Let’s Be More Kind to Ourselves

Tulip arrangement

I fell into a trap this weekend—one I'll bet you can relate to. I put too much pressure on myself to have "the perfect weekend". You know, one filled with all the fun we daydream about during the long workdays: dinner and a movie, reservations at a new restaurant, a lounge in the sunshine, a trip to the flea market. Except dinner was rushed and the movie stunk. My afternoon at the beach began on a sour note when a wave stole my sunglasses. I put so much effort into Instagramming my pre-flea market breakfast that I got frustrated and abandoned my flea market plans in favor of a temper tantrum on the kitchen floor. I created so many expectations around my "fun" that I frankly had none at all. 

Tulip love

After a good cry, I decided to dial it back a bit and do not much at all. I puttered around the house, took a workout class, got the car washed. Things that you won't find on Pinterest but that provide comfort in their mundanity. And I started a new week with my outlook tweaked. I mean, I've always known I'm self-critical, but if I think myself capable of failing the weekend then I must really need to cut myself a break. So this morning treated myself to these flowers at Trader Joe's as a reminder to be nice to myself. It's a reminder we all need from time to time, wouldn't you agree?

P.S. Another nice moment from my weekend was the chill-out time I took to listen to this mindfulness meditation podcast on loving yourself and others unconditionally. Taking an hour to do nothing but listen is a great way to do something kind for yourself today!