Self-Care Challenge (Day 366): Reflecting on My Year of Self-Care

blue-green lake with mountains in the distance

This year has been full in so many ways.

Full of challenges, love, experiences, surprises, disappointments, celebrations, gratitude, positivity, loss, and accomplishments.

And my self-care experiences 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 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 and celebrate the beautiful moments.

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