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Making Space 2022: Day 14

Today, I am trying hard to walk my talk and not get caught up in the difference between what I meant to do and what I can do right now.

I had already decided, based on Martha’s 2020 advice ‘Get dressed’ that today’s post was going to be about sticking to the basics and this post is going to be an example of that.

It’s great to have fun and elaborate plans for the things we want to do. Sometimes we can pull the thing off just as we had envisioned. Sometimes we have to modify our vision a little.

And sometimes, like today, we have to look at the time and resources we have and pare down our plan to the most basic key elements, do those, and decide that it is enough.

My goals with these Making Space 2022 posts are 1) to help you acknowledge the work you are already doing 2) to “give you permission” to make space for yourself on your to do list during this busy time 3) to remind you of Martha’s excellent 2020 posts and, finally, 4) to give you easy access to a short exercise video and a short meditation that you can try if you feel inclined.

I generally like to do that in a more expansive way but, today, I am sticking with the most basic version of that:

  1. I see your hard work and I hope you do, too. Here’s a little gold star to remind you that your efforts count – ⭐ – I wish you ease as you make your way along.
  2. I hope you can find a satisfying way to make space for yourself in your day
  3. Martha’s post for Dec 14 , 2020 was about how something like getting dressed can make a huge difference for your brain. Please click on over to read it.
  4. Here are your videos for today, I hope they help:
This video from the SingHealth You Tube channel (National Heart Centre Singapore) is entitled ‘Home Aerobic Exercise Routine (Standing) and the still image features the video title, and the SingHealth name and logo in blue/black text in the centre of the screen against a white background. the bottom of the screen has a colour gradient line that goes from green to blue to pink to red to orange.
This video from the Green Mountain at Fox Run YouTube channel is entitled ‘Simple 5-Minute Guided Meditation for Beginners.’ and the still image shows the title and the URL for in white text against a background of rocks in a shallow pond, some of which are lit by the sun.

About Making Space 2022

About Making Space 2022

In December 2020, Fit is a Feminist Issue blogger Martha created a tradition – a series of reminder posts to take good care of ourselves during this last month of the year when it is far too easy to get swept up in your to do list, no matter what you are celebrating or not celebrating. Last year, it was my turn and after an introductory Go Team post called Give Yourself Some Space, I created a series of reminders called ‘Making Space‘ that offered a suggested short exercise video and a suggested meditation in case you needed an easy way to find space for yourself in your schedule.

For 2022, I’ll be doing the same thing but I’ll also be including a link to Martha’s post from the same date in 2020 and I’ll offer a few extra ideas for relaxation, creativity, and self-kindness here and there.

These posts are not about insisting that you do more, more, more during this busy season. Instead, I want to encourage you to remember that there IS a *YOU* who is doing all of the things and you are worth taking good care of.

Perhaps the things I suggest aren’t what you need in the moment. That’s totally ok. Perhaps you can use something else to create some space, something that will help you feel more relaxed or more in charge of your day.