Mindful Monday–Find Time to Love Who You Are

Mindful Monday

Welcome to Mindful Monday!  I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to.  Each week I try to self discover new things about myself.  This week, I decided that I would concentrate a little bit on myself.  I am talking about self-love, or caring for myself as a person.

I have a busy week ahead, as March 31st our oldest daughter Ronda, and our two grand daughters Maleah, and Arianna, arrive for a short visit.  My normal mode of operation would center on cleaning the house from top to bottom, baking all kinds of goodies for healthy snacks, and generally working myself up into a frenzy trying to ensure that everything turns out perfect.  Usually, by the time they arrive, I am worn out and stressed from trying too hard.  In addition, these things that matter to me so much, (cleaning, etc.) really do not matter to them anyway.  They just want to spend time with us!

This time, I have planned differently.  I have planned time for myself.  Yes, I will dust and vacuum, and complete all the necessary things to insure that our daughter and grand daughters will be comfortable.  That is a given.  The rest can simply happen.  I decided that this visit, we will literally live in the moment.  No big plans, just whatever strikes us at the time, we will do.

This Tuesday, I even have a pedicure scheduled!  Gardening on Thursday, and Friday, Ron and I will go grocery shopping and get that chore completed.  I have allowed plenty of “me time,” where I can meditate and rejuvenate myself with peace and quiet.  That way, I will be refreshed to spend time with my grand daughters and daughter.  I am aging with grace.

Self love

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I have found that the positive affirmations above, help me take care of myself.  As women, we spend so much time taking care of everyone else and trying to make everything perfect for our families, we neglect the one that might need the most care – us!  Take the time to enjoy your own company.  Do the things that bring pleasure to you.  When you make yourself happy, your joy spreads to everyone else and becomes contagious.

Love blooms into mindfulness

What are your mindful goals for this week?

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Remember, this is not a challenge.  This is an offering of support.  If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making.  If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so however, it is not necessary.  My main objective here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in life.

Thank you for joining me in my pursuit of becoming more mindful.  I appreciate your support!  I wish much peace and joy to everyone this week.

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47 thoughts on “Mindful Monday–Find Time to Love Who You Are

  1. Looks like the Universe really takes good care of me :-). Thanks that is exactly what I needed to read today. Have a wonderful week!

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  2. I just need to be present in the room. I spend half my life lost in my head in another world! I’ll be mindful of whether Im actually present or not. Does that count?

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  3. That is so beautiful, Colleen. So many of us forget to take care of ourselves. It brings to mind the caregivers to their disabled children, parents or spouses. It is a necessity.

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  4. Yes, yes, yes, Colleen to everything you said in the post 🙂 With 2 adolescent children, I find myself over-functioning at times. My ‘me time’ also includes pedicure…and massage, reading, writing… Hope you have fabulous in-the-moment moments with your family!

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  5. I loooooove your schedule for this week. It looks like a quiet week for me as well. Only few clients and appointments, shopping for soccer shoes for my 15 year old. On the weekend I join modul 4 of my class for Emmett therapy. Other than that I will dwell in my beloved state of peaceful joy in order to write more poems and posts. I am in a very happy place for quite a while. Your Mindful Monday fuels this feeling even more… thank you, Colleen!

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    1. Erika, I love that I can share my journey with everyone. It is just that… A work in progress. I wish I could have followed this path many years ago. I get such great support from you. Thanks so much and have a peaceful week. I like where we are at! 💖

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  6. I love this! And the idea of treating yourself how you would treat a small child. Must remember that. Your plans sound fabulous and you’re so right about the visit. Thanks!

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  7. Hooray for Mindful Monday yet again!
    Ahhhh, the all-important me time… This is something I have needed to remember… Your plans for your family’s visit sound great… Going with the flow, in the moment.. Enjoying time together!
    Brava for scheduling a pedicure too!
    Thanks again… As always…
    Lia

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  8. Planning is the key here, Colleen. I’ve seen so many people getting stressed out by not planning or giving themselves enough time.

    I do much the same as you and plan my whole week, so I know what I am going to be doing each day. I also write those jobs on a list and get great satisfaction crossing them off.

    I bet Ron and you are both very excited by the upcoming visit of your daughter and grandchildren. Are they staying with you right over the Easter holiday?

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    1. No, the girls have spring break. They get here on Tuesday and then leave on Saturday. Our daughter is working on her PhD, so between her job and school she is a busy woman. 🙂 We have not seen them in 5 years so it will be fun catching up. Our daughter works for the government and was in Okinawa for a couple of years.

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  9. Colleen, this is a fantastic post on mindfulness. I am like you, I do so much beforehand, that by the time everyone arrives, I am exhausted. I am definitely going to put this into practice.

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  10. Oh, Colleen, this is so easy to relate to for so many of us that learned the lesson. When company, even family, is to arrive, we go into cleaning “beast mode”. My mother did it, her mother did it, I did, and now my adult daughter is trying to break the pattern. Each generation would claim “I am coming to see you, not how clean your house is”. Yet still…we go on, to exhaustion. The irony…last year, my daughter surprised me on Mother’s Day, there was no prep, and she told me that the house didn’t look at all different from other visits when I had worked so hard to impress. There’s a lesson in there somewhere.

    If it’s been 5 years, you have a lot of catching up to do. Enjoy it !! Van ☺

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  11. I really enjoy your Mindful Mondays. They are perfect reminders for me to focus on what matters. I hope you have a great visit with the girls and get that “me time” in there too!

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