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Why I Love Permission Slips (Plus Happy Links)

{Every week, I publish a series of inspiring links. Enjoy!}

Earlier this week, I went back to the doctor because I was feeling ill and fatigued. My cold/bronchitis has subsided, but the doctor confirmed that I picked up a secondary infection. He prescribed some medication and encouraged me to rest. I laughed and told the doctor that it’s hard for me to rest. When I don’t move, I feel cranky, so I asked the doctor if walking was okay. He said, “You can walk, but don’t go too far and don’t overdo it. Light walking is best and no hills."

After this conversation, I gave myself a few permission slips. This helps me focus on taking care of my body and to not feel guilty for resting. Until I recover from this virus, I’m working part-time, sleeping as much as I need, and doing light walking (if I can). Also, I followed my friend Niki’s advice and booked an appointment with a local acupuncturist. Niki thought it might help, and I trust her recommendations. After over two weeks of being ill, I'm up for trying anything. I want my energy back!

When you feel ill, give yourself permission to rest, work less, and be extra kind to yourself. Remember, good health is the ultimate wealth. If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t help others.

Now onto this week's happy links ...

"The Art of Being My Dad" is a touching post by Leo Babauta. Reading Leo’s words reminded me of my dad and brought me to tears. Losing a loved one is never easy. I empathize with Leo and his family.

And speaking of loss, please check out "Get Your Shit Together." It's a valuable website and it prompted Logan and I to complete our wills, power of attorney documents, and a living trust. We used Legal Zoom to finish the legal paperwork. It was simple and straightforward. Now, we need to get our trust and wills signed and notarized.

On the lighter side, I've been reading lots of year-end and New Year’s articles. Here are a few of my favorites: The Word / A Question to Live By / 3 Simplicity Challenges for the New Year.

I also enjoyed these podcasts: Living Alone and Liking It. Sometimes. / Why doesn't everyone get the flu vaccine?'Life Itself': An Unflinching Documentary Of Roger Ebert's Life And Death.

When I was 12, I read “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” I was into self-help even as a tween, which makes me laugh. Reading the book as an adult has been even more helpful and enlightening.

And last but not least, I am partnering with 7 of my favorite writers and simple living advocates! We are offering a year long e-course called A Simple Year: 12 Months of Guided Simplicity. Topics covered include clutter, work, money, relationships, cooking, fitness, and more. The course is $199, so roughly $16 per month. Registration closes on January 10th! I hope you will join us!

What are you reading? Share your recommendations in the comments section.

The Good Life

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