Happy New Year! I wish you all the best in 2017. I am feeling a lot of positivity about this coming year and am looking forward to seeing what it brings. In the meantime, I bring you the last installment of my little self-care project. 100 Things I Love, has been really uplifting, and I have found that I have generally been able to keep a more positive attitude versus before. I am calling this self-care project a success!
Watching my friends’ and my sisters’ kids grow up
A freshly tidied space
Scented candles that smell like baked goods
Scarves – I hate having a cold neck!
A nice hot bath
That I can take medication to help manage my depression
Super hero movies
My antique desk
Being able to play PC games again (It’s been years.)
Organizing my clutter
Coming home after time away
Sleeping in my bed after I’ve been away for a night or two – it really feels amazing
Being able to drink tea from a travel mug!
A sense of accomplishment at the end of the work day
Writing when I can; when I feel inspired (however rare it may be)
Curling up in bed right before I fall asleep when I am good and tired
The amazing friends I have in my life
Coming up with this list
And there you have it. 100 things I love, complete.
My special style of clutter
Mmmm… Gingerbread scented!
2016 was a heck of a year. There were a lot of changes, and a lot of things that stayed the same. I started a new job, and as a result I made an amazing new friend. The new job also resulted in working at the first job I’ve ever felt appreciated and respected. She is truly wonderful. I finally started loving living alone, and that has resulted in being able to focus on things I wasn’t able to before. My best friend moved across the country. I am thankful however, that we are able to keep in touch thanks to Apple! I had a health scare with Tobi, but we weathered it and she is healthy now, aside from the continuous issues she has had to deal with for most of her life.
I have big plans for 2017 though. I plan to travel! I plan to meet people! I will be starting my house savings. I will be improving things around my apartment, a plan for which has already been set in motion. I will be taking better care of myself and my health as well. I have many goals I have set out to accomplish. I am excited for these things, and will of course be sharing what I can.
I know it’s been a little bit since I last published for this project. Family Christmases got in the way! I have a break from gatherings now, and thought I would continue on.
Welcome to Part 4 of the 100 Things I Love project. Reflecting over Christmas and being away from work made it a bit easier to come up with some additions for the list, which was pretty awesome.
Any kind of cool nerdy coffee mug
My TARDIS collection
Wiggling my toes in new warm grass
Sitting around the table chatting with the family after a big holiday dinner
Sitting on my back patio/landing reading a book in the sun
Finishing the latest project
Wayne’s snickerdoodles – Gluten Free and AMAZING
Quiet days to myself with no expectations
When plans go off without a hitch
Feeling prepared (this one is helpful for my anxiety too!)
A glass of ice-cold water
A nice, brisk walk.
Having a library card
Collecting Classics (the books, that is)
Learning to manage my money effectively
Treating myself from time to time (It’s just good self-care.)
I hope you had a great holiday! I did, for the most part. I find it a bit more difficult these days to really get into it as the majority of my family are adults or are nearing adulthood. There is less emphasis on the excitement of gift-giving, and more on just being with family. Don’t get me wrong, it’s really great. It’s one of my favourite parts of the season. It’s just hard to get pumped up and in the “holiday spirit” when that’s the case. I am back to work for the rest of this week, and then we are on to New Year’s Even this weekend. I have plans to go see some friends and spend the night playing board games and eating and drinking lots of wine. I am very much looking forward to it. I hope you have some exciting New Year’s Eve plans as well!
Welcome to part three of my self care project. These are items 41-60. This bunch was quite a bit more difficult to come up with. It seems to be more difficult as I get deeper into it. The rest of these are going to be a challenge to come up with!
Hand dyed wool
Geeky memorabilia – autographs, pop figures, art, etc.
Leaving work early
Travelling to new places
Sleeping in general
My comfy green wing chair (It’s vintage!)
Not having to cook if I don’t want to
Adult colouring books
Pen pals – the old-fashioned kind!
Receiving letters and packages in the mail
Sleepy kid/baby snuggles (while babysitting)
Tabletop game nights with friends
Video gaming with friends (World of Warcraft, Path of Exile)
Wrapping gifts for others at Christmas
My Batman coffee mug
It should also be noted that today is my blog’s anniversary! I have been active on this blog in one way or another for five years. It feels like a real achievement!
I’ve been publishing mainly regular life and personal posts and I’ve also been thinking it might be time to change things up a bit. I want to write a bit about self-care.
Self-care is the thing I never knew I needed until I started seeing my therapist in August 2014. With her help I learned that self-care is key to managing mental illness, especially anxiety and depression, as is my case. It’s also something I’m not very good at, or at least feel like I’m not very good at. Self-care can be as simple as taking a nice hot shower after an especially trying day, or curling up with a good book on a weekend afternoon. Simply put, it is taking the time to check-in with and look after yourself.
Some of the things I do for myself are take baths in the evening, read, play World of Warcraft, and have a regularly scheduled weekly movie night with a dear friend of mine. She struggles with her mental health as well, and the movie nights keep us both social even when we are having a hard time getting through the day. It also gives us both someone who is there and supportive. Basically, it helps us to both feel like we’re not alone and going through things on our own. The movie nights have gotten me through some pretty tough times.
The point of this post is something of a self-care exercise in itself – something outside of my ordinary realm of self care. I can across it on Pinterest, in a pin about practicing self care when things are especially tough, and I think it is a beautiful idea. The idea is to compile a list of 99 things you love. I’ve decided I am going to do this… with a slight modification just because of my own idiosyncrasies: 100 things I love.
I am going to create a list of 100 things I love. I wont share them all at once… It might get overwhelming, and it might take me awhile! I will probably share twenty or so at a time as I come up with them. The goal is to remind myself and maybe you as well, that there are great and beautiful things out there to keep us going. For those of us that live with mental illness in our daily lives, it is something important that we shouldn’t forget.