What promises have you made to yourself recently? Have you kept them?

The weeks leading up to Easter were busy. It is for anyone who works for a church, but I didn’t think through the increased workload that would come with working for multiple churches. I had a promotional to-do list… x3 churches. On top of that, my social media plan for one was a little intense. I love how it turned out, but it took a lot of energy. A lot of creative energy. Basically… Photoshop and I needed some time apart. And Easter weekend would be perfect! Not only would all my promotional work be done so I could take Saturday and Sunday off, but the office was also closed on Monday, so I could designate that as a day off, too. But I didn’t want to come back from three days off only to scramble through the next week… so I decided that I’d have everything that needed to go up in various places on the internet done by the end of the day on Good Friday. I made a massive to-do list, completed it, and took those three days off. It felt great to relax knowing that the following week was covered, too.

When I told my coach about this during our last call, she congratulated me on honoring my commitment to myself. I made the commitment that I would be able to take three days off without thinking about what was ahead for the next week, so I worked to make sure everything the following week was covered. And when I reached that three-day period I made sure I took it off. There were times I thought, “I could do this…” and realized it was a work-related task. And while I could have done them, I had promised myself those days off. So I honored that.

It made me realize how important it is that we honor those promises we make to ourselves. It’s so easy to make excuses to break them.

“It never hurts to work and be productive.” Except it does when what you truly need is to rest and recharge. In fact, if you take that time, you’ll work better and be more efficient when you return.

“I don’t really need that bath.” Except that you do need time to let go of whatever is on your mind, whatever you’re carrying around in your body, and if that bath is how you can do it, you need that time.

“I guess I don’t need to read this novel. It’s just frivolous.” Fiction isn’t frivolous, but that’s another topic for another day. And if that’s how you escape and unwind, you need that moment to escape into another world.

“There’s so much to do around the house, I guess I don’t need to do yoga tonight.” Yes, girl! Yes you do. You could make the argument that if you’re doing housework you’re being active and that’s 100% true, but if what you truly desire is to have a yoga session, or dance for a half hour, or go for a run, you need to take that time. Maybe that’s what your body needs. And, probably, that’s what YOU need. And that’s reason enough to do it.

And if you’re thinking, “But the housework needs to be done. Cluttered house = cluttered mind.” Then do that housework. Unclutter your house so that when you move onto the next thing you can do so with an uncluttered mind.

What it all boils down to is if you need to do something for you, make a commitment to yourself that you’ll do it. Make a promise to yourself that you’ll take care of this need. And then…

Honor your promise to yourself.

And sometimes it’s hard. Sometimes it feels unnatural. Sometimes it feels like we should be doing something else. But if you take care of your needs, you’ll take care of other needs better.

Today I encourage you to take time to think about what promises you’ve made to yourself, or what promises you need to make to yourself. Make a note of them and then honor them.

And when you do congratulate yourself. That’s awesome! It’s worthy of acknowledgment.

What promises have you made to yourself? What promises are going to make for yourself? I’d love to cheer you on!

When you need to do something for you, make a commitment to yourself that you'll do it. Make a promise to yourself that you'll take care of this need. And then... Honor that promise to yourself. // dreams-etc.com

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  • I wasn’t particularly close to my aunts and uncles growing up. I was born when my parents were a little older and I always felt like my aunts and uncles had done the aunt and uncle thing and didn’t need more of it by the time I was born.

But my Uncle H and Aunt J were different. When my uncle was dying I was asked what some of my biggest memories were. This question came up again over the weekend. And there were so many to choose from. The biggest was, of course, sticky buns on Sunday morning. (And usually going to the store with him to get them.) There was also ✨ “driving” the tractor through the fields on the farm
✨ fishing during the summer
✨ trips to the store and getting a candy bar that I didn’t have to tell my parents about (but always did)
✨ talking about his Spanish classes
✨ “scaring the fish away” by talking, but he was fine with me talking anyway
✨ driving the boat...and starting to fill the boat with water when I went too fast, but he wasn’t upset
✨driving the golf cart around the golf course
✨ listening to his stories about his time in the army

He wasn’t a perfect man and I saw that once I was an adult. But for someone who was only close to one uncle growing up, he’s part of some of my best childhood memories. 💙
  • ”I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.” [Anne Lamott]

The last time I was here it was cold and the ground was covered in snow. I said goodbye to my uncle. (That sentence still brings tears to my eyes.) Now it’s (slightly) warmer and the world is waking up after winter. This weekend I was thankful for 🌻 the chance to enjoy a beautiful view of Lake Michigan with my dog in my lap
🌻 a family brunch
🌻 followed by a family dinner the same day
🌻 fresh WI cheese curds
🌻 long talks with my cousin

What were you thankful for this weekend?
  • Lake Michigan was barely visible when we left this morning. It was fun to see how the view of lake changed each day—and throughout the day!—this weekend.
  • I guess I didn’t have to worry about whether or not the dogs would get along. 🤷🏻‍♀️😂
  • Hello, Lake Michigan. 👋🏼
  • When you think they finally placed an order for you...and then they make you get off the chair. 😒 Swipe to see other photos from my day: 🐾 Met my human’s aunt and I was cute.
🐾 Asked my grandhuman for tummy rubs.
🐾 Realized my tummy rubs weren’t his priority. 🙄
🐾 Met two Doodles and my human pet one of them... so if you’d like a human, I’m getting rid of mine. No time for that kind of betrayal.
  • We’re headed on an adventure! Mina’s handling the longest road trip she’s been on like a champ. While at a rest stop we met a man wearing a “Dogs are my favorite people” shirt (👏🏼👏🏼) and his German Shepherd, who fell in love with Miss Mina. Can you blame him? Who wouldn’t fall in love with her? #littleonesadventures
  • Goodnight moon. 🌙

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