On day 24 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored the compassionate (and sometimes difficult) act of giving myself a break.
I have to admit, being on vacation made it really difficult to keep up with my self-care challenge posts. While I was still actively engaged in the project, I didn’t do a great job of writing about my experiences.
At first, I was disappointed in myself for not taking the time. After all, this is something I’m deeply passionate about and committed to seeing through.
But then I remembered the whole point of this project is to cultivate a genuine self-care practice. It was a timely reminder that I’m not perfect, nor am I trying to be. I found comfort in the fact that I had been more focused on living the moments than simply writing about them.
That’s when I decided to allow the process to unfold as it was meant to, releasing my own self-imposed expectations of how things should be. I’ll do my best to post daily, but I won’t panic if I don’t. Eventually, I’ll get to it because it’s important to me.
Giving ourselves a break can be an empowering gift. After all, not everything in life requires a rigid deadline.