The surprising generosity of self-care

Budgeting for self care
Photos of Arianna Valle by Emily Wilkerson at Harvest Retreats

Where To Start

One thing I’ve learned for sure is that in order for me to have the energy to care for others or live my life in the way I prefer, I need to start by taking care of myself. And this is no abstraction. I know now more than ever that it is only by caring for myself that I can create the world I’m so desperately longing for. For those of us conditioned as women to prioritize the needs of others above ourselves, it can feel quite counter-cultural, uncomfortable, even revolutionary to honor our own needs and prioritize our own wellbeing. And yet, it’s only in choosing to invest in myself that I am able to fully show up authentically and sustainably in my home, job, and community.

Budgeting for self care
Photos of Arianna Valle by Emily Wilkerson at Harvest Retreats

The Power of Generosity

In working towards replacing our culture of fear and scarcity with a culture of abundance and love, I believe generosity is the most powerful, transformational currency we have.

Budgeting for self care
Photos of Arianna Valle by Emily Wilkerson at Harvest Retreats

Final Thoughts

When the idea of self-care feels overwhelming or even selfish, I make a practice of choosing generosity and suddenly my budget for self-care no longer feels impossible but hopeful, like a boundless treasure chest of everyday choices to invest in myself and the world I’m creating. My capacity to choose the generosity of time and rest, of play and pause, of spending and saving are no longer staggering concepts, but completely possible- and accessible!- everyday choices that will add up to an abundant life rich in resources, rest, and relationships.

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Dara Laine Murray

Dara Laine Murray

Convener, lover of bringing folx together, passionate about womxn succeeding in business, and focused on equity & continuous improvement.