I’ve been looking for a printable like this for a while, a single page where I could set up my entire month and quickly refresh my memory of my monthly, weekly and daily self care & work goals at a glance. Having found nothing, I decided to make my own.
The “Word of the Month” box is where you will set your single word intention for the month. What one thing do you want to really focus on this month?
The “Monthly Goals and Habits” section is where you will list the things that need to be done at some point during the month. Single goals and/or to-dos that only need to be done once, with a single check box to tick it off once it’s finished.
The “Weekly Goals and Habits” section is where you will list the things that need to be done every week. I’ve supplied 4 checkboxes, one for each week of the month, for each item listed here.
And finally, the “Daily Goals and Habits” section is for those habits you want or need to do every day. Each item here has 31 check boxes so that you can keep track of your running streaks, motivating you to keep going with your daily habits!
Preview and Download the Free Month at a Glance Page!
The Dark Moon is a great time to look within and explore the deepest aspects of ourselves. To release those things that are no longer serving us or that we’re just ready to let go of. And one of my favorite methods of releasing and letting go is journaling. I put everything I have into it, I visualize these things literally flowing from my body, through the pen and into the paper.
So set aside some time to yourself, grab your journal and a cup of tea and get ready to set up your path for the month ahead.
Are there any places in my life that I’m expending too much of my energy?
Are there areas of my life that I’ve been ignoring that deserve more attention?
Okay, huge admission time here. There are times, like this past week, when I feel like such a fraud. How can I possibly be qualified to help others with their own lives and struggle when I can’t even keep my own recovery on track and moving forward? How can I teach others to love themselves when I have periods of self loathing?
But the truth is, everyone in recovery has setbacks. No one just decides to get better and then does it. The road to recovery isn’t a straight line, it’s more like a dance. And while most of the time the dance consists of two steps forward and one step back, often we have to deal with taking one step forward and falling two steps back. Or we do the relapse shuffle and fall back who knows how far.
These are the times when things can get really frustrating and can make us feel like all the work, all the pain, all the fight is wasted. Why bother clawing my way forward if I’m just going to slip and fall back down again?
Give Yourself A Break!
The first thing you have to do is give yourself a break. Especially when you feel yourself slipping backward and can’t find a foothold to stop it. Often if we stop fighting and flailing, our descent will slow and we can find something to grasp onto. Focus on all the progress you’ve made and know that it’s still there, just harder to see right now.
Go easy on yourself, give yourself time to move through the relapse and most importantly…
Don’t ever give up no matter how tempting it gets. Sometimes I feel like I’ve fallen all the way back to the beginning and that all of my hard work has been for nothing. It’s easy to feel like this when you’re in the mist of a huge relapse. But every time I feel this way, I realize once it’s all over and I’m back on my path moving forward again that working toward recovery is never a wasted effort.
Know that you’re strong and amazing and know that everything you’re going through right now is temporary. How do you get back on the path to recovery after suffering a relapse? Join the discussion on the Be Your Own Goddess Facebook page.
I decided at the beginning of December that 2014 would be the year I let go of my self loathing and learn to truly love myself. I also decided that it was too important to actually put off until the beginning of the year so I sat down then and there and created a daily self love ritual. I’ve been doing it every day for more than a month now and I’m amazed at the results I’m seeing.
My Self Love Ritual
My self love ritual begins with my self love altar. It changes quite often according to what my soul asks for, However, there are a few constants that are always present. I have a large jar candle in a scent I love that I wrote the word “Love” on and which also props up my soul card. And most importantly a special rose quartz that I use as my self love totem.
I light the candle while stating a simple “I am worth it.”. I smudge myself with a Palo Santo stick. I take a few deep breaths, hold my rose quartz and say my self love affirmations. Sometimes I blow the candle out, sometimes I leave it burning for a while so that it has time to release it’s wonderful scent.
But that’s it. That’s my whole daily self love ritual. It only takes a few minutes every day but performing this short and simple ritual every day has done more to boost my love for myself than anything else.
Creating Your Own Self Love Ritual
Your personal self love ritual can be absolutely anything as long as it reminds you to love yourself on a daily basis. However, if you feel you need some ideas, here are some things you might want to include.
The Altar – Your altar can be as simple or extravagant as you like. Or you don’t have to have an altar at all. Though I do recommend you have a totem of some sort at the very least.
Light A Candle – The simple act of lighting a candle is a powerful trigger switching our brains into ritual mode.
Smudge or Ground – If you have issues with negative thoughts, smudging yourself every day can help keep all that negativity from clinging to you. If smoke isn’t your thing try grounding instead.
Affirmations – I feel that the affirmations are the most important part of a daily self love ritual. One or more self affirming statements that you say every day until they become a part of who you are.
Journal – Carve out a few minutes each day to jot down a few things that you love about yourself. It’s basically a written form of affirmations that you can do in a more private way.
Keep It Simple – Your daily self love ritual could be something as simple as using a specially scented soap or body oil that you nourish your skin with every day while you’re getting ready.
If you don’t have time for anything else, simply close your eyes, take a deep breath and think to yourself “I am worth it.”. Because you are so worth it!
Do you have a self love ritual or any kind of daily reminder to love yourself? If not, do you plan on creating one? Join the discussion on the Be Your Own Goddess Facebook page.