A Few of My Favorite Things

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This week I am bringing you one of my local blogging friends, Julie, from Dutch Being Me. Julie and I have never met in real life which is totally weird.  Her brother bowls with my husband.  She lives in the town I live in.  There is zero reason other than our crazy busy lives.

Anyway, Julie and I met on twitter of all places.  We talk all the time.  I love reading her take on the world she and I share and I can’t wait to meet her at Gleek Retreat in just a few weeks!

Here is Julie…


I’ve been learning a lot about myself recently. I’ve learned that I need more rest than I thought possible. I learned that I can’t say yes to everything and still feel good. I learned that once I get overwhelmed, I collapse and become a pile of mush… which doesn’t seem to help anybody around me.

Overall, I learned that because I haven’t dealt with issues that caused some (or much) of the weight gain way back when they were a problem… they have come back to haunt me at the most inopportune times. Times that usually are stressful and require much more thought and time into processing the feelings that are surfacing. Even though now I’ve lost the weight, the struggle to maintain is making me realize the issues are still there.

So in light of all of these negative feelings surfacing and trying to deal with them slowly (and resolutely) – the question I’ve been asking myself (a lot) lately is what are things that I can do to pamper myself?

Here’s my list of favorite things to do to feel special and relaxed…

Organize something :: I know it sounds like a whole lot of work – but for me, it makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something when my books are in a different order or the papers on the coffee table have been filed. Usually it’s a little something that only takes me 10 (or so) minutes, but the repercussions can last days (or weeks) when looking around the house.

Read a book :: I love an easy read some days. The kind of book I’m talking about here is one that doesn’t make you think a lot. Probably one from my childhood {Anne of Green Gables} or a book that doesn’t make me think a lot {any piece of chick lit will do here.}

Write a story :: Many participate in The Red Dress Club prompts each week… but a lot of what I need to write are things that keep my creative juices flowing – a story that’s been within me and needs to be expressed. Or maybe it’s just writing something as simple as a short poem sharing the feelings that I’m going through at that moment.

Get my nails done :: Typically I try to do this once a month – as long as the cash allows – and it typically only costs about $12 (in my area) for an “express manicure”. Just having the fresh coat of polish on my nails makes me feel better about myself and brings up my self-esteem.

Paint Pottery :: This is one of my most favorite things to do… but I rarely do it because the costs for painting time and materials adds up so quickly. But while I am painting a plate, a mug or maybe some other random item, I sit and take my time to carefully design and layer so that the final outcome is what I want to keep for myself… or share with someone else.

Going to see a movie in the theater :: Whether it is with friends, or by myself, I love to go to the theater to see a movie. The big screen, the surround sound, the popcorn… it all adds up to a marvelous experience.

As you can see I’m a creative-type person that loves to be surrounded by creative things.

What do you do to feel special or relaxed?


Want more of Julie?  Yeah you do.  Here are some great posts she sent me that I agree give you a really great idea of how awesome she is.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Ah she’s just wonderful and like most woman just doesn’t have enough time left over to just ‘be’ somedays.
    I love organizing too (my closet needs some attention at the moment) and a movie..alone is always a special treat..we are very much alike Julie and I’m glad that Katie picked you..it was such a joy getting to know and I hope u keep doing Good hings for yourself ..have a great day!

    • Thanks for your kind words! I’m trying to remember to do (at least) one of these things for myself weekly… it really does help and calm. Great to meet you new friend!

  2. How in the world did I miss that you were on the Rachael Ray show?!?!? What you did was simply amazing and inspiring for a lot of people!

    A lot of the things that you have on your list are also things I like to do. Sometimes all it takes is reading something simple and mindless to help you relax.

    I’m looking forward to meeting you next month!!

    • I don’t know! I blogged about the whole experience (a 3 part series!) last year after the show re-aired because a number of people were asking what it was all like.

      Can’t wait to meet you & Kate next month too!! 🙂

  3. Bedtime. Laptop in lap. Lying in Bed. I look forward to it every day. 🙂

  4. Hmmm, to feel special and relaxed, I put on a pore clarifying mask and watch TV or read a book. And because I like the way the mask pulls my skin tight, I wear it longer than I’m supposed to. (And who am I kidding? I’m also too lazy to get up and wash it off after 5 minutes.)