Why We Need to Redefine Self-Care

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Self-care is the most powerful preventive health tool we have. Yet, ironically, it’s a tool that few of us use – at least not consistently. Instead, we’ve become passive dependents on a broken, overpriced health care system that is far from accessible (unless, of course, you’re a wealthy member of Congress). And that’s precisely why […]

Why You Need a Self-Care Survival Plan: Lessons from a Badass Chicken

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Today I had to enlist my self-care survival plan. After a black bear destroyed our chicken coop in the middle of the night, leaving just one lone-surviving hen — Willie, who I had to place with a new family today — I am now left with zero chickens. And let me just tell you that today has been […]

Mushrooms, Health and Self-Care

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Before I dive too far into this post, I want to point out that plucking up random mushrooms from your backyard and eating them is a really dumb idea. There are a growing number of known health benefits associated with our fungal friends, but there are plenty of reasons to exercise caution, the most obvious of which […]

Stop Using Your Body As a Trash Can with Cynthia Lair

Cynthia Lair, nutrition and culinary arts professor at Bastyr University, and author of Feeding the Whole Family, reminds us just how important mindful eating is when it comes to nourishing our bodies. (After all, we’re not goats, people!) Listen to the podcast here: Cynthia’s lighthearted thoughts on the benefits of developing a personal relationship with […]

Showing Up With Intention: An Interview with Wardrobe Stylist Lisa Fischer

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Do you have a personal brand? Is the way you’re “showing up” enabling you to project your unique inner truth? In this podcast, Lisa Fischer of Lisa Fischer Styling shines some light on how the process of establishing a personal brand is an act of self-care. Listen to the full interview here: I’ve always believed […]

Building an Artificial Pancreas: An Interview with Dana Lewis

A diabetes supply kit containing a insulin, glucose monitor and syringes

Dana Lewis took patient empowerment to a whole new level in 2013, when she set out to find a solution for a not-so-small problem: the alarm on her insulin monitor wasn’t waking her up at night to alert her of severely low blood sugars. And the ability to find creative solutions to our unique challenges is […]

Self-Care Activity List: 366 Ideas

8 Dimensions of Self-Care

Having trouble coming up with fun and interesting self-care ideas? Last year, I took on a self-care challenge. For each of the 366 days in 2016, I experimented with a new self-care activity and then blogged about it. What would you add to the list? Be creative and come up with your own bucket list of […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 366): Reflecting on My Year of Self-Care

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On day 366 of my 366-day self-care challenge — the final day — I reflected on my year of self-care. This year has been full in so many ways. Full of challenges, love, experiences, surprises, disappointments, celebrations, gratitude, positivity, loss, and accomplishments. And my self-care experiences have refilled my soul numerous times. Yesterday, the 366th […]

Self-Care is Multidimensional

Stacy Fisher-Gunn's article on self-care in The Costco Connection

It was an incredible honor to have had the opportunity to share the message of self-care in the January 2017 edition of The Costco Connection. Self-care is a powerful, yet often underutilized, tool that involves the actions and behaviors that improve, restore, and maintain good health. Before we can fully love and care for others, we have […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 363): Unearthing My Core Desired Feelings

The Desire Map book cover

On day 363 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I unearthed my core desired feelings. Obviously, I’m on a Danielle LaPorte kick. After listening to the audio version of her book The Firestarter Sessions (Amazon Associate Link) last week, I realized that I was still craving more. I hadn’t quite pinpointed my core desired feelings, and it was clear […]