Self-Love List: Homework #1

If you’ve purchased my Self-Love Workbook then you know that one act of self-love/self-care that I absolutely love is making a list of five things that you love about yourself. Not only is it a great way to see the things that you appreciate about yourself, it’s a great way to see how your thoughts about yourself are changing. For example when you’re first discovering the concept of self-love, it might be really difficult to find physical things that you like about yourself, or maybe you’ll only focus on the physical because that’s what people like about you so that’s what you like about yourself. Through your self-love journey you see that change. It changes in many ways. Another aspect of self-care is focusing on your strengths and the things you love to do. Creating boundaries with people and with aspects of your life so that you have more energy…

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How I Met My Wife: Happy Pride Month

June is gay pride month and it’s a time to celebrate those key figures that fought for gay rights throughout history, most notably the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. It’s also a time to raise awareness about issues in the LGBTQIA+ community and for those (when it is safe to do so) to be visible, share our stories, and our voices. If you’ve missed it on the blog, I’m pansexual (meaning I find gender pretty irrelevant to who I am attracted to). I’m also married, which might be news to you! I’ve been blogging for 8 (or is it 9?) years and I used to be incredibly open about my personal life. As I’ve grown older, I’ve found myself blogging less about the personal and more about broad topics, maybe it’s maturity, maybe my life is just really boring, but over the last few years, I haven’t shared as much.…

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Evening Inventory Printables

Do you ever have those days where you just can’t sleep? Your mind is on overdrive – looping over and over on something that you wish would just leave you alone so that you could get some much needed zzz’s? Yeah, me too. I’ve always found journaling to be one of the best forms of self-driven therapy (Check out my Journaling Workbook!). The act of creating space to get into my head, take an account of it, and write it down has always been incredibly soothing to me. It allows me to take all of that mental baggage and “move” it into a different container – paper.  The Evening Inventory worksheet allows you to take stock of your day and release the negative while also reminding yourself of the positive. What was your overall feeling or mood and why? (It’s just paper – you’re allowed to drop all of the…

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Self-Care for Mental Health

I’ve been talking about how May is Mental Health Awareness Month and how passionate I am about starting conversations about mental health and also importantly, how self-care relates to mental health. I’ve had mental health issues since I hit puberty at age 11. I didn’t know what anxiety and depression was and my mental health issues caused me to completely socially isolate myself, develop extreme anger issues, and eventually I sought to “balance” my mental health by finding the “perfect” relationship. 19 year-old me thought that if I could just find someone to love me all of my depression issues would simply fade away. That was a journey fraught with disappointment, as you can imagine. Eventually, I realized that wasn’t going to work. I took a really honest look at my life and I realized that I had to start seeing through the bullshit. Through the years and years of…

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