"The way we think about self care is unfortunate, even tragic, because self care is the greatest tool we have to fight the mortal enemy of despair."

Jen Hoffman

I hope you have NO idea what Rob Bell is talking about when he says, “Despair is the belief that tomorrow will be just like today.”

But if you’re in that dark place…

If you’re just bracing for another stressful Holiday Season…

If you want to love your people, do good work and make a difference, but you just feel so overwhelmed, tired and burned out...

I want to reach out and offer my hand. I’ve been there. I know how scary it is.

I’ve also clawed my way out. Over the next few days, I’m going to share a series of posts to help you do the same.

Self care is the way out. But let’s get clear.

Self care is not a one-way ticket out of the world around you. Self care should PREPARE you to ENGAGE in the world.

Self care is not about making you LOOK a certain way. This isn’t about “younger” skin, a flat belly or a toned butt. Self care should make you FEEL a certain way - strong, resilient, joyful and hopeful.

Self care is not some indulgent pampering that you fit in when you have time. It is a daily (even if just five minutes) practice that makes you better at everything else you do.

You need two kinds of self care. Self care that gives you comfort. And self care that helps you grow. Comfort and growth.

You game? Next post we’ll talk about comfort self care.

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