Tuesday Talk: Self-Care For Single Moms

Okay, I don't know if y'all noticed, but this month has been INSANE. January consisted of:

Yeah. So if you missed the counts, that's 31 days, 23 blog posts, 13 goals set, 10 days of gleeful stat-checking, 6 doctor's appointments, 4 LAFFS, 2 poems, 1 fiction chapter, one birthday, one surgery, and a partridge in a pear tree.

Except not the partridge. Or the pear tree.

Anyway, this month has been a little busy - so busy that I haven't had time to put new Jamberry wraps on, or take a nap for no reason, or soak in a long bath. I haven't treated myself to lunch, kicked back with a glass of wine, or spoiled myself with a present.

But February is coming, you guys - and February is the month of (my birthday) love so I'm planning to kick back, enjoy some downtime, and let this coming month be a time of rest.

Not entirely of course, because I need to be writing or I'll die of misery ... but I'm at least going to make sure I complete ONE self-care task every day. Something a little more than just the little things for once, you know?

Wanna join me?

Here's the challenge: take the list below (make sure you pin the graphic!) and make sure you complete one item every day through the month of February. These items don't have to be done in any particular order, and they don't all have to get done; you just choose one each day (even if you did it yesterday but want to do it again) and give yourself the gift of a little tender loving care. 

Especially if you're single and the only one there to tender love you is you. Someone's gotta do it, right?

Besides, they say other people will treat you the way you teach them to treat you - so teach by example and pamper yourself this month!

So many of the things on this list went by the wayside for me this month, or otherwise lost their pleasure factor in the midst of everything going on. But in February, I'm determined to give myself the gifts of patience and relaxation for my birthday, by showing myself a little extra love throughout the month. I'm betting by the beginning of March I'll be fully recovered, feeling totally luxurious, and ready to break down the way the month worked out for me, self-care-wise. (Psst: Make sure you subscribe so you don't miss the update. There's a form at the bottom of the right sidebar; just fill it out with your name and email!)

What are your favorite self-care techniques? How do you get luxurious and make yourself feel special even if you're single? Leave me your best tips and tricks in the comments - I'm always looking to try new things!

Don't forget, this BLOGuary is a writing partnership! David Elliott from the Single Dad's Guide to Life has been partnering with me this month to balance my single mom perspective with the single dad side of everything from the way we plan out our schedules and our vision boards for the year, to what we're feeling lately and how parenting has changed us as people. Make sure you check out David's blog too, to see how he's countered my posts and also just to hang out because he's awesome.

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