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I used to be very hard on myself. I took the tough-love approach to my self-improvement. 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 being
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One of the ways we are able to see how much we love ourselves is by whether or not we can say “no” to other people. No, when you don’t want to do something. No, when someone makes you uncomfortable. No, when someone treats you in a way you don’t want to be treated. Is that something you do easily? When you are able to say “no” to other people it means that you are putting yourself first, you may even feel selfish, but you know what it really is? Creating clear, consistent, boundaries and loving yourself and that is
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I have a confession to make, a few weeks ago, I was a grumpy bear in the mornings. I’d wake up with a groan, after abusing my snooze button multiple times. I’d lay in bed trying to convince myself that I could get out of bed in just 30 more seconds, which turned into another and another until I’d have 15 minutes to shower, get dressed, and get out the door for work. Needless to say, my morning routine was not a great start to my day. Lately, I’ve been struggling with a pretty bad bout of depression. Nothing new
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Music has always been one of my go-to self-care tools. If I could walk around with headphones on basically every time I left my house, I would. It’s an instant get-out-of-your-head anxiety-helper, which is why it’s a huge part of my self-care routine. It’s part of my morning routine as I shower, it’s part of my exercise routine when I’m running in the park, it’s part of my meditation practice, it’s part of working in my garden – music goes with me everywhere I go. I used to love sad music. When I was depressed it helped me process my
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 When I was younger I wanted a green thumb. I wanted to be able to grow things. I remember spending my allowance on rose bushes and packets of morning glory seeds, just in the hope that something would grow, and it did. But I really loved the ritual of it. The quietness of sitting in the early morning sunlight, sticking my hands into the earth, planting the seeds.The gentle watering and hoping for sunny days. I used to lay on my stomach looking at my little plot of earth singing Enya songs because I can’t imagine music that a plant
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Happy first day of Spring! Time to stretch, stretch, stretch, and shake off the lingering chill of winter. It’s Springtime and that makes it the perfect time to share Flora’s story. It may be cold where you are but Flora is about to awaken from her slumber. She might be reaching for the snooze button right now. HerStory. Flora is the Roman Goddess of flowers and Spring and, as usually goes along with things like the birds and the bees, she’s also associated with fertility and new beginnings. Her festival, the Floralia, is held at the beginning of May and involves flowers,
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Sacred means connected with God (or the gods) or dedicated to a religious purpose. It is our way to connect and to honor what is holy or meaningful to us and our spirituality. Are you embracing the sacred in your life? Are you nourishing your spirit? My word-of-the-year is Magic and for me, that means embracing Spirit in my life. I’ve been getting in touch with my life and making it sacred. I was thinking about my day, of the little rituals that make up my day, and how they connect me so deeply to my version of the Divine.
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I’ve officially been doing this whole business thing for almost six years. The experience has been all over the place. I’ve gone from thinking that it’s the most awesome experience ever to being moments away from throwing up my hands and throwing in the towel. Complete disinterest to passionate love where I stay up for hours writing my little heart out. At the end of the day, I still love my business, even on the days where I struggle to like it. Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of brainstorming on where I want my business to go moving forward.
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Ah! Take a deep break of that almost-Spring air. I originally wanted to write this yesterday, first day of March, and all that. However, I took my own advice and practiced self care as I wallowed on the couch while watching Black Sails and dealing with a migraine and a sore muscle in my neck. Sometimes, you’ve just got to accept that your plans for the day aren’t going to work out and the only thing you can do to salvage it is to take care of yourself. Taking care of yourself as productivity – that used to be a
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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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