Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Self-Care? What's that?

Angie here:

Did you know the amethyst is the gemstone that signifies taking care of yourself?
Gems of Wisdom amethyst pendant from
 Originally to avoid getting drunk, ancient cultures would carve goblets out of amethyst. (Don't try this at home.) When I was researching Gems of Wisdom: For a Treasure-filled Life, I was stunned that people really believed this because at some point, they had to know they were getting drunk. Wouldn't they?

Sometimes we get so entrenched in our work or goals that we really do not realize how far gone we are. How long has it been since you spent a real evening or weekend with your family? How long has it been since you took a few hours to yourself?

If you can't remember... hint, you're not taking care of yourself and that means there's little of you left to care for those you love. I recently had three different people, unknown to each other, share words of wisdom that they thought I needed to do something that would be self-care. I listened and took almost a four day hiatus from my laptop. My hubby and I spent the entire weekend doing whatever we wanted to celebrate our Lucky 13th anniversary. We strolled downtown, ate out, slept in, and recharged our marriage and our life. Seriously the best thing I could have done going into the very challenging schedule for the upcoming new release. Sharing just so you know I do practice what I preach :-)

So adding to Mindy's post yesterday, what are you going to do from here?


  1. Things are crazy right now with book release and trying to get another one to them, and being on blogs and judging a couple of contests. But my anniversary is coming up towards the end of this month. I'll remember what you said, Ang. I need to have a fun night/day with my hubby. I know it will be fun.

  2. You and Mindy have hit where it hurts this week. I think part of what I've been struggling with is overcommitment and not having enough down-time (quality time for myself). I need to start working on that.

    BTW- I did go to the movies yesterday. Just me, myself, and I. It was the first time that I've ever gone by myself. It was liberating and I got to eat the popcorn by myself!!! LOL

  3. Yay, Lindi! I hope it's a wonderful anniversary.

    Dianna, that's exactly what I like to do. Go to the movies alone. I love to enjoy it without all the peanut gallery comments and not be embarrassed if I laugh or cry in spots. :-) I think it's really important to do what you really like to do because you like to do it, not because you have to for someone else. Compromise is always there. But now and then you need to take care of you.

  4. I hope you have a great anniversary, Lindi!

    And good for you Dianna! What did you see?

    Angie, that's really cool that 3 people know you well enough and love you enough to share. I'm so glad you took the time and had a great weekend!

  5. Angie, glad to hear you had a great anniversary! Did you get all 13 presents for your husband in time?

    Dianna, I can't ever remember going to a movie by myself, it would be an experience.

    Lindi, as crazy as I am sure life gets when you're published, I hope you're having fun with your first novel.