HOTM SELF LOVE CHALLENGE WEEK 4

We’re in the final week, Week 4 of the Self Love Challenge and I’m actually sad about it.

My prayer is that this challenge helped you tap into more of what you need. Often times we give so much of ourselves to others, that we forget to nurture ourselves in return. Here’s to refilling our cup until it overflows!

This past week we discussed self forgiveness, celebrating self and our accomplishments, re-evaluating our priorities through the lens of wants versus needs, and more!

I’ll be updating the daily prompts below, so be sure to check out the updates right here on the blog or you can follow along in my Instagram stories @theeheartofthematter.

Check out day 22-28 below:

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HOTM Self Love Challenge Week 3

We’re in Week 3 of the Self Love Challenge and I don’t know about you but, I’m really enjoying myself. Answering these prompts bring about a sense of introspection.

This past week we discussed giving yourself grace, dismissing worry and negative thoughts, boundary setting, and more!

I’ll be updating the daily prompts below, so be sure to check the updates right here on the blog or you can follow along in my Instagram stories @theeheartofthematter.

Check out day 16-21 below:

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HOTM Self Love Challenge Week 2

We’re in Week 2 of the Self Love Challenge and I’m feeling recharged and in tune with self.

This past week we touched on a few topics, from the importance of affirming yourself, making room for healthy habits, embracing our differences, and loving on our inner child.

I’ll be updating the daily prompts below, so be sure to check the updates right here on the blog or you can follow along in my Instagram stories @theeheartofthematter.

Check out day 8-14 below:

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HOTM Self Love Challenge Week 1

Welcome to Week One of the Self Love Challenge!

Each week on Monday, I’ll post the calendar for the next 7 days. Here you’ll have access to the daily prompt/activity. I’ll post the follow up prompts daily on my Instagram stories, here one the blog, and will save them for you to view on Instagram in the Self Love Challenge highlight.

Check out the first 7 days below:

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10 Self Care Tips For The Holiday Season

(Late Post)

Can you believe that Christmas is in four days and the New Year’s around the corner?! I can’t, but with the end of the year vastly approaching, we have a few things to consider.

The holiday season is filled with hustle and bustle, excitement, and cheer. On the other hand, there’s also stress, exhaustion, waiting in long lines, planning, preparation, and even guilt.

We all know that holidays this year have been drastically different from what we’re used to. Some people will gather virtually, some people will meet in smaller groups, and some people will spend the holidays alone.

However, this leaves little time for taking care of oneself. Below 10 tips for practicing self-care during this holiday season.

Make Time For Self

It may seem like it’s selfish to take time to relax, but good stress management requires intentional down time. Create a daily routine for specific activities you enjoy, such cooking, taking a nice hot bath, meditating, reading a novel, or binging a Netflix series.

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SPOTLIGHT TUESDAYS PRESENTS: THE CEO

 
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CEO
/ˌsēˌēˈō/
 
noun
  1. a chief executive officer, the highest-ranking person in a company or other institution, ultimately responsible for making managerial decisions.

Clara is the epitome of Girl Boss and Phenomenal Woman, all wrapped in one! We met in Grad School at LMU through a mutual friend. She’s always been kindhearted, full of life, and a true friend, who eventually turned into a big sister! I look up to her and admire her for her work ethic, from the way she carries herself with such poise and class, to how she handles business with style and grace! An advocate, counselor, game changer, and beautiful Black Queen. She uplifts the special needs community and always puts her clients first! She goes above and beyond to ensure clients get the adequate care they need, providing parents/caregivers with long lasting tools for their children to live a meaningful life. I am truly inspired by her and her advocacy for children on the Autism spectrum.

Here’s her story:

Tell me a little bit about yourself? How did you meet Bree?

My name is Clara Youngblood and I am the Founder/CEO of Full Spectrum Child Care here in Los Angeles, CA. Full Spectrum Child Care is a private company that provides respite services for families with children on the Autism spectrum. I met Bree through a mutual friend on campus while we attended LMU to obtain our Masters Degrees. We instantly became friends and shared a few classes together. My most fondest memory of Bree was our girls getaway to The Grand Canyon!! We shared SO MANY LAUGHS. Bree embodied the love and kindness you’d want in a friend; in a sister. 

