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Danielle Donaldson blogs here. What I'm reading now. What I'm writing now. My various thoughts about romance novels, publishing and writing at large and the sexy stuff that comes to mind! 

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Scheduling Self-Care: Taking Time to Take Care of Yourself

Danielle Donaldson

This self-care series was supposed to be posted in September. Obviously, that didn't happen. So, things tend to get pushed to the bottom of my to-do list especially self-care. Here are some tips to make sure that you fit in your self-care into your busy day. 

Schedule it 

Write it down. Whether you jot it down in your Bullet Journal or Passion Planner or a post-it note on your mirror. Writing it down give you a physical reminder to do it. It also give you a sense of accomplishment that you completed it. 

Accountability Partner

Tell your spouse or partner that you are planning on doing more for yourself or that you need ten minutes to mediate at the end of the day. In my online parenting group, we have a daily self-care check in where we share what we did for self-care that day. It's a great way to get ideas of various forms of self-care and also check-in when we have something to share. 

Habit Tracker

If you haven't delved into the world of BuJo (aka bullet journaling) let me stop you before you travel down that productivity wormhole that you will never escape from. If you have, you are probably already familiar with the concept of a habit tracker. Or basically a place that you track if you have drank enough water for the day or did your daily affirmations or went to the gym. It helps to have a visual reminder of things you intended on completing. 

Think Small

Every piece of self-care doesn't have to be expensive or time-consuming. It can be as simple as using your favorite hand cream or reading a library book or making yourself your favorite meal. Low expectations usually mean that you have a much more manageable goal.  


How are you taking care of yourself lately? Shout out in the comments.  

Being Busy and Creativity

Danielle Donaldson

I've been busy. My older son's 4th birthday was this past week and so I've been running around trying to make sure he had a memorable birthday on top of all the normal madness including my son having a huge reaction to a bug bite on his forehead, him having a fever and describing a headache as his brain feeling "wobbly," and the normal everyday home stuff that needs to be completed. Because my energies and attention was drawn in a million other directions, I wasn't able to focus on my writing as much as I wanted to. That doesn't mean that I wasn't thinking about my stories, but it means that I was tapped out and I couldn't be creative. 


I am a big believer in the idea that you only have so much space in your life. I don't mean it in the way that you have a overflowing closet and should probably stop stalking the clearance section in Target's Women's clothing kind of way. Okay, imagine that you have a series of buckets. Each bucket can only hold so much stuff. Each bucket has a label: Emotional energy, brain space, physical energy, creativity, family, self, etc. They are fuel markers. You can take brain space fuel and pour it into your creativity bucket, but then you have less brain space fuel for emotional care or family time or physical energy. Life is about finding the balance everyday of where you "spend" your fuel. 


Last week, most of my fuel went into the family and life buckets. That's fine. My creativity bucket is still hanging around, ready for its turn. I hope this week can be a creativity week. Most importantly, I'm not going to hypothetically beat myself up about my lack of creative output last week. I'm going to accept my limitations and move forward. Maybe this is a sign of growing up.