Mid-Week Balance: 1 August 2012

Wow, I am reeling from the fact that it is August.  It seems like the year has gone ridiculously fast.  I have managed to stay on top of some of the good stuff being written this week, even though I am very distracted by the Olympics.  Yes, I admitted it, I am completely sucked in by all the sports that I don’t get to see regularly and all the triumph and heartbreak that unites the world.  So, without further ado, here’s this week’s grab-bag of good stuff.

I shared this link on several social media platforms already, but I’m including it here too because I think the program is just that exciting.   Rosie Molinary, author of the book Beautiful You, is offering a 31-day self-care group challenge.  Each day in August, including today, she is posting a self-care challenge on her blog, and asking readers to share their response to the challenge in the comments.  This is free, it’s a neat combination of community and self-care, and there are even prizes.  She’s calling the program Shine–check it out!

Mara Glatzel, of Medicinal Marzipan, has some lovely thoughts on the value of our imperfections.  I know, I know, that sounds counter-intuitive, but the post is totally on point.

Christy Matta, MA, invites you to think about everyday activities you can choose to engage in to increase your sense of happiness.  It is an important reminder that, while we can’t control everything, we can make choices that support our well-being.

Amy Kiel provides a lovely reflection and reframe of the feeling that serious illness or mental health struggles leave you “marked.”

Laura Schenk, MA offers some thoughts about how we develop our inner critics.  She also provides some suggestions about how to reduce the power of our inner critic in compassionate and mindful ways.

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