On Sunday, this was my to do list:
-Clean my apartment
-Write a blog post; make it an extra-special one, as JewelryFashionTips.com turns SIX this week! (How did time fly so quickly?!)
-Work out/go to my barre class
-Eat a healthy dinner
This is how the day actually went down:
-Sleep in till a little after 9
-Have a leisurely morning in my pj’s
-Go to lunch with my mom at the Pancake House (translation: not the healthiest of choices, but yummy)
-Hang out with mom, just chatting in her family room
-Take a long, hot shower when I get home (2nd one of the day — it is allergy season, after all)
-Put my pjs back on, even though it’s only about 4:00
-Read magazines for a couple hours on my couch (technically, this counts as work-related)
-Watch TV (Did anyone else see the finale of Big Little Lies?! OMG!!)
-Get in bed at 8:30 and read Outlander (finally on book 8) for three hours
As you can see, I didn’t accomplish a single thing on my to do list, but you know what? It’s OK. The world kept spinning, and when I got up the next day, no calamity had ensued. And on the bright side, I had a joyful, relaxing day. I DID accomplish things, just not the things I had necessarily thought I would.
I think having down time is severely underrated in our society, especially for women. It’s always rush, rush, rush — with everyone complaining about how busy they are. It’s almost a badge of honor to be worn out. How did this EVER become OK?? I am very NOT OK with it, and I’m making a concerted effort to take plenty of me time, say “no” when I want to, and make decisions in my best interest, even if they turn out disappointing some people. This is especially tough for me, as I tend to be a people-pleaser. I’m sure I’m not the only one out there, right?
Writing a blog is such an interesting endeavor. I take joy in sharing amazing jewlery with my readers and telling stories that may never otherwise be told. I truly do it as a labor of love, as I don’t necessarily earn money from it. But I have also noticed a big change in the world of blogging. “Traditional” blogs like mine, with long-ish written articles are losing some steam. More visual, quick bites are what’s getting the traffic. That’s why I’ve increased my presence on Instagram and continued with my daily images on Facebook. It’s also why I’ve reduced my twice-weekly article schedule to once a week, at most. I’m not planning on going anywhere, just switching it up a bit in how I share the sparkle. In addition, this new arrangement is allowing me a little extra time for myself each week.
I hope that you can take a look at your schedule and see if you’re getting enough YOU time. And if you’re not, I’m confident you can find a way to make it happen. You deserve it. Sending you love from my dusty apartment!
16 thoughts on “The Joy of Taking Personal Time”
Great post! We all need to take more time for ourselves and stop,rushing so much. And what a lovely view you have!
Thanks, lovely Rose!! You are actually one of my role models in this regard. I think you have an amazingly balanced life, and I admire that about you. 🙂
I am glad you are trying to strike the balance. I am working on that very same goal lately. See our mindset, I said “working”. Just wanted you to know how much I love your blog and always get a little surge of joy when I see it in my inbox, even if I do have to wait until later to give it a read. I enjoy looking up the artists you introduce us to and see more of their very individual and interesting pieces. Thanks for taking the time to do this for us.
Laura, your comment warms my heart. I’m so glad that my blog bring some joy to your life! Big hug. 🙂
Great message! Right on Sista! xox
Thanks, darlin’! xo
Well I certainly hope that this means I will see you at the beach again soon! Life is short. Do what you want.
I can’t remember the last time I was at the beach, Nancy — not good! I need to remedy that…
I commend you for taking time for yourself, and see how much support you got from everyone for doing just that!
We tend to be harder on ourselves than anyone else would be!
I appreciate all that you do for the jewelry industry, and I am always interested in the designers that you feature! Happy Easter!
Thanks, Bess! You know I love jewelry and I’m happy to support the jewelry industry in any way I can. 🙂
Agreed, Amy! As a professional people pleaser (is there such a thing?) taking down time (i.e., Me Time) can be such a difficult thing but so necessary. I’ve gotten better at it over the years. Sometimes even close friends don’t understand when you need to be on your own to recharge, etc. Onward!
Professional people pleasure — funny, but true and sad. I’m working on it! 😉
I’m late posting!!! Yes, daughter, it’s mighty important to pay attention to yourself and gauge if you need a staycation!! I’m even more proud of you for doing this. Seize the day!! WOOHOO!!
Thanks, mom. Glad I got to hang out with YOU! xo
You nailed it, Amy! I’m inspired to enjoy the rain coming our way on Friday and just chill 😉
Thanks so much, Monika! Enjoy your chill day on Friday. xo