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

Are you a Tiny Buddha reader? If you don't know about this blog, let me introduce it to you. It contains a treasure trove of inspirational, personal stories, quotes, and tips on topics as varied as love & relationships, mental health, mindfulness & peace, and dealing with challenges.

I'm thrilled that they recently published one of my articles on the hopeful side of being a caregiver for my mom as we face the challenges of Alzheimer's (and I move through the grief of losing her). This piece comes from a positive place. Check it out below (and reply to this email if it resonates with you). I'd love to hear about your caregiver experiences and the way you have handled grief.

Many people reached out to me as a result of the article to share their grief stories and connect with me. If you are a new subscriber, welcome, and thank you for joining this community. Look around the website, listen to the podcast, and send me your feedback. I aim to share my stories, poetry and love of music to inspire your creative self-care.

Also, I'm passionate about today's podcast episode (#27: Finding Balance: Caregiver Self-Care). I actively work to keep up with my self-care routines because I'm no good to anyone else if I don't (and I deserve it). So do you! Listen in as I make a case for prioritizing self-care while juggling caregiving tasks. It can be done.

#1 My Tiny Buddha Article: Hope for the Grieving: You Will Make It Through

This is my first article to be published on the Tiny Buddha blog. 🤸🏽‍♀️ I hope you'll check it out, especially if you feel ready to explore the hopeful side of a grief journey.

Hope for the Grieving: You Will Make It Through - Tiny Buddha
May it comfort you to know that some or all of these benefits might await you on the other side of your grief journey.

Yay! My first article on the Tiny Buddha blog.

#2 Caring for the Caregiver

Rosalynn Carter's famous saying is spot on:

There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.

The Rosalynn Carter Institute website is a comfort for overstressed caregivers. It is filled with insightful and uplifting quotes, advocacy, calls to action, and stress-reduction resources for caregivers, and I'm delighted to share it with you. Check out the Caring for You Caring for Me section under "Resources" for their tools and resources (including the Sharecare Unwinding App) to support caregiver self-care.

Rosalynn Carter Institute – Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers

#3 Caregiver Humor: Sometimes You Just Have to Laugh

Enjoy the humor, but listen to the wisdom that Jesus Trejo shares. There are so many gems in this video:

  • taking time to breathe and have moments of calmness
  • the distinction between being a physical caregiver for his mother and an emotional caregiver for his father
  • having a creative outlet to enrich your life
Comedian Finds Humor, Purpose in Caring for His Parents
Jesus Trejo has lived a unique double life: by day, a caregiver to immigrant parents; by night, a stand-up comedian who’s performed on “The Tonight Show.”

So many truth bombs in this short video!

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