What I’m Letting Go of in 2020

We’re only a few days into the New Year and as I’m filling out my Self-Care Planner I’m thinking about what I’m letting go of in 2020 as I move into a new year. A brand new shiny year with 366 days of magic just waiting to be filled. As I grow older, I find myself shedding more and more of who I used to be as I wrap authenticity around myself and become more and more myself. I used to give everything of myself so that other people would love me. I would try to be social even on the days when I was so mentally and socially exhausted that I knew I wouldn’t want to get out of bed for days. Loving myself wasn’t a problem. However, I still yearned for other people to love me in the same way that I loved myself. What I’m Letting Go…

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4 Self-Care New Year’s Resolutions

New Year is my favorite holiday. Yeah, I like big turkey dinners and I thoroughly enjoy opening gifts but you hand me a notebook and a few pilot pens (colorful ink please) and tell me to plan a new year – I am on cloud nine. I love that feeling of new-ness and wide-open-ness and the feeling that this year might be the year it happens, even if I don’t know what it is. Plus it’s the perfect time to start working in my Self-Care Planner and writing down all of your self-care new year’s resolutions!  I’ve noticed that this year there’s been a bit of smack talking about New Year’s Resolutions and I wanted to share my own point of view. I don’t think that making resolutions sets you up to fail, I don’t think that they indicate you’re broken, I don’t think that they’re a waste of time, or that…

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Holiday Recovery Plan

We made it you guys! We got through the holidays and now it’s time to focus on our holiday recovery plan. There are six days until the New Year, till the end of the decade – so we’re in this weird in between place. I don’t know about you, but I am exhausted. If I had to give this holiday stars, it would be 2/5. I just wasn’t feeling the holiday season and I will shamelessly admit that I’m glad it’s over. Working in retail. Missing loved ones. Coping with your mental illness. Running out of spoons. Disappointment over your experience. We all have our reasons to recover. Here are some ideas for your holiday recovery plan. Bundle up and take a slow walk. Breathe deep. Notice your surroundings and the sounds. Release the tension in your shoulders. Enjoy the moment. Enjoy the gifts in your life – whether they’re…

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My Word of the Year for 2020

Every December, I choose a word for the coming year. The word is a theme, a mantra, a focal point for what I want to bring into my life. If you’ve followed my Self-Care Planner then you know I always include a spot for it! This will be my 9th year choosing a WOTY. As a look back at my words, each one is connected to a stage of my life. Surrender in 2012 was about surrendering to the concept of self-love. Shine in 2013 was about shaking away my depression for the first time in my life and letting myself be radiant. Strength in 2014 was about getting through another period of depression. I’d thought I’d come out the other side of my mental health but I’d begun to backslide. Depth in 2015 was about going deeper into every aspect of my life. Writing, art, and learning more about…

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