I’m sure I’m not the only one who has sought to emphasize “self care” in light of the nonstop barrage of news in America’s political and social landscape this year. Sometimes you need to take a break from the news and distract yourself with things that make you smile. For this year, that distraction has been the sport of tennis.

Yes, I’ve been a fan for a long time. My mom and I attend Western & Southern Open every year in Cincinnati as an annual girls trip/vacation. We went again this year, but we also got to go to Wimbledon. Yes that Wimbledon in England. It’s long been a bucket list item for me and it felt so amazing to cross it off the list!

But before I got to visit the grounds of the All England Tennis & Lawn Club, I pretty much immersed myself in all things tennis, since the beginning of the year. It all started with the amazing then-pregnant-even-though-we-didn’t-know Serena Williams winning her 23rd Major, but even after she took her hiatus, I continued to stay up-to-date in the sport. Sometimes I trail off, after the Australian Open, and rejoin the sport some time in April. Not this year. I was all in thanks to the Tennis Channel and BeIN Sports. I also downloaded the ATP/WTA Live app to keep up with all the non-televised matches going on all over the world. I’m even thisclose to subscribing to the streaming platform for the ATP or WTA.

So between keeping up with the sport daily, and getting to attend two events, it’s been good for me. Heck, on the eve of college football season starting, I’m still very much engrossed in tennis. (Psst: The US Open starts Monday!) And y’all KNOW how I feel about college football and my Buckeyes!

I encourage everyone to take care of themselves and find something to help pull them into their “happy space,” if at all possible. I know I’m extremely privileged to be able to detach and focus on other things while others don’t have the option. But I also know that if I don’t withdraw on a regular basis, I’m of no use to anyone; not myself, my family, friends, business, church etc.

“Prioritise self-care & incorporate a MINIMUM of 60 mins ‘ME TIME’ into your daily routine.
YES THERE ARE enough hours in the day. NO EXCUSES.”
― Miya Yamanouchi