So I stood up, handed my numbered ticket to an older gentleman waiting next to me and walked out.
I canvassed the area and found a nail parlour that, after a quick stop at Starbucks, had space for a pedicure. I sat down and picked up a magazine. I committed to myself I would enjoy the magazine and not pick up my phone or start list writing until I had. I walked out excited to return to life with bright pink, summery toes.
Giving that time to myself made me more alive, awake and present. The question is, why was it an afterthought? When presented with a chunk of time, why wasn't my first thought to do something to revitalize myself?
As Mammas we spend so much of our time giving to others that often, when a chunk of time pops up, giving to ourselves doesn't enter the picture.
How can we create a personal red flag that, when a chunk of time opens up says, "Hey, why not use this time to nourish you?!?!"
Perhaps that red flag or reminder is a sticky note on your desk, a posted quote, a background on your phone, a regular weekly or monthly calendar reminder ... as I am a list-maker, I decided to put it first on every list I make for the next while.
How are you going to create a personal red flag so that giving to yourself is on your radar when a window appears?