Two ladies I love dearly asked very similar questions of me. I will gladly try to answer them, because maybe one of you has a better idea…OR, you might like it how I do it so much you’ll want to try it, too! Either way, let’s share our secrets here on the world-wide-web. :)
Cyndi and Faye asked:
I can see that you are a loving mother, wife, and daughter, but what do you do to nourish/pamper yourself?
Lots of people who aren’t loving mothers, wives, or daughters are busy. The world we live in seems to be ever-moving, shifting, and changing. I am probably not half so busy as I seem, but most days I feel like things just never slow down. There is always something that must be done!
Here’s a rundown of my responsibilities:
Husband, Kids, Home, PT Job, Laundry (yes, this deserves its own category when there are six of you in a house), Family, Friends, Writing, Helping with Homework, Social-Media-ing, Blogging, etc. I’m sure you’re thinking that some of these aren’t really responsibilities, but I can assure you that they are!
The thing is, responsibility isn’t a bad thing. In fact, some things become a responsibility because they are a good thing and we love them. Most of that list is full of things I adore. Yes, there are a few I could live without, but because the not-so-fun ones are related to (and serve) the best ones, I would choose to do the unpleasant stuff over and over.
On top of taking care of everything that requires my time and attention, how to do I nourish and/or pamper myself?
- Well, when I feel stressed, I rearrange furniture.
- I also pick up my pencils and draw, or take out the paints and attempt to make something beautiful on canvas.
- I spend time with my best friends to just visit and laugh.
- I read my Bible.
- I sing whatever pops into my head (real songs or made up nonsense).
- I love to read books.
These are things I do as a way of pampering. My fingernails don’t get manicures, and the bathtub is not conducive to long soaks, so I ignore those options, but I’m sure they’re nice!
Believe it or not, all the writing I do, including this blog, help to nourish my heart and mind.
So, you could say, because I’ve got this creative bent, everything I do can nourish and pamper me if I look at it in the right light.
- When I rearrange, the house gets clean.
- When I draw, I have new art with which to decorate the walls or give as gifts to people I love.
- When I spend time with my friends, I am making them a priority.
- When I read my Bible, I grow closer to God who created me.
- When I sing, I forget the time and cleaning goes by faster.
- Reading, well, sometimes that can be done with my kids, and we get to enjoy a story together.
- My writing hopefully makes a difference for someone somewhere.
So, while I pamper and nourish myself — with the right attitude — I’m also able to fulfill all my responsibilities, too!
It’s pretty awesome how that works out!
What about you? How do you pamper/nourish yourself?! Tell us in the comments below.
Have a great day, Friend!
I didn’t know for sure until today that I would participate in NaNoWriMo (Nation Novel Writing Month). Well, this blog is encouraging. :) Go have a look-see. :)
Originally posted on Lit World Interviews:
I took part in the NaNoWriMo event in 2012, and completing that crazy, epic sprint to the end taught me more than I expected about the job of writing. First and foremost is the daily word quota. The more you fall behind, the less chance you have of catching up, and writing just under 1 700 words a day seems daunting. The thing is, that most of us write more words than that every day without thinking about it. We blog, we interview, we write bits of our works in process. It’s absolutely doable though.
The beauty of the NaNo is that you get to leave chunks out. You just pop over anything you’re not sure of and write on, because editing during NaNo is death. The urge to go back and at least read over what I’d written so far nearly took me out, but I knew that if…
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