Creative Expression: A Journey to Greater Gratitude with Journaling & Ways to Incorporate Practices with Children

I was recently introduced to Julia Cameron’s Morning Pagesexercise, as well as her call to get creative daily.  Research shows that exercising creativity has a positive impact on self-care, self-image, and positive mindset.  As a mom I look for self-care practices that I can easily incorporate throughout my day (5-10-minute increments or less).  Instilling a sense of radical self-care has become a personal goal of mine after realizing that I need to feel good to be a present parent.  To quote an amazing interview on The Soul Feed Podcast (one of my favorites!) “There’s so much power and momentum in loving yourself in little moments! It’s not about a spa day every six months.  It’s about radical self-care every day.  Morning pages have become a really valuable tool for me personally, so I wanted to take the time to share.  Since my other passion is also encouraging positive self-talk and flexible mindset in children, I also wanted to share some ways to connect with children to help them practice gratitude and continuous self-care practices as well.  I think especially now the next generation can be taught subtly and directly that being kind to yourself and treating yourself like a friend, enables you to be kind to others and causes a ripple effect of a culture of kindness.

My Levels of Like: Breaking Through Rigid Thinking & Encouraging Problem Solving

Let’s be honest, all of us have used “I hate…” before.  We have all become so stuck in a specific mindset about an activity, person, problem, that we cannot see it any other way.  It’s black or white and it’s never going to change.  The issue with this is it stifles our ability to make positive change, seek support, or set a boundary.  One tool I was introduced to via Social Thinking is the “Level of Like Scale”.  It has become one of my favorite tools in working with clients who present difficulties with flexible thinking, social cognition, and executive functioning.  Moreover, it has also become a tool I utilize for myself, and once my daughter is older, I will utilize as a parent. 

Plant Medicine: 8 Ways to Incorporate Plants that Benefit Mind, Body, and Soul

No…I’m not talking about what you think!  But I am a huge believer that plants are incredibly beneficial to our health mentally, physically, and spiritually.   You can see seven ways how here!  When we moved from San Diego one of the things, I missed most was the seamless indoor/outdoor living.  Now that we live in the city, I have had to get creative with how I can get my fix! So, here are 8 ways to incorporate some Plant Medicine into your daily living, that are sure to help you GROW.