Restorative Girly Weekend: Homemade Sugar Scrub
There are times when it feels as if the world is asking more of you than you can possibly bare to give. As your body and spirit start to rebel, the warning signs mount: tension headaches go on for days, you burst into tears when the copy machine jams, you catch a cold three times in one month. Instead of hunkering down and plugging along, it’s time to refill the tank that is running on fumes alone. That’s when you ask yourself, if I could do anything this weekend, what would it be?
This is what I had to do this weekend. So on Saturday I slept in to the time that usually makes me feel guilty. I woke up relaxed and smiling (it certainly helped that Sebastian nudged me awake with a cappuccino and a bagel). I watched girly movies and read a big stack of magazines in my pajamas. I put on a, er, creative outfit and took a long walk in the autumn sunshine. I even made a baking pantry rip-off of a tremendously expensive sugar scrub (pictured above). I never turned my cell phone on; I just wasn’t ready for that.
By Sunday afternoon I was covering our dining room chairs with a gorgeous fleur-de-lis fabric and listening to my favorite Magnetic Fields album. When I went to yoga later that day I wasn’t ticking off a list of things to do in my head. For the first time in a long time, I actually focused on my breath. I left feeling light.
Tending to yourself isn’t decadent, it’s necessary. It’s important to take these home-bound weekend vacations from time to time. You’ll find, as I did this weekend, that it’s easier to be a good friend, a creative employee, and a loving partner when you are your best self. And if your best self wants some orange-infused dark chocolate and to turn out the lights at 10pm, there’s not a thing wrong with that in the world.
Homemade Sugar Scrub
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. grapeseed oil (olive oil would be great, too)
splash of vanilla extract
Stir to combine and slough away!