I haven't gone to the dentist in 10 years (give or take). I've wanted to go to the dentist for 10 years (give or take). Ten years ago I was pregnant and the smell of toothpaste made me sick... even the thought of the smell of toothpaste made me sick! I didn't want to get sick at the dentist's office so I cancelled. I never rescheduled... After a few years, I didn't go to the dentist because I was: 1.) embarrased that I hadn't gone in so long; 2.) scared of what a mess my teeth must be! So I didn't go. I made my daughters go every 6 months-- but I never went.
The problem here is that I don't want to have nasty teeth!! I spent 3 years with braces as a tween and I still have a permanent retainer cemented in my mouth! I like having pretty, straight, white teeth-- thus the dilemma....
So my first gift was to myself, the gift of a routine cleaning and x-rays... I had anxiety for days and I seriously panicked in the waiting room today... but I did it! I went to the dentist!! And, no, it wasn't as bad as I expected and my teeth weren't a mess (luckily!). I feel like this was a thought out, mindful gift... maybe not the most generous gift-- but a gift nontheless. I'm declaring day 1 of the 29 gift challenge a success and I'm looking forward for a gift-giving opportunity tomorrow. :o