I decided to cheat a little, for today's blog post, and use my recent Instagram photos. And when I was watermarking them, I realized something. The common theme for them lately seems to be my feet (I'm truly sorry) flowers and food. Thankfully not all together.
(But for real. I'll stop with the feet. I can't promise the same for the flowers and food though okay?)
I'm planning on feeding my soul this weekend and I wondered if anyone else out there might need some reminders to do this as well? I started operation soul feeding this afternoon in fact. I just wrapped up my last day with my beloved boss before embarking on 30 hours of training to become my husband's office professional next week! I'm so looking forward to this new adventure with my very best friend, Adrain. And learning something new. And pushing myself and my brain as well as my organizational skills.
But... it's been a rough month with spring break, track, head colds, Easter hosting, all the family birthdays, seeing my dad and all of the issues with that, family dynamics, teenage issues and demands, too many obligations and opening my home to so many, putting all of the above first. (Normally putting others first is the best thing you can do, but I realized that clumping all the above into one month- even one week for much of it- didn't leave any time at all for refreshing and I did not refresh!)
As women, we all do this to ourselves. Truthfully, even when we are busy, we can cope as long as we have right priorities and such... and I'm confessing that though I tried, I failed enough that it mattered. Ever been there? I made zero of the right kind of soul feeding time in April as well, and I landed on the front of this past week, way behind in every way. So I faced facts this morning and regrouped somewhat. Luckily, 41 years have taught me that simple things can refresh our weary souls in deep ways. I made a list of all the things I am doing today and through the weekend for myself even if it puts something on those around me, because it's okay to do that sometimes. (I forget that with busy teens who like to oppose my suggestions of helping out sometimes. Ha!)
Often, doing things for yourself (or not doing something) gives you the energy and desire to then pour out into others, and that's what it's all about. Finding that sweet balance. Firstly, finding time to pray and course correct my weary heart is always key...before I even stepped out of bed this morning, I spent nearly a half hour praying my heart out about some heavy issues. I know I'm losing my grip when this verse makes me weep, "Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matt 11:28
Do you need this reminder too? Stop and get some instant rest by taking the burdens and placing them where they belong.
Operation Soul Feeding:
Iced coffee with my favorite almond coconut milk blend
Fresh flowers in every room
Being outside in my garden, or watching the clouds (seriously do this with me)
Memorizing some comforting bible verses (I have one beside my bed)
Giving myself cute manicures and pedicures (OPI bubble bath is my fave)
Lighting my favorite candle nightly (Capri Blue Volcano)
Sipping an icy drink (or glass of wine)
Digging in to my new She Reads Truth bible (I got the gray linen. Eeep!!)
Whipping up fresh salsa and turning the meat over to my man and his BBQ
Sleeping late and not feeling guilty
Wearing my favorite perfume that smells like blood oranges
Holding my friend's new baby and breathing in deeply
Turning my phone off for an entire day (Sunday, I'm coming for ya!)
Not answering text messages right away, or even in a timely manner (personal goal)
Turning on the twinkle lights and watching La La Land with Ava and Life in Pieces with Adrain
Not baking cookies and making sure teenagers get fed constantly, because they can handle that
Working hard at working out (I want sore muscles)
Letting someone else do the dishes (I'm a get it done kind of girl and clean as I go girl)
Not making our bed and feeling no guilt
Really good lotion after I've stepped out of the shower (Coconut is always my favorite)
Eating really healthy
Reading a new magazine (Sunset has a great new issue out that was a delight!)
Wearing a pretty color (I tend to wear black too much)
Trying a new hairstyle- but only if I feel like it
So talk to me. Are you also weary or overwhelmed dear one? What soul feeding are you going to start alongside me, today? Or, do you have experience in this and feel able to offer some words of encouragement to share with those of us who are weary and striving to find our sweet balance again?