I have quite an intimate confession to make:

As most of you know, I have struggled with my health over the past eight years, almost dying (literally dying) of overwork 4 times, 2 in the past two years.

I developed dermatitis, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, eczema & psoriasis.
This morning, I realized (again) just how much more I can do now that I am healthy again, and how important taking care of my health is for my own well-being. I ran my fingers through my skin this morning and the brittleness is not there anymore. I don't feel scratchy, nor tired.
One healthy response that my brain and my body have taken this year (thanks to the COVID 19 pandemic) is that, as soon as I feel overwhelmed and over-stressed, I start cancelling every single commitment I know I can't make.

It's healthy for me, and my health is MY priority.
But this has become automatic.

I no longer ponder "what if I move my schedule in this or that way".

I recognise that I am going to be over-extended, and as soon as my brain sees the red light, I start sending emails cancelling everything.

I'm proud of myself for doing this.

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I do teach:
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Siempre me han gustado las papas.

Me gustan como guarnición y/o como platillo principal.

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