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If you fall anywhere on the scale of nature-loving-pagan then you know that tomorrow is the Summer Solstice, one of the solar holidays, which means it marks the beginning of a certain season. Well, hello there Summer. The Summer Solstice, also called Litha, is when the Sun is at the peak of its power. The days are longer and it’s shining hot and bright in the sky. Soak in that warmth (but use sunscreen). It’s also when the Faery Folk come out to play. Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, anyone? It’s a day of light and is the perfect time
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I unknowingly made my own Self-Care Kit almost five years ago. I was feeling pretty down and going through a period of intense depression. I got on facebook and asked my friends to send me a message telling me that they loved me and then telling me why, so I could print them out and keep them. I asked the same from the people I knew around me. The result was a collection of little notes telling me how loved I was. I put them in a shoebox, added candy, my favorite tea bags, and a list of things to do
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It’s time to pull out your handy, dandy, Self-Love Workbooks and start planning for June! (Sorry I’m a few days late!) In the Self-Love Workbook, each month has a beginning and an ending. Fill out May’s ending, letting go of all the things that went wrong, celebrating all of the things that went right, so that you can start planning for June. What are your goals and needs? How are you going to practice self-care while you’re out there making magic happen? This month, I have a self-care mission for you: Woo yourself. Treat yourself in an adoring way because
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Today we’re going to talk about dining out with Social Anxiety, that oh so wonderful dinner companion. When you walk into the restaurant, Social Anxiety leans over and points out that everyone is suddenly looking at you. When you try to make your order Social Anxiety starts giggling uncontrollably because it knows you’re about to trip over all of your words. And you want to ask for something extra? Why are you being so picky and demanding? No one likes customers like that. Oh, you want to go to a buffet? Everyone is judging you. Just let everyone go in front of
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The last few weeks I realized that I needed to add some spiritual self-care to my life. I needed to deeply reconnect with my soul. Have you ever felt like your life isn’t quite right? It’s like a picture you’ve hung up on the wall only to see it’s the tiniest bit crooked. Something just feels off. Of course, you have, you’re human. We’ve all had that feeling of off-ness that we just can’t put out finger on. I was having that feeling last week. Depression wasn’t quite the word for it, and neither was feeling in a funk. It
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If anyone reading this suffers from depression then you know how freakin’ hard it can be to motivate yourself to clean. It becomes first on the list of things we don’t have the energy or motivation to do. I’ve often said that you can judge my depression/stress level by what my kitchen sink looks like. 10 years ago, my depression was so bad that I would go three months without doing dishes, no joke. Depression affects so many aspects of your life. What your living area looks like, personal hygiene, job and school performance, it can be all-encompassing. Which made me
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I am an introvert. Who is also shy. Who also has social anxiety. Who wins the prize for the person most likely to become a shut-in who lives off the grid in a cabin in the woods? That would be me, except the woods don’t have a good internet connection, so I’ll pass. Introversion, shyness, and social anxiety don’t always go together and they aren’t the same thing, although often they are lumped together. They’re kinda like BFFs, when you find one, you usually find one or the other hanging around too. At least, that’s how it is for me.
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You’ve heard the saying “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”? That’s unabashedly me. I’ve been blogging for six years and I have a system. I don’t like when things mess with my systems. Focus on Facebook and Twitter and dabble in everything else. “Facebook is where the traffic is.” I kept hanging onto that years’ old advice despite my Facebook posts getting little to no engagement. I figured traffic would even out eventually. I started seeing Pinterest touted as a great way to get traffic and I resisted. I mindlessly pinned each new blog post but I never paid
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Happy May! I don’t know about you, but going into this month I feel relief. The sun is shining, warmer days are ahead, and I can’t wait for it. We’ve been talking about self-care in the SoulSisterhood (join us) and what a hard month April was and how we can do better going forward. That’s always my goal, to try to do better. Grab your Self-Love Workbook, which has pages just for this kind of reflection, and let’s do a quick review of April to see what better looks like: April Review Overall feeling about April? What were you absolutely
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I used to be very hard on myself. I took the tough-love approach to my self-improvement and I thought that the meaner I was to myself the more it would motivate me to change. Call yourself fat and disgusting enough time and you’ll lose those pounds. Tell yourself how stupid you are and you’ll stop making mistakes. Shocker, it didn’t work. After awhile, it was so common for me to be mean to myself that I stopped noticing I was doing it.  Until I’d fall into depression and then I’d notice, and believe those things. Self-love helped me see that
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