Beach trip: last day

It is time to leave. Today, we will pack our belongings back into our cars and return to our homes. We will enjoy this last morning as much as others, with far too much food and far more full bellies than an average day. But there will be a different feel to the event, a lack of boisterous energy, a sadness that comes with knowing it’s time for another beach trip to come to a close.

The holidays are over, and normalcy will resume.

I’m accepting of this and ready for it.

I don’t have new year resolutions. I rarely do. As is the case with many of us, though, I want to return to the usual habits of before the holiday season.

Vegetables. My body needs vegetables. It needs lighter, less dense foods. Not a detox, not a diet. A return to better nutrition, because I deserve to feel good and to be well-nourished.

Exercise. Doing my physical therapy exercises for my back with better regularity. Going for light walks and remembering to stretch well after them. Not an “I’m going to change how I look” mindset. Simply a return to moving my body more and treating it well, because I deserve to be one with a body that doesn’t hurt and that feels good to be in.

Saving. I will continue to save more and consume less. I will resist impulse spending. I will add to my savings account and my retirement savings. I deserve to feel secure in my finances.

Organization. A continuation of the reading I’ve been doing about cleaning and organization habits. I’ve started both “Unfuck Your Habitat” and “Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD” and look forward to diving back into them. Not because of what others might think of me or my home when it’s messy. It’s because I enjoy living in a space that feels organized and tidy, and I deserve to feel good about my environment.

Decorating. I had started getting into making some changes in my home to beautify it. I’m excited to continue those efforts. Not so my home will be more impressive to guests, but because I enjoy the creativity and feel pride at having executed on a plan.

Unf*ck Your Habitat: You’re Better Than Your Mess https://www.amazon.com/dp/1250102952/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_SindEbRGSHV26

Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD, 2nd Edition-Revised and Updated: Tips and Tools to Help You Take Charge of Your Life and Get Organized https://www.amazon.com/dp/1592335128/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_JjndEb0PPWDA2

And, finally, I will return to my low screen usage habits I enjoyed prior to the start of the holiday season. I will get back to reading more, writing more, and watching TV and playing on my phone less. My brain enjoys it. I sleep better. I think better.

It’s the end of the holiday season and I am still at the beach. There are pancakes, biscuits and gravy, bacon, and lots of coffee waiting for me in the other room. It will be marvelous.

And afterwards? Afterwards, I will return to my home and my kitties. I will not fall victim to the idea of building a new me for a new year. There is no reason to. I like the current me just fine.

I will, however, continue to engage in forward-thinking, higher-level self-care than I’ve done in the past.

The key thing I learned in 2019 was appropriate self-care doesn’t require immediate gratification. What feels good in the moment isn’t necessarily what’s good for one in the long-term.

And I deserve the feeling of having accomplished those things that will set me up for long-term success.

Happy 2020, all.

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