Tackle a Tiny Thing

Sundays are all about self-care on Little-Spaces. As Littles, we can sometimes forget about self-care – possibly because we rely on our Bigs to manage things like that or because we’re simply overwhelmed with the rest of our lives. Every Sunday, I’m going to take a moment to talk about a self-care tactic you can use as a Little!

Today, we’re going to tackle a Tiny Thing.

Self-care isn’t all about baths and cupcakes and cute movies. Sometimes, self-care needs to be about doing things that need doing. But sometimes, doing those things feels overwhelming and impossible. That’s where the Tiny Thing comes in!

Just do a Tiny Thing. Just one.

What’s a Tiny Thing? It’s something small and insignificant on its own, but they can add up into the big ball of unmanageability that feels too overwhelming to handle. It’s something like replacing the burnt-out lightbulb in the hallway or cleaning the toilet. Don’t let yourself get trapped into thinking you have to check all the burnt bulbs or clean the entire bathroom. Do one, single Tiny Thing.

Why just one? Because it won’t overwhelm you. And if you chip away at the Tiny Things on the days that you don’t feel like you can tackle something big, you’ll keep them from ganging up together into something huge and overwhelming. Doing one Tiny Thing a day helps keep you moving toward a healthy lifestyle!

So trounce a Tiny Thing today! Pick up the dirty dishes from your bedroom. Put one basket of laundry all the way away. Take the trash out from the bathroom. Sweep the entryway. Just one Tiny Thing. I know you can do it!

 

My Little Life – Meet Zuzu!

Wednesdays are when I give you a peek into my own Little Life. I’d like to introduce you to one of my most precious stuffies today. Her name is Zuzu.

toyger1_shopping-image-600x800.pngZuzu is a “Toyger Shark” and part of the Purrmaids plush series by KikiDoodle. I found and fell in love with them a couple years ago. They’re completely fanciful and just tickle me in all the right ways. (Admittedly, I still want to add an Orange Tabby and Jelly Angora to my collection!)

In May 2017, I was diagnosed with uterine cancer. At that time, I knew I wanted a special friend that I’d be able to take to all my appointments with me. While my friends and partners and family did everything they could to be with me at appointments, I knew there would be times when I would be alone and need something to cling to. A very precious person to me, whom I call Kishi, got Zuzu for me at that time.

toyger2_shop-600x800.pngI told the seller that Zuzu was going to be my cancer buddy. And she ever so sweetly included a note with my plush, saying that the Toyger Sharks are some of the bravest purrmaids out there, but Zuzu was picked especially because she was even braver than most. The hand-written message was extremely meaningful for me.

Zuzu even came with me to my major cancer surgery. The doctors let her come back to the operating room, and I got to hold her while they put me under. When I woke up in my hospital room, she was right by my bed, dressed in a hospital mask and cap.

f434e697-4be8-4233-9dc8-fb3933f755f7Since then, Zuzu has been one of my absolute favorite plushies to sleep with. She’s a perfect shape for me – longer and thinner, letting me hug her close. Her head tucks up under my chin just right. She’s very soft and sleek, and her embroidered stripes have a wonderful tactile feel.

Zuzu is my reminder to be brave when things seem scary. She’s brave and fierce and loyal. But even though she’s all those things, she has a kind face and heart. She’s joyful about her role as a protector, and she keeps watch over a lot of the other smaller stuffies in my collection when she’s not keeping watch over me. She’s even spent some time with another special person in my life while he was going through a hard time. (I’m glad she’s back home so I can snuggle her to sleep again!) Her favorite things are watching the BBC’s Blue Earth documentary series and tuna salad sandwiches.