On day 309 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I went island (s)hopping with a friend.
In Seattle, you don’t have to go very far to island hop. Little slices of land are popping up out of the Puget Sound just about everywhere you turn, and when you happen to have a friend who also enjoys yarn work, it’s easy to find an excuse to hop a ferry over to one of your favorite yarn-shopping destinations on Bainbridge Island: Churchmouse Yarns & Teas.
Of all the beautiful textiles, yarn is one of my favorites, though the extensive variety of colors, weights, and textures make choosing among them nearly impossible.
Working with yarn is extremely therapeutic for me. The repetition is calming, and I’m able to create useful, hand-made products in a short time. Sometimes I make things for myself, and sometimes I make things that can be given as gifts. Either way, the process is equally rewarding.
I don’t know exactly how long we spent perusing the endless shelves of yarn, but suffice it to say that we shopped at a leisurely pace. It was as much about the process as it was about procurement.
After our shopping excursion, we enjoyed a healthy lunch and a little wine while we chatted about our businesses and shared ideas for how we plan to realize our future visions.
It reminded me that I don’t island hop – or land hop, for that matter – nearly enough. Taking time to nurture friendships is an important component of a comprehensive self-care practice.
How are you nurturing your meaningful relationships?