I love the section on growth because it encourages us to pamper ourselves, to take time for ourselves, to make certain that we are treating ourselves well.
As an “extreme self-care” enthusiast, I love all these things.
At the start of every weekend, I take out my journal and I make two columns. One column is a list of all the things I “NEED” to do on the weekend and the other column is a list of all the things I “WANT” to do on the weekend. I love being productive and getting things done but also know that I need to cater some to my fun, creative side so this method works for me.
The things I “NEED” to do are normally things like laundry, clean kitchen, weed plants, rake. The things I “WANT” to do are things like cook a pot of soup from scratch, sit at the park with my journal, go horseback riding, go to a matinée of a movie I’ve been wanting to see.
I normally make these lists pretty long – twenty or so items per column. I never get them all done but I have the things written down that I need to do – the things that I will feel bad at the end of the weekend if I haven’t done – and the things I want to do – those things that will really feed my soul and make me feel like I’ve spent time in a special way.
So, how does this relate to self-care and growth? By making these lists, I’m insuring that I do things I need to do but also that I want to do. As many of you, I work Monday – Friday so my weekend time is sacred. I want to make the most of it. This allows me to grow and be more creative.
Lists aren’t for everyone, I know, and in some ways, they do seem a bit uptight. But, I like having it all written out in my journal and it helps my spirits unbelievably.
*** How do you balance need with want? What things do you do to show kindness to yourself? What will you do this very weekend?