“You cannot impart to others that which you do not possess.” This is one of my favorite quotes from Dr. Barry Lord, a favorite professors while I was in graduate school. This quote is also the reason I am smiling, sipping coffee, and breathing deeply this week. After three glorious months of leave, today I make my return to work. These past few days have been a good opportunity to finish up those last minute projects and most of all, to relax.
Simple acts of self-care are important. Unfortunately, taking time to recharge is not something that I naturally excel at. However, this week was different. As I write this post from our back patio, Emmalynn–who is just over two months old–is rocking happily in the tree-swing next to me. She lets out tiny baby coos, telling me that she is also enjoying this downtime.
Ecclesiastics 3, proclaims that there is a time for everything. Next week will be a time for a longer, more in-depth posts. This week is a time for jogging, sleeping in, watching movies, and cramming as much last-minute relaxing as possible.
Today, I want to end with a simple reminder that if, like me, you have a tendency to get swept away in the whirlwind of blogging, work, and life, this week may be the perfect time for slowing down, smiling, sipping coffee, and breathing deeply.
What are you doing to take care of yourself this week? Are you smiling, sipping coffee, and breathing deeply? If not, what would it take for you to slow down and relax? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
131 Creative Conversations For Families
My new book, 131 Creative Conversations For Families, is now available! You can order your copy here, or if you would like to write an honest Amazon review, I would love to send you a free review copy. Simply e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll e-mail you a complementary eBook right away!
A huge thank you to Pat Fenner, from www.PatAndCandy.com, for providing the very first review! Pat writes,
“This is not a simple list of topics, but an earnest lesson in serious communication… This book will encourage you ALL to engage in heartfelt communication – and as a family, be the better and stronger for it!”
Thank you Pat for your encouragement, and for writing such a thoughtful review! You can read the full review here.
Family, Friendship, and Faith Link-Up
This link-up is an excellent place to meet new friends, network, and share your posts. Please feel free to include any family, friendship, and faith related posts. If you have time, please visit some of the other submissions, leave a comment, and make some new connections–after all, this is what teaming-up is all about!
Finally, I’d love it if you would grab a button for your site, or link back to the Family Friendship and Faith Fridays, link-up, in order to make it easy for others to join in!