I learned a lot about myself this week as The Joy Diet focused on treats.
I had some difficulty coming up with treats that weren't prescriptive, things I thought I ought to do or want. I know now I need to spend more time thinking about what would make me happy, what will make me smile.
Once I came up with a few smile-inducers, (a soak in the tub, a special lunch, window shopping at a new store) I had a hard time actually giving myself the treat. At the first sign of conflict with the things I do for other people, for my family, I would put my treat on the back burner and almost immediately forget about it.
I know I have put a lot of my needs on hold as my life has been "about" raising a child and running a household but I don't want to be in the dark about the things that make me smile. I want to better at treating myself. I'm going to continue to explore treats as we move into the next chapter.
You know what I really want to do next week? What would really make me smile? Rollerskating. I want to go rollerskating.
Stop by Jamie Ridler's The Next Chapter to see more reflections on this week's Joy Diet ingredient.