Gentle Self Care

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Me, reading the latest issue of Real Simple magazine which came in the mail yesterday.  (I always frown when I'm reading or concentrating).

I am on a journey of mandatory gentle self care, and it felt great yesterday to take the magazine and sit down and look through it without a twinge of guilt, or thinking I should be doing something else. Most of the time, my magazines get re-routed to another pile and sometimes it's weeks before I get a chance to glance through them.  I have paired down on the number of magazines I subscribe to, so I'd like to be able to savor each one. 

Other areas of self care include:

Putting these butterflies (from Ikea) on the wall in my laundry/utility room.  They make me happy.

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Eating fresh and healthy, such as this caprese salad with a balsamic vinegar reduction.
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When I'm tired it's okay to take a nap if I need to.

Dealing with junk mail as soon as it hits the door, and recycling/shredding it before it takes up precious space in my home.

Slowly incorporating exercise back into my life, every single day.

Enjoying this slower pace, and knowing that I need to make some changes in my life to make sure I'm not so crazy busy going around and circles and not getting much done.  (Read:  Let go of some things that aren't working.)

Taking time to just sit and watch all the birds that visit my backyard.

Practicing gratitude.

Walking to the Bay and sitting and reflecting and watching the water, and the ospreys and feeling the breeze washing over me.

Letting stuff go that I have no control over.

Realizing actions always speak louder than words.

Knowing that at the end of the day, it's all going to be okay.

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