_SKH2758I cancelled my pedicure appointment.

And then I scheduled it and cancelled it four more times. Because I just didn’t want to go. I do this sometimes- let my introvert nature deform to recluse-hood.

But I just wanted to be home. So I cancelled.

Now, I know myself well enough to know that when I do things like this, I need some lovin’. I need to pause and pay attention and take better care of myself. So I keep a few favorites on hand at home. Here they are just in case you could use some lovin’ too.

A- Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed. Short & sweet and profound enough to knock you over when you need to be shaken up.

B- Herb & Irma Coconut Cilantro candle. Summery and not overpowering. More coconutty than cilantro. Plus, it’s at Target and I can usually talk myself into a trip to Target.

C- Renee Rouleau Anti Cyst Treatment. Often when I’m needing loving, so is my skin. This baby keeps the big blemishes at bay.

D- White Ayurvedic Chai tea by Teavana. Cinnamony and a little sweet. Best to drink from a cute mug while curled up under a blanket.

E- Beautycounter Lengthening Mascara. Safe and simply good mascara that makes me feel put together even if I’m in my pjs or racing out the door with a baseball hat on because we’re late to school again.

F- Sydney’s Australian Oil of Eucalyptus. A few squirts rubbed into my back or neck or feet or legs eases tension and soothes pain or soreness. Just avoid the eyes, people.

G- Aura Cacia Lavender Shower Tablets. Sometimes I don’t have time for a bath so I toss a half one of these into the shower and feel a little lighter and more relaxed. They’re a bit strong for me, so I just use a half a tablet.

By the way, I think the term ‘self care’ is becoming cliche. What do you call doing things for yourself so you don’t lose you ever loving mind?