The 5 Love Languages is a book by Gary Chapman that explores how everyone has a preferred way to receive love from other people. Some people feel love from getting gifts, others from words, others from actions. I wanted to explore how we can turn those ideas to ourselves. We all need different things to feel loved. We all have different Self Love Languages. I’ve said many times that the thing I love most about self-care is how it’s different for everyone. What I need to do to feel like I’m taking care of myself might be something completely different
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It’s a cold morning here. I have the candles lit around me and my electric blanket warm on my lap. I shuffle the cards, trying to see what they have to show us this moon cycle. Look at the cards and then use your gut to choose one. Scroll down to see what message the cards hold for you. This month I am using the Everyday Witch Tarot. This full moon is powerful because there is also a lunar eclipse. It’s time to get clear on your path right now. It’s time to let this beautiful energy propel you forward. If
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We’re one week into February so it’s time to take a breath, take a step back, and give ourselves a little check-up by checking in. This is a wonderful opportunity to practice mindfulness and to really sink into your body. So often we put ourselves on autopilot. We just do the things we’re supposed to do every day – eat, sleep, work, take care of the kids. We forget to be present, really present, in what we need. Allow yourself to take a few minutes to check in with how you’re feeling. How have you been practicing self-care so far
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February 2nd is the middle point between Winter and Spring and called a cross-quarter holiday. Some see it as the very depth of Winter, while others see it is the awakening of Spring. She’s starting to stir, stretch, and yawn and make her presence known. For me, I see it as the first glimmer of Spring. Pagans call this day Imbolc and usually honor the Goddess/Saint Brigid. Christians call it Candlemas and honor the Virgin Mary and Jesus, others simply wait to see if the Groundhog will see his shadow. I celebrate it as a day of Fire. There are four
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Happy (almost February!) Here are your self care tarotscopes for February! I used my handy dandy tarot deck (Everyday Witch Tarot) to pull a card for each zodiac sign on how you can best take care of yourself and practice self care this month. AQUARIUS (January 20-February 18) Glass half full or glass half empty? It doesn’t really matter because there are more glasses and more liquid to fill them. That’s not your only glass, stop obsessing about it! This month, take a look at where your glasses are filled to the brim, the things that are going right in
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Long, long, ago when I was just starting out with my pagan-based spirituality, one of my favorite things to do every year was to go Llewellyn crazy. Llewellyn is the most popular publisher for New Age books and every year they put out a lot of products that are based on having a magical year. This year I decided to treat myself to Witches’ Spell-A-Day Almanac, Sabbats Almanac, 2017 Witches’ Companion, 2017 Magical Almanac. My word-for-the-year is Magic so I definitely wanted to begin incorporating those concepts back into my life and I figured that these would be great reminders
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In 2013, I created the Be Your Own Valentine ebook and in 2015 I turned it into a mini-course on being sweet to yourself. This year it’s coming with a video series! Sign up! You’re going to get the e-book, seven days of e-mails AND me on video being adorably awkward. Each video will be about 5 minutes long and cover a different topic and how it relates to Self Love. Self Love Video Series Day One: Worth Day Two: Letting Go Day Three: Self-Acceptance Day Four: Boundaries Day Five: Self-Care Day Six: Power Day Seven: Home I am so excited! It runs the 8th-14th and I
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Here’s the thing – I live with anxiety and depression. I’ve made the choice to manage it holistically. This isn’t because I’m anti-prescription or anything of that sort. I firmly believe let what works for you work for you, no matter what it is. There are times that I’ve thought about going the medication route but I’m always like “Hm, let me try this first.” I like figuring myself out, like I’m this beat-up old car that’s a fixer upper. I like trying to find what works before I take myself into the shop, but I also know that if I
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There are a lot of things I am passionate about – spirituality, self love, self care – and I am passionate about them because they all have helped me manage my mental illness. Spirituality helps remind me that I am part of this amazing Universe. Self love reminds me that I am worthy. Self care reminds me to take care of myself and ask for help when I’m in a bad place. Anxiety and depression have been part of my life since I was 11 or 12. My very first journal has entries about wishing I could just disappear. About
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In case you missed it, I’ve been going through a period of intense stress + anxiety + depression. I have your regular run-of-the-mill anxiety which manifests itself in mostly social ways that overall, mildly affect me. I don’t like going out in groups, impulsively going to brand new places, talking on the phone – all fairly small signs of anxiety. I also have short periods of intense anxiety that last a few weeks – and involve borderline agoraphobia, sensory overload, exhaustion, lethargy, not wanting to ‘people’ at all, and an overall sense doom. These periods are always triggered by an event
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