Question for you: what makes you love your Saturday?
For me, it's writing to you, then coffee with my husband, a teenager driving himself to his Cross Country race (it's the best when they get their driver's licence...DO NOT BE AFRAID! REJOICE!), an afternoon with a friend at a fashion event I'd never go to on my own.
Fun, rest, peace, beauty.
I've been thinking about this a lot lately:
Do you know your answer?
Because often we fill up with stuff we don't love.
I used to fill up with a lot of quick fixes or unhealthy defaults. Things like (so obvious!) chocolate, mindless scrolling, worry, distraction, avoidance. My mind would zoom from "I feel tired" to "Here, this will fill the emptiness" without even thinking whether the "this" was what I really wanted.
Our brains crave familiarity (good or bad, it doesn't matter).
So in the last year, I've thought about good ways to fill my cup.
Here's my list. I'm embarrassed to share because some of these things may seem lame to you, but here we go:
1. Find something beautiful to look at.
2. Take a photo.
3. Stretch, right where I am. (I would love to write "yoga" but the truth is, I haven't done that yet. When I stretch my arms up, or just lie down on the floor and stretch, I feel so much better. Easy, free, no class required.)
4. Sip black coffee. Extra hot, but not too strong.
5. Make a promise to myself. Then keep it. (eg "I'll write the next scene in my new novel." Then I write it.)
Even now, I struggle to list more healthy things that fill me up...but I love the idea that my list is growing.
So here's a hug and a question: do you know what fills your cup up?
I'd love to hear what fills you with your own true version of happy.
Rest, rest, refill. Enjoy your weekend, everyone.
Love, Catherine x
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This instagram post -- from my wise and beautiful American friend, Colleen Kavanaugh -- is so funny. Love! Check out Colleen's latest podcast on The After Life where she chats with another amazing wise woman, Victoria Buda, of the Being Me Movement. Victoria is so fab it's infectious!