It's the first day of August!
When I was a kid, I thought August was the last month of summer, because OBVIOUSLY summer was over when school started. And that meant that I was going to have to play harder and cram more fun into my days, because soon they would be measured in classes and word problems.
I needed to make sure that I didn't waste any time.
Time is on my mind right now, because it can (and often does) feel like there's not enough of it. The to-do list is ever-growing while the number of hours in the day is finite, and that's ... well, it's not awesome. There's work and kids and education and relationships and the stuff you have to do at home and the car needs repairs and groceries need to purchased and who has time to cook? and then ...
And then you see some magazine cover about "having it all" and "taking time for self care" and you're like, yeah, that's great, except there isn't time to SHOWER, let alone make it to a hot yoga class and also, it's SUMMER and that would be very sweaty... and you kind of want to throttle someone because let's face it: the struggle is real.
But what's also real is the fact that you still need to make sure that you are on the list. You need to be a priority for yourself. In that case, the magazine cover is right. The important thing, however, is that you define what that looks like FOR YOU. What is something that will make YOU feel like a better, happier person?
Maybe it's just some really glorious body butter that you take a few extra minutes for every morning. Maybe being moisturized and smelling fabulous makes you smile.
Maybe it's making sure that you drink enough water every day, so you get yourself a water bottle that makes you happy, and keep it filled so you can get your H2O on. Hydration = happiness.
Maybe it's carrying around a book with tips and quotes for a few moments of peace and meditation. Don't have the time to sit in silence? You don't need to! You can find your zen and eat a sandwich -- look at you, you mindful multitasker!
Maybe it's taking a few moments a day to jot down intentions, aspirations, and hopes. You need a structured journal that also offers ideas about how to enhance your happy WHILE writing about things that make you happy? Go for it! And don't forget -- it's yours. It's for you! Don't worry about your handwriting or your grammar or your punctuation: write your happy.
Or maybe you're one of those people who likes to color, but the idea of having a book full of colored-in pages does nothing for you ... so you get a book of postcards that you can color and then send -- which lets you take what gives you a moment of joy and share it with other people!
Whatever it is, however it works, there should be something in your day that is for YOU. That makes you happy. That brings you a little bit of joy in between the list of things that have to get done and the ticking of the clock.
You can do it.
We'll be happy to help!