Physical Wholeness

Three Creative Ways to Overcoming Writer’s Block

and Stay Fit in the Process Overcoming Writer’s Block with Exercise This week’s Self-care Sunday installment continues the theme of self-care for creatives. You probably never considered housework as the solution to overcoming writer’s block. Here’s how and why it works. When you think of a creative, what comes to mind? A wild-eyed painter wearing a paint-smeared smock?  Writers chain-drinking java whilst hunching over a keyboard trying to meet a deadline?  Or maybe you see a scarf-bedecked eccentric woman scribbling…

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Why Preparing for the New Year Must Include Dating Yourself

Preparing for the New Year is pointless if you just make a list of resolutions. Don’t do it. Instead, take time to make SMARTER goals and you’ll discover that healthy self-care can become a habit. Why You Need to Start Dating Don’t get me wrong. Pedro and I just celebrated our 30th anniversary last week. And this article has nothing to do with dating your spouse. It has nothing to do with dating someone else, either. But dating yourself? Yep.…

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The Beginner’s Guide to Eating Vegetarian

This year I’m offering a beginner’s guide to eating vegetarian (also a guide for people who just want to eat less meat). This will serve as the landing page, so check back each day in October to find recipes and balanced advice on eating vegetarian. If you have any burning questions, let me know in the comments! The Last Day of September Means Write 31 Days! For the past four years I’ve participated in the #write31days series. This yearly blogging…

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How to Avoid Winter Weight Gain

This week’s Self-Care Sunday installment focuses on physical wholeness and will help you avoid winter weight gain. How to Avoid Winter Weight Gain I know, talking about winter weight gain on the day after fall is like stores selling Christmas decorations before Halloween. But trust me, planning self-care routines ahead of time pays off big. The older I get, the more difficult it is for me to keep off the extra pounds when I stop my regular routine. What about…

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Gadgets and Gizmos to Get You Going

gad-gets • noun:  small, useful devices More Sophisticated Options Once I started my journey to physical wholeness, I realized that just walking 10,000 steps a day wouldn’t cut it if I wanted to improve my health. As I read and studied the latest research on fitness and weight loss, I realized that I had lazy exercise habits. In order to actually condition my body, I had to get my heart rate up on a regular basis. That discovery sparked an…

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Wait! Wait! Don’t Go Vegan on Me!

ve-gan • noun: a person who does not eat any food that comes from animals and who often also does not use animal products (such as leather). Beware of Fads “Mrs. Ojeda,” my former student told me, “I’m going to eat vegan from now on.” “Really?” I replied, surprised that my meat-loving student had decided on a drastic dietary change. “Yeah. I watched that Netflix movie What the Health. Have you seen it yet?” I hadn’t, and I still haven’t.…

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Five Tips for Starting Your Journey to Physical Wholeness

Does Physical Wholeness Mean I Have to Look Perfect? For the past 15 days we have talked about ways to nurture ourselves. For some of us, nurturing others comes easily. Unfortunately, we forget to nurture ourselves. Over time, our lack of self-care leads to complications in our own lives. Burn out. Illness. Emotional stagnation. Physical limitations. Ennui. In our quest to nurture ourselves, we need to seek mental wholeness, academic/artistic wholeness, physical wholeness, and spiritual wholeness—MAPS. Let me make something…

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