Intentional Living: Take Care of Yourself First

Before I jump into this post, I want to congratulate the winners of last week’s giveaway: Deborah and Jon W! Your copies of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up will be mailed out this weekend. 🙂

Hi, friends! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts, eh? For new readers, I used to do this weekly update where I sort of filled in the blanks on how I was trying to live a more intentional life. I ended up making the intentional decision to stop posting them every week, but I was thinking it’d be nice to do them occasionally still – maybe on the last Friday of each month? Let’s try it!

March can be summed up in three words: happy, stressed and exhausted. I worked on some really fun new projects and realized I’m definitely happiest when I’m creating things. But then I’ve also had this big scary decision looming over me, which was the cause of too many sleepless nights… and has left me sooo tired! I feel as though I could sleep for a week and I still wouldn’t be caught up.

After tossing and turning for a month, and dealing with the fact that 4:30am seemed to become the new time my internal alarm clock went off, I finally made that big scary decision. I can’t share all the details on it yet, but I can tell you it’s lifted a huge weight off my shoulders. The reasons I was scared to make the decision are still there, but they are outweighed by how happy and excited I am now.

All of this is to serve as just another reminder that, no matter what’s going on in your life, you need to do what’s best for you. And you definitely need to take care of yourself, before you can help anyone else.

This month…

The shopping ban was tested by the fact that my only pair of jeans ripped (in the inner thigh – ladies know what’s up). I’m due to write a 9-month progress report in early April, but let’s just say that’s a test I had to fail. Other than that, I’m feeling great about the shopping ban, right now. Only 102 days to go!

I took care of myself by working out 12x (so far), trying to eat mostly healthy food (with a few bad days), getting back into journaling daily, and listening to my body and going to bed at whatever time I need to. I’m not kidding about that last one. On Wednesday, I passed out at 6pm and slept until 6am!

Instead of watching TV, I read 2.5 books and started listening to more podcasts, including The School of Greatness. The most recent episode on how to manage stress and anxiety was incredibly helpful. (And I still watched some TV on Netflix. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, anyone? “Females are strong as hell!”)

A blog post I loved was The Magical Art of Spending Money on Yourself by one of my new faves Emma Lincoln. “My whole life, the fact that I pause before spending has set me apart from most people. … I’ve spent years thinking this was a positive trait. Thinking I was frugal, careful, unselfish, minimalist. But that’s not true. I can’t spend money on myself because I don’t believe in myself.”

The best money I spent was $99 on an online writing course (on sale in a package of other writing resources, now $300) I’d been wanting to take, but had convinced myself I wasn’t worth spending money on – until I read Emma’s post. And guess what? I am LOVING the content and learning so much from it! When it’s in the budget, I’m going to take more classes.

Finally, I was most grateful for all the friends who supported me and uplifted me this month. I am truly blessed to have so many good people in my life. <3

How have you been, friends? Tell me what’s new!