The remarkable thing about the blogging community is that there is the tendency for social circles to form - like-minded individuals bonding despite geographical, cultural or age differences. And I've been blessed with thoughtful, fiercely independent readers who share a passion for life, simplicity and love. I may be taking a big leap here by assuming that most of you, if not all, are also selfless busy-bees who often find yourselves stressed out but I have a feeling I wouldn't be far from the truth.
A comment on one of my recent Instagram photos got me thinking - we're getting busier and busier everyday which means that we sacrifice our personal time in order to get things done. Being productive is a fantastic feeling and teaches us to be organised and efficient but I think it's important that we don't give up our quiet moments just to keep up with the world around us.
One of the best things I've ever done for myself, and am hoping I can bring back into your lives, is learning to be selfish. I promise I'm not telling you to be evil and inconsiderate - just that it's not a bad thing to be a little selfish sometimes in the sense that we should make time for ourselves and (when appropriate) prioritise our own needs/happiness.
We all relax and find ourselves in different ways - I like to kick back with earphones in, laptop fully charged, and unwind by discovering new music. Or wake up early from a good night's rest, exercise and settle into the day with a slow breakfast eaten outside in the sun. Don't even get me started on my love for hot baths - complete with candles, music and a good book. Whatever your ideal 'me time' may be - it's undeniable that spending time on your own clears your head and allows you to reflect and grow.
Something so simple and easy can make all the difference... if only we make the time for it.
What's your ideal way to unwind? Try making time for yourself without the intention of achieving anything except to relax and see if it does anything for you!
These new "let's talk" posts won't be for everyone, I totally understand that, but it's my way of opening up discussion on topics close to my heart (as trivial as they may seem) and connecting with readers. I always love reading your comments and personal thoughts!