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a note from Jana
I hope this brightens your day!
April 2021

In this issue:

- Limited time deal > Reply by 10 a.m. April 20 for $15 voucher!
- How are you doing? Feel like you're carrying too much?



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Dear reader:

Ever feel like you've got a little too much to carry?

[ image: too much baggage ]

Maybe you're caring for more people (or more needy people) than usual. Maybe you're carrying the burden of extreme change.

Seasons of extreme challenge call for extreme self-care.

My reading time this morning reminded me of this.

First, a side note: You don't have to be a Jesus person to get something out of this. If you think Jesus was possibly a wise teacher who set a good example to follow, that's enough.  :)

The part of the bible I was reading recently talked about how Jesus willingly walked away from a high position and the right to call all the shots about his life. Instead, he focused his time and energy on caring for others -- he had the attitude that he was here to be a good servant.
(Philippians 2: 4-8, for those who want to know.)

But, this doesn't mean he continually served to the point of burnout and exhaustion.

Knowing the rest of his story, I also know that Jesus made sure he ate when he needed to. He took naps when he was tired. He made time to be with friends. He took time away from crowds to talk with God.

So as we wrestle with a balance between caring for others and caring for ourselves, between carrying burdens and letting others help us, I think we can learn some lessons here. 

1. Self-care isn't selfish. Jesus was the most selfless person who ever lived, but even he made his own basic needs a priority.

2. On the other end, self-care doesn't mean you ignore everyone else and focus only on yourself. There's room in almost everyone's life to help those right in front of you. This helps make the world a better place and it helps make your life more rich and meaningful. A self-absorbed life is, ultimately, a dark lonely place.

  • Who do you know who needs a small kindness today? Can you give it?

3. Where is the line of balance? If you're feeling burned out, you've probably crossed over. If you're neglecting your own basic needs, you've definitely crossed over. Are you meeting your basic needs?

  • Are you getting the sleep you need?
  • Are you eating food that makes you feel clear-headed, and having level energy? 
  • Are you making time -- even just little snips of time -- for things that feed your heart and soul? 

If you answer no to most of these questions, dear one: please stop abusing yourself! You are important and worth taking care of. 

Treat yourself like you would a small child. Don't say mean things to yourself. Make sure you get enough sleep. Feed yourself healthy food.


Remember, friend: you are worth caring for. You don't have to set yourself on fire just to keep others warm.

(This is also in my shop!)

I'd love to have a conversation with you, if you have something to ask or share. I read every email.

Happy trails!

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