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      #SelfCareSunday with Sarah Shachat - Your Questions Wanted!   04/08/2018

      Sarah Shachat, writer of Wolf 359, will be joining us for #SelfCareSunday on May 6! Have questions for Sarah about "Writing, Sanity, & Social Media" (or anything else you'd like to pick her brain about)? Submit them to "Questions for Sarah Shachat" in the Creativity Q&A forum!  


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Shelley last won the day on February 9

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About Shelley

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  1. Bored and Brilliant

    You can't even if you download them? Is it against TOS?
  2. Bored and Brilliant

    https://www.ted.com/talks/manoush_zomorodi_how_boredom_can_lead_to_your_most_brilliant_ideas?referrer=playlist-why_it_s_sometimes_good_to_be_bored&utm_campaign=tedspread--b&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare I watched this Ted Talk earlier (I've also read the book) and thought about how much it relates to the last SCS. Hope you enjoy!
  3. Hi!

    It occurred to me that I haven't made an introduction yet, so I figured I would remedy that. I'm Shelley, and I live in Portland Oregon. I've been part of this community for a while, but am generally on the quieter side. I am a huge fan of Self care and really trying to get my creativity groove on, which is why a forum like this really speaks to me.
  4. How do you create self-imposed deadlines?

    Maybe the answer is less about the finished project and more about giving yourself a goal of a certain amount of time per day (twice a week?) that you work on something, and see how that works out for you. It may also give you a better idea of how long something really takes you, and then you may be able to set completion goals. Keep in mind, I have zero frame of reference when it comes to art unless you count stick-figuring. Good luck!
  5. All we do- Oh Wonder

    Thank you for this!
  6. Self Care Routine

    So, I’m going to put the TLDR tag at the top, and just ask, “What is your self-care routine?” And if you feel like sharing, “How did you come to that routine and what are your reasons for it?” As I’ve said in another post, I keep a daily self-care routine list in a planner, and every day I mark off the things I get done. There is something deeply satisfying about seeing a completed list, and also knowing it is benefitting me by making me feel happier and healthier. So, here is my daily list and some short summaries of why: - Yoga - Walk 1 hr - Read ½ hr - Swedish - Write 2k words (of whatever WIP I have going on) - Edit previous 1st draft ½ hour - Journal Yoga: I started doing yoga about 6 months ago on a lark. It didn’t seem promising for me, because I am one of the clumsiest people in the world. While I haven’t exactly figured out how to be graceful yet, I have figured out that using my breath to aid me in stretching, focusing on being in the moment and accepting where I am and how I feel has been incredibly beneficial to me. Walk 1 hr: This one is kind of two-fold for me. I believe that daily exercise is beneficial to everyone, but for me, it’s more than that. I have agoraphobia, so along with the daily exercise; it serves as great exposure for me. On a typical day I usually walk for longer than an hour, but that is my baseline. Read ½ hr: Like the walking, the time is a baseline for me. I am a voracious reader, when I do sit down and read. Reading has always been an important part of my life, but, I found that it I don’t make it a priority I will go days without reading for pleasure and I feel better when I get that little bit of escape time in every day. Truth be told, I usually wind up going far beyond ½ hr actually finishing the book. Language: Learning a new language has always been really difficult to me. And while I don’t expect to ever be fluent, taking the time every day to do a few lessons on Duolingo has made me feel like I’m working toward something that has meaning. Write 2k/Editing: Back in November, after an almost 10 year hiatus, I decided to try participating in Nanowrimo again. I have this habit, when I feel bad, to stop doing things I love to do, and Nanowrimo kicked my butt into gear again on the writing front. Since November, aside from when I was sick, I’ve written every day, and it makes me feel so good, creative, and accomplished. This has become essential to my well-being. Editing is less fun, but I do enjoy breaking down a project and then putting it back together again. Journal: I’ve always gone through stops and starts with journaling, but since I am the type of person that doesn’t share her feelings super easily, getting them out onto a page at the end of the day is really helpful for me. It’s important for me to find ways to understand the ways in which I think and feel.
  7. Self Care

    Thanks for the clarification, Rina. I wasn't questioning why they were there, which is why I was confused by the post. I appreciate the response.
  8. Self Care

    I never suggested removing either of the creativity topics. Mindfulness is a subset of self-care, not the other way around, and since the community tagline is "creativity and self care," it makes the most sense to me.
  9. Self Care

    How about self care topic to go along with the two creativity topics?
  10. Pet Love.

    I figured this forum needed a spot to share some pet love. So, here is a short video of my cat being cute and calm.af. Excuse the background noise, I had a fan on. 20180119_002730.mp4
  11. Whatcha Readin'?

    Right now I am reading (listening to!) "Bored and Brilliant" by Manoush Zomorodi which takes a look at how we use technology and how being bored can unlock creativity. Interesting stuff.
  12. Creativity Routine?

    I do, actually. I bought a planner this year, and every day I write down the base things I need to get done every day to stay balanced and creative. On my daily list are things like: Yoga, walk 1 hour, read 1/2 hour, write 2k, etc. There is something really satisfying about marking those things off daily. I will also jot down important daily events, but I try very hard to keep this planner just for things I consider self care.