Portrait of a Foot Soaker: Linda
Occasionally, we like to offer a glimpse into the lives of our treasured guests. Linda has been a faithful foot soaker since 2016. Our staff knows her for her wonderful stories and personality. We asked this amazing woman about her journey to self-care.
What type of work do you do?
I am retired since 2006. I worked for 30 years with the Department of Defense as a Civilian logistics specialist manager. This was a high-stress vocation.
What things do you do to try and maintain a work/life balance?
Finally, after all those years as a single parent and workaholic, I have learned to balance my life. First, I make sure that daily I slow down, take time for walks, eat healthily (organic/lots of veggies), spend time every day with friends, continue to learn, and volunteer!
Every year I look at the buffet of life choices and pick one area to study and do. Qigong was first and I am now an instructor! I also studied art appreciation, at a local community college, then in Spain and Italy, in New York and San Francisco. This year I’m starting the Blue Ridge Eco-Gardening Certificate Program.
Do you have any favorite activities to help relieve stress?
YES – I pet my dog and give her massages every day. I also do 1-3 hours of Qigong daily, have massages at least once a month, or WALK outside in nature and just breathe! And of course, I go to Wake.
Who in your circle do you go to when you have a bad day? How do they make you feel better?
What is your guilty pleasure for me-time?
Are there any spots around town that you find yourself drawn to when you need a mental break?
What is your idea of the ultimate self-care ritual? (either something you currently practice or a fantasy)