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Buying the Fancy Soap

By Sunnie Gruwell
What if caring for ourselves in some small way made the survival “to-do” list, even during tough times? How different would you feel each day if you carved in a little time to find something small that could bring you joy?

I’m not usually the kind of person to buy expensive soap. It’s typically the generic clear stuff you can buy with the giant refill bottle. I have a lot of kids, and, as I’m sure you can imagine, we go through quite a bit of soap.

My practical, frugal side usually wins out when wandering the hygiene aisle at the store. I buy the cheap hand pump bottle with the massive refill, place it in our home’s main communal bathroom, and fill it up each time it gets near empty. It’s functional, doesn’t drain the bank account, and I don’t have to get too angry when my youngest pumps the bottle again and again, getting 10 times the amount of soap he actually needs to clean his hands.

When this whole quarantine thing began back in March, I did something a little crazy. Hand hygiene became more important than ever, and soap was in short supply. Instead of searching store after store, coming home empty handed, I hopped online and ordered some soap. And not just my usual boring clear stuff, but the good stuff. The type that is colorful and comes in pretty bottles with fancy names and smells divine. And it was foamy. Washing my hands went from being a commonplace, monotonous task to a special treat that left me smiling and smelling like floral, fruit and maybe even sunshine.

Life hasn’t been particularly easy for anyone over these last six months. We’ve all done our best to remain positive and be flexible. Life brings with it beauty but also a lot of challenges. And sometimes those challenges can be hard, and all we can do during those times is just hang on and do our best to survive.

But what if, even in the midst of something hard, we could find a little something we could do each day to make us smile. What if caring for ourselves in some small way made the survival “to-do” list, even during tough times? How different would you feel each day if you carved in a little time to find something small that could bring you joy? It could be walking alone, listening to an audiobook, reading in the sunshine, or appreciating nature. These would make my self-care list.

Or it could be ordering soap outside of your usual comfort zone because life is uncertain and hard, and smelling good just makes you happy. Whatever would make your list, I hope you take the time to recognize it and act on it, in both small and big ways. And buy the fancy soap. You are worth it

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Sunnie Gruwell

Sunnie is a parent advocate on ERC’s Recovery Ambassador Council. Sunnie resides in Houston, Texas with her husband and six children. Her faith and religion are very important to her, and the strength that comes from those beliefs has helped her family make it through whatever trials they have faced. She has immense gratitude for the life-saving treatment her oldest daughter received at the Eating Recovery Center in Denver, Colorado, and recognizes the extremely important role that caregiver knowledge and education play in the treatment of adolescents with eating disorders. She admires the strength, resilience, and growth her daughter has shown as she battles her eating disorder. Her continued support for her daughter reinforces the reality that recovery is not a one-time event, but a journey.

“Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.” (Sharon Jaynes)

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