If you've ever been on an airplane, you know the safety speech.
The emergency exits are at the sides, there are life jackets under the seats, and in case of pressure changes in the cabin, the oxygen masks in compartments over your head will automatically fall to you.
You are instructed to first put on your own mask, then help anyone else you're with. This is to ensure that you have enough oxygen to survive. You can then help anyone else in need.
This can be used as a metaphor for all aspects of your life. You need to take care of yourself before you can take care of anyone else.
Put your oxygen mask on first.
You may think you are being selfish for wanting to put yourself first.
You are not being selfish.
If you don't take care of yourself first, you will eventually run out of "oxygen", and you will be unable to take care of your family, or friends, or anyone else who needs you.
Caring for others is noble, but it is a very old-fashioned and unhealthy way of thinking to believe that you have to give everything of yourself in order to be devout to the ones you love. If you take care of yourself first, you have more to give to others.
So give yourself a break and do something nice for yourself that will make you feel rested and refreshed. It doesn't matter what it is, as long as it makes you feel good.
Here are some ideas:
Don't make the excuse that you don't have time. Make time for yourself. It's important. Create a schedule that includes time for yourself to decompress and re-energize.
Put your oxygen mask on first.
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I love aromatherapy inhalers.
If you've never heard of them, they are little lip balm-sized tubes with essential oils inside, and they are really cool.
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A time for a fresh start, "365 pages, 12 chapters"
(it's the new version of "new year, new me").
Personal growth is necessary to living our best lives. Making intentional positive changes, even small ones, is how we become better people.
So many of us make resolutions to change our lives, make ourselves better, create better lives for ourselves, but so few of us keep those resolutions. It's the running joke (we all know it!) about new year's resolutions. Making big changes is hard! We have the best intentions, but keeping resolutions doesn't always work out.
One of the reasons it's hard to keep our resolutions is that ...
Wunder Budder turns 9 on January 1, 2019!
Nine whole years in business (not even including the 8 part-time years before)! It's hard to believe it's been that long, because at the same time that I feel like I've done this my whole life, I also feel like I'm just getting started.
Over the past few weeks I've been thinking a lot about the beginning of Wunder Budder, back from the first salve I made in 2001-2002, to getting my first business license in 2002, to the web of events that happened over the next eight years, all leading to today, Wunder Budder's official ninth birthday. I will save most of the nostalgia for our tenth anniversary (I'm already thinking about it!), but I have a few photos to share. Look at these baby Wunder Budders from 2006, a few years before what I even call our first birthday!
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