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.
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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.
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.