Self-care is how you take your power back.
— Lalah Delia

This month, we are giving ourselves permission to create space

Guilt-free, protected space to do what we want and need, deep down, not what we 'should' for the outside world the second we get out of bed. Carving out some time each morning to recharge our own batteries first, so we have more to give in the rest of life.

For too long, self-care has been advertised as indulgening in a bubble bath, escape, hitting 'pause' on the stresses of busy life.

But if we can nail real self-care, then the busy-ness won't trap us.

Baths are rad, and many of us legit need to sit and chill in the tub more often, but we know that self-care is so much more than that.

It's actually the bedrock of living a badass life. Done well, it can build our foundations and be an adaptable framework to roll with the uncertainties of life.  

Sometimes it's watching Netflix in a bath for 3 hours in the morning before work.
Sometimes it's taking risks so you can feel alive and confident.
Sometimes it's sleeping for 11 hours a day for 2 weeks guilt free.

And sometimes it also involves digging into and speaking your values. Setting healthy boundaries. Learning and growing.

At the core, RAD-ical self-care involves creating consistent space for yourself so you can be more engaged with yourself and your life, rather than escape or avoid it.  

And having rad people around you who make this ride this month even better.

You have choice

With the self-care challenges and prompts we send you this month, you always have a choice--deep down ultimately only you know what you need. You can do some, none, or all of them and then choose again the next day.

Whichever prompts you choose, we challenge you: go all in on them.  Go all in with every minute of self-care you carve out this month.

The more you put in to caring and exploring you this month, more you will get out of this. 

Especially with the writing prompts: do them. Do the work.

It can be easy to read a question on your phone when you are half asleep, think about it for a minute, and then tell yourself "I did the work, I know my answers".

But there is something very different that shifts in us when we put pen to paper and writing out what we really think about with a question or when we make a real list. Thinking about the answer isn't enough. Write, cross it out, erase, until you get it right. The writing challenges will only work, if you do. 

Let's try it now.

Ready for your first challenge?

Get out paper or a simple notebook you can use this month and make three simple but important lists:

What areas of my life are especially taxing right now?

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When's the last time I felt fully recharged--what was I doing? With whom?

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What activities or experiences make me feel alive?

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Write these lists out, add to them until they feel right.

We'll be coming back to them again later this month.

Bonus: What do you want this month to feel and look like?

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Intentionally, we'll give you prompts and challenges that won't take you all morning. You will have space to do what matters to you, too. To work on the goals you made in your Summit on your Profile page, that you see on your checkin page every morning.

So plan that out. Right. Now.

 Write out a morning routine of RAD self-care time plus your Summit time. This routine will be your space each day. Carve it out, protect it, and see how this month can feel when you create this space for you and value it along with your daily to-dos. If you need a bit of guidance, here's a good read to get you going.

While you write and your plans take shape this AM, we got some feel-good reminders from Trevor Hall for your morning jam below....

 

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