30 Days Of Self Care —Day 10

Today’s act of self care was saying “no”.

Imagine getting a phone call or an email in the middle of your day asking you to do a quick little tech related task for a very worthwhile volunteer-run charity. The thing that needs doing is something that the person making the request does not know how to do herself. It will only take a few minutes of your time. No biggie, right? At least I didn’t think it was that big of a deal the first hundred or so times I was asked to help out in this way. The women who run the charity I’m referring to do a lot of fantastic work. I saw this as one way I could do a little something to make their “job” easier.

Five years have gone by since that first request for internet related assistance was made. In those five years, nobody else who volunteers for this charity has figured out how to upload email attachments, post images to the organization’s Facebook page, or do any other “complicated computer stuff” that may or may not include sharing digital images or some other kind of attachments.

I’m fed up with it!  I’m not doing anybody any favours by allowing this to continue. First of all, it’s 2015 —it’s time for these ladies stop being afraid of the internet and figure out how to use it. It’s not going away anytime soon. Secondly, they waste more time explaining to me what they want done than it would take for them to do the task themselves. Finally, and most importantly, I have got to get a better handle on all the little interruptions that derail my work productivity. This is one of those things. It must stop right now.

Have you done anything to take care of yourself today? Tell me about it in the comments below.

30 Days Of Self Care —Day 8

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are pretty good that you’ve heard of Stephen R. Covey’s Time Management Matrix.

In the madness of the last 3 months, I could not stop thinking about Covey’s four quadrants, and how I was operating in the wrong one[s] at all times. I desperately needed a refresher course in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People …if only I could put out all the fires and get myself into quadrant II long enough to reread the book.

Today, for day 8 of my 30 Days Of Self Care, I will be cracking open my old, but not used nearly enough, copy of the book. Hopefully, this time, the lesson will stick for a while and I won’t find myself drowning in urgent matters again anytime soon.

30 Days Of Self Care —Day 7

hulaFor day 7 of my 30 Days Of Self Care project, I hauled out the hula hoop from the back of my closet.

I bought my hoop 9 years ago and used it pretty regularly that summer, but as soon as the cool weather arrived, it got put away, and didn’t see the light of day again until today. I’m not sure why. I really dig hula hooping. It’s a sexy sport!

What did you do to care for yourself today? Tell me about it in the comments below.

30 Days Of Self Care —Day 6

For day 6 of my 30 Days Of Self Care challenge, I got a much needed haircut. It was loooooong over due. Would you believe that I haven’t sat in a salon chair since the week after Christmas?

Normally after getting a haircut, I go home, stand in front of the mirror, and try to restyle it “my way” before returning to work. Not today. Instead of fussing with my hair, I quickly tied it up into a messy ponytail, and got busy taking care of something that has been really driving me nuts—the baseboards in my shop. They too, were loooooong overdue for some TLC. I spent all afternoon caulking, countersinking nails, and spackling. Tomorrow, when everything is dry, I will sand down the rough spots and get started with the painting. This, in my books, counts as self care too. I spend a lot of time there. It only makes sense for me to take time out and “fix” all the little things that drive me bonkers in the space.

What did you do to care for yourself today? Tell me about it in the comments below.

30 Days Of Self Care —Day 5

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Skipping was one of my favourite things to do as a child, so, this evening, for day 5 of my 30 days of self care, I untangled my rope and headed outside. This was the most fun activity I’ve indulged in so far. I’m definitely going to be including more exercise in this little challenge of mine.

In case you’re wondering… I lasted 30 minutes (stopping to take a drink each time I tripped in the rope, and yes, I tripped a lot). 

What did you do to nurture yourself today? Tell me about it in the comments below.

30 Days Of Self Care—Day 3

Something I’ve been dreaming about for weeks now is having the time to read a book. Not just any book—I’m dying to indulge in a trashy romance novel.

Last night, before turning out the lights. I put down the “spiritual”paperback I had started reading way back in May, grabbed my tablet, and paid a visit to my local library’s website. After signing in, I went straight to the romance tab, clicked the “available now” option, and looked for a cover that grabbed my attention. My criteria for selecting books in this genre is simple. The cover and the title must be cheesy, but not too cheesy and the story description has to make me laugh out loud.

I browsed books in alphabetical order. The first cover and title that piqued my interest was Boys and Toys by Cara Lockwood. I clicked on it to read the description.   

Every girl has a goody drawer.

Sex toy party hostess Liv Tanaka has a collection. Vibrating purple rabbits, cherry-flavored edible underwear, flavored oils… Hey, wearing a leather corset and stilettos (while selling dildos) pays the bills. Just don’t tell her very conservative parents. Because if they discovered Liv’s sex-toy-selling “Asian Elvira” alter ego, her parents would disown her.

So far, Liv’s doing a bang-up job of keeping her two worlds separate…until Porter Benjamin shows up at her party. Tall and too-tasty-to-resist Porter, who works for her father. Porter, who wants Liv to host a party just for him.

And oh, she’s tempted. But getting involved with Porter means mixing those two worlds that Liv desperately needs to keep separate. And now Liv’s Naughty Toybox is starting to look a lot like Pandora’s box….

I downloaded it right away. It’s only 95 pages long, so I should be able to finish it in one sitting. 

Have you treated yourself today? If so, tell me about it in the comments below. If I don’t answer your comments this evening, it’s because I’m busy reading. Teehee. 

F*uck That—A Guided Meditation

My relationship with meditation is somewhat dysfunctional. When things are going smoothly in my life, it’s great, but when I need it the most, my practice is very much like what you will see in the video below. I feel much better knowing I’m not alone…


 

Thank youlexklein for mentioning meditation in the comments on an earlier post. I had been wanting to share this, but forgot all about it until you brought it up. In a, very warped way, it fits in with my 3o days of self care.