list was compiled by Christi, her clients, friends, family, and seminar
participants. This list is updated frequently, so bookmark this
page and refer back whenever you need to recharge, pamper, or
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Make the Menu a permanent part of your schedule! Try to do one thing
every day from this list. Print it out, circle the things that
sound best to you, and hang it in a prominent place where you can see
you like to add something to this Nourishment Menu?
always amazed how... no matter how long this list gets... I still get
tons of brand-new, fabulous ideas from folks I know. The Menu
will become as fabulous as you make it...
don't be shy! Send me some pleasure ideas of your own.
me an email - I'd love to hear "What's Your Pleasure!"
a haircut… and a tingling scalp massage!
piano – or listen to someone else play
a bubble bath – by candlelight
at the window/wall and do nothing
on a glass of wine
on a hike and take a healthy picnic lunch
a great book
with your dog or cat or fish
for a bike ride
a walk outside in a snowstorm when no one else is on the road
a great vacation for yourself
a ride in a convertible (with the top down)
around or watch a river/lake/fountain/stream
hands with someone
a foot bath (water, salt, essential oil, and marbles to massage your
Make snow angels
the cartoon section of the newspaper
your personal website
something bright and colorful
Feed some ducks
a gratitude journal
out the camera… and take some pictures
someone to brush your hair
music in the car, roll down the windows, sing loudly!
out in nature
to hold and sing to newborn babies in the hospital nursery
a nice drive outside the city
to yoga class… or do some yoga poses at home
for a boat ride/rent a jet ski
a few deep breaths!!
fresh flowers and put them where you'll see them all day
a pedicure/manicure (or give yourself one!)
mindfully… with music on in the background (try to match the music with
the type of food you're cooking)
to a flower shop/garden shop and take in all the colors and smells
up for a class – tennis, cooking, jewelry making, squash lessons – anything!
rose petals on your bed cover
your desk or garage
to an outdoor concert or play
a Girls'/Guys' Night Out!
breakfast in bed!
to a museum for the afternoon
Go ice skating
an empty office to work in, so you won't be disturbed
a mountain, big or small
in a kids' coloring book
to your favorite CD
a Breath Holiday - breathe 10 times with eyes closed and pretend you're
on a beach somewhere
someone a hug
an entire day reading
a cup of tea in front of a fireplace when it's cold outside
in some heated slippers
dancing (or dance at home!)
a letter/card to someone who hasn't heard from you in a while
something REALLY nice for yourself – go ahead, splurge!
for a leisurely walk
Date Night with a partner or friend
your car (use lots of bubbles!)
Go skinny dipping
Crayon a card to someone you love
a pizza with all your favorite toppings... just for you... no one else!
your own pottery
to a concert for your favorite band when you were growing up
your favorite baseball, football, or basketball team
a day trip somewhere
a glass of water and imagine all the good things it's doing to your
into bed right after work and stay there all night!
a sprinkler and run through it!
sidewalk chalk to write messages in the driveway
someone a compliment (you don't have to know them!)
to the nursery and look at the plants
Paint your toes different colors
a 10-minute walking break at work
out to breakfast on your own and read a good book without interruption
out in the warm sun and drink an ice-cold margarita
a mosaic out of paper scraps or a broken mug
an impromptu dinner party – potluck-style!
a 15-minute blitz to clean up clutter in a corner of your home
a great novel to read while waiting in line
in a hammock
to the bakery and get an eclair
white water rafting, kayaking, or canoeing - be sure to capsize at least
away from gossip
Buy baby barrettes and wear them in your hair
old letters/card that loved ones sent you
a photo album
a random act of kindness... and revel in the person's appreciation
a cooking class, then throw a dinner party to show off your new skills!
your parents or grandparents or siblings
Do volunteer work
a girls or guys weekend away
out to a friend you haven't talked with in a while
a cup of hot/iced chocolate
a guilt-free ice cream sundae
your favorite movie
in bed with someone or have a make-out fest!
a picnic by the river
outside on the swings listening to the birds in the morning
a long, steamy shower
on your floor
a board game
how to play a musical instrument... or go back to one you already know
how to play
outside and play a sport you loved as a kid!
a pen that you'll really love writing with
on your back on your lawn and watch the clouds go by
a rose and stop to smell it!
yourself a hand or foot massage
around the house naked!
out all old, expired lotions… and then buy a new one to take their place
Leave your lover a note with a lipstick 'kiss-print'
a hot water bottle on your tummy
a $1 piece of jewelry or makeup!
