Doing the Important Work of Self-Care

on my way to play academic at the library

all photos in this post taken with iPhone

I really must get out the dSLR

An update.

I’m still here.Making important life changes.It’s like going to the dentist.You dread it but afterwards you are so glad you did, and if you put it off you wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.So much of these changes truly fall under self-care.Like the commercial… 'cause I’m worth it.

This would also fall under practice what you preach/teach.I’ve been teaching one or two sections of 30+ students in undergraduate Lifespan Development for the last 12 years.For each stage of the lifespan the students learn about what to expect for that age physically, cognitively, and socioemotionally.So here’s where this early middle age person is lately.


Lori Portka's

2012 calendar

the wish for January

Physically—I get up each morning and walk quickly on the treadmill while watching something I’ve recorded on the DVR.

It’s usually the Colbert Report or The Daily Show so I’m also literally LOL.

Trying to eat better.

Less bread, sugar, etc.

More veggies and fruit.

You know the drill.

Smaller portions.

Eating less.

Not stuffing myself.

Have tried to change my work schedule so I can attend yoga and pilates classes at least twice a week.  My wish: to be strong and healty.  And if I lose several pounds, that'll be nice too.

Cognitively—I’ve been educating myself more and more about politics and our political system.

It seems quite depressing at times and I have fantasies of being some kind of activist and changing the world.

I’ve been watching Bill Moyers new show on PBS and recommend Tavis Smiley’s Poverty in America special.  My wish: never stop learning.

above the bar at the local joint

Socioemotionally—Hubby and I are trying to spend more time with one another and with friends.

Kids, responsibilities, and life can get in the way if you let them.

  So this is an example of play for me.  Going to a movie (w

e saw The Artist) or hanging at a local place listening to live music.  Having long conversations with friends.  My wish: meaningful connections.

play related journals via Instagram

Play therapy career—Wrote another Mining Report for APT--I "mine" for play therapist intelligence and summarize it for other play therapists.  Was asked to apply to be on the ballot for the Board of Directors of APT.

Submitted 2 proposals to present at the next APT conference and was included on a third.

I enjoy presenting at conferences.  My wish: isn't it obvious?

Work—planning my play therapy center’s 4th conference, supervising graduate students, teaching, attending committee meetings, seeing clients, and on and on.Not much new here.

Spiritually--I try to follow #spiritchat on Twitter on Sunday mornings.  Virtual connections with people from all over the U.S. and the world.  They make me think and inspire me.  Some will even send me tweets throughout the week.  It's nice to know someone's thinking of you.

Here's hoping you're doing the important work of self-care.  And if you're not, what's stopping you?