Tag Archives: environmental

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 […]

Mushrooms, Health and Self-Care

paul stamets with a giant mushroom

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 […]

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 364): Snowshoeing

orange and black snow shoes

On day 364 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I went snowshoeing. Snowshoes are just plain awkward. They’re big, bulky – Lord help you if you have to turn around or back up. Everything about them makes laughing inevitable. I’ve only been shoeing twice in my life, and both times I ended up giggling like a […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 349): Learning About Gun Safety

West Coast Armory Indoor Range brochure cover

On day 349 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I learned about gun safety. Yesterday’s self-care activity involved taking a firearm safety course at the local armory. While I know this topic tends to stir some strong emotions in some, being prepared is important to me. It’s the same reason I renewed my CPR certification and […]

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 340): Driving Slowly

snow-covered Tiger Mountain

On day 340 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored driving slowly as an act of self-care. After admiring the snowflakes yesterday, I awoke to face snow-covered roads when I left the house for an early morning appointment. Our roads don’t get covered very often, so road crews aren’t prepared to handle large-scale weather situations – […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 339): Watching the Snow

trees with a dusting of snow

On day 339 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I watched the snow fall. We don’t get a lot of snow in the greater Seattle area, but several times a year we do get a little dusting, especially at our place, where the elevation is slightly higher. Most of the time, it doesn’t stick. It just falls […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 338): Noticing the Little Things

Inspirational messages

On day 338 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I paused to notice the little things. Just before heading back to the airport for our return flight home from Florida, we had breakfast at Red’s Restaurant, a local favorite. My pancake was two-heads-big, which seemed consistent with the standard portion sizes there. By the end of the […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 336): Warming Up

serene lake in Florida

On day 336 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I hopped a flight to Florida to warm my bones. As Seattle’s wintry weather slowly continues to creep in, a sunny getaway to visit with family between the holidays seemed like a really good idea. The last time I visited in the early spring, Florida was smack […]