15 Minutes of Me Time

Happy Monday everyone! With the holiday season upon us it's time for some real talk. Recently I have felt so uninspired and unmotivated to do anything creative.  I haven’t been able to come up with content, and move past a writer's block. But I recently heard a podcast with Elizabeth Gilbert on Rob Bell’s podcast.  She was speaking about her writing process and how she really has to be her best self when creating; she has to sleep enough, eat healthy, and cut out distractions.  I completely agreed with it and thought about how much sense it made.  It wasn’t until I sat down to write this post, where I first scrolled through Instagram, checked my emails, and tried to find the perfect Spotify playlist that I realized I was procrastinating and not helping myself.  [Hence the uninspired and unmotivated part] I thought back to Elizabeth’s advice and I realized I wasn’t taking care of myself.  I have not kept up with exercise, I ate terribly this weekend with family in town, and I haven’t had 10 minutes purely for myself.  Last week though I started taking 15 minutes for myself in the morning and it has changed my whole day.

Usually in the morning I hit snooze too many times, which isn’t me. I would then be rushed the whole morning and start off on the wrong foot.  I decided that I needed to wake up a little earlier, sit up and just take some time. Whether that’s having a cup of coffee, watching the news for a few minutes or just catching up on social media. It has drastically changed my whole day.  I use to dread waking up knowing I had an hour commute and a long work day ahead of me, to then go home and do what felt like endless amount of chores (yay adulthood).  Now I look forward to waking up. I feel like before the rest of the world wakes up I have some time for myself that no one knows about and I don’t feel guilty that I should be doing something else, because technically I should still be sleeping. I have been feeling more refreshed, less rushed.  I am no longer half asleep during my morning routine or driving to work. I have noticed my whole day is just off to a much better start.

These 15 minutes in the beginning seemed like there was no way they would impact my day, but they really have.  And now I get what Elizabeth was saying, we need to be our best selves in order to create, or really do anything with 100%.  I intend on giving myself some more time so that not only I feel better but I can also give more of myself to my loved ones this holiday.

I hope you all take 15 minutes for yourself throughout the day, and if you feel like you need permission to do that, then *insert permission slip here*.

I hope you have a great day and make sure you carve some time out for yourself within your hectic day!