Day #17, A Gift for You

I don’t know about you, but I have been pinching pennies to make this holiday meaningful. I’m making most of our gifts this year, but still trying to make them fun and festive. I’ve actually been bringing my lunch to work to make up for the extra spending. We all sacrifice a little this time of year, that’s kind of part of the fun, isn’t it? We give up a little and get to spoil others in return! Just because you’re cutting and trimming here and there, doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself here and there, though.

Prompt: Treat yourself today, and write about how you did it. Will you buy yourself a cookie at lunch, or spend an extra 30 minutes on your mat after work? Find something that makes you feel good.

2 Replies to “Day #17, A Gift for You”

  1. Today I am treating myself by running a 5K Holiday Dash. I did this last year, and it was the perfect way to let go of the fall semester and kick off the Christmas season. Although let’s be real, I’ve been enjoying the Christmas season since Thanksgiving.

    I love this race, because everyone shows up in ridiculous holiday costumes. It ends at Ri Ra’s Irish pub, where participants enjoy a brunch buffet and a free beer. I like beer and I like buffets, so this is a win-win event for me (even though I never actually win, I usually place somewhere in the middle).

    Running is the way I treat myself. It’s my me-time. Something great comes out of knowing that I am spending time taking care of myself and my body. Running races is the ultimate treat, so I am going to make this a tradition that I run a Holiday race every winter. It is fun and it gives me motivation to get through the craziness of the holidays!


  2. One of the things I truly enjoy doing is playing piano. I took lessons for many years when I was young. I played many recitals during that time. Once, I played with a jammed pinky finger…Ouch! You had to know the piece to understand the pain, LOL.

    I was occasionally known to accompany my middle school and high school choruses. I also accompanied children’s choirs at our church. As an adult, I even helped the mother of a friend of mine get her Masters in Music Education by taking lessons again so she could log her instruction hours. It didn’t go well for me. She took the lessons very seriously. She used to get on me about not practicing enough. I had two little ones and was pregnant at the time. As a mother, I felt certain that she should have understood my time was not my own.

    Make no mistake, I’m not really that good and I rarely play in public any more. But, I enjoy tickling the old ivories. It soothes my soul in a way other activities don’t. Today, I treated my self to some time on the piano. I played a few of my holiday favorites. It made me smile inside and out!


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