What inspired you to start your company? When was it founded and why?

The inspiration behind Full Spectrum Child Care came from the lack of services for families, parents/caregivers in particular, who needed additional support to raise their children with special needs.

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4 Strategies To Help Reduce Anxiety

4 STRATEGIES TO HELP REDUCE ANXIETY

Anxiety can be a blessing and a curse. It can either push you forward or become so debilitating, to the point where you’re stuck in pit of negative emotions. This in turn becomes a cycle of thoughts that induce panic, fear, and worry.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, every year. Yet, only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.

While most seek professional treatment such as psychotherapy and medication, there are effective strategies you can use daily to manage symptoms of anxiety. Whether you suffer from a diagnosable anxiety disorder or experience the occasional anxiety, anxiety can find its way to you.

Here are 4 strategies to help ease anxiety in your daily life:

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Spotlight Tuesdays Presents: The Activist

Madina

ac·tiv·ist
/ˈaktivəst/
noun

a person who campaigns to bring about political or social change.

Madina is truly one of a kind, so full of life! From the moment I met her, I knew she was a forced to be reckoned with. An advocate, activist, author, poet, social worker, and game changer. She stands with all communities of color in solidarity. She fights on the frontlines and challenges the system. She proudly advocates and spreads a wealth of knowledge about her people in the Afghan community. An inspiration with an amazing story to tell.

Here’s her story:

Tell me a little bit about yourself? How did you meet Bree?

I’m the child of Afghan refugees settled on Tongva land in what is now called Los Angeles. I describe myself that way because decolonization, of our minds, of our language, our education, it’s all important to me. My parents survived the Afghan civil war and had me one year after. I was raised in a progressive Pashtun household. The Pashtun people are the largest matrilineal tribe in the world, and I’m proud to come from such resilient people.

I always wanted to work in a service capacity and this brought me into the field of social work & mental health. I’m especially passionate about using my privilege as a non-black, non-Indigenous person of color to fight for equity and promote anti-racism. I had the privilege of meeting Bree while we both served at Covenant House, a transitional aged youth shelter in Hollywood, CA.

What inspired you to start your blog? How long has it been up and running?

I always wrote long Facebook posts and have had something to say since I was young. The Afghan & Iraqi occupations really influenced my desire to speak out against oppression & injustice. I always wanted to write in some capacity. Burqas & Beer was born after the Israeli assault on Palestine in 2014; this was the year I became highly involved in grassroots organizing in LA, and I documented my experience through my blog.

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For Us, By Us: 6 Black Owned Small Businesses To Support This Month

Happy Blackity Black, Black History Month y’all!
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Since we live in a country that thrives on capitalism, what better way to spend our coin then by supporting those who look like us. Often times, due to pricing or lack of exposure, Black Owned businesses (especially Small BO businesses) often get overlooked. Well, I’m here to tell you that this stops now! As we prepare to wrap up BHM, I wanted to share some small businesses worth looking into.

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5 Benefits of Journaling

5 Benefits of Journaling

Who remembers when they kept a diary?

It was most likely pink or blue donned with a cute design, stickers, and gel pens were used for added effect.

Dear Diary, was the classic opener.

A book filled with love letters to the cute boy in class, days when you’re mad because your Mom said you couldn’t go outside to play with your friends, or even better, you wrote a full fledge three pages venting about the argument you had with your bestie on the playground.

Little did you know, your diary would quickly become your refuge, a place to escape.

Living in this digital age, most would say that journaling is outdated, gender specific (for girls/women only, most specifically tweens), and just all around a waste of time.

I’m here to dispel the myth and tell you that:

Journaling is for any and everyone who enjoys writing.
Journaling is for self-expression.
Journaling or “expressive writing” is therapeutic and is one of the most beneficial kinds of writing.
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