Self Care With Gracy
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.
 
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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. 
 
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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
Unpacking “The Dream” with Healing Activist Richael Faithful

Unpacking “The Dream” with Healing Activist Richael Faithful

November 9, 2018
Do you feel like you're working really hard to live "the dream" (and, despite all your hard work, it's still not happening?). You're definitely not alone.  
 
Inspired by "The Dream," a fascinating investigative series podcast that exposes the corruption within multi-level marketing businesses (everything from DoTerra to Rodan + Fields), I invited DC-based healing activist Richael Faithful (pronouns they/theirs/them) to explore how "the dream" sets us up to feel like failures in everything form our work and to our spiritual lives.  
 
Richael, sharing from their years of activist work and shamanic studies, offers a new vision of a collective dream. This tangible reality is steeped in spiritual practice and social justice, and can be attained by us all today. Listen to learn more!
 
Discover more about Richael's work, visit their:
How to Change Your Mindset with Health Coach Gretchen Gegg

How to Change Your Mindset with Health Coach Gretchen Gegg

October 22, 2018
Everything we do in our lives is affected by our mindset. And yet, learning how to change our own attitudes and beliefs is rarely ever talked about!
 
Health coach Gretchen Gegg was struggling in early motherhood until she learned the power of observing her own mind. 
 
Not only did she learn to change her mindset, but she has dedicated herself to helping other people do the same. 
 
In our conversation, Gretchen shares her story and the many ways it applies to living a life of self-care. 
 
To learn more about Gretchen's work, visit her website and follow her on Facebook and Instagram.
Self-Care Untruth #3: You Have to Do Your Self-Care Alone

Self-Care Untruth #3: You Have to Do Your Self-Care Alone

September 27, 2018

This week, I'm finishing up my series on debunking the self-care untruths that keep us from:

1) practicing authentic self-care in our lives; and
2) using this self-care to help fix the broken parts of our world. 

In this episode, I discuss why authentic self-care must be practiced within a supportive community, and how letting others into our self-care can disrupt our toxic addiction to individualism.

Plus, sign up is now open for the Beautiful Life Collective (but it closes September 30th)!

Go to www.selfcarewithgracy.com to learn more.

Self-Care Untruth #2:  Your Self-Care Should Always Feel Good

Self-Care Untruth #2: Your Self-Care Should Always Feel Good

September 18, 2018

Over the next few weeks, I'm breaking down the self-care untruths that keep us from:

1) practicing authentic self-care in our lives, and

2) using this self-care to help fix the broken parts of our world. 

In this episode, I discuss why authentic self-care may feel uncomfortable in the moment, but will always lead to you feeling more powerful in your life. 

Want to know more about this kind of self-care leadership? Sign up for my free webinar "Turning Your Self-Care into Visionary Leadership" on September 24 from 3-4pm EST!

Self-Care Untruth #1:  You Don’t Need to Fix Yourself to Fix the World

Self-Care Untruth #1: You Don’t Need to Fix Yourself to Fix the World

September 11, 2018

Over the next few weeks, I'm breaking down the self-care untruths that keep us from,

1) practicing authentic self-care in our lives, and
2) using this self-care to help fix the broken parts of our world. 

In this episode, I share the essential difference between self-care and self-improvement (learn why you aren't needy!), and how to transform your self-care into the visionary leadership necessary to create an anti-racist society. 

Sign up for my free webinar "Turning Your Self-Care into Visionary Leadership" on September 24 from 3-4pm EST!