Safe and Soothed

I often feel so rushed and overwhelmed at work that I make an extra special effort to be good to myself when I'm away from the office.  It doesn't involve anything fancy; I'm a homebody anyway.  But doing things calmly, one at a time, is soothing to me.  I feel more centred and clear-headed.  If I had a choice, I'd work as a writer from the comfort of my own bedroom.  I would wake gently on my own - not by the jolt of an alarm clock - and actually take time to enjoy a good breakfast.  Warm, peaches and nutella crepes like the ones that I enjoyed years ago in Colombia as a student.  I would enjoy occasional breaks and know that taking lunch each day is a given, not a luxury.  My list of soothing and nourishment looks like this:

  • Music by Jewel, Norah Jones, Sarah Mclachlan
  • Susannah Conway's book, This I Know (read it about four times by now and it always soothes and resonates with me)
  • Freshly laundered sheets
  • Watching a romantic movie on Netflix on a cold, rainy night
  • A plate full of marshmallow treats
  • Sweetly-scented candles, body mists and lotions
  • Breakfast in bed on the weekends