By local mom and medical aesthetician: Slone Mathieu
The fridge is filled with leftovers, and already you're planning the next big menu that you don't really need. The kids have more free time than ever, and somehow their idle life requires more baked goods than you could possibly imagine. The lawn is covered with leaves, and suddenly there are 3-inches of snow that you never could've anticipated.
(To the last surprise, you really need to take care of that. Like skincare, you have remove the dirt and debris before the final application....MUST call the lawn guy!)
As I was saying, tis the season!
Predictably, somewhere in the midst of transitioning from one big celebration to the next, I failed to acknowledge the loads of laundry piling up. I had finally taken to the task when my husband came looking for his goodnight kiss. No sooner had he grabbed his reward and turned for a hasty retreat. From the depth of dirty clothes I shared a sincere, satisfying, self-serving sigh, and as his guilt set in he turned to offer this suggestion: "Just leave my clothes. I'll fold them tomorrow".
Just to be clear, he did not offer to fold the laundry, he merely suggested that I leave his clothes - judged and selected, dejected and neglected - to be folded at another time. Now we all have our ways and I respect that. I recognize that he was offering his particular brand of "love", but beyond the seemingly ridiculous nature of his suggestion, I don't think I am capable of this sort of censure. I am the CEO, the HBIC (Head Babe/Bitch in Charge), the Boss of this family and I take my business seriously! I embrace the details, I take pride in my contribution, and I know my worth. Um....that would be priceless!
I roll my eyes constantly and I try to find humor in our differences. The "all or nothing" mentality is exclusively mine, so I take responsibility for it with the same commitment and enthusiasm that I usually reserve for them. I mean, in truth, how do I expect them to anticipate my needs when they hardly know what they need!?!?
So, this holiday season I am especially grateful for my family. Somewhere during my time spent taking care of them, I have come to appreciate the maturity and mindfulness that forces me to take care of myself as well. Some things are simply more meaningful than a perfectly folded flat-sheet. During this month of madness, make sure you cater to the most important person in your life. You! Indulge in a massage or facial, dinner or drinks, exercise or therapy...whatever makes you happy.
In fact, you can get 4 out of 6 of these treats right here at Dream Spa Medical! We'd love to spend the time with you and we'd love to hear about what makes you smile. Share your indulgences with us, or simply share this article with someone who needs a break.
Breathe deep and have a very Happy Holiday!