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

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 […]

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 365): Whitening My Teeth

Purple toothbrush

On day 365 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I whitened my teeth. I mean, why not greet the new year with a bright smile, right? Between coffee, tea and red wine, my smile is missing its pearly whites. Using a whitening kit that I picked up at my last visit to the dentist, I carefully positioned […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 362): Having Breakfast in Bed

Iron skillet breakfast

On day 362 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I had breakfast in bed. Breakfast is my favorite meal, and yesterday my self-care activity for the day was to indulge in breakfast in bed. On the weekends, my husband and I often take turns fixing breakfast for one another, which means we also get to take […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 359): Enjoying Holiday Traditions

Christmas tree with white decorations

On day 359 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I enjoyed holiday traditions. Most holidays come with traditions. Every family seems to have them: a set of unique rituals that mark the arrival of a particular holy day. A feast. An exchange of gifts. Board games. Libations. And, with the exception of Festivus, most traditions come with ample […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 352): Going to the Symphony

Seattle Symphony stage

On day 352 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I attended the Seattle Symphony’s performance of Handel’s Messiah. I have to admit, I usually prefer instrumental performances over vocal ones, but this was a worthwhile deviation from the norm. There’s something really powerful about the scale of a professional orchestra that makes it impossible not to have a […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 348): Relaxing at the Spa

Christmas Tree at The Salish Lodge in 2016

On day 348 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I relaxed at the spa. Yesterday morning I spent a couple hours at the Salish Spa, which is just a short drive from my home. I’ve visited many spas over the years, some while vacationing and some in the various cities that I’ve lived, but only a […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 346): Staying in My Jammies

On day 346 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I stayed in my jammies. When was the last time you stayed at home in your pajamas all day? That day was yesterday for me. Knowing that I didn’t have to leave the house for anything, I decided to stay snug in my jammies for the remainder […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 345): Not Making Plans

Lime green adirondack chairs

On day 345 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I chose not to make plans for the evening. As I continue to explore self-care this year, I’m learning a lot about myself in the process. What refills my cup? What do I need to be at my best? Which of the endless self-care activities are truly […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 343): Moving Forward

a road that runs between two small hills

On day 343 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I made the decision to move forward. Have you ever felt completely overwhelmed (or perhaps even paralyzed) by the number of possible life paths you could take? And then instead of making a decision to move forward, you expend all of your time and energy weighing the […]