Today I am grateful for my husband’s help. My son has struggled with managing some emotions the last few days after being indulged repeatedly on Christmas. He threw a tantrum while we were picking up groceries yesterday—he kicked me and he spit at me. I told my husband that I needed to get away for a while so he took over parenting duties and I went to the book store. I took two hours out of my day to drive on my own, look for some books, get gas in the car, and listen to some music. It made all the difference in the world. And I recognize that I can’t be the only outlet for my child.
Today I am grateful for the chance to continue to educate myself. Following up on going to the book store, I feel so privileged to be able to go to a book store and pick out material to learn. Learning is a lifelong process and I love that I have the resources to continue that for myself and my family and to share that knowledge.
Today I am grateful for relaxation. It may have taken a few days, but I was finally able to shut my brain off for a bit and let go enough to have some fun and relax. I even took a quick nap. I started some year end review work last night. I spent over two hours writing out where I’m at, where I want to go, and what I’ve accomplished to close that gap as well as what I still need to do. I found it incredibly cathartic and also energizing. It always helps to clear out any confusion about what needs to be done.
Today I am grateful for self-care. I’ve indulged this weekend (probably more than I should have) but I’ve done it in a way that included listening to what I needed and wanted and I did it without guilt—with intention. I did little things like buy myself a pair of blue light glasses (which I recommend to anyone—no headaches since I started using them), I got myself some ayurvedic oils, brought out my essential oils, and cooked really healthy foods. I also ate bits of everything that we had been gifted over the last week or so. I cleaned my space and organized. It feels so good to clear. And I needed all of that for my sanity.
Today I am grateful for the memories we made this weekend. We absolutely made the best of it and we played and laughed and ate delicious food. We cooked together, we baked, we watched football and movies and caught up on shows. I am so grateful I was able to let go and have fun instead of stressing over how things should have been. Granted I spent a lot of time mentally preparing for that, but it paid off and we had a wonderful time together and were even able to socially distance visit some family. It truly was the best of the situation.
Today I am grateful to spend my energy more efficiently. I look forward to the next week. I really needed this time off so I feel reset and ready to take on the week. I totally know that there are things that I am not prepared for, but I feel like my attention is more focused and less erratic to take it on.
Wishing you all a wonderful week!