Saturday, February 6

Fine February Art: Showing Yourself Some Love

The Fine February Art of Showing Yourself Some Love

If you are familiar with output required to function and maintain contemporary life, you know the value of showing yourself some love. We can all use reminders and ideas; February is the perfect time to enjoy replenishing oneself, and to find more of what you enjoy.

What does it take to do more than merely function and maintain your life, to even thrive and feel bliss?

Consider time for yourself in which to grow, to replace your wellness “reserves.” Where would you like to go? Is there a favorite place you haven’t been in a while, because you have been “too busy”? Is there a new place you’ve been meaning to visit and explore? What’s stopping you?

What do you need? Give yourself permission for it. Why not? If not now, when?

Plan to stop thinking about planning. Be. Put your favorite music on and enjoy. When do you feel at your best? Most energized, or relaxed? Why not give yourself more? Give yourself the gift of freedom, down time, rejuvenation time.
Dr. Andrew Weil states, “Don't be afraid to say "no" when someone asks you to do something. Learn your limits. You can't do it all and you shouldn't feel guilty about it.”

Be open to surprises. You might find yourself talking to a new friend while eating a quick lunch at your local Whole Foods. We can get stuck in our regular work circles and social circles; meeting new people can be a gift when you least expect it. Recently I crossed paths for the first time with a fellow Miamian, Ivette, and within moments we were laughing like old friends, and opening up unexpectedly… over lunch at cafeteria-style tables in a Whole Foods. Who knew?

Consider that less stuff means more time for loved ones and finding what is important. What can you clear out? Make room for your life. Let go. Recently my sister packed up a layer of the toys in her daughter’s room, and the five-year-old said, “I have this paint?” Usually her mother’s shadow, she spent her first afternoon on her own, happily painting in her room with the newly discovered paints which had been there all along.

What are you reading? According to Dr. Alice Domar, executive director of the
Domar Center for Mind/Body Health in Boston, MA, “women take care of everyone else, but not themselves.” Her best selling title, Self-Nurture, has a new follow-up: BE HAPPY WITHOUT BEING PERFECT: How to Break Free from the Perfection Deception. The book addresses “why women just won’t give themselves a break or give themselves permission to enjoy all of the good things in their lives.”
I suggest it is time that we all should do just that.

February is a short month. Enjoy its days and enjoy each chance to make and revel in loving choices, especially for yourself.

How do you maintain and create your own well-being?
xo xo, Miss Bliss


  1. Oh perfect reminders...and I need them just now. Particularly the just say no one!

    I guess I like to think I do many of those things...but my reality bites me in the butt sometimes!

  2. What a great post! Sometimes we all need to find time to relax more.

    Kate xx

  3. How do you maintain and create your own well-being?

    Hmmm...Not very well lately. But that's why I come here. And I DID leave work at 4 on Fri to get a pedi before I picked up my precious kiddos. And I'm not kidding when I say that's made all the difference... ;)

    Hugs to you!


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