Currently my Tesla is insistent on placing herself directly on my lap, draping her cat chin, paws, body on as much real-estate of arms/hands as she can manage. This is making typing (or even reaching my laptop) rather difficult but I’ve sat down to write a life update. So I shall try. <update: put her by my feet, she has returned>
I fear you’ve been neglected, you space, you corner of the internet, you blog. I don’t feel connected to you yet, so getting an email saying “OLEXALOVE your followers want to hear from you!” merely sent a mixture of astrigent-guilt, phlegmatic-shrugging, and sarcastic-scoffing through me, and I closed the email and promptly tried to get through the week ahead. (Clarification: this comes from still being unconvinced that my voice has a place on the internet, not because I don’t appreciate you follower-friends!)
<Update: her brother has settled on my feet, warm and curled> Things that have been occupying my mind/energy/time/heart:
No complaining here. It’s just that life has felt a little like a balloon under a charging water faucet – it’s filling with important/pleasant/decent life-things but the rubber is beginning to creak as max-capacity is being reached. And so, a moment to breathe, to set some intentions, to reflect and make action plans.
<Update: attempt two at relocation, this time she started licking her brother’s face and happily settled in by my feet. My hands: “Freeeeedom!”>
Something you should know about me: I am straight up terrible at relaxing. I wish I was exaggerating/joking/just being-self-righteous. It probably has a sprinkling of self-righteousness in it (the need to be seen as successful/self worth found in results/martyr-complex). However, my main love-language is definitely acts of service and beyond that I LOVE physical labor (I would rather be getting dirty pulling weeds, or daydreaming washing dishes than sitting watching TV.)
Is relaxing as straight forward as a bubble bath with candles? Can you actively relax? Is there anyone out there that relates to ANY of this?? lol
When I saw Bee post this on Instagram I knew just how I wanted to take that moment to breathe, pause, clear my mind. I already had (received as a gift) The Secret Garden coloring book on a shelf. What sold me on the idea was Bee mentioning how the intricate patterns seemed intimidating at first, but that it was actually relaxing and therapeutic. Here are the steps I took:
Set the space. A clean space truly does wonders to help the mind feel clear. So, even if it’s just a corner of a room, take a few minutes to tidy it. I love having a fresh floor, so vacuuming is nonnegotiable.
- Put 5-7 drops of your favorite essential oil onto a cotton ball and toss into the vacuum bag. Or place a few drops of essential oil directly on the vacuum bag.
- Make a SUPER easy DIY carpet deodorizer
- Put a few drops of essential oil on a cool light bulb. The heat from the light bulb will release the essential oil into the atmosphere.
- Put 8-10 drops of essential oil into a bowl of filled with boiled water. In just a few seconds the room will be filled with a pleasant scent.
- Fill the top of a scentsy warmer with water, add a few drops of essential oil. After a few hours the water will evaporate so watch it.
- Keep in mind though, that when you heat an oil it looses much of its medicinal properties. So diffusing it is the most effective option.
Basic needs. Is it warm, would having a fan blowing softly in the corner feel calming? Are you hungry? Make a healthy snack. For me, it was my sore throat, so I made some organic Yogi Honey Lemon Throat Coat to soothe the discomfort.