It’s Fri-Yay! I am extra cheerful this week as it has been a very long couple of weeks. Both weeks were mentally and physically draining. However, we can’t have highs without the lows. I’ve gone through a self-pity moment, a questioning moment and a reality check moment. All of the moments have passed, I’ve picked myself up and I am ready to take on new challenges. BTW…I’m super excited that I was able to wash my hair all by myself yesterday! (Don’t worry I went to Drybar when I couldn’t.) Now if only I could style it the same as Drybar does. They work serious hair magic.
I have to say that I can’t take all the credit for my happy mood. This week I received the sweetest gift. It was a complete surprise. My fabulous mom and her wonderful husband got me a Breaking Glass – Girl on the Rise purse (not actually branded)! It’s a personalized Kate Spade in my brand color and they had my initials “LE” added! (Thank you both so much!!!) I just about died when I opened the box. The gift is so thoughtful and perfect. Plus, it’s perfect for work!!!
Little did they know how much of an impact it would have on me. The gift gave me the strength to move forward. I say that because even though externally I put on a brave face, the reality is, I’ve been struggling a little with my thoughts. When I was at the doctor’s on Monday getting my stitches out I was thrown when they said, “Now that you are a skin cancer patient…”. I guess I hadn’t identified myself like that. I had treated this entire experience as an isolated incident. I know that this time it’s all over and all I need to do is finish healing. At that moment I couldn’t help but think about what other damage did I already do? Will I go through this again? The naiveté Band-Aid was ripped off. And when it came off tons of thoughts poured out. When I saw the purse, it reminded me that I am not alone, I am strong and I’m really doing this blogging thing. It also reminded me that I need to keep breaking glass. What I’ve learned from all of this is you should put yourself first especially when it comes to self-care and it’s your choice to determine how you are defined. Now, I’m back to being just me – thinking of which goal to tackle next.
Pro tip: If you are considering giving a gift no matter what your budget, think about tailoring the gift to the person or adding personalization. You never know what impact your gift will have.