Week in Review: The Unintentional Self-Care Edition

Whether it was coincidence or not after Meg mentioned she was going to do a self-care-themed Week in Review soon: the past week included quite a bit of that for me. Sadly without my favourite little human.

About that self-care: it’s obviously not just about spending money on yourself as I did in the past week. Yet I’m listing these as they’re particularly hard for me. Writing this post also helped me see the moments during the week where self-care was missing yet that I can put an effort into bettering during the next. So it’s a ‘self-care done’ and ‘self-care yet to implement’ check-in. Am I being confusing here? Share some of your recent self-care actions or your favourite ways to do so in the comments!

Week in Review

Some of the self-care and other happenings going down in the past week …

Worked five days. I’m neither going to lie nor ramble on forever but say that it wasn’t the easiest week. It included a whole morning of making calls to other offices which pushed me way out of my comfort zone. As much as I enjoy talking to friends on the phone – not over face-to-face communication, obviously – calling strangers and especially when having to deal with less than friendly people on the other side is hard for me. I’m thankful for the challenge looking back now, though.

Published three blog posts including another scoop of good good links and this ridiculously simple yet delicious Maple Buckwheat Granola. My colleague already asked for a bigger batch which I’ll take as a good sign – especially as I’m by far not the granola maven Meg is.

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Did my big errand run on Saturday and didn’t buy anything that wasn’t on my list. It can be tempting for all of us, no? While at this I …

Helped an old lady find an item at the store. I’m not mentioning this so much as an accomplishment but for it touching me. She was so sweet in asking yet looking so desperate for being unable to read the packagings that I was tempted to stay by her side until she’d finished her shop. I still wish I had – I offered but I feel she didn’t want to ask for it seeing as I’d been headed to the checkouts already. In hindsight I wish I’d stayed.

Bought a few things for my parents, including Erdnussflips because I’d noticed they were out of them plus their favourite brand was on offer. This may not have beene entirely altruistic.

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Ordered two new books, received and [and so far am really enjoying] one of them already. The other will hopefully arrive in the next few days. Amazon would have delivered it sooner but I’m not feeling good ordering there too much so our local bookstore it was [even if it means spending a good chunk
more money].

Kept up the reading habit and can’t stress how much I like it. I still spend too much time online which obviously means I need to get more books 😉. Is it Christmas yet? My wish list is going to be long until then.

Spent less time on Instagram. Before I joined somebody told me it was a black hole for time and that can be so very true. Lately, though, I’ve felt less drawn to it and I’m not complaining.

Went to the cinema. This was a huge one for me in terms of spending money –  yet again after ordering the books – and socialising with a colleague [the one closest to my age] I didn’t know well. In the end we had a great time both at the movies as well as during the 1 1/2 hour ride to and fro. [Yes, true countryside life when the next cinema can be 45 minutes away].  Luckily, we already have a next time planned for when this movie will be aired.I’d tell you more about the movie we watched this time but it was a German one so likely not interesting for most of you [to the German readers, though: I highly recommend ‘SMS für dich’ – great actors, wonderful story].

Finally got rid of all the empty jars that had been piling up under my sink. That’s what happens when somebody in the house has a nut butter- and salsa-eating habit. Too bad if that somebody is you and you have to take  all the jars to the scrap glass container yourself. Hygiene freak  confession: I took a rubber glove with me.

All in all, it’s been another week of ups and downs. Blog posts obviously never show the full picture, especially none of the inner struggles and – yes – lack of self-care when it was necessary [that continuous struggle to get enough sleep]. Uncomfortable situations and conversations. The above song is one I actually only started listening to – and immediately added to my playlist though it’s not the kind of music I usually like. I decided to include it here for anybody who like me needs a little uplifting lyrics to face any potential upcoming curveballs life throws them.

Happy Monday!

 

 

Happiness-inducing today: Reading my current book.

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14 thoughts on “Week in Review: The Unintentional Self-Care Edition

  1. Kristy from Southern In Law says:

    Erdnussflips are peanut flavoured, right?! If yes you totally reminded me of when my German teacher at school would bring in all of these different German snacks for us to try!

    Hmm, three achievements from my past week? Probably getting all of next month’s work done for a client before October even begins, catching up with some of the older women from our church and having some great conversations and actually saying NO to something for once because I knew I needed downtime before a crazy busy week!

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      Erdnussflips made from peanuts indeed – du kannst noch besser Deutsch als du denkst, Kristy! Did you get to try them back then? I’m not sure if they used to be gluten-free or not.
      Welll done getting way ahead of work – teach me your tricks! I hope you’ll tell me more about your church work in the next mail and great you were able to say no to not overburden yourself.

  2. Emily Swanson says:

    Wow it sounds like you had a wonderful, productive, and yet restful week; I’m learning to be more grateful for those kinds of weeks; they are truly a huge blessing.

    Having a reading habit is not something I’ve been doing for a while, but I’m so thankful, though I was anxious about it, that the Lord provided an opportunity to go on a road trip which has equaled = catching up on sleep and reading more which are both really restful things. ❤

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      It’s wonderful you got to embark on a roadtrip that helped you easen your mind, Emily.
      As hard some of last week was, yes, in the end I’m viewing these times as lessons making us stronger, too.

  3. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar says:

    A full morning on the phone talking to strangers does sound super-intimidating. I commend your bravery!
    You’re wise to point out that spending money on ourselves isn’t the only kind of self-care, but I think it’s important, at least, that when we do spend money we don’t let ourselves feel too guilty about it. A few new books and a trip to the movie theater sound like pretty reasonable indulgences. Glad you got to spend time with your coworker and see a fun movie!

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      Thank you, Joyce! Keeping the guilt away or at bay is still hard for me and I’m trying not to let my mind go there right now, too. I hope you’ll find some more time for pleasure reading, too – not just all those texts you need to prepare for classes.

  4. Claire Branigin says:

    It sounds like you had a lovely–if somewhat nerve-racking–week and weekend! Congratulations.🙂 I’ve been spending less time on Instagram lately, too, and it’s been lovely. Sometimes it is just so refreshing to get your eyes off a screen!

  5. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets says:

    It sounds like you dealt with some uncomfortable, yet challenging situations. Go you! That’s not easy but always rewarding. I also think it was lovely of you to help the woman at the store even if you didn’t stay for her whole shop.

    I have so many books I want to read, there’s simply not enough time. It’s a good problem to have, isn’t it?!

    Happy Monday. Thanks for linking up. I love when you come to the party.

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      Too many books are never a problem – I always feel I don’t have enough lined up to replace the current one when it’s an especially great read.
      Thank you for your uplifting words! This week hasn’t been the easiest yet so far, either, but there’s no giving in🙂.

  6. sweetandstrongblog says:

    I wish I would read more and spend less time in social media. I really need to catch up with everyone from like three years ago and read The Girl on the Train before the movie comes out.

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      Try making time for it! Honestly, I simply start the day with 20-30 minutes of reading and then usually another 30 when I get home after work before focusing on any other tasks or social media.
      It’s funny you’d mention Girl on the Train because the cinema showed a preview for it and I was so scared, haha.

  7. Ellie says:

    I find it hard to spend money on myself sometimes too. I am usually very frugal, so this past weekend I consciously told myself I could buy whatever I want where I am. It felt so free!

  8. chasetheredgrape says:

    So many books, so little time! I often do work in the library and I am always tempted to pick up more books to read every time I go! But I only allow myself to pick up one at a time, otherwise I would have piles of them at home!

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