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

Mid-week Encouragement Check-in and Proud Moment Reflections

Activity

Mid-week Encouragement Rest Stop: Supportive and Motivational Messages

Write an encouraging or motivational message in the comments below for yourself or someone who may need support today. ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿ’Œ

My Message!

Take your time and rest if you need to. You are doing what you can right now. I’m proud of you โค๏ธ.

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


Activity

Finish this sentence: My proudest moment was when __________.

Think of a moment in your life when you felt the proudest youโ€™ve ever been. What moment comes to mind?

My Reflection

My proudest moment was when I graduated college even after experiencing the lowest Iโ€™ve ever been with my mental health. I strived to get that degree and I got it WITH magna cum laude honors AND distinction in the writing program ๐Ÿ’ƒ. I did that!

Check out this post in the Cheer Me On group on The Mighty here.

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

Writing and Reflection Activities: Pencil Case Prompts, Exploring Comfort, and Learning Lessons

Activity

Finish these sentences:

I am moving past _________.

I am moving toward _______.

Let’s take steps forward together and affirm what we’re moving past and what we’re moving toward.

My Reflection

I’ll go first!

I am moving past shame, guilt, and self-limiting thoughts.

I am moving toward self-love, self-forgiveness, and accepting all parts of me.

What about you?

Let’s walk together ๐Ÿค๐Ÿ’Œ.

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


Activity

What does “comfort” feel like to you?

Whether we feel supported by those around us or in an environment where our needs are being met, the idea of comfort may look different for all of us.

What does comfort look and feel like to you? What makes you feel most comfortable?

My Reflection

For me I know comfort is directly related to how safe I feel in my environment. If I feel safe and supported by those around me, I’m able to access and navigate that environment more freely.

What about you?

You can find this post in the Self-Care Lounge group on The Mighty here.


Activity

What is a lesson youโ€™ve learned that you feel is valuable to share with others?

Is there a life lesson youโ€™ve recently learned or learned over the years that you feel is valuable information that others in our Mighty community can benefit from?

My Reflection

A valuable lesson Iโ€™ve learned was that life isnโ€™t a timeline that everyone has to fit into. Itโ€™s OK to go at your own pace and do whatโ€™s best for you. There is no need to compare your journey with others peopleโ€™s journeys. We are all on our own path.

You can find this post in the Chat Space group on The Mighty here.

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

Iโ€™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 ๐Ÿ˜ฉ. I’m currently powering through the tiredness and ruminating thoughts.

What about you?
Feel free to share in the comments below ๐Ÿ’Œ

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 โœ๏ธ. You can write about whatโ€™s been frustrating or challenging for you recently, something that youโ€™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 whatโ€™s been helping to keep you inspired or motivated.

My Reflection

Hereโ€™s my free write!

Today I want to share about what Iโ€™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 Self-Care, The Mighty, The Pencil Case on The Mighty

Pencil Case Prompts: What are you looking forward to this week?

Activity

Finish this sentence: This week I’m looking forward to ____________

What are you looking forward to this week? What are you prioritizing? What do you want to accomplish or work toward?

My Reflection

I’ll go first!

This week I’m looking forward to spending time with family as well as prioritizing sleep, meditation, time management, and peace of mind.

What about you? ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ•Š๏ธ


Find this conversation here in The Pencil Case on TheMighty.com

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

Pencil Case Prompts: Victories and Mindful Moments

Activity

Whatโ€™s a challenge youโ€™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 ๐ŸŒป.

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 โธ๏ธ 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 ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ™‚.

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

Pencil Case Prompts: Reflections,Check-Ins, and Self-Care

Activity

Build a self-care gift bag!

What would you fill your self-care gift bag with? What do you need right now or for the week ahead?

๐Ÿงธ Teddy bear of comfort and relaxation

๐Ÿ“š Coloring books of fun

๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿง Energy snacks

๐Ÿ‘Ÿ Calming shoes

๐Ÿ’Œ Letters, reminders and mindful tips of support

Note: Feel free to choose as many items as you would like! ๐ŸŒธ

Beginning of the week affirmation: I take one step at a time and reflect on what I need as I navigate each moment of my day. I am important. I do what’s best for me.

