This post is part of the Love the Everyday Link Up with Anne and Christine. This monthly link up encourages bloggers to go beyond the surface of daily life and share everyday moments.
I did something yesterday that I am not good at doing.
I took a sick day. As I am now a contract worker, taking a sick day is even harder (no work equals no money) but my body had been telling me for a few days that it needed to slow down. I could have easily taken cold medicine and pushed myself but spending a whole day without getting out of my pajamas was simply bliss and exactly what was needed.
A recent conversation at the hospital I work revolved around why no one felt comfortable taking sick days. There is the fear others will think one is not really sick and the concern for extra work placed on coworkers. As a result, many go to work sick. Unfortunately, I have been the employee who has been at work when I needed to be at home in bed. As a counselor, I struggle with cancelling appointments when it may be a few weeks to reschedule. However, if I hope to be a role model to clients in regards to self care it is important that I practice self care.
Thus, I spent yesterday on my couch reading magazine, watching HGTV and drinking tea. I highly recommend it.
I’m blessed that my life is busy.
I am a creature of habit and love the routine of a schedule. Workout at 5 in the morning, work, home to cook or out to meet friends for dinner. Date night on the weekends. The downfall with a schedule is that it can become easy to not be mindful and appreciative of the current day. Lately I’ve been blessed to look at a calendar that includes lunch and dinner plans with friends who soothe my soul. Each week there is someone to look forward to and catch up with. Making this time on my schedule is as significant as those 5:00 am workouts.
To do something different, last weekend James and I went on Saturday to visit Maker’s Mark Distillery so that I could pick up bottles that came from a barrel that had my name on it. (This is part of their Maker’s Mark Ambassador program and a complete post will come later.)
I’m continuing to love Hello Fresh but had to take this week off as every meal they offered included something I was allergic to. Sadly, with my food allergies, not everything can be substituted. Another downside is that I am not experimenting with new recipes like I would like to do. However, my food photos have improved and I would love for you to follow me on Instagram.
A few notes of interest:
The Try This At Home Series runs each Tuesday. It means a lot to hear that others are trying the tips and how it is impacting daily life.
I’m participating in the 40Bagsin40Days Challenge. This falls into my thoughts about more than I need and will help me as I organize rooms and closets the way I would like. My first stop is the home office.
This space is in need of some detailing and I hope to make some time to do that soon. Not a complete make over but perhaps new colors and additions. Now to just find the time in my schedule.
February also marks the anniversary of my Mom’s death. As I think of my Mom’s life, I reflect upon what I have learned from her life and death. Throughout this time I am always aware that the days are truly short and our time here is not promised to be long. A little over a week before her death I shared with a friend the following quote.
Take the trip. Buy the shoes. Eat the chocolate cake.
Today I would add – Take the sick day!
Are you taking time to appreciate your everyday?