This year has taught me so many lessons in many areas of my life – and one of the recurring themes has been that self-care should be our top priorities. If you’re part of the planner community it’s likely you are the one who holds the responsibility of keeping it together for other people, are a giver, and often puts yourself last. I know that has been true for me. But what I’ve learned this year is 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, we had an idea.
The fantastic 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 on JANUARY 1 on #selfcaresunday.
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,