Self care Saturday, my favorite post of the week.
The last couple weeks I have focused a lot on recipes of my beauty products that I make, but this week I wanted to take self care a different direction. Self care incorporates so much more than bubble baths and face masks (though I am a HUGE fan of face masks and baths). Self care is doing what you need to do to take care of you. It incorporates caring for your body, your mind and your soul. The last couple weeks I’ve really focused on body, so this week we’re going to talk more about mind and soul.
Several years back, in college, I read this book called 1,000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp. If you have not read it, you absolutely need to. In the book Ann takes on a challenge to write dow
n 1,000 things she is grateful for. What is striking about this list is that she writes down the hard things.
Gratitude has a way of changing our perspective. One of my favorite lines from the book is “gratitude turns what we have into enough“.
After reading this book, I did this challenge. I wrote down 1,000 things I was grateful for. It was most definitely not easy. Some days it was really hard to find things to be grateful for. But it taught me to see the beauty in simplicity. It taught me to embrace the mundane tasks of life.
This week I encourage to write down just one thing that you’re grateful for each day, just one. If you find yourself wanting to write down more than one thing, please do.
Maybe go by yourself a new, pretty journal. Pick one that you really like. I love buying leather journals. I love the smell of them. Having something pretty and something that you invest even a little bit of money in will motivate you to take this time for yourself. Take a few weeks at the end of each day this week and write down something you are grateful for.
Why write it down?
Writing it down claims ownership to those things that we are thankful for. Claiming the gifts in life helps open our eyes to the beauty and goodness around us.
Here’s to new week, and a new way to care for ourselves.