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August 17, 2013

12 + 8 = Heaven


A few weeks ago I set a bedtime for myself for first time ever. I read recently, once again, how important it is for our bodies, minds, and spirits to get a good night's sleep. Being the perennial night owl that I am however, this has always been a challenge for me. I love the quiet of the night. It feels so blissful.

So lately I've been getting into bed at 11:00'ish and giving myself an hour to read or whatever. Lights out at midnight. Eight hours of sleep. Heaven.

The old me might have been in bed by midnight but frequently it was 1AM or even later until I hit the hay.

It's strange, but I can't tell you what a relief it is to have a bedtime. Being better rested I feel better in numerous ways. I am sure the cool, dry nighttime air this past month has helped too.

For as long as I can remember my mom has taken a 20 minute nap in the middle of the day. She sets the timer on the stove for 20 minutes and stretches out on a couch. She has said it's the perfect amount of time to rejuvenate herself. I have always found it remarkable that she does this. To do it within the chaos of the day.

Also this week I wanted to share the id/ego chart that my friend Cindy sent me. I love this chart as it's such a great reminder what to focus on, and not focus on, for optimal happiness.

As I've said before, we are what we think about.

What we think about, we become.

Hope you're all enjoying the last weeks of summer. xoxo, Louise.




2 comments:

  1. Sleep is at the top of the health list for me. If you don't get enough rest you might as well throw all the other healthy lifestyle habits out the window because you don't have enough energy to do it! I say this as I'm about to watch a movie at 10:45pm...lol. Tomorrow's a sleep in day...;)

    I also love your mom's cat nap. I always felt Mary had it goin' on. This is one of many reasons why she is a vibrant 91 year old woman! I love my naps...and yes, if I can get 20 mins in, it is amazingly revitalizing.

    Sweet dreams, sweet pea. xoxo

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  2. Thank you, friend of inspiration.

    Night, night and many xoxox to you.

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