Self-care is important every single day. But I am trying to be very intentional about spending most of my weekend time doing things that make me happy and give me energy.
Here we go with Self-Care Sunday!
Gratitude and positive thinking are a big part of self-care for me. Every day, I am so very grateful for teachers, for all essential workers, and for health care professionals on the front lines who are fighting this virus. The amazing work that all of these groups of people are doing is nothing short of miraculous. If you haven’t watched this video of Alicia Keys singing her song “Good Job” while featuring all of these heroes, here’s a link. It makes me cry every time.
I am also grateful for the creativity of so many people who are posting on YouTube and social media with inspiring or funny messages and tips for how to do things while we’re staying home.
Here are some fun things I found on Amazon this week that made me smile.
*”It’s not drinking alone if you are social distancing” wine glass
*”Quarantine & Tiger King” wine tumbler. Am I the only person in the world who just could not get into the Tiger King thing? I made it through one episode and decided it was not for me.
*Cute yoga top
*Quarantine & Chill lavender candle
*Online teacher coffee mug. I definitely need this! I don’t know if I’m actually “killing it” or not but I sure am giving it my best.
*Life is Good quarantini t-shirt
*”Keep calm & wash your hands” coffee mug
*Healthcare workers are our heroes yard sign
*Thank you teachers yard sign
Another part of my Self-Care Saturday/Sunday tasks is to declutter. I’m focusing on bookshelves first and donating used books to Goodwill. It’s also fun to rediscover some favorite books that I will keep.
Here’s a list.
I love Sophie Hudson and Melanie Shankle’s Big Boo podcast. They are both Christian authors who are very real, down to earth, and hilarious. My favorite combination!
*A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet
*Home is Where My People Are – kind of an appropriate title right now!
*Giddy Up, Eunice: Because Women Need Each Other
*I’ve already pre-ordered Sophie’s latest book: Stand All the Way Up: Stories of Staying In It When You Want to Burn It All Down
*Sparkly Green Earrings
*The Antelope in the Living Room
*Nobody’s Cuter Than You
*Church of the Small Things
*On the Bright Side
I have started reading some books by Jen Hatmaker, another Christian writer. I appreciate her candid perspective and her “realness” as well. Here are two books I’ve read so far:
*For the Love
*Of Mess and Moxie
Self-improvement books (with all the self-improvement books I’ve read through the years, I should be close to perfect, but no.):
*The Five Second Rule by Mel Robbins. I wrote my thoughts about this book HERE.
*Atomic Habits by James Clear. I wrote my thoughts about this book too. You can read about it HERE.
*The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. My thoughts about this book are HERE.
*Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
*Thrive by Arianna Huffington
*What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam
*How to Raise Successful People by Esther Wojcicki
*You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
*Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
*Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
*My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired by Benjamin Spall & Michael Xander
*The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day & Control Your Life by Craig Ballentyne
Books that inspire me:
*Becoming by Michelle Obama. Regardless of your political stance, this book is wonderful.
*Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. Basically, any book by Brene Brown is worth the read.
*The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. It inspires me, but I still have areas that need tidying up! Like my bookshelves.
*Younger by Dr. Sara Gottfried
*The Hormone Fix by Dr. Anna Cabeca
*Delay, Don’t Deny: Living an Intermittent Fasting Lifestyle by Gin Stephens
*Fast. Feast. Repeat: The Comprehensive Guide to Delay, Don’t Deny Intermittent Fasting by Gin Stephens
Books about people and passions of mine:
*Lilly: Palm Beach, Tropical Glamour & the Birth of a Fashion Legend by Kathryn Livingston
*Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon
*Downton Abbey: A Celebration by Jessica Fellowes
*The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Andersen Brower
*The Magnolia Story by Chip & Joanna Gaines
*The Essential Enneagram by David Daniels
*Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jeremy McCarter
I hope you found a few titles that are interesting to you! If you’ve read any of these books, let me know what you think!
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