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

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#1 Self-Appreciation (I'll Bet You Don't Do It Enough)

This sweet little article popped up in my Saturday New York Times feed and I instantly connected with the idea of self-appreciation. It's a great read. We may already have a gratitude practice (where we give thanks for the people and experiences in our lives), but how much time do we spend feeling grateful for ourselves? What did we do well today? What do we appreciate about ourselves? These are such worthy questions to ponder. 🤔

How to Like Yourself More
Taking time to enumerate nice things about yourself each day may sound terminally conceited, but in practice the results can be pretty transformative.

Like yourself more with a self-appreciation practice.

#2 Start a Sleep Journal

I have periods when I don't sleep well, and journaling at night (or at 2 am, if my insomnia hits) helps me put frets and worry to bed! If you struggle to settle down at night, give sleep journaling a try. 😴

How Journaling Can Help You Sleep
It may not be an easy habit to get into, but journaling before bed can make a difference if you’re struggling to get a good night’s sleep.

#3 Summertime Journal Prompts🏖️🩴😎

Just for fun, here are some summertime journal prompts:

1) Write about a happy or meaningful summer memory from your childhood. Where were you? Who were you with? Why have you remembered it all these years later, and what life lessons did you take away from the experience?

2) Use the Beatles song "Here Comes the Sun" to inspire you to write a short poem about your favorite summertime memory or activity. Perhaps add a doodle in the corner of the page to accompany your poem. Have fun!

3) Write a list of the top 10 places you'd like to visit for a summer vacation. Don't worry if your list isn't realistic. Look for patterns in the list; what do these places have in common? Could they be things you need more of in your life?

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