Hello, friends! It's Laurie Tomlinson coming at you on the other side of a crazy few weeks. There was a teacher walkout here in Oklahoma for 2+ weeks, so my kids were home. There were new responsibilities at work and writing deadlines. There was an out-of-town funeral involving a canceled flight with two small children and driving home in the middle of the night.
I know you all have been busy, too. You've been multitasking to get things done, making sure everyone around you is taken care of, and whisking from here to there in your hectic, beautiful daily life. But I want to encourage you to take good care of yourself, too!
Today was the first day both of my kids were in school, and this is how I spent it:
- Exercising in the sunshine and drinking lots of water
- Curled up with my manuscript, a pretty pen, and a spring candle for a little fanciness
- Eating a real lunch on a real plate with real vegetables (since it's been a lot of leftover sandwich crusts for mama on paper plates these days!)
- Listening to relaxing music and podcasts
- Wandering the library and picking a book for my end-of-deadline reward
- Taking a walk with my family when they got home
- Indulging in a cookie from my favorite bakery
Whether you're the type who finds rejuvenation in Netflix or naps, buttercream or bubble baths, wine or walking in the sunshine, don't forget to take care of yourself. Even if everything on your list isn't finished. Even if there's no logical or productive value in the act. Even if you don't know how you'll ever find the time. You have permission.
But there's one common denominator I know we can all make time for: BOOKS. If you need some recommendations, look no further than the sidebar!
About the author: Laurie Tomlinson is an award-winning contemporary romance author and cheerleader for creatives. She believes that God’s love is unfailing, anything can be accomplished with a good to-do list, and that life should be celebrated with cupcakes and extra sprinkles. Her debut novel, With No Reservations, is now available from Harlequin Heartwarming. You can connect with Laurie on her website, Facebook page, and Instagram.