Hitting A Wall On The Road To Self-Care

I’m 70-ish days into my 100 Days of Creative Self-Care and around the 60-day mark, I kind of hit a wall. That wall was the realization that creatively and professionally, I am going about things all wrong. I am that proverbial square peg trying to stuff herself into the round hole of everyone’s comfort zone… including my own. Apparently, I used to be round and fit just fine when I was doing what I thought I was “supposed to” do.

Once again, not serving myself first in my supposed “single-serving life.”

So I am here… sitting on a Starbucks patio and praying it doesn’t rain while I (re)discover and (re)define how I will use my creative powers for good!

The “Connection” to Self-Care

This week, I am learning an important aspect of Creative Self-Care… CONNECTION.

Specifically, connecting to other like-minded creative souls. It’s very different than “sharing with friends.” I am in no way diminishing those relationships, but there is something to be said about sharing with people who have worn and walked a mile or two in your shoes… who understand the trials and triumphs of the creative spirit. A couple of days ago, I reconnected with these two beautiful ladies… a reunion that was 2 years overdue! As part of my 100 Days of Creative Self-Care, I need to make physical face time with my “superfriends” a significant part of the program. (Love you, Lorraine Robertson and Desiree Miller)

100 Days of Creative Self-Care in Effect!

With Venus firmly planted in retrograde and Mercury hot on her heels, this is the perfect time to (re)start a creative habit. I’ve allowed external forces to lure me off of my chosen path and hold my creativity hostage for far too long. Fellow creative soul, Denise Jacobs, has inspired me to begin the “100 Days of Creative Self-Care” project.

What is it?
Exactly what the name implies.

When does it start?
Whenever I want to begin… and that’s today.

What do I have to do?
Whatever I choose that will reconnect me to my creative spirit, nurture my mental and physical health, and make me write fearlessly.

It is, in essence, a challenge. But I don’t want to call it that. I’ve come to learn that the word “challenge” is not a motivator for me. I’m not highly competitive so it has the opposite effect. Instead, I will call it a practice. That’s what it is, after all.

A creative practice… starting with 100 days… continuing for life.  See my updates on Instagram and My Single Serving Life.

“My Single Serving Life” is featured on ShesWanderful.com

Guess what? My Single Serving Life story is featured on the Wanderful website!

Wanderful is an awesome community of women travelers with members all over the world.  I am fairly new to the community (and to world travel in general) so to have my journey featured on their site is an amazing honor and a warm welcome.  Special thanks to Astrid on the Wanderful team for the awesome interview!  READ IT HERE!

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Adventures in Nicaragua (a series)

My recent trip to Costa Rica included a detour to San Carlos, Nicaragua.  Detour? Yes, detour because it wasn’t on the original itinerary.

We were supposed to go on a night hike through the frog forest (or something like that).  Night. Hike. Costa Rican jungle.  Night.  Um… NO was the collective consensus of our travel squad.  So our fearless leader, Tawanna, explored other options and came back with a day trip to nearby Nicaragua.  “GREAT!” was the collective consensus of the travel squad.  Continue reading “Adventures in Nicaragua (a series)”