Good morning, Monday.
Good morning, World.
That’s how I’ve been waking up. I open my eyes, look out at the morning sky, and greet the day.
Some days, like this morning, I’m awake before dawn. On those days, I close my eyes and will myself back to sleep. Some times it works; some times it doesn’t. But then dawn peeks through the trees between my neighbor’s property and mine and lifts my eyelid, like a toddler, to see if I’m awake. Dawn, not sunrise, and certainly not the sun when it finally crests the trees, and I greet the day.
This morning the sky looked like this from my window.
The picture didn’t do the view justice, so I took a better picture when I took the dogs out. (And even this picture doesn’t capture it well.)
This morning I thought about how I wake up and wondered why I wasn’t greeting myself as well.
So, today, I greeting myself. “Good morning, Becky. It’s going to be a great day.”
It wasn’t until I went for a scheduled massage that I realized that I hadn’t had much, if any, “me” time in the past six months. That 90 minute massage showed me how important it is to carve out a bit of every single day for myself – to put myself first sometimes – to realize that I am important.
In a life that is busy with responsibilities, I’ve been looking for ways to carve out a bit of me time in each day.
Here are five things that I found that work for me:
- a quiet 10 minute bath by candlelight
- sitting on the deck and observing the world for 10 minutes in the evening when the dogs want to play on the deck (usually I just let them out and then get to the task of cleaning up in the kitchen after supper)
- sitting quietly in the early morning with my coffee on the front porch and watching the hummingbirds
- going to the music room, closing the door, and sitting down at the piano for 10 minutes to play
- reading my affirmation cards
This week greet yourself in the morning and tell yourself that it will be a good day, that you are a great person, and that you’ve got this.
This week carve out at least ONE 10 minute block of time for yourself. Make it something special.
Since a single day contains 1440 minutes and a full week contains 10,080 minutes, isn’t it time to find at least 10 minutes to celebrate YOU?
Take a moment and share with me how you will be spending your 10 minutes in the comments below.
Hi, I’m Becky. (Ok, Rebecca, but I am rarely addressed that way.) I am a writer and a musician with a tendency to enjoy a variety of crafting opportunities, but I retired from teaching in 2014. I taught in the high school English department: various levels of English, creative writing, public speaking, and theater (acting, directing, and technical theater). As a teacher, I held the philosophy that I wouldn’t give any writing assignment that I personally wouldn’t or couldn’t do. That philosophy strengthened and broadened my own writing. Interested in finding out more? CLICK HERE.