On the eve of Valentine’s Day I have decided not to focus on romance and instead write about ‘me-time‘. Whether or not you have a special someone to spoil you on the most romantic day of the year, you can always spoil yourself . Sometimes even when you do have a partner it’s nice to take time out alone and do something that you want to do. My ritual at the end of each day for as long as I can remember has been to soak in a relaxing bath. The room is softly lit by a scented candle and despite the obvious romantic connotations this is my time and my time alone. No man required. The closed door keeps out the world … including hubby … the only company is my fur-baby who falls asleep on the bath mat. This is my little bit of heaven and sanity every day. My daydreaming in a blanket of bubbles is never interrupted. My tub could be in the marble bathroom of New York penthouse or on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. And there’s no set time of day for this slice of indulgence. I will run a bath at midnight if the day has run away from me.
And now I have found a new little piece of ‘me-time‘ that I am loving almost as much. A long daily solo walk. For the last seven weeks of weather, I have been donning my runners in the early evening and heading out the front door. With my headphones tuned to easy listening, which includes Michael Bolton and Richard Marx, I walk until the sun sets.
A different route everyday affords me the pleasure of admiring beautiful perfumed gardens, stunning, diverse architecture from turn of last century bungalows to modern apartments and the occasional furry gatekeeper. And my fitness level is gradually increasing … 3km is now closer to 6km without much huffing or puffing.
I hope you can spoil yourself by taking time away from everything now and then. Perhaps with a bubble bath … or a walk … or tucked up with a Mills & Boon Medical romance.
Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day!