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!
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.
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.
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
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.
Happiness-inducing today: Reading my current book.