My Reflection

As I reflect on my needs, I definitely will add a teddy bear since I’ve been overthinking ๐Ÿงธ, energy snacks to help me keep up with my work ๐Ÿง, reminders and mindful tips ๐Ÿ’Œ and calming shoes ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ because my anxiety isn’t doing too well starting my week off.

**Join this conversation here in The Pencil Case on TheMighty.com!


Activity

Mid-Year Reflection!
Choose a flower ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒป

Choose a flower and reflect on how this year has been for you so far.

๐ŸŒท : What is something you’ve achieved so far this year that you’re proud of?

๐ŸŒน: What is something you would like to continue working on?

๐ŸŒป: What is a long-term or short-term goal you want to set this month?

My Reflection

I’ll reflect first!

๐ŸŒท: This year, I was able to grow in my craft, my Mighty family, and in my finances!

๐ŸŒน: I would like to continue working on my self-talk and procrastination when it comes to my personal projects. I want to be more confident in my abilities and creative skills.

๐ŸŒป: A long-term goal I want to set starting this month is continuing to save money as well as working on my Etsy shop more consistently.

Mid-year affirmation: I am proud of the progress I’ve made and the progress I continue to make. I am doing my best and there’s no shame in asking for help on my journey. I am ready for my next steps.

**Join this conversation here in The Pencil Case on TheMighty.com!


Activity

Write a list of 10 people, places, things or ideas that are important to you.

Let’s reflect on what’s important to us today!

My Reflection

Iโ€™ll go first!
Here is my list:

1. My family and friends
2. My dogs
3. Creativity
4. Empathy
5. The Mighty
6. My room/creative space
7. My mental health
8. Self-awareness
9. Learning
10. My blog/brand SparklyWarTanks

**Join this conversation 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!ย  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.ย 
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.ย  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 Iโ€™m calm. Home is when Iโ€™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 Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, Mental Health, Self-Care, The Mighty

Pick a Shooting Star!

Activity

Pick a shooting star!

Which Mighty star is shinning for you today? Which Mighty star can use a bit more sparkle in its shine?

Blue ๐ŸŒŸ: Motivation and getting work done.

Yellow ๐ŸŒŸ: Rest and relaxation

Pink ๐ŸŒŸ: Reflection, progress and working on your needs

Purple ๐ŸŒŸ: Self-advocacy and seeking support

Don’t see the Mighty star that’s shinning for you? No worries! Feel free to share your own Mighty star or what’s going great for you today in the comments as well ๐Ÿ’ซ๐ŸŒ .

Affirmation for the week:

I do my best and my best is always enough. I begin each day inspired to continue moving forward ๐Ÿ’Ž.


You can find this activity in the Daily Inspirations group on The Mighty here as well!

Posted in Creative Writing, Mental Health, Potential and Worth, Self-Care, The Mighty, The Pencil Case on The Mighty

Pencil Case Prompts: Activities and Encouraging Words Reflections

Activity

What is your favorite outside activity?

What is your favorite activity to do outdoors? Perhaps you like to ski in the winter, go to the beach when it’s warm out, or even take a walk in the rain in the middle of spring. What activity do you love to participate in the most?

My Reflection

For me it’s taking a long walk in a park on a breezy spring afternoon ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿž๏ธ.

What about you?

Feel free to share your favorite outdoor activity in the comments below!

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


Activity

Write an encouraging note to yourself for the week ahead.

It’s the start of a new week Pencil Case family! Let’s start off the week with encouraging notes to ourselves ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒŸ. Feel free to make your note an affirmation, reminder, song lyric, quote, funny saying, letter, or pep talk!

My Reflection

Here is my note:

Dear Nina,

You are worthy of good things, love, and happy moments. Continue to do your best! Don’t forget to meditate and drink water this week ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿšฐ๐Ÿง˜โ™‚. I love you.

-Nina

Bonus: Write your note on a piece of paper or somewhere where you can see it as a daily reminder this week!

Join this conversation here also in The Pencil Case on The Mighty!