It’s Valentine’s Day!!!
We have a full day today…our traditional Valentine’s breakfast followed by school parties, then the girls have dance and finally, our family Valentine’s dinner and the Olympics. Andrew and I decided that we’re going to celebrate with dinner just us in two weeks because that’s in-between Valentine’s Day and our anniversary. Tonight, it’s all about the Olympics…er, I mean family.
Today is also…
…How We…Wednesday! Once a month, Erika and I host a link up where we talk about how we (fill in the blank). We’ll share and then we’re hoping you’ll link up and share too…because I LOVE learning new things from you ladies! Last month, we discussed our New Year’s Resolutions. You can see mine HERE.
Here are our topics for the year…
Today is about how we “take care of ourselves”. I’m going to offer up my thoughts, but then I totally hope you throw out suggestions too. I don’t know how it is at your house, but over here, I’m usually the last person I take care of. I make sure to schedule everyone else’s check ups, dental appointments and so forth, but I put off and/or reschedule mine. I make sure the kids are getting plenty of sleep, eating their veggies and drinking a lot of water, but I’m over here sleep deprived and chugging coffee. Anyone else?
I went and looked at one of my favorite Pinterest boards for a little inspiration today. Am I the only one who likes to pin stuff like this…
I don’t know what it is, but these pins speak to me. I have a whole board full of motivational stuff along with health and fitness HERE.
So, I said this last week, but I’ll repeat it again, one of the ways I try to take care of myself is by…
Getting annual (or for me, bi-annual) skin checks…
…making sure I’m on top of my breast health and talking to my doctors about hormones. Just Friday, my friend went to the doctor and made a joke about her tummy feeling bigger than normal and friends, her doctor took her joke seriously, did a sonogram right then and there AND SHE HAS A TUMOR ON HER OVARY. We have to speak up when we’re at the doctor. We cannot think the doctor is too busy, our concerns are too silly/weird/dumb to say out loud. We have to say something! Also, please be praying for my friend. She visited with a gynecological oncologist yesterday and this is so serious. So, pray for her (you don’t need to know her name, God knows it) and make sure you speak up about your health.
I know, I know, I know. You were right and I was wrong.
For years, you guys have been telling me to get more sleep, but I am addicted to waking up early. That being said, one of my resolutions this year was to sleep until 5:00 every day and oh my word, I feel like a new person. I didn’t even realize how tired I was until I wasn’t anymore. Sleep is our friend. I need to repeat that to myself most days, but it’s true. No one is their best self when they’re exhausted.
I am not the poster child for working out. I don’t do it as often as I should, but I’m very active and I think that’s important too! When I first got my Apple Watch, I was so surprised that I didn’t get very many steps in on Tuesdays and Saturdays. It really shocked me! I thought I got about the same every day, but nope. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, I typically got half of what I did on other days. Now, I really strive to hit 15,000 steps every day of the week. Some days (like Mondays!) that is really easy, but other days (like Tuesdays when I sit at my desk for 7 hours), it’s harder and I have to get more creative and push myself. You can read about other ways I stay active HERE and about my Apple Watch HERE.
A few years ago, I set out to read two books a month…and now, I read many more than that. Reading more has been one of the BEST things I’ve done for myself! For starters, I’m watching less TV (which is probably a good thing!), and it’s just really relaxing and helps me unwind. I have always loved reading, but I wasn’t making it a priority in my daily life, and now, I am. I carve out time to read and decline other things in favor of it (like mindlessly scrolling social media). Reading has really been a blessing to me. You can read my last book review HERE.
So, there are probably a plethora of other things I could name: drinking more water, eating less sugar, taking a relaxing bath, going vegetarian a little each week, etc., but these are the things that came to mind first. What do you do to take care of yourself?! I would love to know!! I think we women have to stick together and encourage each other to stop and take time for ourselves. Please comment and share!! Plus, if you blogged this today too, please link up below.
Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! It’s the day of love and I certainly love YOU!