I’m participating in the Kindness Challenge over at The Richness of a Simple Life. Niki is hosting this challenge and I’m so happy I came across it. This week we were asked to focus on self-kindness.
“You have to love yourself before others can love you.”
Self-kindness. So just being kind to myself, right? That should be an easy task to accomplish this week. Until I realized, I’m pretty damn hard on myself and when was the last time I did something for ME?
I started off the week very excited to start the challenge and focusing on self-kindness. Monday morning my husband’s alarm clock goes off at 6 AM and he is already in the shower. I still have another hour before I have to get up. I’m not a morning person, at all. Not even a little bit. I’ve TRIED for YEARS to work on it and I’m just not cut out for it. Normally, this situation would make me upset, but instead I got up as well and started my day early! I remember thinking “Be kind. Just breathe. Find the positive.” I ended up having a very productive morning. Cleaned the house, got the kids out the door for school, went grocery shopping, and got things set up for work for the week. So i decided to treat myself with my favorite guilty please, a McDonald’s coke.
Mid-week I’m really starting to realize that I’m constantly putting everyone else’s needs before my own. When was the last time (besides my McDonald’s coke on Monday) I did something for ME? So, I decided to go big or go home this week.
On my way in to work, while thinking about how I was going to continue practicing self-kindness, I looked down at my odometer in my car and realized I was 120 miles until the mileage was up on my leased car. My lease isn’t up until September, and it’s May. I thought what the heck, I will call up to the dealership and see what they could do, if anything at all.
Turns out, I qualified for the early bird lease turn in, and I could come in any day this week for a new car. Yesterday and today was spent getting everything transferred over to get this new beauty!
Everything seemed to line up for me this week. Just by stopping and saying to myself, “What do I need.” If I hadn’t stopped myself from focusing on everyone else, I wouldn’t of noticed the miles on my car, I would of been thinking about dinner plans for Sunday. I would of paid a butt load of money to the dealership on going over my miles, and I wouldn’t be sitting here, proud of myself for remembering to take care of ME.