“True self-care is not salt baths and chocolate cake, it is making the choice to build a life you don’t need to regularly escape from.”
I recently had a writer’s retreat, and when I came back, my mom asked “Did you just want to stay there forever?” It was pretty cool – a getaway in the Wisconsin countryside in a wonderful cabin with friends.
ME: “I’m trying very hard to construct a life that I actually want to BE in.”
Not your standard “Oh yes I wanted to stay on vacation forever!” answer, LOL. But it’s the truth. And it’s the same thing I shared with my brother a few weeks ago – his family goes on cruises, and it’s the one time each year when he can truly relax. I told him I decided a while ago that I needed time like that each day. *Needed* as in *not optional* – not if I wanted to make my physical and mental health a priority. I’m still working on that – it’s an evolving thing – but I can honestly say that each day is one I want to fully inhabit.