Saturday, June 30, 2012

Announcing a Month of Self-Care. Will you join me this July?

Yesterday I asked you a few questions about self-care.  I got some answers, but I'm greedy and I want more. So before you read any further, click on this link and leave a comment answering my questions about your own self-care. (Don't forget to come back and finish reading this post!)


Because I'm going to dedicate this whole month to self-care at The Daily Dietribe, and I want to focus on YOU specifically. Ever answer I get makes another little bell go off in my head. I want that bell ringing with ideas for you.

This month of self-care was inspired by a bevy of beautiful fellow bloggers, women I am honored to be working with. We hosted a self-care retreat last July, and we decided it's time to do it again. More and more, I am hearing from people how there's too much going on and they are feeling overwhelmed, distracted, and just plain frustrated by the chaos in their lives. 

I understand that feeling completely and I want to help you take a step back and simplify. As part of that, I am excited to announce the 2nd annual July Self-Care Retreat. In addition to my posts here, our other hosts will be posting throughout the month on what self-care means to them.

Our lineup begins today with the woman who always gets the ball rolling and reminds us all to take care of ourselves, Cheryl, of Gluten-Free Goodness. It continues all month, with each week dedicated to a different theme.

Our fantastic group of bloggers and themes:
June 30th  Food: Cheryl of Gluten-Free Goodness                
 July 7th Support and Connection: Valerie of City Life Eats                             
July 14th Movement : Shirley of Gluten Free Easily (GFE)         
July 21st Creativity: Carrie of Ginger Lemon Girl                
July 28th Inward Reflection: Iris of The Daily Dietribe            

These posts are to inspire you all to make July a month of reflecting on self-care and the many ways to nourish ourselves. We would like everyone to participate in this event in a way that feels appropriate to them, whether that's through personal reflection, journal or other self-care.  If you would like to share your experience with self-care, we would love to include you in the experience, whether you join us for one week or every week.  You can write generally about self-care and how you include it in your life, or “try on” one of the practices we’re blogging about over the course of the next week (food, support and connection, movement, creativity and inward reflection). We ask that you link back to this post so that more people can learn about this retreat, and leave a comment for the weekly theme host, too! At the end of the month, we'll include a roundup of all the self-care posts you write to inspire others to work on their own self-care.

As a little added incentive, for each post on your goals and your progress you link back here or one of the other co-hosts, you’ll be entered to receive a $50 gift certificate to  (they are not sponsoring, Cheryl is donating this gift and wanted something with healthy gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free, etc. options).

Valerie of City Life Eats designed a badge for us; feel free to use it in your posts.  If you would like to be included in our roundup and the drawing, please email a link to your post, along with your name and blog name, to us at selfcareretreat at gmail dot com by July 30, 2011. 

Non-bloggers who would like to contribute, please e-mail the full text to the same address and it will be included in the roundup. 

For a “flavor” of previous retreats, here’s a link to the July Self-Care Retreat and the December Sanity Retreat.

I'm going to leave you with a little thought that has come from a lot of my discussions with friends, clients, and family lately. It's simple, but it helps when I remind myself of this:

You are not a superhero, and you don't have to be. You are ENOUGH exactly as you are. Right now, before you go, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and as you exhale, repeat to yourself, "I am enough, I am enough, I am enough." Repeat it as many times as you need to in order to really feel it. And then let that be enough.


Sarah Stivers said...

Beautiful idea! We all need more self care!

gfe--gluten free easily said...

I'm so happy to be part of this event with you and all the others, Iris! I love the ending ... I am enough, I am enough ...

Thank you! xo,

Cheryl Harris said...

So glad to be doing this will you! It should be great fun.


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