Instead of a gratitude journal, I keep a list of things that I learned in my planner with my to-do list. Paraphrasing Emily P. Freeman this list is a way of purposely looking back before moving forward.
Self-Care is not watching Netflix all day.
For the last nine years, I get a little lethargic in mid-July. This happens right around the anniversary of my mom’s death. Obviously, this lethargy is not a coincidence.
This year I decided to lazy around on the sofa watching CSI reruns. This went on for weeks. I did this under the umbrella of ‘self-care’. And, shocker, I felt like crap.
Do you know what did make me feel better? Working in the yard, taking walks with my dog, and a lunch date with my sisters.
Small updates make a big difference.
During our heatwave, I spent a lot of time trapped in the house. For months the spot where the old hutch used to need paint. I had the color, just not the motivation to do it.
I drug the paint out, grabbed a brush, and took care of it while watching reruns of CSI on Hulu. While I was at it, I touched up paint around the thermostat and in a couple of spots where I hung a mirror a few years ago.
There are still tons of little projects that need finishing around the house, but these small updates at least give the illusion that we finish what we start.
What did you learn in July?
PS. That pic above is from one of my early morning walks. It is mornings like those that make me remember why I live here.