Last week, I was in San Francisco celebrating the Christmas holiday with my husband and his fabulous family.

My schedule had been such, that I hadn’t had a day off in over 20 days, and due to commitments, I’d been working 12+ hour days – so that I COULD take a little time off around Christmas.

On the morning after we arrived, the family was going into a beautiful area to hike. But as the pace of the past few weeks was coming to a standstill, it was catching up with me. I woke up feeling drained. I was thinking that maybe it would be best for me to stay in the hotel, sleep some more, and just kick back and watch some TV.

Sleep is really important, and so is letting yourself kickback – and often it’s exactly what we need. But sometimes (in the name of self-care) we engage in things like lying around and watching TV, that are ultimately so “passive,†they really don’t do anything to genuinely restore us.

In truth, they sabotage our self-care.

We lay around, as I’d planned on doing, and then scratch our heads afterwards wondering why we don’t feel rested or recharged.

See, more often than not, rejuvenating requires us to engage in something “active†that is truly a “spiritual stop at the gas station” – something that genuinely refuels us, feeds our soul, and soothes our spirit.

For me, getting out, connecting with people I love, and enjoying the beauty of nature (I mean, look at the greenery in that photo) was just what the “doctor ordered.â€

Yes, I got my butt out of bed and went hiking. And I’m so glad I did. The fresh air was intoxicating , the scenery was gorgeous, and the company was grand .

So, as we are still in the midst of the season of GIVING, please remember..
it’s okay to GIVE yourself permission to GIVE to yourself as well. Take some time this weekend to do something that really renews YOU.

Here’s to a safe, stress-less, happy, and healthy weekend. Xoxoxo