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Self Care Diary: Open Up Your Blinds

I'm reminded of Coldplay's song "Politik" right now. In my head, I am singing "Open up your blinds.." 

A few days ago I was on the phone with one of my neighbors and she was like, "I see your car outside your house all of the time, but I never see you. Do you every go outside or open up your blinds?" Unfortunately, I didn't really care for my response to that question.

This is why I said sometimes I don't like not working in the summer. It just leads me to be lazy and lay around all day. We need that in small doses, but to not get outside or even look outside on a nice summer day when I live 3 miles from the beach makes me feel depressed. Yesterday I wrote about getting out doors and doing some work by the pool. Today I am thinking about how I can bring the outside inside.

When I was a little girl, I used to LOVE LOVE LOVE spending the night at my Aunt Susan's house. She always made me feel like a princess. Every time I stayed there she draw me a nice hot bubble bath and let me sleep in one of her nice soft night gowns. I absolutely loved it.

In the mornings, waking up on nice clean crisp sheets, she would come into the room and open up the blinds. That is the first thing that she would do. It was never to be annoying or wake me up, it was simply to let in a little sunlight to start out the morning with a smile.

She always did things like this. She would do the smallest things to make life feel so much fuller. She did things for feelings and not just function. Since I have grown up and gotten my own place, I always strive to be more like Aunt Susan- putting out flowers because its a Tuesday, lighting candles around the house just because they smell good. Not for the purpose of entertaining others, but for the purpose of enjoying them myself.

So in effort to combat the stupid summer blues, I am going to start opening up my blinds a little. It is a great way to start the day and make my indoors as summery and satisfying as the outdoors. Windows are self care.


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Self Care Diary: Open Up Your Blinds


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