The prompt for this week is "Make Time"...for myself. To relax and unwind.
I am once again the anomaly here. If you read the posts of other participants, you will find everyone with busy lives, full of people they take care of, who demand their time, things they want to do, but have no time for.
Not me. My life is mostly, just me. I don't have kids who need my attention, my parents are half a world away, my husband is an extreme introvert, who barely speaks 500 words a day.
So well, I have no stress, no hustle-bustle in my life.
And yet, I don't take care of myself. I get lonely and mope. I crawl into a corner with my laptop and browse for hours. And go to bed at the end of the day, thinking yet another day gone, doing a whole lot of not much. Yes, I do have a full-time job, which I enjoy, but there is not much else other than that. My friends do invite me to join them from time to time. And those are welcome changes to my drab existence.
It used to be different, and I am not sure I want to go into how I became this person. What I want to go into is how I am going to change this and be cheerful and active again. I am going to spend time pampering myself regularly. I am going to do everything that makes me happy. I am going to sing my heart out and dance till my feet hurt, even if I am only at home, in my kitchen, cooking dinner.
A week before the new year, I met up with my closest friends, who have known me for over a decade. We started talking about resolutions, and decided we should suggest resolutions for each other. One of them said: You need to be the person we knew, the person who people on Facebook think you are. That struck a very deep cord, jolted me into reality. And I am taking her advice very seriously.
One thing I used to do quite religiously once upon a time, which made me very happy, and made everyone who looked at my feet, smile a happy one, was get my nails done. Its been a very long time since I did that. So that was the first thing to go on my "pamper-list".
I went last Sunday. Even the pedicurist was surprised that she had not seen me in such a long time. The new plan is to go at least once a month, maybe more. Other than that, I need to take care of upper back pain that has been plaguing me for over a decade. I got a massage to help loosen those knots 3 weeks ago, and have another appointment tomorrow. This is also going to be an atleast once a month feature in my life. I also plan to travel a lot more, go some place I have never been every long weekend. I have already started researching my next getaway.
Oh right, you were here to see a picture, not to get a glimpse of the dark side of me :-)
Here's a picture I took this weekend at the nail salon. This is what I will make my life look like. Soon!
Colorful and cheerful! With lots of different patterns!
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