Happy Friday afternoon. I'm in Portland meeting with Paula, Kayce and our PR team. I was supposed to be in Portland for a BPS team meeting, but my flight canceled and so I'm at home. The rest is still true … There are so many exciting things on the horizon for Big Picture Scrapbooking and I just wanted you to know how much we appreciate our students and the BPS community. Have a wonderful weekend!
In preparation for my interview next week with Vicky and Jen, I've been listening to some of the What Really Matters podcasts (hosted by … you guessed it, Vicky and Jen.) I came across one in particular that I really enjoyed listening to. I share it with you in the spirit of Wellness.
Karly teaches and shares so many of the philosophies that I believe and aspire to in my own life. She talks about the confusion between true self care vs. self indulgence. Women often hold themselves to extreme expectations and deny themselves any kind of imperfection — then when they are too far spent they indulge in shopping or a spa visit or some other kind of indulgence and call it self care. Self care is not the same as self indulgence. Self care is taking care of yourself and your needs first (not in a selfish way) so that you can be available in appropriate and authentic ways for the people you love most. Self care is accepting that you are an emotionally driven human being, often prone to intense feelings. Self care is allowing yourself to accept these emotions, ride them out and learn from them. Self care is NOT comparing your body or beauty or energy levels to others or even a former self. Self care is mothering and nurturing and living from your strengths and getting the support and help you need to strengthen weak areas of your nature and personality.
Good, good stuff. I hope you have a listen.
I'm headed up to make my Ginger Bunny dough and put it in the fridge. Here's answers to a couple of questions:
1. Each recipe makes enough dough for about 5 or 6 big cookies. I'm going to use these bunny cookies this year as place cards at our Easter dinner (our friends and neighbors the Rosales are coming :)) so I'm making a double batch. You can of course make your pattern smaller if you want to get more from a single batch!
2. I mentioned that the cookies help my kids find their baskets. I suffer from grammar usage issues. What I meant was these cookies help my kids identify their baskets once they are found. The Easter Bunny comes, puts the cookies in each child's basket and then hides them. As the kids search for and find hidden baskets, they know not to "give away" a basket's location if the cookie does not have their name on it. Hope that is a clearer explanation!
Since I didn't fly to Portland, I went to yoga this morning. It was so HARD. I had a wonderful sense of how much stronger I am though in one year's time and I haven't even been all that consistent. I am really learning to LOVE YOGA. I'm feeling happy and energetic and hopeful that I'll take this "gift" of a day and clean up my studio and do some creating! I also get to see my Clark's soccer game now. So many good things in life to be grateful for.