To continue the theme of this week's blog vibe, self care and all, today I am talking about celebrating your victories, even the small ones. This is something that I really need to learn. I mean I am a published author who just had a new release at the end of last month! That is something that I should be celebrating, but instead all I can do is think about what else I should have written. I worry that I am not marketing my book enough. I have some pretty good reviews, but all I can think about are the bad things that people say, not the good. It doesn't sound like I am celebrating that much does it? Nope, I don't know how to celebrate my accomplishments but I want to learn.
So how does one celebrate victories in their life? Even small ones? Or what about the big ones like having a book published? I don't know how to answer those questions yet, but I hope that I can learn. Maybe for big things I can get a tattoo? Maybe for completing and submitting a manuscript a nice dinner? I don't know but I think that I will be happier if I learn to cherish my accomplishments. How do you celebrate victories in your life?
I'm still thinking about self care and taking better care of myself this week. In addition to mediation, I am trying to think of better ways to take the immense pressure that I put on myself off. One thing that I tend to do is set too large of expectations for myself. I don't just have a to-do list each day with a few things to do, I have a page long list for each and every day. Then of course I don't finish everything and I beat myself up about it. So then I add things to my next day's list and the same cycle repeats itself. See how the problem only compounds itself? Why I need to think of a new way of doing things?
So I am attempting to shorten my to-do lists. I am doing this by first having a list of things that I must get done, like eat and meditate, or work the day job. Sure, each day I will have some writing work on there, be it promotion or editing or writing, but I am going to try not to have all three on my plate each day. I am then going to have a second list, of things that I would like to get done in addition to my must do list. I am hoping that this somehow lightens the load that I put on myself. Will it work? I don't know, but i's worth a try right?
Recently I have been really trying to dedicate myself to meditation each and every day. I know that I have mentioned that I am working on this before, but forming a new and healthy habit takes time and there are bound to be setbacks. I have had some ups and downs while trying to be healthier, but I notice that I feel so much better when I take some time for self-care and meditation.
So this month I am attempting to meditate at least ten minutes every day. Ten minutes isn't that much of a time commitment, but I think that it will go a long way to making my mind calmer and bettering my quality of life. It's such a small change but it's a step in the right direction. By clearing my mind I'm hoping that I can be more productive with the rest of my day, that I might even better my writing in the process.
What small change can you make in your life that will help in your self-care? Don't we all owe it to ourselves to take time to take care of ourselves?
So I have some very exciting news! I have been nominated as Best Local Author in the Alibi's Best of Burque issue here in Albuquerque! Talk about a shock and an honor. Voting is open through March 13! You can vote once a week too! I sure would love your vote!
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