Self Care With Gracy
Self-Care in Dysfunctional Relationships with Our Loved Ones and Donald Trump (Time sensitive podcast!)

Self-Care in Dysfunctional Relationships with Our Loved Ones and Donald Trump (Time sensitive podcast!)

June 19, 2019

Do you lose yourself easily in relationships? Do you have a hard time being okay when others aren't? Do you watch the news and often get lost in your rage about our current state of political affairs?

Join the club! So many of us are struggling with these incredibly challenging codependent/enmeshed dynamics in our personal relationships and beyond. These toxic forces can subtly and overtly disrupt our self-care and leave us feeling like we aren't worthy of caring for ourselves.

There is relief though! In this episode, I share the three self-care practices and perspectives that have helped me come into healthy relationship with the people in my life. I also offer the ways I create more internal serenity with the bigger political/societal forces at play, while not losing my focus on creating a more just, beautiful world for all. 

Understanding the connection between the personal and political is more important than ever. If you struggle with practicing self-care, it's important to understand how these damaging societal forces are inhibiting your well-being. If you are trying to make bigger change in the world, a practice of authentic self-care will ensure that you're not unconsciously furthering toxic dynamics in your activism. 

One of the most powerful ways to practice self-care is by joining a self-care community. For this, almost a year ago I created the Beautiful Life Collective, a community of amazing women practicing authentic self-care together. This is the self-care that changes lives and creates a true culture of self-care (the kind that spreads quickly to the other people in our lives and beyond!).

We are open for new members until Friday, June 21st until midnight EST! To learn more go here: https://gracy-s-school.thinkific.com/courses/thebeautifullifecollective

Please write me at gracy@selfcarewithgracy.com if you have any questions about joining! Looking forward to supporting your self-care! 

Reflections on Getting Hitched with my Husband Micah

Reflections on Getting Hitched with my Husband Micah

May 30, 2019

Woohoo, Micah and I got married! To celebrate (and process our immense wedding weekend), I invited my now-husband back on the podcast. During our conversation, we spoke about: why our wedding ceremony felt so intense, how we are practicing self-care while parenting a toddler, ways to embrace the mundane aspects of life as spiritually transcendent, and much more! Have a listen and see what self-care it sparks for you!

 
Learning to Live Authentically After the Age of 50 with Author Maria Leonard Olsen

Learning to Live Authentically After the Age of 50 with Author Maria Leonard Olsen

May 6, 2019
Right after turning 50, author and speaker Maria Leonard Olsen's whole life changed. She got divorced, she got sober, and she started taking self-care seriously. These important self-care shifts launched a more authentic life for Maria, one that she bravely shares with others to support their healing. 
 
In our conversation, we speak about the connections between self-care and social justice, how to set stronger boundaries so we can live with more purpose, and why it's important to be vulnerable and share our whole selves in order to heal. 
 
To learn more about Maria's work:
What Powerful Women Do and Don’t Do with Podcaster and Blogger Myrrhanda Novak

What Powerful Women Do and Don’t Do with Podcaster and Blogger Myrrhanda Novak

April 5, 2019
Despite trying not to care what others think, do you still find yourself struggling with you "should" and "shouldn't" do as a woman? Underneath it all, do you limit your life out of fears of what might happen if you were to really be authentic? 
 
During my conversation with WOMENdon'tDOthat podcast and blog founder Myrrhanda Novak, we cover a lot of territory! We discuss what it means to be a modern, integrated woman and how live as a feminist against the backdrop of seemingly-conventional institutions, like Christianity. Also, Myrrhanda shares the experience of losing her 16 month-old son and the self-care that helped her through this immensely difficult period. 
 
To stay in touch with Myrrhanda and and connect to the WOMENdon'tDOthat movement, you can visit her website <https://www.womendontdothat.com and follow her on Instagram <https://www.instagram.com/myrrhanda/?hl=en>
An Imperfectly Imperfect Spiritual Practice with Buddhist Teacher Annie Mahon

An Imperfectly Imperfect Spiritual Practice with Buddhist Teacher Annie Mahon

March 18, 2019
Do you wish you could "do" mindfulness better? Do you find yourself getting perfectionist about your spiritual practices? If so, please listen to this conversation to find much-needed relief!
 
