I’ve been away from blogging for two weeks – remember me? My last post shared about the essential oils I planned to bring on my international trip. Well, I returned from said trip on Sunday, having had a much larger adventure than I planned.
I arrived in Venice with a pulsing finger, infected from an earlier simple procedure my dermatologist had done – a huge bummer to deal with while overseas, but I did come armed and prepared! Then I began having digestive issues which became a much bigger issue and I spent two days in a Croatian clinic dealing with that (the entire experience will be a complete blog post, so stay tuned for that!).
We returned to our cruise ship after a crazy day of “The Amazing Race” type travel to enjoy the last three days of the cruise and had a great time.
But on the day of return our flight was delayed, we missed our connection and had one more day away from home. I was exhausted, worn out and depleted beyond what I could ever imagine.
Usually I tend to just ‘buck up’ and keep pushing when things get a bit tough. My plan was to come back to blogging Monday – yes, three days ago…..but that didn’t happen. I was tired and I needed some time to adjust back to normal life. I was away for 13 days – crazy!
While I was away on my vacation I read the book, “Nourished: A Search for Health, Happiness, and a Full Night’s Sleep” by Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph. It was just what my mind needed to hear and my heart needed to have permission to feel. I know see the timing of me reading this book, was not a by chance encounter, but a divine intervention.
So, instead of rushing back to a blogging schedule I am taking some time for self-care – to nourish my soul and get the rest my body was craving when I left on vacation, but certainly did not receive. The saying, “I need a vacation from my vacation,” is certainly true for me this time around.
So I may be a bit infrequent here, but know I am caring for myself in ways I so encourage other moms to do, but rarely allow myself the grace to fit it in.
I will be:
Sleeping when I am tired
Allowing God to speak to my worn out heart
Taking time to enjoy my kids during the first part of summer
Supporting and reviving my body – all naturally so it can serve me well
Focusing on my marriage and being more intentional
Those are just a few of the things I will be more worried about than writing a blog post. I am afraid if I don’t allow the time and space for my body to recover and fall in place, things could get rather ugly.
I love that word, Nourished. I don’t know that I have ever even put it in the same sentence as myself – but for now….I am taking time to Nourish myself so I can be who God wants and desires me to be.
I’ll be back to share my adventure and some fabulous pictures with you too!