After a successful raid of IKEA on Wednesday, David and I have been working on our remodel of our craft room. What does this have to do with self-care you ask? Well, my therapy is my art and crafting. Whether it's making cards, scrapbooking, or painting, my crafty place is my sanctuary. Creating is my therapy. The same goes for my husband. So for us, creating this new and wonderful creative space has been a long time in the making. We've been in our home for little over ten years now, and have acquired a lot of stuff. One form of self care is purging... no, gross, not that, I mean getting rid of stuff you don't need. Cleaning out the junk so you can BREATHE! I am really excited about this and will post pictures when it's all done.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Ok... maybe someone could shed some light on how I can do this, because I have tried everything and still those evil cupcakes, pies and cookies keep on flooding my Pinterest feed like an unwelcome drunk uncle at a wedding; how do you filter your Pinterest feed to weed out posts about stuff you don't want to see?
I have begun a hard reset of my life in a very desperate attempt to get healthy after abusing myself with sugar, junk food, toxic thoughts and people, and just not taking care of my mind, body and spirit. In an effort to do so I am trying to censor all the triggers of my bad habits by deleting toxic people from my life, starting an Instagram page of my journey to better health in order to perhaps inspire others as my friends Marissa and Crystal have done for me, and seeking out healthy solutions on Pinterest and Facebook. I considered doing another blog, however, this is the mind and spirit part of my 'reset' and I want to be able to focus on this as well and stay consistent with relevant posts and content.
So if it's not too much to ask.... how can I do this? I don't want to go off Pinterest altogether, but I just don't want everyone's sugary goop in my feed. Know what I mean?
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
I took Monday off, and part of Tuesday. Still trying to recover from the past couple of months and to be honest I'm not quite 100% when it comes to my writing mojo, let alone my creative mojo to start making stuff. Chronic illness mixed with bipolar depression can do a whammy on the mojo. You don't feel like doing anything. For those of you who think we can just take a few pills and snap out of it, well, you need to better educate yourself, it's not something you just bounce back from. No, we don't want to wallow, we just take longer to 'reset'.
Sunday, March 4, 2018
In the Christian faith, we observe our Sabbath on Sundays..... but is it really a day of rest as the scriptures dictate? Not from where I see... we are full of activities on Sunday. From Potlucks, committee meetings, elaborate family dinners and by the time Sunday night rolls around, we're pooped. The Jewish faith practices their Sabbath on Saturday, and it's observance starts on Friday night at sun down, before that all the chores are done, Shabbat meal is prepared, and you go to Temple, and for Saturday, a day of rest and Temple for Saturday morning.
As I am a Christian, I try to observe Sabbath on Sunday, and like I said before, I find it hard to do when our church loads us up with activities such as potlucks and committee meetings on that day. Then there are some that plan their big family dinners for that day. Do they not know that they need to rest??? Resting puts those of you who have to report back to the work week on Monday in a much better frame of mind. Resting our minds from the expectations of the world will help us open our hearts and our minds to better study and reflect on our scripture. So take a look at your Sunday and see if it really is a day of rest.... and if you feel more overwhelmed on Sunday than rested, perhaps it's time to take a step back and pare down some of your expectations for Sunday.
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Yes....I fell off the food wagon, rolled down the hill and hit the food truck and set it on FIRE. Now that I'm finally feeling better I'm up way early this morning working on a weekly menu and healthy options, along with a plan to incorporate exercise into my life again. Yeah, I've been walking all over, and that's all well and good, but I've also been sick and inactive off and on for the past two months for which I have added a whopping 24 pounds back onto my 5'4 frame. Lysa TerKeurst talks about being honest in the first chapter of her book 'Uninvited, Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely'. That in an effort to heal oneself emotionally, we have to learn to be honest. I'm going to be honest, and it ain't pretty. I'm 5'4 and I weight 211.5 and I wear a size 16-18. I've been poisoning myself with junk food, fast food and processed food once again, because it's been quick and easy and made me feel better when I was sick. Ironically, it's what's keeping me sick.
I usually to Sundays as my Self Care feature day, yet I'm feeling a real pull to change things up around here. Sundays are for the Spirit.... and Saturdays are for the Mind and Body. So now my Saturdays will revolve around Self-Care.... the mind and the body. I just looked at the clock and it's now almost 1AM and I have a 7:30 AA meeting I need to get to. In an effort to take better care of myself, I'm going to get myself to bed and try to get some sleep. Rested Kimberly=Happy and Focused Kimberly. Same goes for you too. Turn off your tech at least an hour before you go to bed and get some rest. Read....