Self-Care Challenge (Day 184): Setting Boundaries

barbed wire fence with the coast of maui in the background

On day 184 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored setting boundaries as an act of self-care. This post relates to one of the more difficult topics I’ve written about to date–mostly because it has taken me some effort to find the silver lining. I do my best to not focus on the not-so-great things that happen in […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 181): Testing My Day for Flow

On day 181 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I tested my day for flow. What is flow, you ask? Flow has been defined as being so engaged in an activity that large amounts of time pass by without even realizing it. We become so involved in a task that we feel a sense of happiness and […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 177): Stretching

gray yoga block on a hardwood floor

On day 177 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored stretching before bed to unwind after a long day. At a yoga class last week, I learned a new pose: the supported bridge. It’s my latest obsession. I’ve noticed in recent years that my hip flexors and lower back don’t quite cooperate like they did when […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 172): Picking Huckleberries

red huckleberries

On day 172 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I enjoyed the summer harvest by picking huckleberries. Before moving to the Pacific Northwest, I had no idea what a huckleberry even looked like. The only reference I had was Val Kilmer’s famous line in the movie Tombstone, “I’ll be your huckleberry.” My Midwest roots were familiar […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 170): Drinking Coffee

heart-shaped froth on a cappucino

On day 170 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored drinking coffee as an act of self-care. Recently, hot beverages have come under fire. In June, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced findings that “very hot beverages” (those over 149 degrees Fahrenheit) “probably cause cancer of the esophagus in humans.” Now, I […]