Inspiration & motivation
Between work, family time and household duties, we may feel a pressure to “get it all done.” And in our rush to get it all done, we may forget about one important thing: time for ourselves! Self-care is a lot more that just eating well and exercising, it’s a more holistic approach of nourishing the soul.
You might wonder, okay, but how do I nourish the soul? The first essential ingredient is self-love, and that translates into a slew of things you can do to take care of your body, mind, heart and soul. In an effort to do a better job at nourishing myself, I came up with the top 33 tips, below.
- Practice gratitude (try saying or writing things you’re grateful for each day)
- Stop comparing yourself to others
- Learn how to forgive (including yourself)
- Listen to your intuition, and cultivate your relationship to it
- Respect yourself, and demand respect from others
- Be open to receiving and giving love every day, in various forms
- Eat a balanced diet with whole, fresh foods and drink a lot of water (about 8–ounce glasses per day)
- Learn how to say NO and still feel like a good person
- Don’t dwell on anything, let it all go
- Breathe (sounds obvious, but practicing conscious deep breathing makes a difference)
- Slow down (and literally smell the roses)
- TRUST yourself, and trust life
- Meditate (if this sounds impossible, just start with 5 minutes)
- Connect with friends and talk it out
- Be gentle with yourself (and say adios to that negative voice inside you)
- Write! Keep a journal and find ways to express yourself
- Read! Get some tea going and snuggle up with some good books
- Go for frequent walks in nature
- Allow yourself to be vulnerable and feel what you need to feel
- Snuggle with or hug someone
- Keep moving– take a yoga class, or chi-gong, or dance, aerobics, you get the idea!
- Volunteer in a worthwhile organisation
- Set clear boundaries with others
- Stop apologizing or feeling guilty
- Book yourself a massage
- Visit a doctor regularly
- Put your ego aside and ask for help when you need it
- Get enough sleep (everybody’s different, but you should feel well rested)
- Share what you have with others
- Save up money and buy yourself something you’ve always wanted
- Set some time aside for yourself every single day, create your own ritual
- Practice moderation, don’t abuse any intoxicants
- Find a hobby you feel passionate about
5, 4, 3, 2, 1…
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Here’s my view on it:
Don’t set yourself up to fail with a ridiculously long list of unrealistic resolutions!
I myself prefer the word “intention.” I suggest making a small list of intentions you want to set for your life. Energies you want to bring forth. Make them realistic. Make them specific. Instead of saying you want to be happy, say you intend on releasing one of your negative patterns. Instead of saying you want to lose weight, say you intend on eating a healthy diet or work out 3 times a week.
Enter the multi-talented Montrealer Betty Esperanza:
She’s the CEO of her own business.
She’s a motivational speaker.
She’s a full-on, creative powerhouse.
And, she found an exciting way to fuse her desire to help children with something modern and cool. In 2009, she founded Skateboards For Hope. It’s an organization that empowers youth living in poverty using SKATEBOARDS as a tool. How cool is that? Betty and her organization have donated over 1000 skateboards to date, to various places such as Cuba, Uganda and Mohawk territories among many others. Read the rest of this entry »
We can’t always control what happens to us. But we can control how we choose to deal with it.
The truth is:
We are co-creators of our life.
What does that mean?
In every moment, we have a choice on how to perceive things.
In every moment, we have a choice on how to act and react.
In every moment, we can choose joy or suffering.
I love working with children. I love hearing their wacky ideas and I love peeking inside their incredibly imaginative minds. I love hearing about what they like and what they don’t like, and I especially love discovering what draws them in.
Good thing I’m a children’s writer!
But -writing can be an isolating experience. This is one of the many reasons I enjoy give writing workshops in elementary schools. I get to interact with the students while teaching them about the wonderful craft of writing. I absolutely love it! Read the rest of this entry »