I need your help! I’m writing a new book for St. Martin’s Press — and your response here could end up in my book as an attributed quote! What I need to know is: What does the term “self-care” mean to you? Does it make you uncomfortable? Break out in hives? Does it make you think of pedicures and bubble baths? Eating well, hydration, exercise? Does it evoke learning how to create boundaries and learn to say “no”?
Whatever self-care means to you, and however you make the proverbial oxygen mask an intentional part of your life — or not — I want to hear your perspective. Please share this post with anyone who might like to comment on the topic (I’d like to hear from men, too) and thanks in advance for your support!
A regular creative practice — a daily practice, if possible — is key to staying in touch with how you make meaning. Key to living, not postponing. (Let’s all agree to give up on “someday.”)
What are your plans for creative practice this week? Given the specifics of your schedule, decide on a realistic intention or practice plan — and ink that time in your calendar. The scheduling part is important, because as you know, if you try to “fit it in” around the edges, it generally won’t happen. An intention as simple as “I will write for 20 minutes every morning after breakfast” or “I will sketch a new still life on Wednesday evening” is what it’s all about. If appropriate, use time estimates to containerize your task, which can make a daunting project feel more accessible.
Share your intentions or goals as a comment to this post. We use a broad brush in defining creativity, so don’t be shy. We also often include well-being practices that support creativity, such as exercise and journaling.
Share your intentions or goals as a comment to this post. Putting your intentions on “paper” helps you get clear on what you want to do — and sharing those intentions with this community leverages the motivation of an accountability group. Join us!
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