Giving. We give of ourselves all the time, don't we? To our partners, children, family, jobs, friends, churches, social causes. We give time, money, energy, love, resources. The list can go on and on.
But I'd like to know what you give to yourself? It's so easy to get lost in the hole of caring for others that we don't take the time to care for ourselves. I know we even may have a sick little part of us that likes being a little bit of a martyr, a little bit over extended so we can have other feel sorry for us or to feel grateful to us.
We do everything because its just easier to do it ourselves than to try to get others to do it or we're just so used to doing it all, we don't bother to ask. Its easier to for us to do it than to have expectations of others and risk being let down if they don't follow through. Or maybe you just have no one to help you and you really have to do everything yourself. That sucks.
Giving of ourselves, either joyfully or begrudgingly, is exhausting.
But, I NEED my iPod. It increases my quality of life exponentially, and I recognize this. I, probably like a lot of people, have a hard time spending money on myself. I'll spend it for everyone else but me. So when I dropped nearly $50 on a new iPod you better believe I felt like I needed it.
What I'd like to know is what you intend to do for you during this 8-week challenge. Even if you simply take a long hot bath with a book, treating yourself to a massage, meeting a friend for coffee or replacing an old broken friend with a newer sleeker version that is lime green and named Lola. Just so long as you take the time to recognize that you are worth giving to and that you need some self care because if you don't recharge you will be left haggard tired and resentful. Or is that just me? :)
But what I'm really going to do for myself is this.
After the first four weeks of the 8 week challenge, I'm going to treat myself to a 1/2 hour massage. The last time I went to my local massage therapist I left feeling better than I had in a long time. I felt like I could fly, it was that good. So tell me, what will you do for you while you're working to reach your goals during these 8 weeks?
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