I gave myself permission to feel pretty (and it worked!)

I had another 'me' day this past Saturday. It seems like I have been doing that a bit lately. As a mom, I walk the very fine line between what I need/deserve and feeling guilty about spending time away from my family. Mom guilt is a son of a.... I may need to dedicate a whole post to this at some point. ...more

Self Care: You've Got to be Intentional!

"You've got to be intentional when it comes to self-care", says Dr. Hawkins. The centrality of my inside out self-care approach is intentionality and being in community, which improves one's well-being and has a residual affect on others. The key factors addressed are stress management, over-functioning, renewal techniques and support networks....more

Self-care Ideas for Moms

 If I had to describe motherhood in one word,  I'd say it is life-changing. For me, motherhood, hands down, was the singular event that turned my life upside-down. As overwhelming as it is gratifying, motherhood can consume you and make you forget what you were like before it arrived. As a new mom, it's important to exercise self-care to keep your identity (and your sanity). Below are some self-care tips I have found helpful in my experience as a new mom: Daily...more

Mother's Day: Why It's Not About Me

I have an expectation problem. A big one. A few times a year, as special holidays approach (and by "special" I mean the ones that are supposed to be about me) I start to imagine all the ways I will be honored and surprised and showered with gifts. I imagine the parade, I anticipate the pampering and the pedicure, and I contemplate how I will have my eggs prepared for my breakfast in bed. So perhaps it is no surprise that I am usually disappointed. ...more
Love your perspective! It made me rethink my own.... :)more

Lessons Learned from Taking (Guitar) Lessons

I recently took up the guitar. I've always been fairly musical. I took piano for 10 years as a child. I'm one of those adults who can look back and say, ruefully, "I would have been really good if only I'd practiced..." I sang in my school choirs from middle school through college. I've always enjoyed how easily music comes to me, but I've become rusty over the intervening years of not exercising my gift....more

Day 10: Putting Myself Less

I’m tired and in a hurry so I used the NaBloPoMo prompt: “C.S. Lewis said, ‘Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less.’ How good are you of placing others before yourself?”I’m pretty good at it, particularly when I’m thinking about how others are thinking about me. Just kidding. Maybe. I used to always have in mind what a close friend says: “you wouldn’t worry so much what others thought about you if you knew how seldom they do.” This is extremely comforting....more

25 Self-Care Techniques For Busy Women

As women we are constantly on the move and often forget about self-care techniques. Rarely do we slow down to enjoy ourselves and allow time for relaxation and rejuvenation.However, we all know the benefits of taking care ourselves mentally, physically, and spiritually. Spending just 5 minutes a day focusing solely on you helps you to revive yourself and rest the parts of you that are in motion 24/7....more

How to Make a Difficult Decision

 "Take the lighted path, no matter how dimly lit." ~Simran Singh ...more

Simple Pleasures or, My Knitting High OR, How to Avoid Being a Sourpuss

This is a post about self-care, and nothing is more important to self-care than kittens....more

Honoring My Vow~ " I DO “

The time is NOW for validating my feelings and dismissing my regrets.  I’m affirming to honor my vow~ ” I Do… seek to absolutely and lovingly take care of me for better or worse.”...more