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You Deserve A BREAK Today February 18, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Health & Wellness.
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Woodstock-&-Snoopy2The busier our days, the more we benefit from breaks and breathers to keep ourselves sharp and on the ball.

Think of it as a short Intermission in the midst of a concert.

Giving ourselves small (and large) rewards as we move through jam-packed days pays dividends in productivity, mood, and stress levels.

* After a meeting or completing a dreaded phone call, you might fix a cup of coffee or a pot of tea and enjoy it away from your desk.

* After wrestling and wrangling with the laundry, you might put your feet up and read a chapter of a delicious book or put on music and close your eyes.

Mickey-In-HammockOther mini-rewards:  a 15-minute power nap, a soothing bubble bath, a brisk walk around the block, a refreshing smoothie, meditation, yoga, sitting in the park, stretching, cycling around the neighborhood.

Other ideas?  What mini-indulgence would you choose?

Share below.

Larger multi-day tasks, once completed, call for more elaborate rewards and rituals.  Something that will make you smile for 2-3 hours.

* After completing and filing your income taxes, you might browse in a bookstore or enjoy an art exhibit at a local museum.

* After cleaning out the attic, garage, or your closets, you might schedule time for a massage at the local Spa.

Donald-Duck-Painting* After painting the living room or scraping barnacles off your boat, you might get tickets to a play.

Other 1/2-day rewards:  a picnic lunch with wine, cheese, and pastries, a trip to the zoo, a movie matinée, a sunset sail, dinner at a new restaurant you’ve wanted to try, or maybe just curling up in front of a roaring fire with the latest best seller.

Other ideas?  How would you choose to spend 2-3 hours rewarding yourself?

What about monumental tasks?  What type of reward would you enjoy after landing a new job, moving into new digs, finishing your first (or fifth) novel, reaching your goal weight, or training for and competing in a marathon?

How about a short cruise . . . on a boat that doesn’t catch fire and drift around the Gulf of Mexico for days without adequate food and facilities.  Or maybe a weekend get-a-way at a cozy bed and breakfast with your significant other. Or perhaps you’d enjoy a Stay-Cation to see the sights in your own backyard.

What’s that?

Tigger-BouncingYes, of course, completing the task is its own reward.

Give yourself a carrot anyway.
You’re worth it.

You deserve a BREAK today!

Aah . . . that’s better!

A Troop of Monkeys . . . on iTunes! February 18, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Writing & Writers.
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Some time ago, Julie Hedlund did a guest post on SLTW about the children’s picture book she hoped to publish:

A Troop is a Group of Monkeys

More recently, I let you know about her upcoming Writer’s Retreat:

Writer’s Retreat . . . in Florence Italy!

And, now, I’m delighted to share her most recent news . . . released yesterday:

You can purchase the iTunes app, A Troop is a Group of Monkeys, HERE.

Aah . . . that’s better!

If you want to swing by Julie’s blog and see what she has to say about this exciting milestone  . . . Julie Hedlund, Gratitude Sunday