A Bringer of New Things

Musings on personal growth, books, motherhood, writing, and more.

Future Self-care Idea: Winter Goodie Boxes

This summer, if I get the chance, I’d like to make myself a set of winter goodie boxes/care packages containing various little things to brighten my spirits during the gray … Continue reading

February 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

My Two Simple New Year’s Resolutions

This year, when New Year’s rolled around, there wasn’t time for my usual ritual of reflecting back on the previous year and forming plans, hopes, and/or resolutions for the year to … Continue reading

January 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Self-Care School: When Chores Overwhelm Me, and He’s Just Sitting There

  This post is doubling as one of my “Self-care School” posts and also the entry for a Carrot Ranch 99-word flash fiction challenge–this week’s topic is self-care! I learned … Continue reading

December 4, 2017 · 5 Comments

Self-care School: Counting myself as one of the creatures under my care

Well, now it’s been over a month since I posted that I was “returning to my blog at last.” Lesson learned: not to make grand claims like that anymore!  Unfortunately, for the … Continue reading

October 23, 2017 · 4 Comments

Self-care School: Encouraging Myself

“Great job!” I’ve mentioned this before in passing, but I think it’s worth stating on its own: when it comes to trying to develop new healthy, self-caring habits (or any … Continue reading

January 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Self-care School: Big Things before Small Things

Do you ever fall into this trap? “If I can just get all these little easy tasks done, then I’ll be free to focus on _____” (fill in the blank … Continue reading

January 18, 2017 · 4 Comments

Self-care School: And Sometimes I Need to NOT Make To-do Lists

 After all that talk in my last post about my personal “life hack” trick for making helpful to-do lists, I must tell you that on the other hand, I’ve learned … Continue reading

October 11, 2016 · 4 Comments

Self-care School: 2-step To-do Lists for Wiser Living

Following my last post about my struggle to accept limitations and set realistic goals, I want to share a very simple, practical trick I have found to help myself plan more realistically. … Continue reading

October 7, 2016 · 4 Comments

Self-care School: Learning to Acknowledge and Accept My Limits

The Problem I have always had a problem with acknowledging and accepting my limits. My mind is extremely active and driven, and I have a huge appetite for things I … Continue reading

September 28, 2016 · 6 Comments

Self-care School: Orientation

  I am in self-care school. It’s not a real school–wouldn’t that be awesome if such a thing really existed? Maybe I can create it someday! But for now, my classroom … Continue reading

September 14, 2016 · 1 Comment

Self-care: A Life-changing and World-changing Practice

Over the past couple of years, life has been teaching me the importance of self-care. And the more time goes on, the more I realize how monumental this concept is (and … Continue reading

March 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

Discovering My Need for Self-parenting

A Nighttime Soliloquy One night last month while I was lying in bed falling asleep, I asked myself a question in a spirit of curiosity. “Do I have any really … Continue reading

November 18, 2014 · 3 Comments