Self-CareAlthough I’m an early riser and definitely a morning person, I’ve never been a roll-out-of-bed-and-go kinda girl. I like to take my time…to ritualistically have my coffee, write in my journal, look out my big picture window at Boulder Creek and the Rocky Mountain Foothills (when I’m actually home, that is.) Even if I have an early flight or am on the road with an early call-time, I set my alarm for at least 2 hours before I need to leave. This isn’t for primping and prepping, but rather to ensure I have ample time to be with myself, before engaging with the world.

In the past few months, as my life has become increasingly more full, I’ve been blocking this time out – in my already very color-coded calendar – in yellow for ME.

And, over the past 4 weeks – in direct response to an overwhelming period of overbooking myself into a corner with no time to eat or pee or get outside – I’ve been scheduling absolutely everything! My daily journal-writing, hikes, runs, yoga, visits with friends…even grocery shopping! I’ve noticed that by claiming space in my calendar for my non-negotiables, I easily and effortlessly keep these commitments to myself, just like I would if they were IMG_4678appointments with clients.

With this practice, I’ve also been able to create a calendar – and a life – with much more time for me than I ever could have imagined. Gone are the days of everything being back-to-back-to-back! Instead I have all the time I need for a fulfilling workday, complete with contemplation, fitness, food…and bathroom breaks!

Imagine how your life would change if you made the same commitment to your own non-negotiables that you do the priorities of others.

I’d love to hear what would be possible for you…as well as any of your practices for honoring yourself! Please reply below!

4 Comments

  1. Denise on June 10, 2014 at 7:06 am

    I am starting this today!!
    Thank you for sharing your strong and peaceful self



  2. Barb on June 10, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    I have learned that I have 3…some time for exercise, some time for meditation and/or quiet reflection, and some time for writing. There are some days when this time combined is all to brief, or is mixed throughout the day, but they are a must none the less.



  3. Sherry on June 11, 2014 at 4:39 am

    I get up 3 1/2 hours earlier than I have to before work. I too enjoy time to myself to reflect, exercise, play guitar, or sew. Sets me up for the perfect day. I do not own a TV.



  4. Angela on June 11, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I needed to read this, today. I wakeup early enough for my practice most days, too. However, the last two months have been a lot busier. And I’ve felt as if I needed to compromise my schedule, but not after reading this. I will make sure I get my “me” time even when it may not seem to be convenient. I will thank me later. Thank you!