I am pleased to say that Alec (@fischrjournals) and I are continuing the #CultivatingCare practice with new prompts for the month of February. We wanted to continue the real-talk about mental health and the messier sides of life in the Instagram community.
Over the last year I’ve really learned that self-care is leadership, is primary before anyone else can be served by you, and is necessary if you don’t want to be caught up in resentment later. When we give of ourselves when we are depleted, it means we may be resentful and frustrated, which isn’t ever a genuine place to give from.
The other thing I learned is that we must be real with one another. Instagram specifically is a place of happy vibes and if I am honest – which I endeavor to be – it feels so inauthentic to NEVER talk about bad days or the tough times, or to ignore what is happening in our lives. Not in a “tell-all” fashion, but in a way that feels OK to have a bad day, that we have doubts, that we have anxiety, that we couldn’t “just get things done” today. I want to help change that conversation so we can talk more openly about these things, and make it more permissible to talk about mental health challenges. Thus, this practice.
Alec (@fischrjournals) and I used to work together, and he is a passionate, creative soul who has been open about mental health. I’ve featured him on my blog before to share how he uses his bullet journal to thrive with mental health, and we wanted to take it a step further and invite ALL OF YOU to join us in making our self-care, self-love, and real talk a bigger part of our lives. Hence, the #cultivatingcare practice.
We chose the words carefully. Cultivating represents a specific image of caring for a plant, tending to it everyday as it flourishes over time. It is not quick or easy – it is a practice, it is every day, and sometimes you don’t even see the results until later on when it becomes something larger, something new, and powerful. That is what we hope for you as well. I’m also torn between using the word “Challenge” since… well, although self care is a challenge, we don’t want it to be a “check the box” activity, or a competition. We hope that you will run with the idea that this is building a habit and frequent practice.
Are you ready?? Here are the prompts to start us off for February. If you have other ideas for next month, let me know in the comments below! This is a new practice and can absolutely be shaped by you!
I sincerely hope you will join us. If you have requests for future prompts, definitely drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be well,