A Long Courtship with Self-Care

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A long time ago, in a life I’ve nearly forgotten—the one before kids—I had a one-dimensional view of self-care. It involved calling in sick to work for a “mental health day.” Or, “spa day.” It was all the same to me, really. One other time, someone told me I should schedule some “white space” into my planner. (Waaay back in the days of paper planners zipped into leather-bound binders!) The idea was to pencil in some “me” time.  I was never very good at it. Even when I was responsible only for the care and feeding of moi, I didn’t get far with self-care. I piled on the stress and worked … [Read more...]

Mamahhh’s Self-Care Month – Shift Your Perspective

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I love those days when “self-care” means “get a massage.” And more and more, I’m appreciating those days—like today—when “self-care” means “shift your perspective.” That’s how I’m easing into this month of creating nurturing and protections for myself as I do the work of moving my family from Georgia to Tennessee over the next two months. I’m changing my mind about what I need in order to handle this big task in a way that feels intentional and loving. I was explaining to my friend and colleague Baraka Elihu of womanspace that blogging about self-care this month was a way to hold myself … [Read more...]

Dream Eggs

Dream Eggs

I love art projects. Here's one I did a couple of weeks ago with my women's circle: Drawing on the hopeful energy of springtime and the promise of fertility, we decorated eggs to express the dreams and intentions we’d most love to give birth to in our lives. … [Read more...]

Belly Love

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The roundness of my belly has nothing to do with being pregnant, at least not now. Two-and-a-half years have passed since I last carried a child that way. … [Read more...]