The Me-Time Mixtape: Three essential hand-curated links and resources on creative self-care. Carve out some me time this week!

#1 Playful Poetry: Ode to a Mushroom

Nature often inspires me to write poetry (or in my journal). Some of those poems or written pieces make their way into my podcast, and some let me have a bit of fun in the moment. This recent Instagram post celebrates the mushroom. Mushrooms are getting popular again, and that makes me happy cause every time I see a mushroom peeking out of some tree bed or along a stone edge, I have to smile. I don't know why, who can tell, but mushrooms make me happy, they do what witches do and cast a spell.

What nature connection inspires you? Use my mushroom ode as inspiration and write in response to this writing prompt:

Write a short poem or journal entry that celebrates something from nature, an animal, plant, or natural phenomenon that holds wonder for you.

#2 In Celebration of Hips

I love this recitation by Lucille Clifton. I love the humor in the introduction, the outright burst of love and acceptance for women's bodies (without qualification or apology), and the simplicity and conviction of the poem itself. Enjoy!

Lucille Clifton Reads ’homage to my hips
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#3 Relax In 5 Minutes

This list of 40 ways to relax (in 5 minutes or less) is a great go-to if you struggle to make time for yourself. We all have 5 minutes, and here are 40 ways to use them for self-care. This list is organized by categories, including peaceful activities, body-focused techniques, indulgent drinks/food, sensory pleasures, and expressing your creativity.

40 Ways to Relax in 5 Minutes or Less
We get it—life is stressful. Calm down in the time it takes to scroll through your Instagram feed.

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