On the final day of my 366-day challenge, I spent the day reflecting on my year of self-care. The year was full of challenges, love, adventures, surprises, disappointments, loss, and resilience. The self-care strategies I’ve enlisted over the past year have refilled my soul numerous times.
Yesterday, the 366th and final day of 2016, I spent some time reading my blog entries over the past year. It’s hard to believe the 366 Days of Self-Care Challenge has finally come to a close.
As you might guess, the experience has been a mixed bag, filled with ups and downs and twists and turns. Almost none of what I set out to do played out as I expected.
Surprisingly, I only repeated three activities (two of them unbeknownst to me at the time): being, snacking, and staying open. And I noticed some patterns emerge as I re-read each post, reliving and reflecting on my year of self-care: I read books (a LOT of books). I spent time outside, hiking, gardening, and sitting in my swing. I traveled, learned new things, and explored new aspects of my creativity.
At first, the challenge seemed easy. I started with the more popular activities: manicures, pedicures, getting enough sleep, etc. But as time went on, it became more difficult to come up with unique ideas – and even more challenging to blog consistently every single day (not to mention snap a photo or two).
Even so, looking back I don’t think I would change a thing. I learned more about myself in 2016 than any other year of my life, and I’m preparing to 2017 with a clearer understanding of what truly restores me.
I feel much more equipped to manage life’s ups and downs as well as celebrate the beautiful moments.