Friday, February 1, 2008

A New Day

I've been taking some much-needed ME time this week, consciously relaxing, trying to get my nerves (and the subsequent tummy ache) under control. (Stress is so not a good thing!) Wednesday I went to the movies with Bambi, watched a wonderful movie called Juno, then yesterday after work I curled up on the couch and popped in another dvd - Waitress. What a fabulous flick! The cooking scenes were sooo sensual, ooh-la-la! They made me want to dash into the kitchen and whip up a pie! No time for that, though, as my Sweetie and I had other plans.

After enjoying a yummy dinner at one of the only  Italian restaurants I enjoy (yeah, I'm a food snob), Beren and I headed over to the west coast for a combination business/pleasure trip. The drive over was uneventful, got checked into our room by 10 pm at which point we opened a celebratory bottle of bubbly and had some cuddle time. This morning we sipped coffee and watched a gorgeous sunrise, appropriate as we feel that we have indeed started a new day, a new chapter in our lives together.

Today's plans are to work from the hotel room, hit the fitness center, then lunch in Naples before heading back home. In between I have a stack of books & magazines to dive into should I become bored.

Self-Indulgence is a wonderful thing, I intend to do much more of it in the future.

February 1, 2008
Indulge Yourself
Leo Daily Horoscope

You may feel a bit indulgent today and want to spend time enjoying yourself. Perhaps you feel the need for self-pampering and rejuvenation. You may also be attracted to the thought of indulging in sensuous pleasures. These desires could reveal a deeper need for a little tender loving care, especially if you've been feeling stressed or worn out lately. By setting aside time to honor yourself today, you can release stress and relax. You may want to make an appointment for a massage or spend time on a restorative physical activity like yoga. You could also focus on restoring your mind-set by spending time journaling and getting clear about your life. You may just want to rest by indulging in pleasant daydreaming.

Devoting loving attention to our own self-care can help recharge our batteries and restore our peace of mind. Many of us tend to believe that taking time to pamper ourselves is a selfish, frivolous activity. If we can learn to see our own self-care as part of being alive, we will begin to understand that taking time to pamper ourselves will prevent many problems. Not only will we feel more balanced and happy, but we will be better able to cope with stress. We become more productive in our work and more present in our relationships. Allowing yourself to indulge in restorative activities today will rejuvenate you and positively affect your life.


Mother of Invention said...

Sounds fabulous! Good for you for taking this time and kudos to Beren for being there for you! You guys are a sweet couple indeed!
And all this BEFORE Valentine's Day! Do you cook or bake anything special that day? Post some of your ideas!

Jen said...

Somehow I knew you were a foodie because of all the great recipes you post. The Italian looks fabulous. Glad you've gotten some time to yourself lately.