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

Pencil Case Prompts: Choose a Writing Prompt

Activity

Choose a writing prompt! 

  1. What are 5 people, places, things, or ideas you are grateful for?
  2. What do you want to improve before the end of the year? 
  3. What is one thing you are looking forward to? 
  4. Write a short letter or poem describing a time you learned a valuable lesson. 

Note: Feel free to choose more than one writing prompt! 


My Reflection

I would like to challenge myself and do all four prompts! 

  1. My family, the opportunities I have to express myself creatively, my dogs, my healing journey, the lessons I’ve learned. 
  2. I want to sleep 8 to 10 hours every night. 
  3. I am looking forward to spending time with all of my siblings during the holiday season. 
  4. Even with the world on my shoulders, I soared past the clouds carrying pounds of rainfall. Each drop is a day that’s gone by. I continue to fly ahead. I can keep flying. I choose to keep flying. 

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

Pencil Case Prompts: Pick a Butterfly

Activity

Choose a butterfly and follow the prompt that goes with that butterfly. 

Orange butterfly: List three things that make you smile .
Blue butterfly: where is your favorite place to go to relax?
Yellow butterfly: describe a moment where you felt brave.

Note: feel free to choose more than one butterfly! 


My Reflection

I choose the orange and blue butterflies.
Orange butterfly: Three things that make me smile are my dogs, spending time with my family, and sharing my mental health story to help others feel empowered. 
Blue butterfly: My favorite place to go to relax is my bedroom with all of my pillows. 


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Posted in MotivateBySWT

Motivation By SparklyWarTanks Women Empowerment Sticker Collection!

Get the Women Empowerment Sticker Collection!

Women Empowernent Sticker Collection comes with 7 laminated matte stickers, a motivational note, and an added gift!

Visit MotivateBySWT on Etsy.com where you can find: 

-Motivational, affirmation, mindfulness, and mantra stickers.
-Mood Trackers 
-Reflection Worksheets 

If you have any original quotes, mantras, affirmations, or kind words you would like to make into a sticker or even a worksheet idea please let me know! 

With love and light, 
SparklyWarTanks 

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

I am Free

I made this and put it on my wall as a reminder that all of me is free.

I am not trapped to the confines of expectations. I am not obligated to hide my words as to adjust to the comfort of others. I am free from the limiting and ruminating thoughts. I am free to make my own decisions. I am free to be myself in every way. I exude excitement to share my interests and what makes me who I am.
I am present.
I hold space.
My voice matters.
I have good ideas.
I do what’s best for me.
I give myself permission to be free.

Posted in Creative Writing, Love, Potential and Worth, Power

I Met Peace Today

A spoken work peace in accessing peace following times I’ve struggled with mental health. Identifying and defining what peace means to me. Watch the video here on YouTube!

I met peace today.  I didn’t expect it to feel this way. An all encompassing power of surrender.  A knowing. A feeling. Being.  A state of awareness, of falling like a bird knowing the safety of freedom from the wings that will save me. 

Trusting self. Knowing self.  One with consciousness. No more asking questions of  “who am I?” but only “I am”.  Basking in a green vibrant meadow filled with an ocean of flowers. A kiss from passing wind. Sitting. One with my energy. Flowing. Existing. Awakening. Comfort and confidence in self. Moments gratitude. 

Witnessing one of nature’s wonders.  A waterfall of crystal clear bliss. A mountain of stern certainty. Mimicking the wonders of the moon and sun.  Peace.  Surrendering to right now.  Present.  Just as it suggest, a gift of divine intervention.

A greeting. A congradulations. A integration of self.  Unconditional love of self.  Integrating trauma, self-awareness and transformation. Alchemy. An equal give and take.  Balance.  Understanding pain.

The student. The teacher. Connection. Compassion. Love.  Oneness with love.  Love of self is love of others. Freedom and liberation. Silence of the mind.  Being the crafter. Being the creator.  Stroking the pen as I see fit to write my story. 

Peace.  It’s me. I am peace. Peace is inside of me.  

