Author Archive: Elena

On wanting both

I’m trying something new – for those of you who, like me, find it tough to sit down and actually read a blog post, I’ve recorded myself loosely reading this one for you. It’s a little awkward, and not really how I talk, but it’s a first try so whatever. Let me know what you […]

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On finding your calling

The YOSC: Entry #12 I’m doing something a little different this week, in honour of The 100 Day Project. This year’s project is fast approaching, set to start on the 4th (tomorrow)! The 100 Day Project is a great, big, global art project and celebration of creativity, shared through social media. It’s as simple as this – […]

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Small acts of self-care

The YOSC: Entry #11 Last week Achim had a deadline so I had to pick up the slack at home, do bed-times, and even skip the gym once. I wasn’t feeling the best, health-wise, and neither was Alida – lots of crying and needing to be held. It could have been a pretty shitty week, but […]

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The YOSC #10: A follow-up (and a name!)

The YOSC: Entry 10! WELL I have done this now for 10 weeks straight! And my radical self-care project finally has a name. It isn’t brilliant or hilarious, but it is sticking. I named the file on my computer where I am keeping the illustrations “YOSC” (for Year Of Self Care), and it sounded kind of […]

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The External Brain

The 2017 Self-Care Project: Entry #9 Achim is a pretty techy guy. I nerd-brag about what a good modern handyman he is. He fixes our broken screens himself, even took apart a ricemilk soaked laptop and was able to revive it. He always knows about new geeky things well before I do and he’s pretty […]

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I guess what I’m saying is, I think I meditated

The 2017 Self-Care Project: Entry #8 I cannot count the number of times meditation has been recommended to me. I think it’s one of those things that makes such a big difference for some people that they tend to become big evangelists of the practice. That and the fact that my personal grievances basically read as […]

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When better isn’t best

The 2017 Self-Care Project: Entry #7 This week I am just taking a minute to refocus. I think I got a little off track there, at least in my head, and somehow all this thinking about self-care and learning to take better care of myself started quietly morphing into self-improvement and learning to BE BETTER. It […]

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Can a hat make you happier?

The 2017 Self-Care Project: Entry #6 Last week I got a new hat. I am so happy with this hat, that it stands out above all else when I think over the week. The thing is, I am perpetually dissatisfied with my clothing. I am conscious that this all sounds a bit materialistic, but my new […]

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Ok then, let’s talk

The 2017 Self-Care Project: Entry #5 Hey Guys. Ok. So this week, I’m going to talk about something that I don’t really want to talk about. Because, that’s boring and self indulgent and such a downer, Elena. Because what if my mom reads it and worries about me? Because what if people think I’m whining? Because it’s […]

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So, I joined a gym.

The 2017 Self-Care Project: Entry #4 Yeah, I did. I am indeed a January gym goer.  And I already have two failed year-long memberships under my belt, so for real, I have no illusions. This time I paid the premium for a one-month contract, though. I realised it has been pretty well 10 years since I […]

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