How do you recharge?
The idea for this blog came after reading about Eli's birthday weekend, which sounded heavenly, by the way.
I spent a good part of last weekend cleaning the top layer of "stuff" in my house, which was also a way to re-charge for me. Though I do like my house to be clean, I don't usually enjoy the cleaning itself. However, this time it felt good for one main reason. I haven't had the time to do this for months and the clutter was closing in. So this session of house cleaning was symbolic of finishing several large projects and entering a period of less commitment to "stuff and things" in my life.
Then I started thinking about what else recharges me.
A couple mornings ago I stepped outside to let my dogs out and stood on the deck for a few minutes. Mist was hanging among trees vibrant with color. The air was chilly and fresh. It was a perfect fall morning and I felt wonderful! Was it any different than the other mornings when I shivered and hurried back inside? Or was my perspective simply different? Either way, I felt emotionally recharged.
When it comes to writing, workshops and conferences always leave me eager to get back to the keyboard. So does starting a new story. Those new ideas and new projects are ways to recharge.
What recharges you? A change of scenery away from your usual world? Perhaps reading a book, watching a movie, or spending a day spent being pampered? Conversely, maybe a day of hard physical activity recharges you.
Do any of you schedule time to recharge during the holidays or do you simply hope to survive? This holiday season I'm going to plan some relaxation and recharging time. Maybe I'll use some of your ideas!