Self Care & Wellness

I’ve wandered into this thing called “self care” and taken a dive into “wellness”. I should have gotten into a long time ago.

Here are the posts I’ve written about it – click on “load more” for more.

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Self-Care, Wellness & Health

You Ask, I Answer: How Can You Talk About Mental Illness?!

Talking about mental health

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Here’s What Will Help You With Your Grief

A mostly-material smorgasbord of things that have helped me with grief.

Searching for the Rainbow: Parenting with C-PTSD

Trigger warning: this post describes aspects of C-PTSD and pieces of the mental wellness puzzle. My daughter shrieked. It was that air-tearing, earth-ripping shriek that she gives when she is mad and won't reach for words, it's the shriek that always fills me with fear for her future, that someone will hear that and think

BirdBox: A Movie with Blind Advantage, from a Deaf Perspective

This post is about the Netflix movie, BirdBox. Don't read this post if you hate spoilers, because it's full of them! My good friend came over the other day and we watched BirdBox together (pausing all the way through to make sure our kids weren't watching, that they were playing nicely, for our own popcorn

How to Force Yourself to Be More Grateful

If your heart is busting with gratitude - if you truly feel it in you - you won't actually have room for any other emotion. You can't be grateful and angry at the same time, it's impossible. It's one or the other. Grateful or angry. Grateful or jealous. Grateful or miserable. Grateful or_____ (fill-in the

The Best Captioned Fitness Programs

This post is about the best captioned fitness programs, focusing on BeachBody. There are affiliate links in this post. Nothing is linked that I don't use myself. Wellness and fitness are very important to me. Not just because I like the feeling of being strong, but because it directly heals my complex post traumatic stress

Running Out of Spoons: Self Care When You Have a Disability

There are affiliate links in this post – and all that means is that if you buy something using a link here, Amazon or the company will give me a percentage but you will pay no more than you would have. Not all of the links are affiliate. Nothing is listed here that I don't

Here’s Why 2017 Didn’t Suck

To my friends, it looks like 2017 sucked for me. Breakup of a 10-year marriage, right?! Leaving the Lost Coast. Grieving the death of my brother, Dana. I mean, I lost my home and my marriage in 2017. Added to that, my closest friends don't live close to me, so I didn't have much support

Gaslighting: What it Is & How to Tell if You Are Being Gaslit

"Gaslighting" is not a new term but it feels if it is, because the concept seems like it is exploding into the lives of people right now. But what is it exactly? And how do you know if it's going on in your own relationship? Are you making things up in your own head, overthinking

A Morning Routine For Wellness

I think the concept of us being the creators of our lives is powerful. So powerful that it takes the passive and helpless and flips it. It was the one thing that truly changed how I feel about disability - about being deaf and having C-PTSD, about my daughter Moxie having Down syndrome. Feeling that

The Best Personal Planners for 2018

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Mama Be Strong

For those of you who have been following this blog for a while, you know how I started up 'The Skinny Hippie" and it was going to be about wellness and weight loss? I thought it was hilarious that I was calling myself a skinny hippie since a) I'm not skinny and b) despite the