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Ok, sorry guys, I know I got off track on my schedule...I'm working on it. 

So art. And life. Yeah. 

Seriously, I am exhausted. But a good kind of exhausted I guess. Sometimes if doesn't feel very good, but I remember that I am tired because I am working so hard on my art and that makes me feel better. However, there is such a thing as working too hard. 

Yesterday I was in Fort Worth for 12.5 hours. About 10 of which was spent in the studio or getting supplies. I did get to set stuff on fire, so that's good. Got a little overheated at one point (not during the fire part, surprisingly); as many of you know I am very heat-sensitive. But I managed. It was a productive day. 

And yet I didn't feel like it at the end. 

That's the problem with a perfectionist mindset. 
You can't ever do anything "right" because you can't do it all in one day. I guess when you struggle with your self-esteem and believing in yourself, you can be pretty hard on yourself in the process of a project. Today, I have decided to rest. Trust me, I planned on doing a lot of hard work today, but that just wasn't going to happen. (I'm surprised I am even up for writing this.) I had to pull my car over in a parking lot after a midmorning appointment today and take a nap because I felt unsafe to drive. That's the amount of tired I'm talking about. 

Sometimes we just desperately need a day off. And I have learned before and am continuing to learn that that is okay. Self-care and self-love is not selfish.
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I am sure that if people genuinely took better care of themselves, we would live in a much happier world. People who take care of themselves are more productive, more joyful, and much nicer. Self-care can involve little things and small acts that tell yourself that you are worth it. I'm not saying go crazy and spend all your money on yourself. Self-care is about being wise and gracious with yourself. If you do something in the name of self-care that will cause you distress later, it doesn't count. Sometimes just giving yourself permission to take a power nap is what you need. 

One of the important things about self-care is that at the end of the day, you can't regret it. Let yourself be loved by yourself. 

As I work towards this wonderful art show, I am having to be nice to myself even when I don't want to be. I want to be that tough boss or teacher that convinces you to run the extra 4 miles at the end of a long day, just so you can accomplish more. And sometimes that may be necessary. But I don't want myself or any of you to be drained and burned out with life. 

Learn to care for yourself. You're worth it.

Ideas for self-care:

Take a bath

Take a nap

Clean your desk/room

Buy yourself a nice cup of coffee and have some chill time

Eat a scoop of ice cream

Paint your nails...or a wall

Clean your sheets for a fresh night's sleep 

Take yourself out to dinner

Buy yourself a new exciting book to read for fun

Watch your favorite TV show

Cook yourself an organic dinner

Have the glass of wine 

Go to a museum and look at beautiful things 

Hold hands with someone (but don't try that with a stranger) 

Get a massage 

Get a pedicure

Journal how you feel and don't judge yourself 

Finger paint 

Play with play dough

Read your favorite children's book. (If you need a suggestion: What do you do with an idea? by: Kobi Yamada)

Look in the mirror and tell yourself that you love yourself and that you are beautiful

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