Years ago, the winters were times when I’d completely let myself go. The climb back to my self care routines was long and hard. I made a commitment at some point to put more intention into not allowing the derailment get so far and realized my self care needed to be more customized to my seasonal needs … More The Top 12 Most Potent Acts Of Self Care That Keep The Winter Blues Away
Not having the option to practice that habit though, made it irrefutably clear how valuable it was. That first morning in the states hit me strong and clear that before leaving for that trip, I had been living a new norm in which a certain degree of lightness in my body and sharpness in my senses was the baseline of how I started my day, every day.
That lightness was in unmistakable contrast to how I started my days before establishing the habit which, was very close to how I had felt at the end of my travels. … More The New Norm That Self Care Habits Create
Many of us go through the movements of our days unconsciously tending to what is asked of us from those that depend on us in our work or otherwise. I know that was the case for me as I’d collapse to bed at night exhausted and baffled about where the hours went. My hopes in making changes in my life, would succumb to the feeling of powerlessness as another day of inaction towards my resolution would pass me by. … More Why This Simple Change Ensures Your Resolution Success
While I will tell you wholeheartedly that the decades spent trying to figure it out were absolutely worth it, you shouldn’t have to wait for decades to reach this cruise control state with self care habits.
As a mom, wife, volunteer, employee and blogger that’s navigated through sicknesses, vacations, pregnancy, hosting guests, unemployment, traveling abroad for months at a time, mourning deaths of people I love, the holidays and all around growing pains, if I’ve been able to keep my self care resolutions for over 15 years, you can to. … More My Top 6 Mistakes When It Comes To New Years Resolutions
I’ve been able to successfully start habits of self care and increase them in quantity and quality for the past two decades and have savored it’s many rewards…There’s no magic secret, just deceptively simple practices that are carried out religiously and among them are what I see as the very foundation of creating self care habits: a life review.
Why do you ask?
…because being vaguely aware that something in your life has to change is not enough to make a new self care habit stick through thick and thin when “life gets in the way”. … More Bring It 2018! Make it Your Year, With A Life Review
Regardless of the fact that 2017 was a year of absolute heartache that broke me in places I didn’t even know existed, the reality is, every year that I’ve made a loving appointment with myself for a life review, I bear witness on paper the changes that I’ve made and I can’t help but feel hopeful, even giddy with anticipation, for the future. This year is no different and if anything, it has been a year of my biggest triumphs in that, I followed through with action towards my intentions IN SPITE of the friggin’ heartache. … More Top 3 Things I’ve Learned From Annual Life Reviews
Understanding the link between how I was fathered and essentially, how I have fathered myself as an adult has been like walking through a dense fog before arriving to clarity. After suppressing my emotions for so long, looking at them felt like taking out a chest full of confusing and chaotic memories. It took years of living more intentionally and reflecting through countless self created painful situations, to become aware of and take action to change my painful patterns. … More 5 Signs Your Inner Man Needs To Grow Up & What Will Help
To discourage my son from his electronic game use I made the bottom shelves of our dining room bookcase the new home for his writing station complete with a basket of crayons, a stack of white and colored construction paper, individual cups of markers, scissors, erasers, stickers, glue, scotch tape and colored pencils. This coupled with 2 other shelves that individually housed his Lego and building blocks bins. … More How Your Home Can Set You Up For Resolution Success
That I was the core influence on my life was my first important insight in this process. It was a heavy load to carry when I saw how much I didn’t like. On the flip side it was empowering to realize that to the same extent that I created such mind numbing self sabotage, with some elbow grease, I could just as well make things life giving and vital. I needed to change me though, to change these outcomes. … More How To Jump Start Into Better Habits With a Life Review