-SparklyWarTanks   

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

#CheckInWithMe If You’re Chasing Perfection

Mighty Newsletter Reflection

“Ever since I can remember, I’ve struggled with perfectionism and negative self-talk. From the daily “I have to finish everything on my to-do list or else I’m unsuccessful today” to the weekly feeling of fear that I’m not putting in enough effort toward my goals — this constant spiral of always having to do more is exhausting. And because perfectionism has me constantly in a “doing trance,” I haven’t felt accomplished or proud of any of my wonderful achievements in a long time.

However, in my efforts to get rid of the dictator that is perfectionism, I recently crafted some stars to put on the walls of my bedroom. These stars mean more to me than just colorful construction paper in the shape of an astronomical object.

Every day when I look at my stars, I am reminded that I’m successful and have achieved so much to get to this very moment. My success is not measured by how much I’ve done but simply by who I am and the strength I give each day. Simply waking up is enough reason to look up at my stars stamping that day as an achievement.

Here are 3 possible ways you could celebrate your own accomplishments:

– Share your achievements with a family member or friend and do a fun activity with them
– Write a list of the wins that make you proud, put it on your refrigerator and pass it often
– Take a mental health day where you reward yourself with all of your favorites, like a TV show or movie, a great read or a meal comprised of your fave snacks.

Takeaway: Your worth is so much more than what you do each day it’s naturally ingrained in who you are. It can never be taken away.

Note: You can find the stickers on my stars here in my Etsy shop!

Pencil Case Prompt Activity

What’s one way you can celebrate yourself?

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This activity was featured in The Mighty #CheckInWithMe newsletter which you can subscribe to on the TheMighty.com or Mighty app.

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

Pencil Case Prompts: Ever Thought of Writing a Book?


If you ever wrote a book what would that book be about? (If you already wrote a book, do you want to write another one?)
-What genre would the book be in?
– Are there characters in your book? Who would the main character be?
-Would your book have a lesson?
Let me know in the comments below or feel free to journal about this prompt!

If I ever wrote a book it would be nonfiction and a mixture of my creative and reflective writing.

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

Pencil Case Prompts Discussion Topic: Creativity

1. What does creativity mean to you?

2. How have you incorporated creativity into your daily/weekly schedule?

3. When you hear the word “create” what thoughts come to your mind?

4. How do you stay motivated in your creative process?

5. If you have a condition, does your condition affect how you express your creativity?

Drop what you think of creativity in the comments below.


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

Creative Self-Care- Crafts and Quotes on My Wall

You are light.

Even in the darkest moments you are strong enough, brave enough, and capable of feeling joy again. You are more. You are power. Remember all the times you were able to get back up. You did it once, you can do it again and again.

You exist on purpose.

The past 3 weeks have been difficult for my mental health, particularly for my depression. One of my favorite activities to do when I’m experiencing my symptoms is creating something I can see every day when I wake up.

Last night, I decided to get some card stock, scissors, a pen, and some images that reflect my vision of empowerment to write myself a message.

Every day I wake up, right next to my pillow, written by my own hand, I’m now reminded of my light, persistence, and resiliency even when my mind is telling me I’m none of these things.

As I trudge through the days exhausted and torn, I must constantly remember who I am and all I’ve accomplished simply by being me. My joy is accessible to me, it’s time I access it.

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

NAMI-NYC Expressive Arts Workshop Event: Lifeboat

So very excited to announce the NAMI-NYC Expressive Arts workshop event I will be co-hosting later this month! This event will be via Zoom and on the NAMI-NYC website. You can find the link here. Click the Expressive Arts Zoom link for August 29th, 2020.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free email me or leave a comment. 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

Lifeboat

Time

5:30 pm – 7 pm EST

Description:

“Lifeboat” is a creative, reflective, and fun event focused on creatively describing ourselves, our challenges, and how we can approach those challenges using our strengths, skills, and perspective. Starting with an ice breaker, we will brainstorm our favorite slogans, affirmations, and quotes. The main activity will be to then imagine a scene of a boat out at sea. Each portion of the image signifies a different portion to approaching challenges: the sea being our challenges and things would like to improve in our daily life, the boat being the tools we use to approach those challenges and how we can take care of ourselves in the process, and sky being goals and ways we can maintain self-care using those tools in our lifeboat. Lastly, we will close by sharing our works of art!

Materials

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

Hope to see you there!