dinner on the floor… by candlelight… with no utensils
faces at yourself in the mirror
to the gym, and ask a trainer for a new workout idea
a piece of chocolate, slowly!
up a fictional story (if you feel ambitious, put it down on paper)
your pajamas on as soon as you get home from work
someone feed you – eat with your eyes closed – and guess what you're
in front of the mirror and rub a warm washcloth all over your body
to the park and play on the jungle gym
cool, fun post-its and notepaper that will make you smile
yourself a cup of tea
to the library and read children's books… on the floor or in a kid-sized
chair (Samantha recommends Runny Babbit by Shel Silverstein)
to bed early
a junk shop and explore
a free makeup makeover
a weekend at a spa or retreat center
to work or the store… in silence… no radio!
to the beach and listen to the waves crash
flowers to press for stationery
to the beach with a favorite pleasure book (trashy novel recommended).
Extra point for bringing a radio to play your favorite tunes.
Two extra points for bringing an icy tropical drink with an umbrella!
your mom or dad - if they're not alive, just 'talk' with them - they're
in a better place and are sending you good wishes
swimming in a pond
at the stars
around a college campus
Kiss your child's napkin before packing her lunch
a reservation at a new restaurant
out new arrivals at the used bookstore
to the store and find one new food to try
yourself an encouraging letter
your IDEAL LIFE in a journal
a flowerpot or flowerbed
fish at the aquarium
in for an extra hour on the weekend
a cleaning lady
an art gallery
a gospel concert
with your kids... or someone else's kids
at a bookstore
an ethnic neighborhood
a fabric store – buy one piece of pretty fabric!
on a walking tour
healthy cookies – and eat the dough!
driving – talk about fun, beautiful
you drive past
a train ride
in your journal… or doodle!
a walk around the neighborhood and say hi to as many people as possible
in a local elementary school, or sign up to coach a local youth league
a yummy fruit smoothie
a surprise on a friend's front porch
somebody scratch your back – then scratch theirs!
your favorite show on TV
a friend you love them
at pictures from an old vacation or event
a jigsaw puzzle
an herb garden
a poem that you love (or write one yourself!)
“the drums” on some pots and pans – be loud!
someone to read a book out loud to you (I LOVE this one!)
to the card store and read the funny cards
to a book on tape
on a media purge – don't watch news, read paper, or listen to radio
lavender oil on your pillow – let your bedroom be an oasis of scented
ladies: paint your toes/fingernails a lovely shade of punchy pink or
a cup of tea in an outdoor café
a pillow party with friends
a nap with an eye pack
with your child or a friend
your feet in warm water and cucumber slices to relax and rejuvenate
a book from the "Read Someday" pile
a mini Zen garden with a box, sand, and some rocks
a shrine/altar somewhere in your house
a leisurely lunch at your favorite cafe
out some paint and transform a piece of junk
a seed in a pot – your own mini-orchard
two chilled tea bags on your eyes and rest for 5 minutes
yourself flowers. Make sure you really love them and don't skimp!
a gossipy celebrity magazine - drool over the hunky stars, like you
did when you were a teenager!
rose petals in your home and on the steps of your pad
some brownies to make the house smell great
a collage of pictures and words that thrill you
yourself a new, great-smelling lip balm
a potted plant to put on your desk
on a honey/oatmeal facial mask - give yourself a face massage
in the sunshine and do nothing
with friends or family for a day or two and let them spoil you
yourself fully feel something – cry, binge, mourn, whatever - then move
planning a trip abroad
a brag fest with a friend – what's going GREAT in your life?!
a theme party
away all the old clothes in your closet (have a friend help with this)
a chick flick, sports movie, or adventure film
to a psychic or have your tarot cards read (try www.astrologyzone.com)
one of your favorite summery dresses to work (if it's too risque, you
can wear a cardigan and take it off after work)
a friend over for a glorious picnic on your floor
your travel bag: pack candles, bubble bath, fun books, great music
really sexy underwear under your everyday clothing
a home video of you and your family
a game of flag football with your friends – in the mud, if possible!
your best clothes and perfume/cologne… just because
up early and prepare a fabulous, healthy breakfast for yourself
yourself a luxurious sheet set – silk, satin, or flannel!
winter: wrap a soft, warm, wooly, brightly-colored scarf around your
summer: use self-tanner for a safe, bronzed glow
a bag of lollipops and share them around at work
the winter: go snowshoeing or ice skating!
the summer: sit by a lake or pond
up with a list of fun, pleasurable things to do!