Do the things that make for peace.
I don’t know where I heard that line, but I like it very much. And I needed it this frazzleicious week after utterly neglecting the self-care that is so necessary for my peace. I easily get caught up in the “have to’s and forget about the little things that make the “have-to’s” so much more bearable. So I stopped myself in my tracks over the weekend and got back to doing the things.
I put on an audio book while I did dishes and made meals, letting myself enjoy someone else’s adventures while I worked.
I migrated between the big green armchair and bed reading an entire book, cover to cover. My reading usually consists of a page here, a chapter there, squeezed in between chores, so this was sheer bliss.
I started a new journal with a gorgeous peacock on the front of it. There’s something about fresh, clean pages that inspire me, and it always does me good to write, write, write until the anxiety and stress are gone.
I met up with Bear around the farm for chats, discussing project priorities, fixing this and that, taking a few more steps towards getting our farm to the place we want it to be. It’s amazing how finishing one niggling project, no matter how little, makes such a great contribution to my sense of well-being.
I went to bed early so my 4:50 a.m. wake up for work wasn’t so shocking.
I harvested beets, asparagus, and peas and planted the seedlings I’ve been nurturing in my greenhouse: purple beans, Jack beans, mystery beans (I always think I’ll remember what seeds I’ve put in and never do!), elderflowers, and heaps of rogue tomatoes I found growing near the base of one of our cider apple trees.
And I started each day with delicious and healthy breakfasts, things that make us happy when we look at them AND when we eat them. Like fried eggs on sweet potatoes sauteed with onion, kale, and butter.
And fried eggs on fresh-picked asparagus sauteed with beef sausage, butter, and nasturtium leaves.
I started this week feeling so much better. My heart nourished, brain stimulated, body rested. Funny how the have-to’s now don’t seem daunting at all.
How do you take care of yourself when life gets rather frazzled? xo