The November blogging challenge from @techthought is a great opportunity to take a step back and think about what I am thankful for. Today's prompt, however, is a real challenge: What do you do to take time out for yourself? My husband gets on my case all the time about this, with good reason. I am always the last person that I take care of. However, over the last year I have tried to be more conscientious about taking some time for myself, because if I don't care for myself, I can't care for others. And educators have many "others" to care for! So to take time out for myself, I try to do one or more of the following:
- a nice cup of tea (chai is my favorite!)
- non-professional reading (historical novels and biographies along with the occasional romance for good measure)
- an afternoon at Starbucks with my iPad to combine the two above
- watching my latest Netflix arrival (which usually sits for about 3 weeks until I can get the 2 hours to actually sit and watch uninterrupted!)
There are so many who don't have their basic needs met. I do, so in my opinion, anything else is a bonus.
So here's to having much to be grateful for and to being able to step away from so many blessings on occasion to rest and re-charge--because that too is a blessing to be thankful for.