Happy November! I haven’t had a virtual coffee date with you guys in a while. Since yesterday was the Ultimate Coffee Date linkup I figure I’ll join in a day late. Go ahead and pour yourself a cup, I’ll wait.
If we were to meet for coffee I’d tell you that I finally joined the yoga studio across the street from my neighborhood. I’ve been really missing yoga since we moved to Florida. I had never understood the term “gym yoga” until we moved. The family fitness center we went to back in New Hampshire had amazing yoga instructors from local studios. The gyms down here… not so much. The two options I’ve had since joining the Y have been either too-much-power/pushing or essentially stretching for seniors. Both have their places but not as my regular yoga practice. I went to a special candlelight yoga nidra a few months ago at the studio nearby and it was amazing. I know that was a special event but you could tell the tone of the studio just from being there, if that makes sense. Plus there are so many class options I know I’ll find at least one that fits my needs and schedule. I know my body and mind do better when I go to yoga at least once a week.
If we were to meet for coffee I’d want to know if there was anything you’ve been putting off, self care wise. I’d want to have a lovely and lively conversation about self care just as self care, not as a way to “put your own oxygen mask on first”. Don’t we deserve to take care of ourselves just because? Does it have to be about making ourselves better equipped to be caregivers? I’d also want to hear your thoughts on what self care means for you. It doesn’t have to be yoga and massages and pedicures. Maybe it’s doing weekend hiking and camping trips. Or going to that special bakery and getting a treat without having to share it. Maybe it’s watching Hallmark Channel Christmas Movies in your underwear. Maybe it’s getting together with a good friend for coffee.
If we were to meet for coffee I’d admit that I’ve had a gift card for a massage at Massage Envy for almost 3 years now. It’s actually now only worth about 75% of a massage. (The face value was the equivalent of a 1 hour massage at the time). I had excellent plans to actually use it but stupid Hurricane Irma messed that weekend up. The crazy thing is that when I got the gift card the closest Massage Envy was a 20 minute drive away. Now there’s one less than a mile from my house. If we were meeting for coffee I’d tell you that I will use that gift card before the end of 2017. And I’d ask you to hold me accountable.
If we were to meet for coffee I’d probably realize that my theme for the day is self care. I’d ask if there was something you would want to talk about, if there’s a theme in your thoughts lately or just today.
Then I’d listen. Really listen. Because that’s what I think we all need more of, someone to really listen.
Thanks for sitting and having coffee with me. And thanks to my lovely hosts Coco and Deborah for the monthly coffee date linkup. Make sure to visit the Ultimate Coffee Date and have coffee with lots of amazing women!
I’d love for you to join me in this coffee date! What would you want to share? Any thoughts on my unofficial theme of self care?