Self Nurturing

I had a few days early in the week where I was in kind of a funk. Not really depressed, just sort of down. Do you ever have these days? Nothing really wrong, nothing you can really put your finger on… just feeling a bit off. Yep, that was me.

By day 3 of this funk I finally decided to take a leisurely walk around my neighborhood. Now, I usually maintain a quick pace on my daily walks for the sake of exercise, so this casual stroll provided a much different experience. Ever notice how the simple act of walking can clear your mind? That’s exactly what I experienced. I also noticed some things in my neighborhood that I hadn’t seen before like these footprints in one of the few sidewalks we have in this old community. I began thinking of everyone who has ever lived here, walked these streets, and probably felt a little off from time to time too. It’s really just all part of the cycle of life isn’t it?

When I got back home I decided to sit in my favorite outdoor chair & write a letter to myself. This idea was actually a challenge that Kim Klassen suggested last week in the Beyond Layers course (more info about Beyond Layers HERE). She suggested we write to ourselves, shower ourselves with beautiful words, celebrate our gifts. Hmmm. At the time I didn’t feel I had anything to write about. Kinda sad right? But sometimes I think we all get a little too focused on our flaws or what we haven’t done or how behind we are on whatever we think we should be doing that we neglect to notice just how awesome we are. Perhaps that is why I was a feeling a little down. What I really needed was a little self nurturing. I started writing, filling a full sheet of paper! Then I mailed it to me.

I received my letter yesterday and I have to say, it was a powerfully uplifting experience. I’ve had a smile on my face ever since.

So, to show my gratitude to Kim for this wonderful idea, I would like to pay it forward. My dear friends, I would love it if YOU would write a letter to YOURSELF. Tell yourself just how magnificent you are – because YOU are! There’s no one like you in the entire universe. In your letter point out all the wonderful gifts YOU possess. Write it all out. Then put it in an envelope, put a stamp on it, and mail it. What have you got to lose? xo

(The lovely texture background on the Winfrey & YOU quote were created by Kim Klassen, who has the most beautiful digital textures for sale HERE. Check it out! She also created the YOU photoshop brush you see above and gave it to all us Beyond Layers students. How awesome is that?!)

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12 Responses to Self Nurturing

  1. Naomi says:

    What a fantastic way to lift your spirits! I will try this soon for sure. I hope you’re feeling more alive and upbeat this week. 🙂

  2. stacie says:

    What a lovely idea Carol! I think I’ll take you up on it. I’ve been working all week on editing my listings on Etsy, feeling overwhelmed and cranky. Yep, I need a little self nurturing. Thanks for the reminder and awesome idea.

  3. Cathy says:

    I have yet to do this… you make me want to. Beautiful post Carol!

  4. Viv says:

    Carol so glad you are feeling more up now I know what you mean as soon as I get down out goes my creativity . You do great work and I really must write a letter to myself but I’m still prevaricating ….

  5. Sherry says:

    Great post, Carol!

  6. Angela says:

    Lovely, open, honest post. And yes, I do have those funky days. Yuck!

  7. Carol says:

    I loved that exercise and I still have my mailman-delivered-letter, from me – to me , sitting on my desk. It’s still unopened as I can still remember what I wrote. The day will come when I can’t remember the words and perhaps when I’m experiencing a junk spell of my own, that’s when I’ll open it.

  8. Joy Gerow says:

    Oh Carol … this is fabulous! I’m so happy you experienced the joy you received from .. yourself!! I have yet to do this and I thank you for reminding me because I too thought this was a wonderfully nurturing idea when Kim expressed it to us. We have received so much from that lovely lady in our Beyond Layers class. And … so much more than a class it is.
    I must do this soon because I am needing the lift about now as well.
    Only just this morning did I write my first ‘Morning Pages’ as in Julia Cameron’s book ‘The Artists Way’ (another suggested reading by our Kim) … I highly recommend this book!! I had better go add to my blog today. Yours is gorgeous and so well done my friend … and I just subscribed to you. I’m still learning how to blog and studying my BTS class as well.
    It’s so nice to get to know my fellow Beyonders like this.
    Have a LOVELY day … you are very special.
    Hugs, Joy

  9. Jana says:

    You do such amazing and wondrous things, you are such a soulful person- it was so bold of you to show that vulnerable, unsure, unsettled self in sharing this type of disquiet we all go thru. Thank you for your open, honest blog, your open, honest heart – JBV

  10. Gitanjali says:

    Hi Carol,

    You know I never gathered the courage to write to myself because I can’t think of what to say!
    Hearing your story makes me reconsider… I have been reading and thinking a lot about how it is so important to value yourself… maybe this is one powerful way to do it.
    Thank you so much


  11. Sarah says:

    Wonderful idea Carol. We definitely get in those funks sometimes, but I think we have to go through them to be better and different on the other side.

  12. Cheryl says:

    Carol, what a beautiful blog you have…I really need to sit with it when I have more time but I can see I have lots of work to do to get mine really “there”…
    And yes, we all have days like that…Maybe it’s just our bodies telling us to take a rest, get re-charged and move on again…
    Thank you so much for your visit and when I make it to Seattle I’ll let you know…

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