T.L.C

Everybody needs some T.L.C once in a while.

Yup, some Tender Loving Care.

I guess for some, that ‘while’ tends to take a little longer than others. In the midst of the busy 8am-5pm work schedules and the 5pm-8am home schedule(this home schedule is a full time job) it is possible to lose yourself in the hustle and bustle of life. The to-do list can easily become your master.

I chatted with a friend of mine a couple of weeks back and she said something that caught my attention:-

“Lately, i’ve been doing a lot for me for a change.”

It got me thinking….its easy to drown in the 8-5 and 5-8 schedules, lose yourself and never do anything for yourself. My friend does nice things for people, but she realized she needed to channel some of that energy to herself. The results? Beautiful! A few seemingly ‘drastic’ changes here and there, lots of little changes everywhere, NOW she is much happier and glowing. The Joy 🙂  comes from the inside out.

I read this verse in a new light yesterday:-

Song of Solomon 1:6 (ESV)

Do not gaze at me because I am dark,
    because the sun has looked upon me.
My mother’s sons were angry with me;
    they made me keeper of the vineyards,
    but my own vineyard I have not kept!

Emphasis on the last  two parts of this verse

they made me keeper of the vineyards,
    but my own vineyard I have not kept!

It’s easy to get so consumed by doing nice things for others and taking care of others and forget to do the same for yourself . Yes, doing something nice for your husband reflects on you and is sort  of for you in the long run (y’know, you are ONE et al) BUT it isn’t quite for you. I am not advocating for selfishness 😉 instead for some self love-love your neighbor as you love yourself.

The thing about being busy is that you get so wrapped up in doing and sometimes it is so easy forget about being. The challenge is finding a balance between doing and being and not letting what you do define who you are.

Who are you when the titles, schedules and to-do-lists are taken away?

What are your interests, dreams and desires?

When is the last time that you spent time exploring one of the above?

Many women have bucket lists full of laundry items. These have sadly replaced their dreams and desires.

This week take some time off and do something nice for yourself. If it’s been so long that you barely remember what used to make you happy begin to think about it. Write the list of the things that make you happy and then take it from there. When you create your to-do-list, schedule one of the above items first, and then put all the other things in the blanks remaining. You may realize that blocking out 30 minutes each day to build that skill you’ve always desired or pursue a hobby you’ve always had may make your dream become a reality much faster.

I’m taking the challenge as well and next week i’ll post my progress on the little project.

Love is Kind, be Kind to yourself 🙂

Blessings,

Bibi2Be

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