It really resonated with me (I have been so guilty of number 3 in the past)
This is my summary:
1) Have one daily ritual that is just for you. I think this gets easier as we get older and have more time for ourselves, but it is really important at all ages. For me it is my cup of tea in the afternoon. Every day about three o'clock I sit with my tea and relax. It is something I look forward to.
2) Set aside time in the week to listen to music. When I was at my daughter's house I noticed that they had soft music playing in the background. The lights were low and it was very soothing. I love to listen to music, so this is something I am going to do on a regular basis. Right now I am listening to some old folk music while I write this post. I am loving it.
3) Use what you have. Oh boy, I have been so guilty in the past of not using what I have. Who in the world am I saving my wonderful candles, best soap, and pretty table linens for. I really don't want my daughters going through my drawers when I leave this world and finding all of the things I have squirreled away. I promise to not become one of those old ladies who covers her furniture in plastic so it will be clean for company.
4) Cook or prepare, something for pleasure, for yourself once a week. This is already something I had planned to do more of. I am going to do it more than once a week. I want to focus on foods that I love. Salmon is one of my favorites so I will definitely be preparing more of that for myself.
5) Choose one weekend day when you don't do any housework. This is an easy one for me, except I have to make my bed. I can definitely forgo scrubbing the bathroom or mopping the floors for a day (or even a week).
These all kind of seem like no brainers, but I know that sometimes it is good to remind ourselves to be kinder to ourselves on a daily basis. I'm all for anything that reminds me to live a simpler and more serene life.