An artist is an explorer.

Self-Care Resolutions for the New Year

I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. I have a hard time keeping them and that always leaves me feeling bad. But I am all for making self-care a priority and maybe setting a few resolutions could help. Self-care became a major buzzword in 2017. As the year winds down and we start thinking about 2018, I thought it would be good to review what self-care is (and isn’t), and why it will still be important in 2018 even if a new buzzword comes around.         What is Self-Care?   At its most basic, self-care is taking Read More

An artist is an explorer.

Mindfulness Works: It’s More Than the Latest Buzz Word

If you spend much time on social media, you may be familiar with the buzz about mindfulness. A search on Pinterest will yield thousands of results. #mindfulness has over 4 million posts on Instagram.  I did a quick search of TED talks on YouTube and found over 100 pertaining to mindfulness. There are also several hundred apps for mindfulness. It seems like everyone is jumping on the mindfulness and meditation bandwagon. And it’s not just hype. The crucial thing to know is, mindfulness actually works. It’s not just a buzz word. Everyone is trying to sell you some peace of Read More

An artist is an explorer.

11 Ways to Have a Good Night’s Sleep

I often have trouble sleeping in the summer months. I stay awake past my bedtime because it’s too light outside and, often, too hot to sleep inside.  That’s not to say I don’t have trouble sleeping during the other three seasons of the year. Some times the reason is stress and worry. Other times is too noisy. Sometimes getting a good night’s sleep can be a challenge. Whatever the reason and whichever the season, getting a good night’s sleep is important. According to the Center for Disease Control, more than one quarter of the American population reports problems getting enough Read More

An artist is an explorer.

Quality Self-Care Begins with Self Compassion

Self-care is all the rage these days. It pops up on my Pinterest feed, in blogs I read, and even on news sites. Everyone, it seems, is jumping on the self-care advice bandwagon. In fact, I just published a post on journaling and self-care. You can read it here. So I guess I’ve jumped on the self-care bandwagon too. Perhaps I should have published this post first. Because practicing self-care doesn’t get very far unless you start with self compassion.     Have you noticed that we are often our own worst critic? Our inner voice tells us things we Read More