Get More By Doing Less,  Holiday Inspiration

Forgive Me Fellow Friends…

while I sit down and sleep.

{found on pinterest}

Lately, I’ve been having dreams that tell me things like, “Slow down. Savor more.” No joke. But the irony is that I can’t sleep. I take this as a sign that my health’s wonky again so I probably need to take it down a notch.

This also means checking Facebook and Twitter may be excruciating these days because it’s an energy sucker that reminds me of all the things I won’t be doing in the next few days.

Forgive me while I take a slumber and take care of myself.

Have you done that lately?

Have you been running the never-ending treadmill because you’re “dying” to catch up with the rest of the world? Or have you been shutting down early these days in favor of sweet slumber and family QT (quality time)? I hope you’ve been choosing the latter. And you don’t need a blog wake up call to remind you that walking on the wild side isn’t meant to be a permanent thing. Unless you want to wake up with an irreversible disease. Not fun.

But if you do need a wake up call, I’m happy to offer it. Read day 1 of my Get More by Doing Less Challenge to start.

We’re barely gracing the surface of 2012, let’s keep trudging on. But can we do it at a turtle pace? Can we walk quietly for the sake of feeling the dirt beneath our feet instead of running quick to get to the end of the road?

Valentine’s for You

And while I’m at it, I’m vowing to make February the month of self-love. Anyone else with me?

Instead of paper hearts and sweet chocolates, I’m devoting the short month to taking care of myself. (P.S. Part of my self-care was getting crafty so I made both in a DIY Valentine for family members. Will share those soon.)

This means:

  • you have permission to make a dent on your couch for a whole day watching bad TV and catching up on never read, but meant to read magazines.
  • it’s okay if the laundry isn’t done, the dishes are piled up and the floor needs sweeping.
  • saying, “No” is not only an option, but that it may be necessary.
  • saying, “Yes” to yourself is mandatory.
  • that you will for one hour a week (at least) put yourself first.
  • that it’s okay to spoil yourself and forgive those that see it as selfish and don’t see the value of doing so. {they’re just jealous}

For me, this means a haircut I’ve been meaning to get, more time lying doing nothing, meditating and feeling okay with missing the gym every once in awhile. I vow to take care of myself before I get sick. I don’t want to get a double dose of sickies again (I caught the flu and a cold in one month recently).

If you’re in and want to celebrate with me, let me know what you’re going to vow to do this February.

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  • Crystal Schubert

    Excellent idea 🙂

    Harkening back to your Bridget Jones/Get More by Doing Less Challenge post–and on the same self-care theme–were you successful at cutting out sugars? I am trying to do this, but I keep faltering. A lot of it is eating out, of course, where I don’t even really know how much sugar is in each meal so it throws everything off. Are you still doing it? Or have you integrated sugar back into your life?

    • Brandi

      Hi Crystal!

      I’m still enjoying sugar every now in again. I think the goal for me is to be more conscious of what I’m eating and to really enjoy what I choose to eat. Quality over quantity I guess. Good luck! And please let me know how you do!

      • Crystal Schubert

        Quality over quantity is a good mantra 🙂

        I’m mainly trying to ween myself off sugar because I find it so addictive. I have a horrible sweet tooth and I indulge it WAY too often. We’ll see how it goes, I guess 🙂

        • Brandi

          I have a terrible sweet tooth too! Maybe we can help each other stay on the healthy path instead of the sugar coated one? What’s helped me significantly is eating more fruits as dessert. And counting sweets as a true treat.