Let me begin by asking you this, if you don't value yourself enough to do things you love that make you happy, then how do you expect to grow? I mean really think about it. If you can't find the time to give yourself the love and attention that you need, then who truly will? I have spoke a lot about our relationship with ourselves, in previous posts. It is the most important relationship you will have in your life. But if you don't cherish it, you can lose it.
There has always been one thing I could never compromise on. No matter how much money I had to my name, I refused to give it up. Which is what? Getting my nails done. There is nothing I love more then setting aside the time to get a mani. It might sound small or inconsequential but it's monuments to my life. I love the way my hands look after a fresh manicure. I feel clean, I feel refreshed and rebooted. For me, getting my nails done means I get to sit alone quietly for 45 minutes and get pampered. Sometimes I listen to a podcast or music, and sometimes I merely zone out. I have found that in my hectic, busy lifestyle this is one of the only times twice a month where I am sitting completely still. My hands are occupied so I'm not able to be on my phone answering emails or texting. I am literally forced to sit with myself for an hour.
Some people may agree with me that manicures are a time they worship, while others may find it silly. If you find it silly, then I want to know what it is you do that you will absolutely not give up. Maybe its wine night once a month with your girl friends, going golfing with your brother, Monday movie night, something. Anything. We all have something that gives us the feeling of whole-ness. The feeling like we can sit back and relax and not feel the pressures of the world. This is so important when you are on your journey to self growth. To improve yourself you also have to learn when to allow yourself down time.
As I sat in my big comfy chair today, getting my nails done, allowing my mind to wander I realized that this was a form of peace for me. There is nothing more valuable then finding places of peace in our lives. I invite you to make a list of "peace places" in your world. My list is full of places I go when my mind is racing, I need some alone time or I want to focus.
-Sit in starbucks
-Watching a favorite movie in bed
What will your list consist of? Comment below!