To be honest, when I took this week off from work a few months ago, I had no idea what I was going to do with it. A trip? A stay-cation? Absolutely...nothing? My only real plan was to not get to the end of the year only having taken one week off (my birthday trip back in May), and end up
more burnt out than I already am.
By the time this week came around I'd already concluded I wasn't doing any traveling or trips, but I was going to use the time and free mental space to my advantage. My first priority was sitting down to brainstorm and plan for myself and my blog in the coming year. I've had some ideas floating around for a bit but you know what we say about ideas: there's power to putting a goal on paper.
I also spent some time working and hanging out in downtown New Bedford, MA (where I hail from). Back in June I moved downtown after two years in the north end of the city, and I've felt so much more like myself since. Despite living closer, though, because of work I actually don't get the chance most weeks to make it my environment. I spent time working at my favorite juice bar, sat and enjoyed a sandwich at my favorite bakery.
Lastly and maybe most importantly, I spent time with myself. My therapist has emphasized lately how important it is to sit with yourself--not just do things in the name of self care per se, but to sit with yourself. Be alone. Think. It's something that hasn't come quite as easily this year as I've been managing anxiety and depression. But it is important, and I'm glad I did what I did for me this week.
What I'm Wearing
faux leather harness belt: Shein / gray topcoat, vintage mom jeans: Primark / patent oxford shoes (similar here): H&M / vintage Louis Vuitton clutch
What have you done for you lately?