Do Yourself a Favor! Take This Self-Care Challenge

Why is self-care important?

This past April was one crazy month. There were birthdays. There were two weekend trips. There was a craft show combined with a drop-off for my May art show at Go Java. There was a massive effort on my part to get this blog up and running. I took ZERO time for self-care, and I’m feeling exhausted just remembering it all!

As you may remember, I have posted in the past about the neat little organizational system I developed to keep this business under control. I print out a blank calendar page for every month, and I schedule two tasks for each day, keeping the mantra “variety is the spice of life” in mind so I don’t get bored and lose focus or momentum. Well, I have an update: I was scheduling two high-level tasks EVERY SINGLE DAY, which is crazy-making! I never scheduled myself a weekend, or even just a mid-week break. In other words, the system works, but only if you schedule some easy days here and there.

My reasoning behind this schedule was two-fold: one, it was only two measly tasks a day, right? Anyone can do that and still have time to relax! (Spoiler alert: I’m a mom. Such logic has no place in this realm.) And two, weekends are often my most productive days, because hubby can take over kid duties for larger chunks of time. (This may be true, but he also likes to see me and have family time. Imagine that.)

Lesson Learned

Long story short, I realized that I absolutely had to schedule myself time to relax. To reset, I took May “off.” Instead of pushing forward with everything I had planned, I used that month to dial it back and try to find the balance that allows me to not only achieve my goals, but also to recharge, relax a bit, and let the inspiration come to me once in a while, instead of actively hunting it down or forcing it. And you know what? I’m guessing many of you could benefit from the same action!

The Self-Care Challenge:

I have a challenge for everyone reading this: take a deep breath, and schedule in one extra hour of self care for the week. Just ONE HOUR. It’s doable, I promise! If you’re like me and keep a detailed planner, marker in that down time for yourself. Even if you’re not, write it on a post-it and stick it somewhere you’ll see every day. Take a walk, go to the library just to browse, play an old video game you haven’t dusted off in years, do some gardening – whatever takes your mind off the daily grind. Personally, I’m scheduling in time to relax by designating Wednesdays and Sundays as my “anything other than VanDuinen Studio” days. I feel better just thinking about it.

If it helps you to have accountability, feel free to email me when you start. If I have a free moment, I’ll even check in with you throughout the week to make sure you’re sticking to your plan.

What are your favorite hobbies or escapes? What is something you’ve been dying to do but have felt too busy lately?



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