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Happiness Experiment - Day 18 (of 21)

Thursday, August 08, 2013

GRATITUDES

1. I am thankful for an AMAZING two-hour nap today! It was just lovely! I wasn't necessarily tired, but I knew I needed to catch up on some rest...so I stopped working, left the apartment a mess for a bit longer and forced myself to bed. It was the best choice I've made in a long time.

2. I'm thankful for an impromptu lunch with one of my girlfriends. Literally decided within 5 minutes to get in my car and go meet her at the restaurant. It was fun. I don't usually do spontaneous things like that.

3. I am thankful for NO HOMEWORK on the first week of school! Haha.

JOURNAL

Today, I put in about an hour and a half of work and was able to get very caught up on a lot of my e-mails. In just 1.5 hours! This makes me feel great...knowing that I will not be going back into the office next week to an avalanche of e-mails and feeling overwhelmed and stressed. As it stands now, everything is manageable and it doesn't seem I've missed too much. I love when that happens on vacations!

EXERCISE

If strenuous cleaning is an exercise, I've done it for the past 3 hours or so. I am sweating like a pig, so perhaps I've burned some calories. Haha.

I was doing some research last night on classes at the YMCA (looking to re-enroll my daughter in martial arts) and I noticed that Tai Chi for Beginners and Gentle Yoga are FREE for YMCA members! Also, they work with my schedule - even on Kid Weeks because they are during lunch hours! So, that will fill my time on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Now I just have to add some cardio to Mondays and Wednesdays and Saturdays. And work some weights in on Tues/Thurs and I will be golden!

MEDITATE

Day 4 of the Oprah Winfrey/Deepak Chopra 21-Day Meditation Challenge.

https://chopracentermedi tation.com/home/index

Today's centering thought:

As I love and honor myself, my relationships blossom.

I was especially touched by the intro to today's meditation by Deepak Chopra:

"Many of us were brought up with the belief that it is better to give than to receive. That it is important to take care of other people's needs before our own. If you have taken that belief to heart, you may find yourself giving until you are physically exhausted, financially depleted or emotionally drained with little left to give. In reality, truly loving relationships depend upon your ability to nurture yourself, to love yourself and to practice self care. You can only give what you have and your relationships will always mirror how you feel about yourself."

There was an assignment to think about what activities and practices make me feel alive and balanced, then to create a seven-day self-care plan. Here is my plan:

Today - Nap & Clean Apartment emoticon
Friday - Go for a walk
Saturday - Hiking with the kids
Sunday - Read a book
Monday - Swim at YMCA
Tuesday - Walk the Clear Creek Trail
Wednesday - Spend time with the man I love

I was successful with my goal for today and, shockingly, I have had a wonderful night with my kids and have accomplished more today than I ever thought possible in one evening. I took a two hour nap and worked for 2 hours today and STILL was able to go to the grocery store (twice), pick up the kids from school, clean the entire apartment, finish two loads of laundry, make dinner for the kids, do the dishes, give all the kids baths/showers AND write this blog...all before the kids' bedtimes! That is AMAZING!!!!

Perhaps it's true...if we take a little time to care for ourselves, it is easier to care for others.

RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS

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