Self-Care Challenge (Day 142): Entertaining

On day 142 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I spent the evening entertaining friends.

I love to host dinner parties. Telling stories and laughing hysterically while sharing a meal with friends and family is especially nurturing to my soul. And it’s something most of us don’t do as often as generations before us. Today, we work through our lunches and use convenience foods to squeeze eating into our busy schedules. We grab a drink with colleagues after work to complain about the grueling day. Or we reserve an occasional table to dine out with friends to celebrate life milestones.

But rarely do we open our homes and prepare a homemade meal for the special people who make our lives richer.

For me, entertaining is an expression of gratitude. And it’s an act of self-care because it provides me with an outlet for that expression. It helps me strengthen and grow close relationships in a way that a restaurant environment cannot.

How do you express gratitude?

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