A Gift for You

“It’s okay to do something nice for yourself.”
From It’s okay to be different by Todd Parr.

 
Isn’t that a nice reminder, especially as we move into this gift-giving time?  I can’t tell you how many times I say things like, “I don’t really need that,” or “I’ll just run tomorrow – I should really dust the house,” or  “I can wait 'til after Christmas to get my hair cut and dyed.”  In the grand scheme of things none of those things takes that much time and preparation or even costs that much money…it’s just that so many other things seem to push me and my needs off of the top of the list.
 
Sound familiar to you?  Now, I’m not suggesting that you dismiss your budget or your family’s needs, but I think it’s so important to remember YOUR needs!  It’s something I’m working on as we speak.  So today I invite you to put yourself on the top of your list.  And, here's one way you might approach it.


·         Pick one thing that you would like to do for yourself right now.
·         If it’s something you can do today, like carving out a half an hour to read or relax with a hot chocolate on the couch, then do it!
·         If it’s something you need to schedule in advance like a hair appointment or a massage, schedule it today for a date in the near future.  Say “YES”  today to making you a priority and then when the appointment comes around, say "YES" again, because then you are in fact doing something for yourself!!  A double shot of prioritizing yourself – not so bad, right?


And you know what?  In doing something nice for yourself, not only are you giving yourself a wonderful gift, you are also giving those around you a gift – the gift of a more relaxed, more balanced, happier you!

Peace, Love, and Bliss,
Beth


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