Umm, can I just say something? You all are AMAZING. Thank you so much for all of your comments. Ironic, I know. I should have put a disclaimer on my post or something.
However, I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one who suffers from Blogger’s Guilt from time to time. I didn’t mean to write that post to garner sympathy. I just needed to get it off my chest and in doing so, and with your incredibly supportive words, I think that it’s helping me let go of the guilt.
I’ve realized that it’s not just blogging and responding to blog comments that has me feeling guilty. It’s really an overall case of social media exhaustion. I love social media more than I ever expected but I can’t be connected 24/7. It’s impossible yet I feel guilty about that. MizFitOnline spoke to this really well and share tips on how she manages. Along with the blog comments, I’m learning to let go of this guilt too.
Much of my guilt arises from the expectations that I place on myself, not necessarily what I think others expect of me although I’m sure that’s part of it. The one place where my expectations manifest themselves is my to do list. I admit that I like to be “busy” but is all that busy-ness good? Ilene wrote a great post that has made me think more about what’s an essential to-do and what’s not essential.
My to do lists are my way of trying to gain some semblance of control over my life. It’s one way I try to achieve perfection. But, I can get so caught up in my pursuit of perfection that I forget to pay attention to what I really need, what my soul really needs. I adored this post from Lindsay about how she doesn’t do perfection.
So, I’m committing to taking at least 10 minutes a day for myself – not for something like exercise or cooking but truly for myself. To read, mediate (I really wish that I could mediate sometimes), knit, connecting with friends, relax – things that I don’t do enough of right now, things that will make my soul feel better.
I’m starting today.
Will you take 10 minutes for yourself?