Posted in Creative Writing, Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, Reflection, The Mighty

Poetry Writing: Freedom and Success

Activity

Write a short poem describing what freedom and success mean to you.

What thoughts come to mind? Any images or ideas come up?

My Poem: Successfully Free

I’m encompassed in peace.

Silent.

Still.

Powerful.

A green pasture.

No more to-dos.

I only exist.

My feet burrowed in the dirt.

The sky without clouds, only blue.

Not a worry left in my body.

I realized that I made it.

This is success. This is freedom.

This prompt is also in the Conquer Your Mind group on The Mighty here.

Posted in Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, Mental Health, Reflection, Self-Care, The Pencil Case on The Mighty

Pencil Case Prompts: Check-Ins and Free Writes

Activity

How was your week?

How was this week for everyone? Any highlights, challenges, or victories you would like to share?

My Reflection

My week was OK. I’m proud of myself for getting all of my work done! I’m struggling with insomnia again, though 😩. I’m currently powering through the tiredness and ruminating thoughts.

What about you?
Feel free to share in the comments below 💌

You can find this post in The Pencil Case on The Mighty here.


Activity

In the comments below, in your own Pencil Case post, or in a personal journal take a minute or two to just write ✏️. You can write about what’s been frustrating or challenging for you recently, something that you’re proud of yourself for accomplishing, a goal that you have, a poem that you wrote or something that you created, perhaps even a word of encouragement or what’s been helping to keep you inspired or motivated.

My Reflection

Here’s my free write!

Today I want to share about what I’m working on in terms of my growth and progress. I went to therapy recently and realized I have such a hard time being proud of myself and not rationalizing my achievements as expectation. My goal for the rest of the year is to look at my accomplishments as wins no matter how “big” or “small” and allow myself to feel good when I do something great. I deserve to feel good.

You can find this post in The Pencil Case on The Mighty here.

Posted in Mental Health, Reflection, Self-Care, The Mighty, The Pencil Case on The Mighty

Pencil Case Prompts: Victories and Mindful Moments

Activity

What’s a challenge you’ve worked extra hard to overcome?

Let’s share our victories together today!

Is there a challenge you’ve been faced with that’s taken a bit more effort and consistency to work through or overcome? What has that challenge been like for you? Has the challenge taught you anything thus far?

My Reflection

For me, my biggest challenge was learning how to love myself and put my needs first. It’s taken so much work on my part, and I’m still working on it, but I’ve made so much progress in the past three years! I’m so proud of myself 🌻.

What about you?

**Find this post here in The Pencil Case on TheMighty.com


Activity

A 3 Step Mindful Moment: Gratitude and Intentions

When you come across this message take these three mindful steps:

Step 1: Pause ⏸️ what you are doing and take three deep breaths. Count for three seconds as you inhale and three seconds as you exhale.

Step 2: List two people, places, things or ideas you are grateful for.

Step 3: Set one positive intention for the rest of your day.

Note: Feel free to share your gratitude list and intention for the day in the comments below if you would like 🌟🙂.

My Reflection

Here is my gratitude list and intention for the day:

I am grateful for my bed and food to eat when I’m hungry.

My intention for today is to go slow and listen to my body as I navigate high anxiety.

My affirmation: I am allowed to take my time. There is no rush for me to get through the day.

**Find this post here in The Pencil Case on TheMighty.com

Posted in Events, Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, Mental Health, Reflection, Self-Care, The Mighty

NAMI-NYC July Virtual Expressive Arts Event and Mighty Reflection: Feelings of “Home” and Self-Care

So very excited to announce the NAMI-NYC Expressive Arts workshop event I will be hosting at the end of the month!  This event will be via Zoom and on the NAMI-NYC website. You can find the link in the flyer here. On the day of the event click the Expressive Arts Zoom link for July 30th.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to send me an email. The time of the event is in Eastern Standard Time.

**I will share any updates or changes and keep everyone posted. 
Here are some details for the event:

Title
Me and My Self-Care

Description
“Me and My Self-Care” is a creative and fun event focused on reflecting about self-care, love and what “home” feels like to us. Starting with an ice breaker, we will sketch an image and write about our favorite type of self-care. The main activity will then be to pick one of two activities. The first activity will be to draw a self-care toolbox with a list of your favorite and most helpful self-care practices and the second activity will be to write a poem describing what “home” feels like to you and what it’s like for you to experience love, support and acceptance.  Lastly, we will close by sharing our works of art.

Materials
Paper, writing utensils (pen, pencil, markers, or crayons).

Hope to see you there!


**Sneak peek for my NAMI-NYC event activity.

Activity

What does “home” feel like to you?

If you wanted describe what “home” feels like to you, what words would you use? Does the feeling have a color, an experience, or remind you of a person? Is home a place or an idea?

My Reflection

For me, home is when I feel at peace and when I’m calm. Home is when I’m with my family and friends and I feel safe. Home is when I fully accept myself for who I am. Home is in the present moment.

What about you?


Find this activity in the Self-Care Lounge group on The Mighty here as well.

Posted in Mental Health, Reflection, Self-Care, Self-Talk, The Mighty

Choose A Heart!

Activity

Choose a heart and follow the prompt that goes with that heart 🧡💛❤️.

❤️: Finish this sentence: I show up for myself by __________.

💛: What are three things you are grateful for this week? 

🧡: Write a thank you note to something or someone that’s had a positive impact on your mental health.

My Reflection

I’ll go first! 
I’ll challenge myself and do all three 😁.

