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Self-Care Challenge (Day 276): Melting

A glass of wine on the patio at Stag's Leap

On day 276 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I melted into a state of relaxation. Have you ever been so relaxed or content that you felt as though you were melting? Near the end of our trip to California’s wine country, that is exactly how I felt. (And no, it wasn’t a hangover that I […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 269): Packing a Mobile Emergency Kit

Lime green Mountainsmith zip bag with emergency supplies

On day 269 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I packed a mobile emergency kit. As we ease into the fall season, I’m painfully aware of looming colder temperatures and their potential to invite a variety of less than desirable travel scenarios. While the weather conditions in the Pacific Northwest are less severe than anywhere I’ve […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 259): Speaking Up

single red rose

On day 259 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I spoke up. Have you ever been in the middle of a conversation with someone and noticed that you were having a physical response to something they said? Your beats faster, your facial expression and body language change, and you may even feel an array of emotions well up inside […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 243): Saying No

self-care coaching for better health

On day 243 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored saying no as an act of self-care. We always have a choice. How we spend our time, money and energy reflects our values, but sometimes it also reflects our ability (or inability) to set boundaries. Have you ever wanted to say no to someone or something, […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 236): Rediscovering Old Recipes

old recipes

On day 236 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I dusted off some of my grandmother’s old recipes. My grandmother was a telephone operator and when she retired, her coworkers created a recipe Rolodex using an old metal flip card directory. It’s one of the mementos I’ve held onto to help remember her fun sense of […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 235): Understanding the Science of Happiness

Time Magazine Cover

On day 235 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I set out to better understand the science of happiness. I don’t buy a ton of magazines these days, but while standing in the check-out line at the grocery store the other day, one caught my eye. It was the Time special edition on the science of happiness. Yes, please! […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 226): Traveling Back in Time

On day 226 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I traveled back in time. (Well, sort of.) Admit it, you’ve done it. You’ve been casually listening to the radio, and a song comes on that reminds you of an earlier time your life, and in that moment, you immediately envision yourself as a younger version of you. […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 223): Getting a Manicure

pink china glaze nail polish

On day 223 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored getting a manicure as an act of self-care. Self-care isn’t relegated to indulging in spa treatments, but yesterday that’s exactly what it was about for me. Having spent several days in the high desert, my skin had turned into a prehistoric reptilian creature, and it had […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 222): Taking a Moment

On day 222 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I took a moment. Have you ever just needed a moment? A moment to breathe. A moment to prepare for the next thing. A moment to shift from one frame of mind to another? After spending a lovely weekend visiting with friends, we awoke to the sunrise […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 221): Floating

red raft on the Deschutes river

On day 221 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I spent the afternoon floating with friends. I experienced my first-ever “float” while visiting some friends in central Oregon over the weekend. And I must say…what a lovely way to spend an afternoon! Eight of us set out for a three-hour float down the Deschutes river. With […]