Today, I am grateful for time out from the old routine. This week I have devoted more time to caring for myself than I can ever remember. As my first Gratitude Daily course ended last month, I took the uncharacteristic decision to take time out. Busy has been my middle name for as long as I can recall, but as the course came to a close, I felt an overwhelming urge to just be. I took a step back from everything. I did not rush into promoting the next course or getting the new project going, though the excitement is there for what’s brewing and the desire to just get on with it is strong, the urge to sit back and focus on the self-care has been stronger. I am going with the flow… enjoying the slow and today, I took a trip to Brighton… to the sea. After a couple of hours work, I met up with a friend, wandered The Lanes and strolled down to the beach where we sat… and talked and listened to the sound of the sea. It was bliss… the sun on our faces, gulls overhead, stones between fingers, waves crashing. We then walked some more… slowly, I had no desire to dash. It felt luxurious, this glorious time out. I felt my body relax, shoulders lower, my mind unwind as one would expect. What has surprised me most during this week of self-care has been my craving, not for chocolate, but for wholesome food. This took me aback, this unanticipated aspect of time out. I had been thinking about improving my diet for a while… not going on a diet you understand – that has never been my style – just improving the quality of the food I consume, but in thinking about it, nothing changed. In caring for myself and taking time out to just be, a good diet has been a natural consequence. I shop slowly, thoughtfully, daily. My decision to give up chocolate for Lent seems like a cop out right now, as I just don’t feel the urge for it. Spinach, however, is quite another matter. For dinner, we found a vegetarian restaurant with a menu that made my mouth water. I was not disappointed. So, today, I am grateful for sea air and slow time. I am grateful for good friends and food that feeds the soul. I am grateful for the little things I learn when I take time out.