❤️: I show up for myself by knowing my limits and doing what’s best for me even if that means saying no to others. 

💛: Three things I am grateful for this week are my dog who lifts my spirits everytime I leave my bedroom, my mom who continues to support me, and my comfy bed where I rest.

🧡: Thank you Kat, Ben and Carla from The Mighty team that continues to support, encourage, and help me to do my best work! 

Your turn! 
Pick a heart ❤️💛🧡.

If you’re up to it, feel free to share in the comments below 💌


You can find this prompt and reflection activity in the Let’s Talk Depression group here on The Mighty. Feel free to join the conversation!

Posted in Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, Mental Health, Reflection, The Mighty, The Pencil Case on The Mighty

Pencil Case Prompts: What are you good at?

Activity

Do you have a hobby or skill you do really well and makes you feel good? What about a habit that you do well because it’s what you’re used to but want to change? 

Note: If you want to change a habit, what is something you want to do instead and think will align more with your needs and goals?

Friendly Reminder: It’s okay if you do something well but also realize that there’s room to grow and improve.

My Reflection


I’ll go first! 
I’m really good at writing and creating worksheets and community building activities.

AND

I’m also good at getting my personal projects done but find myself procrastinating and leaving them for the last minute. I’m working on balancing my schedule to include my personal projects along with my daily work.


Join the conversation here in The Pencil Case on TheMighty.com

Posted in Events, Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, Mental Health, Reflection, Self-Care

NAMI-NYC Virtual Expressive Arts Event: Pick Your Joy

So very excited to announce the NAMI-NYC Expressive Arts workshop event I will be hosting at the end of the month!  This event will be via Zoom and on the NAMI-NYC website. You can find the link in the flyer here. On the day of the event click the Expressive Arts Zoom link for April 30th, 2022!

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to send me an email. The time of the event is in Eastern Standard Time.

**I will share any updates or changes and keep everyone posted. 

Here are some details for the event:

Title

Pick Your Joy 

Description

“Pick Your Joy” is a creative and fun event focused on reflecting and expressing what joy looks and feels like to us. Starting with an ice breaker, we will sketch an image and write about one fun fact about ourselves. The main activity will then be to pick one of two activities. The first activity will be to draw what it’s like for you to experience joy and the second activity will be to write a poem about an exciting moment in your life. Lastly, we will close by sharing our works of art.

Materials: Paper and writing utensils (pen, pencil, crayons, markers, etc) 

Hope to see you there!

Posted in Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, Mental Health, Potential and Worth, Reflection, Self-Talk

Thoughts and Questions: Are You Ready to Receive What You Want?

The more I move forward this year, the more I realize the impact my experiences, reflection, and perspective continue to have on shaping my perception of what’s happening around me.

Something major I learned just 2 days ago was despite wanting something so bad in the past, at that moment in time, I would have not been ready to receive what I have right now back then. It took so much work on my part, to be able to shift into the perspespective that is ready and capable to navigate my current experiences in a way that benefits me.

Just as much as I realize how I’ve changed to attract the abundance I have now, also reflects the process of receiving what I want now. I still have more growing to do and that’s okay. I’m patient with myself as I take one step at a time toward receiving my desires.

Affirmation: I am in alignment with my highest timeline and attract the love and abundance I deserve.

Posted in Declarations, Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, Mental Health, Potential and Worth, Power, Quotes, Reflection

Setting Intentions: What Are Your Themes for 2022?

Setting My Intention

The words that are themes for me this year, in 2022, are “intuition” and “boundaries.

As I actualize myself this year in confidence and freedom, I will listen and pay attention to my needs, wants, desires and intuition. I step forward with better understanding of my thoughts, behaviors, habits and growth. I continuously attract what is for my highest good and take opportunities that are best for me.

I am kind to myself as I navigate through tough emotions like frustration, shame, guilt and anger and I do so with grace and compassion for myself.

I grow in awareness of how to create safe and comfortable spaces for myself and do so regularly. 

I am worthy of love and balance. I create the reality I deserve.

I welcome peace every morning. I am ready for each day.


Your Turn!

Set a new year intention:

What word or words are your themes for 2022?

What affirmation, mantra, or agreement can you create and practice to help you to remember and stick to your intention?

Posted in Confessions, Creative Writing, Mental Health, Power, Reflection, Self-Care, Self-Talk

The Love I Seek is Also Seeking Me

Is anyone else as exhausted as I am?

The more I reflect, the more I realize how much energy it’s taking to process the grief that’s these past three years has weighed on my body, my heart, and my spirit. And even though I push past every time, I’m still tired.

Is anyone else like me? Where navigating the World is overwhelming some days. Where I try my best, but still it’s hard not to compare my life to others. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to live life as if I was another?

Where you asks the questions that don’t matter, but still blossom into ruminating thoughts. Like, will they accept me? Or, Can someone love me, too? Maybe, will I ever really feel free to be myself, 100% myself, without worrying that I’m too weird or different for the eyes that witness me? Perhaps it’s the sicknesses that plague my body that dictate my fate after all?

Who can love me, too? I ask myself as I wake up in an anxious puddle of sweat dripping down my burdened shoulders.

Maybe, just maybe it’s possible. The love. The acceptance. The bliss of freedom to be myself without fear.

I ask the universe to allow me that freedom.
Right now, I manifest that freedom. I am free from the drought of shame, grief, and guit. I am worthy of the love I seek because it seeks me too. I am ready to receive.