#resound11 – prompt 13: best gift

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The holiday season is typically a time we focus on others, sometimes at the expense of ourselves. I can get so caught up in the expectations of the season that I have a hard time remembering to enjoy the peace and wonder of the season. I can forget to take time to care for myself. So lets look back on how we cared for ourselves. Maybe we’ll inspire each other to take a few minutes for ourselves today.

What was the best gift you gave yourself this year? Did you buy big, fluffy towels? Did you get yourself a new power washer? Did you have a massage on a day when you really needed it? Did you forgive someone and give yourself the freedom from that grudge? 

I had to reread this question (and by reread I mean The General had to explain it to me) because I was going down the wrong white elephant gift ideas path. There’s no way I could have picked the best gift someone else gave me this year.

One of the best things I bought myself this year: goggles. Seriously. I was burning myself out with the elliptical and getting frustrated when I couldn’t run as much or as fast as I wanted to, so I decided to give swimming a try. Best thing I did all year. I forgot how much I love it and how easy it is to forget how hard you’re working when you’re going back and forth like that.

My membership lapsed (they were closed for a week in September – DUMB) and I’ve been keeping enough freelance work going to not give me all that much free time. Thankfully, we’ve been eating healthier and eliminating crap from our diet so I’ve been able to continue working on getting healthy. But the pool and my goggles are the biggest things I’ve been missing.

How will you resound?