Hi all, and happy start to a new week.
For my Week In Review this week, I wanted to put out a reminder about what it means to feel “deserving”. Ya’ll know this is something I struggle with – in regards to spending money, food and any sort of indulging. This past week though, I found myself feeling pretty damn deserving of some little treats and luxuries.
Did I do much to “deserve” these things? Nah, maybe not. Not in the “technical” form of the word, at least. This week was one of those where 90% of my time and focus was spent on one single activity – I was performing my workshop production of, “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,” as a sort of “precursor” to my season to come this year (“workshop” in the theatre world basically means a single or short run of a show, with low budget, minimal set etc….. but still excellent quality theatre if I do say so myself). So literally all my time was spent at the theatre in rehearsal, and then performing, leaving no time for anything else.
That being said, just because I wasn’t working out or bustling around the city doing errands, ticking things off my to do list or feeling stressed because I was so busy (it really wasn’t a stressful week at all), doesn’t mean I was not deserving of things that feed my soul. And anyways, I now see – as this link up always shows me – that I did still do a lot and I did work hard. I tell you guys, you don’t realize how much you did in a week until you give it a good list out. Do it, and then try and tell me you don’t deserve a major pat on the back.
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So, last week I…
Spent every day at the theatre finishing up rehearsals and performing three runs of my show. I felt pretty okay about my performances, but definitely see what I’d like to work on moving forward.
Being called to rehearsal for full days, I felt deserving of the little bit of quiet time I found in the theatre’s library, where I found two plays I had been looking for.
I stayed away from any form of physical activity and caffeine for the entirety of the week. I like to be grounded and as relaxed as possible any time that I am performing.
That being said, once the run was done and Saturday morning had arrived, I felt majorly deserving of treating myself to one of the more expensive – and oh so delicious – americanos in my area.
Perfect crema – you make my heart melt.
While savoring my americano, I created a document where I have saved my past, significant emails between my parents and I. It is such a shame that we do not write letters anymore, for emails do not get recorded or kept as “keepsakes” nearly to the same degree. It suddenly dawned on me that I could lose all these incredibly important memories – words written to me by my parents – with only one small internet/computer malfunction. We are all deserving of having memories to look back on to remind us of those important moments in our life and the love of our families. I urge you to do something similar.
I felt deserving of the number of evenings I spent on my couch finishing up the 3rd – and making a good dent on the 4th – season of Gilmore Girls. Though I spent the majority of my days inactive and sitting around, they still took a lot of brain energy, which I say deserves a complete veg out.
I also felt deserving to only publish two blog posts, considering my lack of my time at home and the extra post I got out last week.
I finished up and made good use of my leftovers and my squash collection…
…which then made me feel very deserving of my Saturday morning trip to the Farmers Market to replenish that stock.
Do you see the size of those eggplants!? $2!!
Even though I have been spending a lot of money this month (ugh), I felt deserving making my Vitacost and Iherb orders to get my usual necessities (plus a couple less necessary treats). For anyone interested, I use these sites to get great deals on my favorite all natural products, like this shampoo and conditioner, this castile soap (for all my DIY cleaning recipes), dish detergent and harder to find baking ingredients. If you’d like to do some discount shopping, use my referral code CFJ365 for $10 off your first purchase at IHerb or use this link for great discounts at Vitacost.
I took myself, and my breakfast, to a Starbucks where I spent nearly FOUR hours researching historical 1900s London, which I need to present to my cast at the beginning of our new production rehearsals this week. This little project, although necessary, was the bane of my existanceeeeeee.
Settle in. You’re gonna be here a while…
I also felt deserving of the coffee I had during this time.
I attended a full day workshop for an Italian form of theatre called, “Commedia Del Arte,” in which the instructor surprised us with an Italian “charcuterie” style buffet lunch.
I was SO bloody tired and, as much fun as this form of theatre was, I was sooooo not feeling it (our last show was just the night before). The energy it took just to be there made me feel quite deserving of this lunch plate, as well as the massive piece of pumpkin cheesecake that Dan brought me earlier on that week, which I finished off that evening.
Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake? Yeah, okay.
I spent yet another three hours at the library FINISHING up my research presentation, as well as hunting for new plays. That was one day of hard fricken work.
When I got home I felt more than deserving of the absolutely delicious dinner I threw together for myself – a new recipe which now – although I hadn’t planned it to be – I absolutely have to share on the blog.
Can you say cheeeese?
I caught up with a friend, I made a new batch of kombucha, swept a coupe times and did some baking (which you will see if you come back tomorrow).We are all deserving simply because we are human. #selfcare #selflove #weekinreview Click To Tweet
I worked hard this week, even if it wasn’t in the typical – or my usual – expectation of what “hard work” is. I worked in different ways, all of which made me feel deserving of the care I gave myself. But even with or without this so called “hard work,” the notion of “deserving” is really just a silly one. We are all “deserving,” simply because we are all living, breathing human beings. We don’t need to “deserve” to take care of ourselves or do what makes us happy. Its just a given.
Do you tend to use the word “deserving” in your regular vocabulary? What if we just… took it out…..?
What was your favorite thing you did this week that you know you HELLA deserved?