self-care

Creating a Vision Board

A Vision Board is a graphic representation of your hopes and dreams. Creating one increases the likelihood of getting what you wish for. Vision Boards can be as complex or simplistic as you desire. Here’s how to get started on creating your vision:

Materials: *poster board or cardboard or anything to draw/mount your images on

*glue/tape/some type of adhesive

*magazine to cut images/words from; conversely, you may choose to draw/write all your pictures and positive words

*anything else that makes you feel amazing like bits of nature, tiny mementos, etc.

Creating:

  1. Look through magazines and choose pictures/words/phrases that speak to you. Don’t think too much about it, go with your feelings. How do you feel when you see/read it? If it sparks joy in you, it’s something you want for your Vision Board. Remember, these are things you want to draw into your life so be sure they represent your authentic self.

  2. Arrange your images and words in a way that works for you on your poster board.

  3. Place your Vision Board in a location where you can see it daily. Viewing your Vision Board on a daily basis is a concrete reminder of your goals…it’s a pleasant glimpse into your future.

Happy creating!

Namaste,

Michelle

Creating and Maintaining a Self-Care Routine

Most of us know that we should have a self-care routine. But what exactly is self-care? And how can you make a habit of sticking with it?

According to Raphailia Michael, “self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health.” These activities should be things you love to do, not ones you feel you should be doing. What do you truly love? Reading? Yoga? Meditation? Walking? The key is to pick things you love so you will stick with your routine and lead a beautifully balanced life. I personally need a mix of physical and spiritual activity, so my routine includes both:

Daily: five minutes of yoga in the morning, 30 minutes of rage journal and meditation at night, 30 minutes of reading at night

Three times a week: 30 minutes at 9round

Monthly: one hour acupuncture, two hours phone conversation with spiritual mentor

How much time are you willing to dedicate to your self-care routine? Planning and scheduling times and activities will help you stick with it. Start small: if you have never done this before, I suggest picking small blocks of time - no more than 10 minutes in the morning and evening. For example, if walking and reading are two things you adore, your self-care routine would look like this:

10 minutes walk in the morning, 10 minutes reading at night

Once you are comfortable with the time, you can increase it and/or add other activities. Remember, the goal here is to help your body recharge and relax, so keep it simple until you are ready for more. Here are just a few activities that you might consider as part of your self-care routine:

take a bath create a vision board bullet journal yoga meditate go for a walk

do a face mask look at old photos dance around your house cook watch a movie

organize something knit, crochet, cross-stitch read garden take an online class

blog get acupuncture cuddle your fur babies listen to podcasts play a board game

I am SO EXCITED to see what your self-care routine will look like. Please comment on my Facebook page or below.

Namaste,

Michelle