A Long Courtship with Self-Care

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A long time ago, in a life I’ve nearly forgotten—the one before kids—I had a one-dimensional view of self-care. It involved calling in sick to work for a “mental health day.” Or, “spa day.” It was all the same to me, really. One other time, someone told me I should schedule some “white space” into my planner. (Waaay back in the days of paper planners zipped into leather-bound binders!) The idea was to pencil in some “me” time.  I was never very good at it. Even when I was responsible only for the care and feeding of moi, I didn’t get far with self-care. I piled on the stress and worked … [Read more...]

My Pints & Paints Playdate

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In this week’s inspiration workshop, Gussy Sews recommended taking a day for play. Right, I thought. I’ll schedule that somewhere in between camp pick-ups and drop-offs, this week’s home decluttering project, my writing and editing assignments, and finally (finally!) returning some stuff to Target before the dang receipt expires. (And how many times has that happened?! I’ve lost count…) I really couldn’t fathom where I’d fit in a playdate for me or what I’d do, exactly. And the thought of figuring it out felt like another chore on my already un-fun to-do list. Thankfully, a smart … [Read more...]