Three Magical Things We Learned Teaching Healing The Healer & Self-Care This Year

Three Magical Things We Learned Teaching Healing The Healer & Self-Care This Year

Over the past year, I’ve have had the honor of meeting and teaching almost 300 incredible human services and healing arts professionals throughout California.  I’ve been awed by their dedication to helping children and families and making a difference in the world.  I’ve also had the pleasure of starting to work with my husband, Rocky, who is a talented artist and began assisting the Healing the Healer workshops in May.  Here are the top three things we’ve learned along the way and wanted to share with you to help support your ongoing self-care! 1.  Self-care love-and humor!– go a long way when working with your husband (or anyone, for that matter).  We are together a lot now and as fabulous as that is, sometimes I get grouchy and need to draw some whimsical owls and laugh about goofy things, like the “disagreements” we have about fonts. Taking a walk on the beach and watching funny shows like 30 Rock and Parks & Rec also helps soothe the inner gremlins.  And starting the day with Seven Second Hug, the song we created for our holiday card, helps us to connect in the morning. Creating goofy, funny holiday cards to spread peace and love to our friends and family (and you!) also helps soothe the soul. 2. Watercolor sets for kids.  They are inexpensive, non-toxic, and easy to carry when traveling and can be used to create cards and notes.  We use Prang Washable Watercolors, which we found on Dick Blick. They even have metallic and glitter sets! 🙂  You can turn 8 colors into 64 by mixing them.  Here is a sample...
Shoulds v. Woo Hoos!

Shoulds v. Woo Hoos!

“Woo hoo!” said my brain recently, when I had the pleasure of teaching my “Healing the Healer” workshop to 2015 Color of Woman graduates.   I was lit up introducing the session to women dedicated to bringing the work of Intentional Creativity– in their own, unique ways –to people all over the world.   It also reminded me that we all –me too!–must implement the self-care tools that work for us individually, which is what the Healing the Healer sessions aim to do.  And I reminded myself—“You can’t just talk about this, Rachel, you also have to do it!”  Easy peasy, yes?   No. Not always.  Life gets busy and crazy, with nary a moment to breathe at times.  So that’s why I wanted to have this blog.  To provide some space to breathe and support for self-care in ways that are rejuvenating, healing, and dare I say, fun?   Yes indeedy…I don’t want to make this all about shoulds, but instead to make it about some woo hoos!  I say this from personal experience because, as I’ve been on this journey & handling emotionally taxing work, I realized I have a lot of “should” self-care to-dos, like green juice and yoga.  Then, when I don’t do them, I get mad at myself!   So I decided to create some woo hoo! self care tools that I look forward to doing for myself as well ….like coffee & doodling, drawing whimsical animals, reading a good book, walking on the beach, or watching a funny movie.  Much easier-peasier to do those things I love.  And they help me to relax...