Over the last few months, I've embarked on a promise to focus more of self-care, the fulfillment of which has required me to confront a lot of feelings of guilt, sadness, and bitterness.
In pursuit of this promise, I put myself back into therapy for the first time in over a decade (the last time was court-mandated, and I fought it tooth and nail) as well as signing myself up for a small handful of mindfulness workshops, downloading apps for meditation, going to yoga and the gym as often as I can, getting out, always eating breakfast, you get the gist.
Repeatedly, I've been brought back to the idea that reducing pain does not guarantee pleasure; that often, we believe that by erasing the unwanted parts of our lives, we leave ourselves with no problems.
As is always the case, it's never that simple. There's more than enough ill going on in the world to fill those newly-opened spaces if you leave them vacant. So I'm here to remind you, from the other side, as a work in progress, to make time for the things that make you happy!