.”  A nap just prolongs getting the task done. You may tell yourself you’re tired when really you don’t know the next step to take.

But, if you really feel a break of around 20-30 minutes for a nap would improve your mood, alertness, and productivity – go for it! I would suggest using a timer or it may turn into an all afternoon siesta!

What are you waiting for?

Self-Care Sanity: Idea #3 – The Gift of Your Thoughts

I’m curious.  Do you give yourself time to look back on each day?

3-day-one-app(2)If not, let’s start. Get a beautiful journal or use one of my favorite apps, DayOne, and at the close of each day write down what you did, what you learned, what you did well, and what you could improve.

This is a wonderful way to close the day, whether it was a great day or not so great, so you can give it closure.


It’s also great to look back to remember. Two years ago my dad was in hospice and I was sitting by his chair when I felt something on my hair. I looked down and dad was looking up at me stroking my hair and smiling. One of the best moments in my life. As you can imagine, that was a very stressful time and if I hadn’t written it in my journal I may have forgotten that moment; as special as it was to me.

Give yourself the gift of your thoughts every day.

What are you waiting for?

Self-Care Sanity: Idea #2 – The Gift of a Chat

2-pink-phone(2)Remember the good-old days when you could chat with a girlfriend for hours after school? Remember how the time would fly? Remember how good you felt after the call?

Today it’s time to reach out to a friend – perhaps even a high school friend you haven’t been in touch with for a while – and chat.

Enjoy each other. Enjoy laughing.  Just enjoy.


What are you waiting for?

It might be just this simple

addi-formWe watched our grandchildren, Addi, who is almost 4, and Alex, who is 7 months, for six days while their parents relaxed in Florida.  We had a great time together although the nights were a bit interesting!

At about day 2 Addi kept asking how many days until mommy and daddy come home. She could not visualize the phrase ‘only 4 more days’.

I started thinking about how I could make this real for her. I asked Emily to draw a diagram with boxes by the various activities she would do the next few days until her parents got back home. Genius – if I do say so myself!

Once Addi had the diagram and could check off the boxes as the days went by she no longer asked ‘how many days’ or was anxious.  She had a plan and she could see progress.

Are you overwhelmed by all there is to do in your business?  Stop right now and make a diagram of what needs to get done and boxes to check off for you to see progress.

Sometimes it works to go back to the simple ways of doing things!

What are you waiting for?

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