In my conversation with Buddhist Teacher Annie Mahon, we share our own messy, real-life stories of spiritual development, and together, debunk the myth that spirituality should look any certain way. We discuss Annie's concept of "raw mindfulness", our experiences of authentic leadership, and the self-care practices that keep us truly grounded in ourselves.
 
Learn more about Annie's work:
An Imperfectly Imperfect Spiritual Practice with Buddhist Teacher Annie Mahon

An Imperfectly Imperfect Spiritual Practice with Buddhist Teacher Annie Mahon

March 18, 2019
Do you wish you could "do" mindfulness better? Do you find yourself getting perfectionist about your spiritual practices? If so, please listen to this conversation to find much-needed relief!
 
In my conversation with Buddhist Teacher Annie Mahon, we share our own messy, real-life stories of spiritual development, and together, debunk the myth that spirituality should look any certain way. We discuss Annie's concept of "raw mindfulness", our experiences of authentic leadership, and the self-care practices that keep us truly grounded in ourselves.
 
Learn more about Annie's work:
Adulting and Other Creative Acts with Life Coach Helen McLaughlin

Adulting and Other Creative Acts with Life Coach Helen McLaughlin

March 6, 2019
Are the little things in life - the errands and chores - burning you out? How can we make the everyday stresses of "adulting" a creative act? During this episode, I speak with creativity-focused life coach Helen McLaughlin about ways to bring more self-care and joy into the seemingly never-ending to-do list of being a responsible adult. 
 
In our conversation, we discuss our views on this recent article about the "burnout generation", ways to bring more creativity into a 40 hour work week, and why it's so important create joy out of the monotonous acts of parenting. 
 
To learn more about Helen's work, visit helenmclaughlin.com and sign up for her weekly newsletter: helenmclaughlin.com/theinsiders. Also, she's on Instagram at @wonderinghelen  On the second Friday of every month, Helen hosts a free co-working event called Get It Done Day. They've been going strong since November 2017! Folks need only to register (at that link above) and then show up with a handful of their most dreaded tasks, or those things they've just avoided doing for too long. Together, we get our stuff done...and have some fun in the process.
 
How I Wrote My Latest Book, a Conversation with Maria Habib and Erin Segal (aka the “Selfcarefully” Team)

How I Wrote My Latest Book, a Conversation with Maria Habib and Erin Segal (aka the “Selfcarefully” Team)

January 11, 2019
In this episode, I interview designer + illustrator Maria Habib and Erin Segal, creator of Thick Press. Together we make up the team that is creating my upcoming book "Selfcarefully." 
 
Listen to our conversation to learn how I wrote my book over a series of short train rides, the ways we incorporated self-care into our planning process and our ideas on publishing a book in a revolutionary way. 
 
Also, get ready to order your copy of "Selfcarefully," which will be available this spring! 
Learning to Be In Community with Revolutionary Herbalist April Rameé

Learning to Be In Community with Revolutionary Herbalist April Rameé

November 28, 2018
During this self-care interview, revolutionary herbalist April Rameé shares why we feel so at home in nature and how to extend these same principles to being in community with people. We also discuss how to learn from and heal with plants, even when you are really busy and the world kinda feels like its falling apart. April's ideas are as revolutionarily uplifting as they are anciently wise. 
 
Leran more about April's work:
Problem-Solving, Self-Inquiry and Creative Living with Creative Expert Harper Marten

Problem-Solving, Self-Inquiry and Creative Living with Creative Expert Harper Marten

November 16, 2018
This episode features one of my oldest friends who also happens to be one of the most creative thinkers I know! Creativity expert Harper Marten has brought together her years of arts education with her path of spiritual self-inquiry to create a business of subscription creativity boxes that helps others connect and grow through fun, interactive art projects.  
 
During our time together, we spoke about why creativity is so dang important, why we need to practice it often (especially within the many problems in our world) and how the practice of self-inquiry fits into a creative lifestyle.  
 
As a special gift for Self Care with Gracy podcast listeners, Harper is offering a 25% discount on her creativity boxes through December 1st! Visit her website, click on "Shop" and to receive your discount, enter in coupon code: BeautifulLife