It was a painful morning with barely six hours of sleep and journaling was brutal. I ended up talking things over with my husband over our breakfast date.
I was reminded of my tendency to “overfish” and realized my creative soul needs restocking. All too often, we often deplete our reserves by caring for others and multitasking to the nth degree but rarely do we take the time or necessary resources to build ourselves back up again. [Is it guilt?] We manage (somehow) to limp along at a deficit but that kind of living is ALWAYS short-lived.
And before you know it, the stress starts coming out sideways in the form of crabbiness. If left too long, it might even progress to panic attacks, depression, overeating, overspending, drinking, etc.).
So I went home after our breakfast date and decided to bake a cake. And as I did, my thinking cleared and I had a revelation or two:
1. I need to ‘restock my pond’ by getting back into the habit of regular Artist Dates.
2. My 5 Fun Things Friday posts will be on hold for the duration of the 30ish-Day Challenge.
An Artist Date is simply a fancy way of saying, I’m taking a couple of hours each week to do something just for me. Like go for a bike ride around Calhoun or stop by Five Watt Coffee for one of their specialty drinks and do some writing while I’m there. It might mean going to a used bookstore or spending Friday morning at MY FAAAAVORITE Stillwater shop (Reclaiming Beautiful), just taking in all of the glorious details.
I am curating a new list of everything from watching P.S. I Love You to taking a French class. Now it’s your turn: Is there a hobby you rarely indulge in anymore? When was the last time you soaked in the tub? Do you like to garden? How about taking yourself out to lunch? Build your own list and then go to the calendar and put four of them on it for the month of May!