Begin the adventure of a lifetime by nurturing the most important relationship you will ever have-the relationship with yourself!
The Art of Self-Nurturing was written to empower you to become the artist of your own life and see self-nurturing as an art form. Rather than living from obligation and overwhelm, you will learn to cultivate a life filled with self-compassion and self-love.
The practice of self-nurturing is not about being perfect or completing another thing on your "to-do" list, but rather nurturing a relationship with yourself. It is about recognizing what is nurturing in any given moment and allowing your practice to evolve accordingly. The more we nurture ourselves, the more we know ourselves allowing us to reveal more of who we are in the world.
This field guide is designed to make your journey easier and to support you by breaking down the process into three parts: The Foundation of Self-Nurturing, Cultivating a Self-Nurturing Practice, and Integrating Self-Nurturing Practices into Your Life.
Each section is broken into chapters and provides inspiration, best practices, examples, reflective questions, and self-nurturing practices to support you on your journey.
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About the Author
Kelley is passionate about empowering overwhelmed and exhausted individuals to live with more peace, joy, and meaning through the practice of self-nurturing. She loves working with individuals, couples, and families in person and virtually to transform their lives.
In addition, she provides professional and leadership development to organizations dedicated to making the world a better place. As a dynamic keynote and workshop presenter, she has been invited to present at these inspiring organizations: Alliance For Regional Solutions, Carlsbad Village Yoga, The Epilepsy Foundation, Exodus Recovery Inc., Girls Rising, Hands of Peace, MAAC, Nordson Corporation, Regional Center, ResCare, Vista Community Clinic, and hospitals, community colleges, universities, and school districts throughout San Diego County on a variety of topics including self-nurturing, stress management, mindfulness, trauma-informed care, cultivating resilience, motivational interviewing, avoiding burnout, and staying grounded in uncertain times.
She teaches self-nurturing practices and strategies to women overcoming domestic violence, homelessness, and other major life challenges for Leap to Success, where she serves as the Director of Community Engagement, instructor, and leadership coach. Kelley is also a field instructor for San Diego State University, where she loves supervising and mentoring Masters of Social Work interns.
She is honored to have been awarded the Graduate "Above and Beyond" Field Instructor Award from San Diego State University and the "Olive Branch" Award from Hands of Peace.
Kelley lives in Carlsbad, California, and is married to an artist and board game maker, has two empowered and inspiring daughters, and loves singing with a small women's group. Learn more at www.cultivatingpeaceandjoy.com.
Deborah Kevin (pronounced "KEY-vin") loves helping changemakers tap into and share their stories of healing and truth. She's helped entrepreneurs craft beautiful nonfiction books of which they are proud. Debby, a graduate of Stanford University's Novel Writing program, is currently pursuing a master's degree in publishing at Western Colorado University. Her passions include travel, cooking, hiking, and kayaking. She lives in Maryland with her family and their puppy Fergus-that is when they're not off discovering the world. www.deborahkevin.com
Table of Contents
Introduction & Welcome
My Journey and Lessons
How to Use this Field Guide
Part One: Foundations of Self-Nurturing
- What is Self-Nurturing?
- Why Self-Nurture?
- The Benefits of Self-Nurturing
- Consequences of Neglecting Yourself
Part Two: Cultivating a Self-Nurturing Practice
- Cultivating Self-Compassion
- Developing More Self-Awareness
- Taking Inspired Action to Nurture Yourself
- Acknowledging Self and Growth
- Deepening Gratitude Practice
Part Three: Integrating Self-Nurturing Practices into Your Life
- As a Couple
- Asking for Help
- Building Circles of Support
- Cultivating Resilience
- Healing from Illness and Injury
- Health and Well-being
- Moving through Grief
- Rebuilding Self-Trust by Scheduling Self-Nurturing
- Staying Grounded in Challenging Times
- Transitions and Life Changes
About the Author
About Inspired Living Publishing