Being kind to yourself. Seems easy enough, if we knew we were being unkind to ourselves we might not be doing those toxic things to begin with. For whatever reason, it seems to be easier to be kind to other people, most of the time, than it is to focus on being kind to ourselves. As I have been struggling to be kind to anyone lately, I found the focus of week one of The Kindness Challenge rather fitting. One week of being kind to myself.
For the last year I have started each week with my team by sending them a “Motivational Monday” e-mail. I try to fill it with pictures, quotes, team updates, shout outs, and 3 things I am grateful for that week. When they can, the team sends along their 3 things to be grateful for throughout the week as well. This small but consistent focus on gratitude provided a great starting point for the week.
Considering the craziness that has been my life lately, I opted to do a couple other tasks as well: I gave myself a break and did something for myself. On Saturday, after having breakfast with my long, lost friend I decided to spend an hour with myself in one of my favorite places: Barnes & Noble. I got a coffee and wandered around the bookstore with the gift card my sister gave me for Christmas burning a hole in my wallet. I walked away with a pack of notebooks and two books, neither which I had heard of before walking into the store. I could have spent my entire day slowly browsing the aisles, but figured, eventually someone would call in a search party if I went unheard from. Sunday was spent finally unpacking and organizing my office at home. As the room where all random items go to forever be shoved in a closet I had been procrastinating on settling on a layout and hanging my pictures. By 1pm I was done and falling asleep in the lazyboy in the sunroom. It was refreshing to finally have my office set up, considering this blog is called “The Corner Office” it was the missing piece in getting myself together after moving.
Being kind to myself wasn’t quite as difficult as I had originally anticipated, I’m sure it helped that I was more than ready to spend some time focusing on self-kindness. I’m starting week two today – I’ll be observing kindness in the world around me. I challenge YOU to look for some kindness in your world this week as well.