Healthy Habits, self-care

Re-Defining Self-Care

1_H_prn8o7u-qSMDWP5yeiRwWow, has it been a while.  Unfortunately, that is one of my biggest character flaws.  I tend to go in fits and starts which is, not to put too fine a point on it, a piss poor way to build a brand, a following, or a business.  But while I’ve been absent, I’ve been working hard at re-defining and learning what self-care really is and until recently, I was unable to put it to words.  In the end, I never did put it to words either.  Instead, the quote that struck me to the core, that I’ve shared here with you here, and that so perfectly, succinctly defines what I’ve been working on, is from author and journalist, Brianna Wiest.  When I saw this whilst mindlessly scrolling through Facebook, it woke me up and put to words exactly what I’ve been doing for the first quarter of 2019.

Most of us, when asked to define self-care or describe what we do when we think of self-care, will absolutely answer, “baths,” “me time,” and other things we most commonly believe are taking care of ourselves.  And sure, to a degree, having a long, hot bath, or getting our hair and nails done are indeed little forms of self-care.  We’re taking a time out, time to care for ourselves in ways that make us happy.  At least, happy in the moment.  But that happiness is usually fleeting and when the bath has drained or we’ve left the salon, we’re right back in the thick of that which we were trying so hard to escape for a while. Continue reading “Re-Defining Self-Care”

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Welcome to Renaissance Magpie

It’s been a long time coming, but I finally decided that not only did I want to get back into blogging, I needed to.  And while I fully understand the need to maintain a professional website to brand yourself, I also didn’t want to limit my topics of writing to just a discussion of my latest poem or artist trading card (ATC) or mixed media canvas.  That, to me, seemed way too pretentious anyway.

So, I decided to separate the professional from the personal (slightly) and establish a space where I could be as distracted by the shiny as I want to be.

It’s been a long, long journey for me over these last 5 years, but I am finally in a place and space where I can safely say, “The bitch is back,” and what better way to celebrate her return than to put myself back out into the world with my own brand of observation and take on life, the universe, and everything.

To that end, I thought that the image here was perfect.  This was my first foray into a new (to me) background techinque for art journaling – using saran wrap on layers of wet acrylic paint to create texture.  More importantly, the quote, “She believed she could.  So she did,” is one that I remind myself of every day.  I have never failed when I believed in myself.  Only when I stopped.

On that note, I fully expect this blog to evolve in look, feel, and content as time goes on and you share with me what most inspires you. So, welcome to the nest – and stay shiny, my friends!