Jun 152016

When I got up this morning it was still dark. Something wasn’t quite right, so I trundled off to urgent care to get checked. Long story short? Today turned into a #self-care fest of epic proportions. Not the fun kind, the “put on your big girl panties and get this stuff taken care of” kind.

Did I plan to spend my day like this? Hell no.  Absolutely not. And weird symptoms have a funny way of kicking me right square in the procrastinator. I’m fine… just more than a little bit finished with shuttling from place to place and watching people check my insurance card.

I’m taking a break to post this before returning to our regularly scheduled self-care programming. Yoga class is calling.


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“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”– Lucille Ball

“Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.” – Eleanor Roosevelt



“You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.”– Louise L. Hay

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” ~ Maya Angelou



“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”― Audre Lorde

“Every sacred soul has a sacred body.”― Lailah Gifty Akita


I had to use some ninja-level self-care skills to write and publish  The Inner Critic Advantage: Making Peace With the Noise in Your Head. It’s a little book full of big ideas about how — and why — you can learn to love “that voice.”   The Inner Critic Advantage is now available on Amazon.


  14 Responses to “Some Thoughts on Self Care”

  1. Hi Andrea! Love Louise’s quote. That inner critic “who’s name is Fred” has been very vocal lately as I move into new adventures and life direction. Holding on for the ride! Thanks for sharing….

  2. What lovely quotes you shared. The people who wrote them must have gone through some really rough days. I’m so glad they took the time to step back and be aware of what can help when they are having one of those days. As did you today! Thank you.

  3. Andrea, may you be well. May you be healed. May you have ease and more ease. And sister, I feel you! About to shuttle to yet another pain doctor, another dance with the insurance card and managed care. You made me smile, you made me feel recognition and sisterhood, and you found some awesome images and quotes. As usual, yo. Will pin to my must-reads board.

  4. Love each of the quotes you shared in this post, Andrea and I am happy to read that the “acute weirdness” has also passed. I was in a yoga class on Tuesday and under a cold air vent. I came away with my eye feeling like I have a branch floating through my vision…so in the spirit of self-care, I am heading to my eye doctor today to make sure it is nothing to be concerned about. Having transformed years of very serious health issues in my life, I’ve learned when to listen to my body’s messages and to take action and look after myself. I honestly don’t know any other way now! Thanks for sharing the reminder with us all to stop, listen to ourselves and to care of ourselves…first.

  5. One thing I have learned over the past few months is that I am self- centering; not self-ish per say. It is more centering of self. I have cared for everyone else and my cup was empty with adrenal shut down, and I am beginning to see me come back. Yeah!! xoxo

  6. What a wonderful collection of quotes! As someone who needs to remind myself to do the whole self care thing, I may have to revisit them often. Hope you’re on the road to recovery and sending you much love ♡

  7. Acute weirdness as you described it, Andrea, was a wake up call from your body to shape up or face a ship out. Looking after others we often forget that we have to also include ourselves in the caring duties. Happy to know you are better. Keep it up.

  8. It will be nice to get an update from you that all is now well. You know what is going on with your health and body and you are taking care on a continuous basis. Love your quotes & graphics. I do take care of myself, but unaware of any rituals. Hmm- have to think on that some.

    • Thanks, Roz. All is well… I was a little overwhelmed by our last move and it has taken me forever to find new providers. The “acute weirdness” has passed and all the overdue screenings are scheduled. Feeling grateful.

  9. I have my daily rituals of self care – I don’t think I could function without them.

  10. Love you listened to you body/heart and that your are taking care of you, sending you healing hugs and love xxoo

  11. I am so with you on this one, Andrea. Universe is saying “FILL YOUR CUP” big time!

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