I've been sick all week and laying around doing pretty much nothing but sleep and try to eat. During this down time I thought of an article I read a while back. I don't remember where I read it, but it was very true. It talked about how as woman we naturally worry about everything and everyone else.
We worry about what all needs to get done, how much time we have or don't have to do it. Cooking, cleaning, animals, kids, husbands, boyfriends, parents, grandparents. All of those things are somewhere in our minds pretty much all day. What about ourselves? What do we really do for ourselves besides seek that time to chat with our etsy friends?
The article talked about how everyone woman has their favorite perfume that was probably a little more expensive than the others and we only wear it for special occasions. Do you have that? I do! and I didn't even realize that I did that until I read the article. Why not wear it everyday, or put it into rotation with the others? You know the feeling when you're getting ready for a night out and you look in the mirror at how great you look and you're happy and finish off your outfit with your favorite accessories and perfume. Why limit yourself to feeling like that on that one day you get a month to go out? Why can't everyday be like that?
After all we bought those cute shoes to be worn. Now they sit in the closet waiting for that one day to be worn. Where them! This goes for a lot of things, favorite shoes, purse, bra, whatever it may be. It feels good to use these items that we set aside for special days. Why not make more special days?
I don't do a whole lot for myself either. I'm always doing things for other people or my etsy shop or the animals. And I thought why not? I don't think it's selfish to want to take care of ourselves. So one day I was painting and figured I would list it for sale in my etsy shop and I really liked the painting. It was something I secretly hoped would expire because no one would buy it and then I would keep it. I painted it because I wanted it in a way. I decided I'm going to keep it for myself. The one thing I've made for myself in over a year, and it felt good to do it for me.
So I challenge all of you to make something for yourself this week. Even if it's a dinner you know everyone will hate. Who cares, you deserve to do things for yourself. Make yourself a scarf, a piece of jewelry. What ever it may be, do it for you. Trust me, you will get a lot of satisfaction from doing something for yourself instead of constantly for others.
This is the painting I did and decided I would keep for myself. And it felt nice to hang it on the wall and know that I did it for me and it's not going anywhere.