"Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction."
 ~ Rumi 
Greetings!

For many, February is considered the month of love, which we often equate with romantic love—but there's another type of love that is equally important, and that is love for ourselves. Sometimes we're so busy attending to the needs of others that we don't spend enough time caring for ourselves. Self-care (or self-love) is not selfish. If we cannot properly take care of ourselves, we cannot properly take care of those we love.

Self-love refers to a regard for our own well-being and happiness. It's about having appreciation for ourselves and who we are. This is unlike narcissistic people who just care for themselves, without regard for the welfare of others. Loving oneself affects our physiological and psychological state of contentment and also influences the type of people we have in our lives.

No one is perfect, so self-love means that we accept ourselves for who we are, acknowledging our strengths and weaknesses without judgment. If we have this type of compassion for ourselves, then we can have it for others.

When we practice self-care, we attend to our needs by getting the right amount of sleep; engaging in physical activities such as daily exercise; and maintaining healthy, intimate, interpersonal relationships that make us feel good about ourselves.

My form of self-care involves writing. It's not only my profession, it's also a practice that makes me feel good, whether I'm writing a poem, journaling, crafting an article, or penning a letter to a loved one. Another way that I engage in self-care is by meditating each day, and either walking on the beach or going to the gym. My muse, my Maltese poodle, Spunky, loves when we take beach walks, and even though he's twelve years old, he still lives up to his name!
Creatively Yours,
dianaraab.com

  • Write about something that really matters to you.
  • When do you feel most alive? Write about that.
  • Write about how you show love.
  • Write a love letter to someone who means a lot to you.
"Love Hurts, Love Heals" (article). Kintsugi: Powerful Stories of Healing Trauma. December 2018.

"Dampened Creativity" ( poem). Kintsugi: Powerful Stories of Healing Trauma. December 2018.

" Warrior Woman: From Survivor to Thriver" (article). Pilcrow & Dagger. January 2019.

" What I Learned about Natural Disasters" (blog). Thrive Global. January 8, 2019.

"Writing for Transformation and Bliss" ( article). Women Writers, Women's Books. January 12, 2019.

"His Piano" (poem). Poets Unlimited. January 15, 2019.

"How My Grandmother's Suicide Led me to Become a Seeker" (article). Wisdom Daily. January 22, 2019.

" What Is Spiritual Bypassing?" (blog). Psychology Today. January 23, 2019.
"Writing a Compelling Memoir"
February 4, 2019
6:30 p.m.
Thousand Oaks, CA

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"Sip. Create. Write"
Writing Workshop
February 13, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
131 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA

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"Writing for Bliss: A Companion Journal"
Signing and Discussion
February 22, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Ikat and Pearls Home Decor
28 S. California Street
Ventura, CA

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February 24, 2019
Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Los Alamos, CA

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" The Writer's Notebook"
April 27-28, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Seattle, WA

" Cover to cover…with diana raab."   The Bookends Review.   January 2, 2019.
The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion (nonfiction) by Elle Luna. This is typically not the type of book I would pick up and read; however, someone suggested it to me. I began reading it and was unable to put it down. As someone who facilitates workshops on writing for bliss, I'm often asking participants to tap into the voices of their hearts and write about what compels them . . . as a way toward finding their bliss.

This book is packed with wisdom, but it's also very pleasing to the eye because Luna is an artist, and there are creative and colorful drawings throughout. This is a simple, short, uplifting, and quick read, perfect for those times when you're in between reading other, larger volumes. It's also one of those books to turn to for inspiration. Bonus: It makes a wonderful gift!
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