Tag Archives: community

Getting to the Heart of Self-Care

hands surrounding a heart-shaped earth

It’s undeniable that self-care has been picking up steam over the past few months, but not without mixed feelings. Some still view self-care as a selfish endeavor, calling for a shift to “community care” or some other more socially acceptable term. But I think they’re missing what’s at the heart of self-care. When I joined […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 9): Giving Blood


On day 9 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored giving blood, an activity that supports the systemic and relational dimensions of self-care. I hate to admit it, but giving blood is something I usually only think about when I drive past a bloodmobile. I think to myself, “I really need to give blood,” but […]

The Tent City Next Door

a green and white tent beneath the trees

It’s impossible not to notice Seattle’s vibrant homeless communities, sometimes referred to as a tent city. I visited one recently and it was a powerfully positive experience. The reason for my visit was primarily to gain a better understanding of the needs, challenges, and living conditions of tent city residents; but, perhaps more importantly, to […]

Talking To Strangers

Three women laughing

Sometimes a talking to strangers can be life-changing act of self-care. Recently, I met a woman who grew up in Vietnam, and I listened intently as she described how she worked in rice fields as a young girl. She remembered living in a state of constant fear while working alongside her family. Animal attacks were […]

Choose Your Circles Wisely

Three women laughing

Whether we intend to or not, we emulate those around us. That’s why it’s so important to choose your circles wisely. Habits, mannerisms and behaviors are all contagious. In fact, Harvard researchers have found that even your risk for being overweight increases if those in your social network are obese as well. Those we accept […]