sometimes mondays start with a spark
a flash an energy and excitement to start the new week
and sometimes they start with a whimper
a sigh and a little bit of hesitation.
today it started with a big yawn
and a realization that our sunny warm (ish) weekend
had given way somewhere during the night to
this is serious news that calls for drastic measures..
as much as i wanted to dive back under the covers
and bury myself deep deep deep down inside
i decided the best way to arm myself for this snowy day
was to take
i love baths.
it's a serious addiciton.
(and a very healthy one, if you ask me)
it always has been.
i would spend hours in the tub as a little girl
playing with bubbles and boats
pretending i was a mermaid
but now i don't play in them as much
i luxuriate in them.
i meditate. i dream. i think about the day past, or the day to come.
baths are a place to just be.
they're nurturing, pampering, relaxing
they help set your mind straight.
they warm you to the bone
on cold nights
(or, ahem, mornings..)
and it's easy to pamper yourself
(an oh so neccessary, i think)
you can also transform a bath (and yourself)
by adding a cup of milk and a few drops of lavender oil..
or a handful of rose petals or slices of apple
or sweet herbs and flowers from the garden
a tablespoon of honey (the raw type is the best)
and a cup of oats..
and of course, yummy soaps.
handmade and natural are my favorites
..and then a nice pot of hot tea off to the side
is wonderful too..
if you're like me and you eventually have to get out of the tub
and actually get a little work done..
a nice strong green tea with lots of caffeine is probably a good idea.
what do you do to take care of yourself?
wishing you a gorgeous monday.
***please click on the stars to direct you to the photo credits.