(or be or have) this year??

By Maureen Clancy

Maureens art

 

Even though it’s the time of year when resolutions are made, I do something different.

Instead, I create intentions for myself for the year.
For the last 15 years, one of my intention has been for radical self-care.  Each January, I renew my intention (and my commitment) to radical self-care for the year.

This year, it looks like this:

1.  Take one day off per week and spend some of my day off making art. For me, making art is one of the things I love to do that ALSO empties my mind.

2.  Get a massage at least once per month. This one’s a no-brainer … total “me time.”

3.  Make more meals at home and invite friends over to share. Making home meals lets me have control over what I make and where the ingredients come from, and sharing meals is fun for me.

4.  Show (rather than tell) the people I love that I love them. Make bold crazy statements  … however it feels right at the time.5.  Never resist the impulse to be generous. Giving can feel good.

6.  Listen to my intuition, no matter what.

Now tell me about your radical self-care.
Is there something you do that empties your mind? Have you wanted to get a massage, but told yourself that you can’t afford it? What fills you back up that you haven’t made time for?

Come on over to my website and leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you.

My best wishes for an incredible year, Maureen

 

 

Maureen’s professional highlights (in my most serious voice)

I am a licensed clinical social worker in both New Jersey and New York. I got my Bachelors and Masters degrees from the State University of New York. I have a post-graduate certificate in Advanced Child Maltreatment Studies from the New Jersey Child Abuse Training Institute. I am certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).

Some of my past gigs include in-school therapist at Somerset County VoTech High School (loved teens, but hated the administrative red tape) and the trauma therapist at Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center in Bridgewater, NJ (loved working at the community level, but hated the mountains of paperwork).

Maureen the Artist:

“I am a self-taught artist and came to it later in my life after developing Repetitive Strain Injury while I was a newspaper reporter.”

I love to play and experiment with colors, textures, design with all kinds of materials such as oil, acrylic, clay, collage, plaster.

Please visit her website for more information regarding the beautiful gifts that Maureen has to offer with the world.

 

The image in this post is property & Art by Maureen Clancy

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