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!
Last week at Studio Mothers you met Kathy Stowell, the homeschooling, simplicity parenting mother of two little ones who blogs at Bliss Beyond Naptime. I’ve so enjoyed getting to know Kathy over the interwebs and on the phone. She is truly an authentic, deeply creative soul who is dedicated to a life of simplicity, creativity, and presence. I’m always inspired by women who are so clear about the path they want to follow — and walk the talk, with all its challenges and rewards.
Kathy recently released the e-book and audio recording The Bliss Filled Mama: Self-Care for Soulful Mothering. I’m delighted to offer a free copy of this magical resource (e-book AND audio file) to a Studio Mothers reader! Simply leave a comment on this post and you’ll be entered to win. You have until 5:00 p.m. eastern time on Friday, February 17, 2012, to enter.
In The Bliss Filled Mama: Self-Care for Soulful Mothering, Kathy shares the strategies and practices that help pull her through the “delicate dance of being a loving, present mother who also has the time and energy to tend to her creative spirit and life calling.” These are the basic self-care approaches Kathy swears by that help make every day an opportunity to keep her needs front and center while “ensuring my genetic makeup flourishes, happily, for generations to come.” And because being a busy mama can make it tricky to sit down and read a whole e-book, Kathy recorded herself “whispering these sweet somethings into your ear.”
The Bliss Filled Mama offers over 10,000 words of insight into:
- Kathy’s approach to optimum health
- Simple yet saucy mama style
- Ladies’ night ideas to maintain your precious friendships
- Ways to garner your partner’s support in your bliss quest
- Protecting your boundaries
- Housekeeping; simplicity style
- Exploring and pinpointing the joys in your life
- Carving out pockets of time to indulge in these joys
- Kathy’s own parenting philosophy that accommodates more mama bliss
If you aren’t the winner of the e-book/audio package, you can purchase it here for $14 USD.
Good luck, creative mamas!