Wow, one week has passed since I started the Aveeno Daily Challenge, and I must say that it’s definitely been a challenge! The easy part has been adding Aveeno Daily Moisturizer to my daily routine. I love the lotion, it’s definitely made my skin softer and has kept it moisturized. De-stressing and having time to myself has been somewhat of a struggle! Day one through three went okay, I spent some time in the garden (as I’ve been doing most days) but the most trying of all had to have been on Thursday. I bought my mom a gift certificate for a pedicure for Christmas in 2011, she hadn’t used it and instead of me begging for us to get a pedicure together per usual, she’s been telling me for the last week that I need to take a break so we can get one. My brother babysat our grandmother who suffers from Alzheimer’s so my mom and I could get a well deserved break and I even decided to splurge on the gel pedicure! It turned out to be a nice afternoon, we met a nice woman while we were waiting for my mom’s toes to dry, went to the grocery store and ran into some friends and I splurged on my guilty pleasure…Lottery Scratchers.
My cool even keeled mood changed when we went to pick up a sandwich for my brother, that was when I made the terrible decision to look at my phone and noticed I had an email from the new company working on my website letting me know that they were moving it to a new server and everything I had planned on posting would have to wait a few days until the server was updated. I panicked. Of all days, I had three interviews to post. I decide to go somewhere, relax and this happens? I thought to myself, okay I blurted it out, “I can’t have time to myself, I need to keep working, look what happens when I take a break.” The night just got more stressful, and Friday morning I woke up as anxious as could be. Companies depend on me to post my interviews on time, I hate letting people down, and most importantly, I hate letting MYSELF down. As the day went on and I was finally able to catch my breath and calm down, I realized when it came down to it, nobody was let down and one of the responses I received from a coworker was “this is the least of your worries.” The world didn’t fall apart when I took this break. No, I couldn’t post any interviews to my website for what turned out to only be 12 hours, but for good reason – I’m now on a faster server, and everything I wanted fixed has now been taken care of.
All in all this challenge has been great for me thus far. I’ve learned not just the importance of taking time for myself, but new makeup techniques on Youtube, learned that I love the show “Eric & Jessie” and reruns of the “Golden Girls”, and believe it or not, when I took my “break” today to go to the grocery store, I found out that my local store is selling Christmas tree sculpted butter ! Did I somehow miss Easter with all this de-stressing? Is it already December?! 😉
Daily challenge to de-stress/relax/take time for myself: Week 1 Images:
I love photographing flowers from the garden!
Pretty English rose bouquets as seen on my floral/DIY Instagram: Instagram.com/RoseCandi
Fred is de-stressing in his Yorkie sister Francesca’s dog bed! 😉
Is it Christmas? How long have I been de-stressing? Apparently my local grocery store is selling Christmas tree sculptured butter for Easter! 😉
I encourage you to take time for yourself today! Not only do you deserve it, but your body needs it.