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Defying Shadows Article: How Much Self-Care is Too Much Self-Care?

Self-care is an essential part of your everyday schedule. Whether you are sleeping in on the weekends or days off, going to therapy, writing, reflecting, taking bubble baths, having a mental health day, or making time for your hobbies, prioritizing self-care helps you to stay grounded and connected with yourself. But, are there moments where you are having “too much” self-care? How do you decide your self-care limits? In what ways can you balance between enough, too much, or too little self-care?

What do you think? Is there such thing as “too much self-care?”

Article Link: How Much Self-Care is Too Much Self-Care?”

Posted in Events, Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration

NAMI-NYC Virtual Expressive Arts Event: My Garden of Growth

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 by typing in the link in the flyer here and clicking the Expressive Arts Zoom link for January 30th, 2021.
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
My Garden of Growth
Description
“My Garden of Growth” is a creative and fun event focused on reflecting on ourselves, our growth, and the year ahead of us. Starting with an ice breaker, we will think about 1 limiting belief, unproductive habit, or behavior we would like to release from 2020, and 1 positive and productive intention we will like to stamp on 2021. The main activity will then be to draw and create a garden. Each tool or part of our garden drawing will represent different parts of our growth process. This includes different methods of self-care we want to try or continue this year on our watering cans, changes we will like to make on our shovels, and affirmations, positive intentions, goals, and ambitions on our flowers, plants, and soil. Lastly, we will close by sharing our works of art!
Materials
Paper, writing utensils (pen, pencil, markers, or crayons).

Hope to see you there!

Posted in Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration

Pencil Case Prompts: Releasing and Stamping

Activity

Happy New Year Creators, Writers, and Crafters! Let’s start this new year with lists and letters.

List 10 things, ideas, limiting beliefs, unproductive habits behaviors, or thoughts you would like to release from 2020.
THEN
Make a second list of 10 productive and positive intentions you would like to stamp on 2021.

As a bonus journal activity: Write a release letter to 2020, including what you added from your list above. To end your letter add your 10 productive and positive intentions you will stamp on 2021.

Note: You can share and do as much or as little as you would like. The idea of this activity is to reflect on what has passed, take what you learned, leave the rest behind, and stamp this year by putting yourself as a priority.

My Reflection

I’m Releasing:

1. Self-blame
2. Debilitating fear
3. Procrastination
4. Low self-esteem and self-worth
5. Codependency
6. Shame
7. The negative thought “I am not worthy of love or affection”
8. Hiding my pain
9. Believing I’m not going to be successful
10. Feeling embarrassed about my mental health conditions
I’m Stamping:
1. The affirmation ”I am a powerful woman who’s purpose is beyond what I can imagine.”
2. Empowerment to take risks that will help get me where I want to be
3. Asking for help when I need to
4. Calling out stigma
5. Establishing my needs
6. Continuously learning, growing, and developing.
7. Prioritizing myself and being patient with my journey.
8. Embracing my creativity
9. Declaring my wellness
10. Waking up every day with a productive mindset to reflect and act on my needs and achieve the work my body allows without feeling guilty

*My letter will be a separate post!


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Posted in Defying Shadows Articles, Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, Mental Health, Potential and Worth, Power, Self-Care, Self-Talk

Defying Shadows Article: How to Shift From a Negative to a Positive Mindset

Learning to shift and grow from a conditioned negative mindset to a positive one is a process that can add value and meaning to your life. A part of this process is the willingness to open your perspective, improve your self-awareness, navigate the discomfort of the unknown, and learn new ideas from the environment and people around you.

Article link: How to Shift From a Negative to a Positive Mindset

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

Pencil Case Prompts: Uplifting Words

Activity

Comment below uplifting words of encouragement you would give someone who may be struggling.


My Words

You are more than the negative thoughts. You can overcome what you are struggling with. I believe in you. Lots of love and hugs.


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Pencil Case Prompts: Pick a Flower

Choose a flower and follow the prompt that goes with each flower.
Purple and Green: What are 5 goals you would like to set this week?
Pink and Yellow: What is your favorite method of self-care? Why?
Orange and Yellow: Name 15 positive traits about yourself.
Note: Feel free to choose as many flowers as you would like.

My Reflection

I choose the purple and green flower.

5 goals I would like to set this week are:
1. Set aside 1 hour every day to self-care and relax.
2. Finish 2 of the mood trackers I’ve been working on.
3. Finish my article on Tuesday.
4. Go to bed before 2 am.
5. Finish the 2nd test for my certification.

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

Living Right Now

Mindfully moving forward while acknowledging the hurt and pain of “what ifs” can be challenging. As we often craft and create what we want our lives to look like, mapping out timelines, we forget to live in what is happening now. Bask in the present and realize the peace we can acquire as we move with each moment as it is given to us. What happens next will soon be our present just as quick as the prior moment became our past. Do the best you can right now and let the next moment happen when the time comes. Welcome something new. Let go of what already happened, step into right now with bravery and grace.

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

Pencil Case Prompts: If You Made an Album and Called it 2020…

If you made a 10 track album and called it “2020” what would you name the 10 songs in your album?
Note: The song titles can reflect what you’ve learned, your struggles, a memory, how you were feeling, etc. Feel free to be creative!
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My 2020 Album Song titles would be:
1. Broken Anxiety
2. PDD and PTSD
3. Revelation
4. Letters to Peace
5. Power in Distance
6. Changes
7. Who is she?
8. Boundaries
9. Gone With The People-Pleasing
10. Should I Care?

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