Sunday, April 14, 2013

Time for Self-Care

"You can't pour water from an empty pitcher."
 
Now I can't tell you how many times I've said this to friends and acquaintances--women who are taking care of everyone and everything without a care for their own needs and well-being.   And I know it's very true.  No one can give and give and give to others without replenishing their own wellspring.  However, I seem to have forgotten to apply this saying to myself lately.   We, as women, have been well trained to be kind, caring, and loving.  And yet, I know that as well as I apply these traits to my interactions with others, I've been horribly neglectful in applying all of these lovely and loving traits to myself. 
 
It's been 6 weeks since I started another fibromyalgia flare-up and, of course, it was triggered because I "gave" too much of myself without paying attention to the signals my body was giving me to slow down and stop working.  I am doing better, but I'm in that awkward stage where I feel better enough to be out of bed and off the couch, but not well enough to get much of any "meaningful" work accomplished.  So deadlines are looming and I have SO many things to do.  However, instead of being compassionate to myself, that "inner critic" has been saying the most rude and nasty things to me--things I would never DREAM of saying or thinking about anybody else.  Perhaps this may sound familiar.
 
But I have a PLAN.  My plan is to start setting aside, maybe even scheduling it on my calendar, an hour a day for self-care during which I'll exercise (mostly tai chi), meditate and/or journal, and perhaps read.  Thinking about it, I should do it first thing after breakfast--otherwise  my self-care hour may fall through the cracks as always--the first victim of my habit of caring for others and putting their priorities ahead of me and my own priorities.
 


 
I'll keep you posted!
 
Heaps of Hugs,
Cheryl

Monday, April 1, 2013

Sadie Has a New Home!!

Drumroll, please!  I've emailed our three "Sweet Sadie Giveaway" winners and congratulations go out to:  Danielle, who wins Sweet Sadie, and Stephanie and Jamie, who each win a felt doll pattern of their choice. 

 
Sadie's quite tickled pink!  She's excited because she's going to live in France--although she does admit she's a bit nervous about the long journey to get to her new mom.  I've reassured her that I will do everything humanly possible to make sure that she is safe and comfortable.  Hopefully that will help her with her pre-flight jitters.
 
Take good care of yourselves!
Heaps of Hugs,
Cheryl