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To break my Sunday cycle, I started off by telling myself this: You are a beautiful, hard-working,selfless being, and you deserve this time. Treat yourself.
So I did. Three things, every Sunday, for myself. I’m sharing them to give y’all some ideas, and hopefully inspire you to take a day off — completely — and cater to your needs. Follow along with this series if you feel like your “you” time is missing.
I went for a walk this morning on this, one of the most beautiful days of 2017. The sun was out,bleaching the sky, and the temperature hovered around 60 degrees. After a few blocks, I stumbled upon a chalky patchwork along the sidewalk, and couldn’t help but feel an inner nostalgia that my heart was tugging at me to grab onto. Instead of letting the moment flee, I knew exactly what I needed to do for myself.
Play. Remember that feeling of running over to your BFF’s house as a kid? The whole day was ahead of you to go on and seek whatever adventures you wanted? A kickball game was always going on somewhere, and things were just fun? Do something playful today. Seeing that sidewalk chalk,scribbled in any and all directions, made me want to go do just that.
All those feelings of having fun and being youthful shouldn’t be caged inside of you. Grab a board game, invite some friends over later, and play. Go get some sidewalk chalk, and doodle a bit. See some people throwing frisbee at the park? Ask to join. Go find a swing set, and fly. So go for it and be a bit playful.
Reflect. Now that you’ve got exerted some of that energy, go climb into an old trunk and dig out those silly photo albums. I think flipping through pictures of my past, snapped by the people that I love, is what makes me fall more and more in love with photography. What a treasure it is to have fleeting moments be captured and saved as memories.
Looking back on all of the old times makes me feel so close to my roots, reminding me of where I came from, and how much life I have so beautifully enjoyed.
Be Present. Now fast forward to reality, and decide if you are happy with it. Look how much you have bloomed. Think about the person you were then, and who you are now. Think about what values you have maintained throughout your life. Give yourself some credit.
Remind yourself to always be playful and silly. Hold on to that feeling of nostalgia, just in case you ever need to be reminded again to have more fun in this one life that you get to live.
I’m challenging you to clear your schedule today and do 3 things for yourself. You work your butt off,and deserve some time for yourself. If you try this out, let me know how it went, and if you feel rested and rejuvenated, let’s keep this up.
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